Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions August 14, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 9 Comments “For all actors know that truly natural acting is rejected by the audience. Although people are better equipped to judge acting than any other art, the hypocrisy of ‘sincerity’ prevents them from admitting that they too are always acting some part of their own invention. To be a successful actor, then, it is necessary to add some eccentricities and mystery to naturalness so that the audience can admire and puzzle over something different from itself.”—Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood, Photo by Eugene Robert Richee, 1928. Chewing gum ad, 1916 “I don’t know about all this TV all day long now; there’s people acting all the time – they turn the thing on, somebody’s there acting at them. I wonder if that’s good for people – all this acting.”—Jimmy Stewart interviewed by Peter BogdanovichPhoto by Ted Allan, 1938 The Jewish Woman, 1908 Amedeo Modigliani. Rare photo of Hedy Lamar before arriving in Hollywood, 1933. “My trouble is that I try to cover a part entirely. When you do there’s the danger that the patron will leave the theatre feeling that you are so perfectly suited to the character he has just seen that he can’t imagine you in any other part.…Mothers with children ran from me in the street. Terrible letters came to me. Letters came from strange people; people who I never believed lived in the world; depraved and disturbed minds, thinking they saw in me the perfect companion, a fellow psychopathic. A success can be too great, I tell you.”-Peter Lorre, on his role in the classic 1931 German movie, M, directed by Fritz Lang. Gas by Edward Hopper, 1940. Faye Dunaway on the set of Bonnie & Clyde, 1967“Never have I felt so close to a character as I felt to Bonnie. She was a yearning, edgy, ambitious southern girl who wanted to get out of wherever she was. I knew everything about wanting to get out, and getting out doesn’t come easy. But with Bonnie there was real tragic irony. She got out only to see that she was heading nowhere and the end was death.There was a real kind of fierceness I’d seen in Bonnie that I recognized in myself as well. You look at photos of her and see it in her eyes, the set of her jaw. It takes fierceness in life to get ahead. I already knew that. Bonnie was Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof time. She knew the only way to get what she wanted was through her own sheer force of will. She was driven by her own desire. I know that territory – you do whatever it takes. She wanted to be something special, something out of the ordinary.” Marsden Hartley, Robin, c. 1940-1941. Ida Lupino in Moontide (1942, dir. Archie Mayo) (via)“I like to do pictures about poor, bewildered people. That’s what we all are.”—Lupino, 1947 Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1968. Ben Chapman relaxes between takes on the set of Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954.“The reason they didn’t credit me in the movie, and this is crazy, is the studio wanted to give the impression, the illusion, that it was a real creature. If you see the original Frankenstein, Boris [Karloff] doesn’t get credit. It’s a question mark in the credit. I looked at the studio and asked if they thought the people were that stupid, and they said, ‘You’d be surprised what people believe’” This is an image from the back room of a deeply addictive (My) Burgers restaurant in Israel. Unfortunately, while in Israel, a close relative had to be admitted to the hospital. In the emergency room of Shaare Tzedek is this memorial. Detail of the memorial. Rabbi Dr. Applebaum was meeting with his daughter Naava in a Jerusalem coffee shop on the eve of her wedding when an IslamoNazi homicide bomber struck. Reciting Mincha, the afternoon prayer, in the Land of Israel. This is Karen’s brother David, a rabbi, a lawyer, and a Jew with a gun. He is a warm and kind man, the brother I never had. From Ein Prat, where the Prophet Jeremiah dwelled, Lielle Meital, Maayan Ariel, and Livia Yarden wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.