Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions December 2, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 1 Comment “I have gone through such a time, and more, and survived. I traveled in a world that once was—Hollywood of the war and immediate postwar years. And I existed in a world that never is—the prison of the mind. If what I have learned from these experiences can be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: life is not a movie. But I do not make that point in a sad or regretful way. I can only wonder, if my life had been a movie, would a director have cast Gene Tierney to play the part? The bitter with the sweet makes for a better part.”—Gene Tierney Massimo Stanzione (1586-1656)Judith and Holofernes, 1633 Paul HimmelLittle Boy Staring at the Snow, 1950 Smith and Wesson .32 Single-Action Revolver, 1889–90. The grip is sheathed in silver and etched with foliage around shaped panels inlaid with laminated metal that has a wood-grain pattern. This Japanese technique, called mokume, was one of various metalworking forms explored by Tiffany and Company’s chief designer, Edward C. Moore. His experimentation with Japanese design elements and media helped to establish Tiffany’s international reputation in the 1870s.Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY Anna May Wongby Dorothy Wilding, chlorobromide print on card mount, 1929 Andy GalsworthyEarth ArtBracken stalks laid on water amongst alders, Scaur Glen Dumfriesshire, March 6, 1990 J. RobichezYoung Jewish Woman, Debdou, Morocco c. 1917 “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”— Joanne Woodward Matteo Roselli (Italian artist, 1578-1650) Judith and Holofernes, 1600s Vivian MaierChicago, 1963 Calli McCaw, Imagine That Nina LeenTeenage Couple in a Movie Theatre, Webster Groves, Missouri, 1944 Angelica KauffmannSelf-Portrait, oil on canvas, circa 1770-1775 Roman VishniacLittle Jewish Girls, Warsaw, 1935 Andy GalsworthyEarth ArtSnow Sculpture Alfred Hitchcock & Bernard Herrmann on the set of Psycho (1960) “The Hitchcocks often played host to the Herrmanns, especially in the late 1950s. Recalled the third Mrs. Herrmann, Norma Shepard, “Benny used to wash dishes with Hitch, and they’d talk about what they’d do if they weren’t in the film business. Benny wanted to run an English pub, until somebody told him you actually had to open and close at certain hours. Benny asked Hitch what he would be. There was a silence. Hitchcock then turned to Benny, his apron folded on his head, and said solemnly: ‘A hanging judge‘”.Source: A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann Tippi Hedren in the compelling opening shot of Marnie (1964, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) Kenneth JosephsonMatthew, 1967 Polish poster for The Graduate, 1973Artist: Maciej Zbikowski Andy GalsworthyEarth ArtThin ice formed overnight lifted from river pools frozen around a rock.Dumfriesshire, Scotland, December, 1991 Hiromu KiraThe Thinker, 1930 Giuseppe Cesari (1568-1640)Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 1605-10Oil on canvas, 61,3 x 48 cmBerkeley Art Museum, University of California Hanukkah LampMiss LibertyMae Rockland Tupa, American, b. 1937Princeton, New Jersey, United States, 1974Wood covered in fabric; plastic: molded11 × 24 × 7 in. (27.9 × 60.9 × 17.8 cm)The Jewish Museum, New YorkGift of the artist, 1984 Robert J. AvrechBlue Chevy, Los Angeles2013 Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives an inspiring Shabbat.