Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions August 21, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 7 Comments “The fact is I am terribly shy. Or maybe introverted is a better word. But introverted, shy, whatever, it stays with you whether you’re a star or not. I think people become actors and actresses to overcome just that. You can become so many people.”—Rita Hayworth Lucas Cranach the Elder, Portrait of a Saxon Princess, 1517 Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis at home, c. early 1950s. Albrecht Durer, Wing of a Blue Roller, watercolor 1512. I dunno, but I have a hard time imagining Ginger Rogers in Red Cross shoes. Cleopatra by Michelangelo. This is the moment when the serpent strikes her breast. Her hair looks as if it’s nested with snakes. Cleopatra’s expression of dignified resignation is particularly beautiful and moving. A clever and eye-catching graphic design for the 1927 movie, Rolled Stockings. Milton Avery, Quiet Bay, 1948, watercolor on paper “It was on purpose that I started looking miserable, humiliated, hounded, and haunted, bedeviled, bewildered, and at my wit’s end. Some other comedians can get away with laughing at their own gags. Not me. The public just will not stand for it. And that is all right with me. All of my life I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, ‘Look at the poor dope, wilya?’Because of the way I looked on the stage and screen the public naturally assumed that I felt hopeless and unloved in my personal life. Nothing could be farther from the fact. As long back as I can remember I have considered myself a fabulously lucky man. From the beginning I was surrounded by interesting people who loved fun and knew how to create it. I’ve had few dull moments and not too many sad and defeated ones.”-Buster Keaton, in his autobiography My Wonderful World of Slapstick (1960) 13th c. tombstone with sans-serif Hebrew lettering in an ancient Jewish cemetery in the village of Yeghegis (until 1994 Alayaz) rural Armenia. ‘Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife’, Guido Reni, 1630 The Bates house was built on the Universal backlot for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. House by the Railroad by Edward Hopper, 1925, is believed to have been the inspiration for the Bates house design. Lauren Bacall (1944, photo by Bert Six)The phone in the bedroom rang. I picked it up. It was Lauren Bacall.“I’ve been waiting for Tony for an hour,” Lauren said angrily. “Where the hell is he?”“Lauren,” I replied, “you’re complaining to me because my husband is late for a date with you?”“Well, dear,” she said, “If your husband doesn’t respect your marriage, why should I?”“You’re absolutely right, Lauren,” I said, “He’ll be there in a few minutes. Look for a man with a bandaged head.’”—Shelley Winters, in her autobiography The Middle of My Century. Brigitte Bardot, her boyfriend Sami Frey, and, of course, a girl’s best friend, her shoes, 1960s. Clyfford Still, PH-1074, 1956, Oil on canvas, 117 x 108 in. Multilingual manhole cover in Jerusalem: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian. Ava Gardner at age twelve, 1934. “What I’d really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted.” —Ava Gardner, 1946. Painting by James Nares Untitled, photo collage, by yours truly. Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful Shabbat.