Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions January 20, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments Jennifer Jones with her third husband, Norton Simon“I met Jennifer Jones when I was twenty-six or twenty-seven I traveled everywhere with her. I spent more time with her than anyone, even Norton … It would take four hours to do her hair and makeup. And it was all for Norton: hair, makeup, beautiful dresses. The point was not to go out and show other people. Everything was for Norton. ‘Norton deserves for me to be beautiful.’ And he was paying. I did her hair and makeup every day, an incredible cost. For the cost of a whole year, you could buy a house in the Valley.And I did it for more than thirty years, every day, sometimes morning and night. And she didn’t take off her makeup at night. She’d leave it on until I arrived. When she went to bed, she was all made up. Do you know why? This was not for Norton, this was for herself. She said it was ‘in case I get sick at night and have to go to the hospital. Somebody’s going to take a picture of me, and I don’t want to be without makeup.’ She did this every night.”—Tomoyuki “Yuki” Takei, West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein Edgar Degas, The Violist, 1880 George Krause, Hand of Fatima, Spain, 1964 Marcel Breuer (b. Hungary, 1902-1981)Isokon Dining Chair, 1936 Fei Fei Sun and Xiao Wen Ju photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue China, December 2014 Samuel Rothbort (1882-1971)Coming from the Cemeteryoil on canvas, hand carved frame, 11″ x 14″Courtesy Chassidic Art Institute Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve (1941, written and directed by Preston Sturges)“You don’t know very much about girls. The best ones aren’t as good as you think they are and the bad ones aren’t as bad. Not nearly as bad.” Rick McGinnisHollywood Hills, Topanga Canyon, Riviera and Malibu, Los Angeles, Nov.-Dec. 2016 Erwin Blumenfeld, Powder box, study for an advertisement, circa 1944 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld John McLaughlin (1898 – 1976) ~ “Untitled”, 1955. Oil on canvas (122.2 x 81.3 cm). “I’ll tell you one of the reasons I’m ready to leave [the movie business]. When I first came to Hollywood five years ago, my makeup call was at eight in the morning. On this movie it has been put back to seven-thirty. Every day I see Joan Crawford, who’s been in makeup since five, and Loretta Young, who’s been there since four in the morning. I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to stay in a business where I have to get up earlier and earlier and it takes longer and longer for me to get in front of a camera.”—Grace Kelly Simeon SolomonJudith and her Attendant Going to the Assyrian Camp, 1863 Douleur, 1895 by Antoon Van Welie (Dutch painter 1866-1956) Sir Winston Churchill, The Library of Sir Philip Sassoon’s House, 1928oil on canvas A rare, black-dialed Omega Constellation Calendar produced around 1960, once belonging to Elvis Presley, was auctioned by Antiquorum in New York on June 12, 2012. The watch has an automatic chronometer movement with center seconds and date and a steel case with rose-gold plating. Antiquorum put the pre-sale estimate at $10,000 to $20,000, but bids for the coveted piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia quickly escalated to a final hammer price of $52,500. The winning bidder received, in addition to the watch, a letter of attestation from Charlie Hodge, the watch’s onetime owner, a longtime friend and confidant of Presley and a member of the so-called “Memphis Mafia.”—Watchtime “Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn’t make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A lesson to be learned— in The Twilight Zone.”—Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, “Eye of the Beholder” (1960) Erwin BlumenfeldDovima in a suit by Pacific, hat by Lily Dache, Vogue, 1950 Rick McGinnisHollywood Hills, Topanga Canyon, Riviera and Malibu, Los Angeles, Nov.-Dec. 2016 “First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.” —Marilyn Monroe David GelernterHa’azinu, (Hebrew: Listen) Blue and Gold. Acrylic, gold leaf and shell gold on panel, 16×20. Erwin Blumenfeld, Hat and Jewelry (Probably by Schiaparelli), Paris, 1938 John McLaughlin“#2” Oil on canvas, 1975, 60 x 48 inches Robert J. AvrechPortrait of The Bostoner Rebbe, Levi Yitzchak HaLevi Horowitz, 1921 – 2009. A few months before Karen and I were married, we visited friends in Boston. They introduced us to the Rebbe who was kind enough to grant us a private audience. At the end of our meeting the Rebbe gave us a b’racha, a blessing. A Female Lockheed Employee In Burbank, California, 1944 Rick McGinnisBugatti, Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 2016 Antoin Sevruguin, Kurdish Jewish Girls, Persia (Iran) c.1880 God bless President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania. Our long national nightmare is over. Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.