Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions February 10, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 9 Comments “The only reason they come to see me is that I know life is great — and they know I know it.”—Clark Gable Hercules Seghers, Dutch c. 1589 – c. 1638Pile of Booksetching20.5 x 9.4 cmRijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rick McGinnisBeartooth Pass, Montana, July 2016 Albrecht Dürer, The Large Turf, 1503. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 41 x 32 cm. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna Erwin Blumenfeld, Evelyn Tripp, in the Sargent dress by Christian Dior. A variation on a photograph that appeared in Vogue US, November 1, 1949 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld Pieter de Hooch, Woman Reading a Letter, 1664, Oil on canvas, 55 x 55 cm, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest Thomas NozkowskiUntitled, oil on linen on panel, 22″ x 28″ (55.9 cm x 71.1 cm), 2009, © Thomas Nozkowski, courtesy Pace Gallery / Photo by: G. R. Christmas “I had become a new kind of sex symbol – the woman men wanted to go to bed with, but not until you married her. Sexy but pure. One thing I was careful about in those films was to avoid vulgarity, which I truly despise. I liked those scripts about the man-woman game as long as they were done with style and wit and imagination. In my vocabulary, vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.”—Doris Day Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford, 1527, Oak, 87 x 70,5 cm, Art Museum, Saint Louis Carole Lombard and William Powell in My Man Godfrey, 1936Written by Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind, Gregory LaCava (uncredited)“Oh Godfrey, now I know you love me!”“I do not love you and you’re going to get me all wet!”“You do or you wouldn’t have lost your temper. Oh, Mother — Godfrey loves me! He put me in the shower!” Rick McGinnisMontana, July 2016 Photo by Hengki Koentjoro Gerrit van Honthorst, The Matchmaker, 1625, oil on canvas, 71 x 104 cm (Centraal Museum, Utrecht) Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Top Hat, 1935. Ginger and Fred together again in the 1980s. Doni Silver SimonsUntitledAcrylic on canvas, 30″x30″2009 Elsa Lanchester on the set of Bride of Frankenstein, 1935“The swans in Regents Park in London inspired me in my performance. They’re really very nasty creatures, always hissing at you. So I used the memory of that hiss. The soundmen ran some of my hisses and screams backwards to add to the strangeness. I spent so much time screaming that I lost my voice and couldn’t speak for days.” —Elsa Lanchester Lucas Cranach the Elder, David and Bathsheba, 1526, Oil on panel, 38.8 x 25,7 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany. Pin-up artist Zoë Mozert paints Jane Russell for the Howard Hughes Production of The Outlaw, 1943 Gustave YoungGold and nickel-plated Colt Model 1877 Sheriff’s Model Lightning double action ejectorless revolver. Erwin Blumenfeld, Ruth Knowles, Vogue, c. 1949 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld James Siena, Recursive Dented Lobes, 2006-2014 enamel on aluminum 19-1/4″ x 15-1/8″ courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery Rick McGinnisBoston, June 2016 Gerrit van Honthorst, Samson and Delilah, 1615, 37.01 x 50.79 in (Cleveland Museum Of Art, Ohio, USA) Photo by Robert J. AvrechAfter the RainDoheny Boulevard, Los Angeles, 2017 Antoin Sevruguin, Jewish Village Girl, Persia (Iran) c.1880 Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.