Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I didn’t show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.”
—John Ford

Henri de Toulouse -Lautrec, May Belfort , 1895. Crayon, brush, and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors. Keystone printed in olive green, color stones in red , black, gray, and yellow on wove paper, 31 5⁄16 × 24 in. Private collection



Edward Hopper, Drugstore, 1927



Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior, Strandgade 30, 1901, Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm, Private Collection


Rick McGinnis
Yellowstone National Park, July 2016


Carole Werner, Romy Schneider and Cat, 1965


Doni Silver Simons,
Acrylic on canvas, Untitled (In the Nine Days) 36″ x 36″, 2009


“I have never had a single close intimate girlfriend in all my life. I never had a chum to whom I could confide all my secrets. I suppose this accounts for the fact that now it is so painfully difficult for me to open my heart. You have to learn so very young to open your heart.”
—Jean Arthur


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, May Milton, 1895. Crayon, brush, spatter, and transferred screen lithograph, printed in five colors. Keystone printed in olive green, color stones in blue, red, yellow, and black on wove paper, 31 5⁄16 × 24 in. Private collection


Richard Avedon, Dovima, 1950’s


Vilhelm Hammershøi, Figures by the Window, c.1895, Oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm, Private Collection


Photo by Todd Webb, Cobblestones, Provence, France, 1977


Unknown American artist, Mary Ann Elizabeth Thum of Philadelphia with bird, 1790s


Boston Post, Massachusetts, June 5, 1921
In 1921 Bebe Daniels was cruising in her Marmon Roadster with current beau boxer Jack Dempsey (and her mother, chaperone for proprieties sake). When they crossed the into Orange County she was pulled over for speeding — she was going 56 ½ MPH. The judge in the case was notorious for giving steep fines to anyone going above the speed limit, as well as jail time for anyone going over 50 – and Bebe was no exception. She told the motorcycle officers at the scene that she’d been speeding because her radiator had sprung a leak, she wanted to get it fixed before more trouble ensued, but they didn’t buy it.. neither did the jury.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, although some critics were unimpressed when she was gifted a full bedroom set (including a rug and a phonograph) from a local furniture store for her Santa Ana cell, claiming that it looked like a boudoir scene from a movie. They also ridiculed the fact that her mother stayed with her for the majority of the term, and weren’t impressed when she bragged about her guest book which she claimed had racked up 721 signatures from visitors while in the clink. On her first day in jail the judge who sentenced her welcomed her with a bouquet of roses. She was pretty upbeat about the whole thing though, telling the sheriff that “This is a comfy little place, anyhow. It will be sort of a quiet vacation.”

Via: Yesterday’s Print


Rick McGinnis
Yellowstone National Park, July 2016


Bette Davis in The Letter, 1940
Screenplay by Howard E. Koch
Based on 1927 play The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham


Bronwyn Oliver (Australia, 1959-2006)
110 × 45 × 40 cm
© Estate of Bronwyn Oliver. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Photo: © TarraWarra Museum of Art and Dr Marcus Bunyan


“I have gone through a long apprenticeship. I have gone through enough of being a nobody. I have decided that when I am a star, I will be every inch and every moment the star! Everybody from the studio gateman to the highest executive will know it.”
—Gloria Swanson, 1922


Samuel Rothbort
Artist’s Shadow Over Ruth in Bed, 1931
oil on canvas, handmade frame, 34.65 in.H x35.75 in. W


Rick McGinnis
Steve Buscemi, Toronto, Sept. 1992



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Cover for L’Estampe originale, 1893. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in six colors. Keystone printed in olive green, color stones in beige, salmon red, red, yellow, and black on wove paper. Only state, 22 1/4 × 25 11⁄16 in. Private collection


Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants
Evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, August 1955


Vilhelm Hammershøi, Double Portrait of the Artist and his Wife, seen through a Mirror, The Cottage Spurveskjul, c.1911, Oil on canvas, 55,2 x 76 cm, Private Collection


The Triumph of Mordechai, 1988
Purim Noisemaker by Moshe Zabari, Israeli, b. 1935
Silver, lapis lazuli, and carnelian, 3 1/2 × 6 1/4 × 1 in. (34.3 × 15.9 × 2.5 cm)


Robert & Karen Avrech
Skin Worship
Beverly Hills, 2017


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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted February 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    In looking at the photo of Gloria Swanson, I wonder about the fashion of flat chested women in the 1920s. I assume it was a reaction to the “Gibson Girl” look of the 1910 era where wasp waists and large boobs were the fashion. I have a photo of my mother about 1926 dressed in the highest fashion of the time. She was living in Hollywood at the time. One of her claims to fame was that she had danced with Victor McLaglen, probably before he became well known. Although he was a leading man in 1926 so maybe I underestimated her.

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    • Posted February 22, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      An interesting point, Michael Kennedy. My paternal grandmother was known as something of a flapper in the 1920, but I hadn’t drawn the comparison to the Gibson Girls era, with their tight corsets to create a thin waist and to accentuate a woman’s bust/derriere.

      Flappers did away with the corset fashion and tended to wear bras that flattened their chests and created a “boyish look”. The bobbed hairstyles further added to the effect.

      For me, I’ve always preferred the “ample bosom” fashion over the “boyish” look… 😉

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  2. Barry
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    An unwashed alcoholic, I understand John Ford smelled every bit as nice as he looked.

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    • Posted February 17, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      It’s funny, but at first glance, I thought that was Burgess Meredith! 🙂

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