Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions February 24, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 7 Comments “I think if you were born with privileges—or given privileges—then you should share them. Like money—it’s to share. I’ve known too many people who just sat and hoarded and were miserable. Just miserable SOBs. I have always believed that giving is one of the reasons that we were put on this earth. I’ve acted on that belief since I was old enough to leave my nest…”—Elizabeth Taylor Samurai Helmet (Zukinnari Kabuto)16th centuryIron, lacquerH. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm) Photo by John Rawlings,1938 Smith and Wesson .38 Caliber Safety Third Model Double-Action Revolver, serial no. 83097Decorated by Tiffany & Co., ca. 1890–93Steel, silver, enamel, wood, leather, copper alloy, gold. Alfred EisenstaedtSoldier’s Farewell, 1943 Rick McGinnisBeneath the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, Nov. 2016 Artemisia Gentileschi (Italian, Rome 1593–1651/53 Naples)“Esther Before Ahasuerus”Oil on canvas82 x 107 3/4in. (208.3 x 273.7cm) “I am in no sense of the word a great artist, not even a great animator; I have always had men working for me whose skills were greater than my own. I am an idea man. I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”—Walt Disney Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943)Mt. Katahdin (Maine), Autumn #21939–40Oil on canvas30 1⁄4 x 40 1⁄4 in. (76.8 x 102.2 cm) Florence Georgie in “It Happened On 23rd Street”, above (1901, dir. Edwin Porter); Marilyn Monroe in “Seven Year Itch” (1955, dir. Billy Wilder) Rick McGinnisPetersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 2016 Peggy Cummins and John Dall in “Gun Crazy” 1950Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, MacKinlay KantorBased on “Gun Crazy” 1940 story in The Saturday Evening Post by MacKinlay Kantor. Vilhelm HammershøiA Young Consumptive Girloil and canvas Gustav Klimt,“Seated Young Girl”1894 Ava Gardner, 15 years old Hieronimo Custodis c. 1589, Elizabeth Brydges, aged 14. Brigitte Bardot, 15 years old Statue of Brigitte Bardot in Buzios, Brazil Esther BubleyTeenagers listening to the latest hits, New York, 1957 “I first met Paul Newman in 1968, when George Roy Hill, the director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, introduced us in New York City. When the studio didn’t want me for the film — it wanted somebody as well known as Paul — he stood up for me. I don’t know how many people would have done that; they would have listened to their agents or the studio powers.…Both of us were fundamentally American actors, with the qualities and virtues that characterize American actors: irreverence, playing on the other’s flaws for fun, one-upmanship — but always with an underlying affection. Those were also at the core of our relationship off the screen.Paul was very engaged at work. He was there. He liked a lot of rehearsal. But he was fun too. Whenever he’d make a mistake on set, he would enjoy it more than anybody. I’d look at him, and he’d look at me, and I’d say, “You’re not fooling anybody. You’re not staring at me intensely; you’ve lost your line.” And he’d roar with laughter…We played lots of pranks on each other. I used to race cars, and after he took this rare Porsche I owned for a drive, he began to get into racing. He had incredible reflexes, and he got really good, but he talked so much about it that I got sick of it. So I had a beaten-up Porsche shell delivered to his porch for his 50th birthday. He never said anything, but not long after, I found a crate of molten metal delivered to the living room of my (rented) house. It dented the floor. I then had it turned into a really ugly sculpture and dropped into his garden. To this day, neither one of us has ever mentioned it.”—Robert Redford, 2008 Horst. P. HorstNina de Voogt on Striped Sofa II, 1951. Gene DavisSee Saw197972 × 92-½ × 1-½ inchesacrylic on canvas Photo by Marius Vieth Carlo DolciPoetry (Poesia), late 1640s. Oil on panel, 21 1/3 x 16 3/6 inches (54 cm x 42 cm). Florence, Galleria Corsini. Ernst Haas“View from Notre Dame”, Paris, 1955 Scroll of Esther18th century, possibly Alsace, Ink and gouache on parchment, 5 × 99 1/8 in. (12.7 × 251.8 cm)The Jewish Museum, NYGift of Dr. Harry G. FriedmanThis scroll is profusely illustrated and unique in its emphasis on legends concerning King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, above the text. Depicted at bottom are scenes from the Book of Esther. Pinchas Zvi (Finn) wishes all our friends and relatives an inspirational and peaceful Shabbat. Ed Ruscha, The Absolute End, dry pigment on paper, 1982.