Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 3, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 7 Comments “Sometimes I’ll watch an old movie on television and, once in a while, one of mine, such as April Showers (’48) will come on and I’ll watch it. And you know something? I’m always amazed at what a lousy actress I was. I guess in the old days we just got by on glamour.”—Ann Sothern Paolo Veronese c. 1560, Portrait of a Venetian Woman (La Belle Nani) Artist Pablo Picasso in his studio in Vallauris with actress Brigitte Bardot during the 1956 International Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Jerome Brierre/RDA/Getty Images) Marilyn Monroe poses in front of Picasso’s “Motherhood”, 1956 Randall model 27 Trailblazer, one of the finest handmade knives available. Stag, Micarta handle. Stainless steel blade is 5.75″. Handcrafted leather sheath with sharpening stone. Collection Robert & Karen Avrech. Note: Orders are limited to one knife per household every three months. Orders received now by Randall are scheduled for shipment in approximately 5 years. Rick McGinnisMickey Rooney, (b. Joseph Yule, Jr. 1920 – 2014) Toronto 1995 Thomas NozkowskiUntitled (L-41), 2014Oil on paper22 x 30 in “My life? Well, I get up at a quarter to six in the morning if I’m going to wear an evening dress on camera. That sentence sounds a little ga-ga, doesn’t it? But never mind, that’s my life…As long as they pay me my salary, they can give me a broom and I’ll sweep the stage. I don’t give a damn. I want the money…When I die, I want to be cremated so that no sign of my existence is left on this earth. I can’t wait to be forgotten.”—Kay Francis Japanese poster for The African Queen, 1951 Albert WatsonFanny with Tree Calipers, New York City, 2010 Parmigianino c. 1524Gian Galeazzo Sanvitale, Count of FontanellatoOil on canvas43 in × 32 inNational Museum of Capodimonte Brett WestonOceano Dunes, California, 1947 Rick McGinnisPiper Laurie, (b. Rosetta Jacobs, 1932)Toronto, Sept. 1995 1933 Packard Twelve Stationary Coupe with custom coachwork by Dietrich Inc. Seating for two or four made possible by the rumble seat. A retracting window in the back of the cabin enables conversation. “I’ve never had a friend in my life who wanted to see a magic trick, you know. I don’t know anybody who wants to see a magic trick. So I do it professionally; it’s the only way I get to perform.I went once to a birthday party for [MGM boss] Louis B. Mayer with a rabbit in my pocket which I was going to take out of his hat. On came Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and Danny Thomas and everybody you ever heard of and then Al Jolson sang for two hours and my rabbit was peeing all over me, you know. And the dawn was starting to rise over the Hillcrest Country Club as we said goodnight to Louis B. Mayer and nobody’d asked me to do a magic trick. So the rabbit and I went home.”—Orson Welles, in the 1982 documentary The Orson Welles Story Gene Tierney, Laura, 1944Screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty ReinhardtRing Lardner, Jr. (uncredited)Based on the 1943 novel Laura by Vera Caspary Fred Astaire with his daughter Ava in Paris, photographed by Willy Rizzo, 1956 ParmigianinoAntea, Portrait of a Young Woman1524–1527Oil on canvas54 in × 34 inNational Museum of Capodimonte, Naples Michael KennaForest Edge, Hokuto, Hokkaido, Japan, 2004 Pisanello c. 1436-1438 Portrait of a Princess of the House of EsteYear 1435–1449Tempera on panel17 in × 12 inLouvre, Paris President George W. BushFormer Army Special Forces Green Beret Michael Rodriguez.From the Portraits of Courage series Purim Wall Hanging19th-20th centuryLinen: embroidered with cotton thread16 15/16 × 12 in.This wall decoration derives from a Judeo-Persian elaboration of the Book of Esther, which interweaves Jewish tradition with the heroic tradition of Iranian epics. Queen Esther watches as King Ahasueros kills a dragon, symbolic of the evil Haman.Jewish Museum, New York Maayan, Livia and Lielle wish all our friends and relatives a patriotic and inspirational Shabbat. Ed Ruscha, The Absolute End, dry pigment on paper, 1982.