Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions April 7, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 10 Comments Richard AvedonBuster Keaton, New York City, 1952“The screen was just a white sheet. They had this flickering machine. That was the first time I saw this angel with a white face and these beautiful eyes. I knew this was something special. It was the first time I saw Keaton. He wore a flat pancake of a hat, and I just couldn’t believe the man’s grace.”—Mel Brooks, on first seeing a Buster Keaton film when Brooks was a child. RembrandtBelshazzar’s Feastc. 1636Oil on canvas, 168 x 209 cmNational Gallery, London Princess Margaret by Lord Snowdon, 1967 Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 12406Manufactured by Samuel Colt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1814–1862)ca. 1853Steel, brass, gold, wood (walnut)Dimensions:L. 14 in. (35.6 cm); L. of barrel 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Cal. .44 in. (11.2 mm); case; H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); W. 16 3/16 in. (41.1 cm); D. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 9.8 oz. (224 g) Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rick McGinnisWilliston, VT, January 2017 Ann Southern, 1936 Hilma af KlintThe Dove, No. 03, Group IX/UW, No. 271915Oil on canvasHeight: 61.22 in., Width: 45.47 in. Bela Lugosi in publicity still for Dracula, 1931“I look in the mirror and say to myself, ‘Can it be that you once played Romeo?’”—Bela Lugosi, 1951 Gerard ter BorchSeated Girl in Peasant Costumecirca 1650Oil on panelHeight: 11.02 in., Width: 9.06 in. Photo by Ezra Stoller, Duplan Silk Mills, 1943 Dura Europos frescoJews Cross the Red SeaCreated, 244-256 CE Vivian MaierSelf Portrait, 1956 Sari SrulovitchSeder PlateIsrael 2007, sterling silver bowls, anodized aluminium and silver plated brass box, textile fabric, 46 x 46 cm, height 5 cm. Robert J. AvrechNumber Something Or OtherAcrylic on panel 10″ X 10″2016 Harpo Marx, with his bewigged children Alec, Jimmy, & Minnie (1954)“In the house in Beverly Hills where our four children grew up, living conditions were a few thousand times improved over the old tenement on New York’s East 93rd Street we Marx Brothers called home. But my mother and father would have approved of the way my wife, Susan, and I ran the place in California. Like the East Side tenement, our house was seldom without the sound of music or laughter or questions being asked or stories being told. One of our kids’ favorite stories was about how they came to be adopted.They used to sit around Susan and me on the bedroom floor in their bunny-type pajamas while we told ‘The Story’, as we came to call it. We played it for suspense, like an old-fashioned cliff-hanger, and how they loved it!Susan, an only child who never had any roots, & I, a lone wolf who got married 20 years too late, were adopted by the kids as much as they were by us. We decided we would tell them they were adopted as soon as they could understand speech. We’d seen some pretty sad cases where parents kept putting off telling their adopted children the truth; & the kids, told too late, were full of resentment and a feeling of being unwanted. In our case, since we were all an adopted family, we had equal amounts of gratitude and respect mixed in with our love for one another.We started telling the kids where they had come from in the form of a true-adventure bedtime story when Alex was two, and Jimmy and Minnie were scarcely a year old. By the time they were four and three they couldn’t go to bed without hearing ‘The Story’.”-excerpted from Harpo Tells a Story, Reader’s Digest, 1962 Hilma af Klint, Svanen (The Swan) No. 17, Group IX:SUW, The SUW:UW Series, 1914-1915. oil on canvas, Height: 59.65 in., Width: 59.45 in. His Girl Friday, 1940Screenplay by Charles LedererBased on The Front Page1928 play by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur 1935 Studebaker Commander Eight, Australian built body Henry ClarkeFiona Campbelll in Dior, 1951 Randall Knife Society 5, Miniature Drop Point Hunter Club Knife, 2006The 6 1/2″ knife has a 3 1/2″ stainless steel drop point blade, brass hilt, micarta handle. Production was limited to 1,500 knives. Jean BesancenotBerber Jewish Girl with Harqus (Plant Ink) Facial Decorations, Agdz, Draa’ Valley, High Atlas Mountains, Moroccoc.1930 Gerard ter BorchPortrait of Helena van der Schalckecirca 1644oil on panelHeight: 13.39 in., Width: 11.02 in. Lielle, Livia, and Maayan wish all our friends a meaningful Shabbat and a happy and kosher Passover.