Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions April 28, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 6 Comments “I suppose you would like to know how actresses of my day differ from actresses of today. Well, the actresses of today are richer.”—Olivia de Havilland John Frederick PetoAmerican painter (b. 1854, Philadelphia, d. 1907, New York City)Tom’s River1905Oil on canvas, 59 x 41 cmMuseo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid Howard EdgertonFootball Kick, 1938 Polish poster for Black Narcissus, 1947 Irwin BlumenfeldNew York City, for “Vogue” 1949 Jackson PollockNumber, 34, 1949Oil and enamel on white paperboard mounted on Masonite22 × 30 1/2 in55.9 × 77.5 cm Rick McGinnisKristin Scott Thomas, Toronto, Sept. 1996 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a scene from Swing Time, 1936.“What do dancers think of Fred Astaire? It’s no secret. We hate him. He gives us a complex because he’s too perfect. His perfection is an absurdity. It’s too hard to face. No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”– Mikhail Baryshnikov Henri Rousseau(1844-1910)Artillerymen, ca. 1893–95 Les artilleurs, ca. 1893–95Oil on canvas31 1/8 x 39 inches (79.1 x 98.9 cm) Bruce DavidsonIran, 1964 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight roadster John HaberleAmerican painter and lithographer (b. 1856, New Haven, d. 1933, New Haven)The Slatec. 1895Oil on canvas, 31 x 24 cmMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston George HurrellJoan Crawford, 1930s Jackson PollockBlue Poles, 1952Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas212.1 cm × 488.9 cm (83.5 in × 192.5 in)National Gallery of Australia, Canberra “I did ‘War and Peace’ in velvets and furs in August. In the hunting scene when I’m in the velvet and a high hat, the family was plodding across a big field in the blazing Roman sunshine, and, all of a sudden, the horse fainted out from under me. They quickly got me out of the saddle so I didn’t end up being rolled over. So when they say I’m as strong as a horse, I am. I’m stronger! I didn’t faint. The horse did.”—Audrey Hepburn on her experiences shooting ‘War and Peace’ (1956) Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)Gunsmith, 6 Centre Market Place, ManhattanFebruary 4, 1937Gelatin silver print 9 5/8 x 7 9/16″ (24.4 x 19.1 cm) Gold and silver inlaid Colt New Line 30 pocket revolver, late 19th century. William Michael Harnett,American painter (b. 1848, Clonakilty, d. 1892, New York)Old Models1892Oil on canvas, 138 x 72 cmMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston Erwin BlumenfeldNew York City, 1952 William Holden, Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard, 1950Written by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr. Jackson PollockOne: Number 31, 19501950Oil and enamel paint on canvas8′ 10″ x 17′ 5 5/8″ (269.5 x 530.8 cm) A mother-of-pearl tablet inscribed with a menorah found in Caesarea, Israel, April 2017. (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel) Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.