Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“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 Peto
American painter (b. 1854, Philadelphia, d. 1907, New York City)
Tom’s River
Oil on canvas, 59 x 41 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


Howard Edgerton
Football Kick, 1938


Polish poster for Black Narcissus, 1947


Irwin Blumenfeld
New York City, for “Vogue” 1949


Jackson Pollock
Number, 34, 1949
Oil and enamel on white paperboard mounted on Masonite
22 × 30 1/2 in
55.9 × 77.5 cm


Rick McGinnis
Kristin 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. 1893–95
Oil on canvas
31 1/8 x 39 inches (79.1 x 98.9 cm)


Bruce Davidson
Iran, 1964


1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight roadster


John Haberle
American painter and lithographer (b. 1856, New Haven, d. 1933, New Haven)
The Slate
c. 1895
Oil on canvas, 31 x 24 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


George Hurrell
Joan Crawford, 1930s


Jackson Pollock
Blue Poles, 1952
Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas
212.1 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, Manhattan
February 4, 1937
Gelatin 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 Models
Oil on canvas, 138 x 72 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Erwin Blumenfeld
New York City, 1952


William Holden, Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard, 1950
Written by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr.


Jackson Pollock
One: Number 31, 1950
Oil and enamel paint on canvas
8′ 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.


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  1. Barry
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Olivia is telling you something — when these stars historically break away from their home studios, Bette Davis, Olivia herself, Bogart, and claim to be looking for better projects, what they are looking for is more, and more, money. nothing wrong with that, but it should not be romanticized since quite obviously, the home studio has significantly aided in their fame and success. We should have heard some thanks along the way. All of these people today are chiefly remembered for the work done under contract.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Astair was also an excellent golfer and loved race horses.

    Debbie Reynolds had a similar experience with Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    BTW that quote from Mikhail Baryshnikov is saying something about Astair

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    • Posted April 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. That quotation was quite the compliment. Of course, it noticeably ignores the amount of practice & rehearsal he put in to get so blithely perfect. As you recall, Swing Time is my favorite of the Astaire/Rogers movies.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Every time I see that scene from Swing Time I think of Ginger Rogers bloody feet from practicing.

    Love the Audrey Hepburn quote.

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  5. Posted April 28, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    What’s not to love about your lineup this week? Nothing.

    I can’t even complain about the Mets jersey Ariel is wearing because he’s so darned cute — and this is coming from a die-hard Cardinals fan!

    Have a wonderful Sabbath everyone.

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