Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I was never beautiful like Miss Hayworth or Miss Lamarr. I was known as ‘the little brown wren’. Who’d want to get me at the end of the picture? I thought I was the plainest, most unattractive thing ever, and glamour was something I felt was far beyond my grasp. But—and isn’t it funny?—now when I look at my old movies I think I was the most gorgeous creature—simply divine!”
—Bette Davis, 1973

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Moonlight in the Adirondacks, circa 1960
Oil on Panel, 11 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches


Eliot Elisofon
Woman & Crane, 1937


Maerten van Heemskerck
Netherlandish painter (b. 1498, Heemskerck, d. 1574, Haarlem)
Portrait of Anna Codde
Oil on panel, 86 x 66 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Poster, Black Narcissus, 1947


Natalie Wood posing beside her Big Eyes portrait by artist Margaret Keane. Photo by Peter Basch, 1960


Randall #5 “Camp & Trail Knife”
6″ Black Micarta handle. Stainless steel blade. Nickel silver hilt. Thong hole. With a nifty…


compass in the butt.


“I’ve had to work hard at that easy-going manner you see on screen. When people see me in something and say, ‘That’s just you – that’s not acting,’ it’s the best compliment I can get.”
—James Garner, 1928-2014


Still Life with Grapes and a Bird
Antonio Leonelli (Antonio da Crevalcore) (Italian, Crevalcore, born by 1443–died by 1525, Bologna (?)
ca. 1500–1510
Oil on canvas
15 5/8 × 15 5/8 in. (39.7 × 39.7 cm)


Shirley Temple with Shirley Temple


Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company (American, Hartford, Connecticut, 1855–present)
Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver, Serial No. 38549, ca. 1868
American, Hartford, Connecticut and New York,
Steel, gold, copper alloy (brass); L. of pistol 11 in. (27.9 cm); Cal. .36 in. (9.1 mm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of W. C. Foxley, 2014 (2014.699)


Rick McGinnis
Jackie Chan, Toronto, Feb. 1996


Robert Mangold
Four-Color Frame Painting #4, 1984, Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 10 × 7 feet.


Arthur Dove
Red Sun
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 28 in.


Robert Doisneau, Kiss in front of the Hôtel de Ville, 1950


Myrna Loy by Charles Gates Sheldon (American, 1889 – 1960)


For one moment Cary and I did communicate for real.
Seeing how handsome he still was, I asked why he didn’t still appear in movies.
Cary sighed. “I just don’t look like Cary Grant anymore.”
—via Shirley Jones, A Memoir


Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen
Netherlandish painter (b. ca. 1500, Beverwijk, d. 1559, Bruxelles)
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
c. 1525
Oil on panel, 65 x 47 cm
Private collection


Clark Gable with 1936 Ford. Note custom head-lamps, windshield, and wheel-covers.


Birger Sandzén (Swedish/American, 1871-1954), Creek at Twilight, 1927. Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches.


“Cast A Giant Shadow”, 1966.
Senta Berger as Magda Simon.
Kirk Douglas as David Mickey Marcus


Karen and I are driving down Olympic Boulevard. We stop at a red light and see the sign.
Karen says: “Oh, Mrs. White.”
I say: “Huh?”
Karen says: “Well, psychic swindlers usually have much more exotic names with gaudy neon signs.”
“Maybe Mrs. White knows something we don’t know.”


Omer Counter
Teak, maple, woodburning, enamel on copper cover by Arnold Schwarzbart; The Studio of Arnold Schwarzbart, Knoxville, TN


Ariel & Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.


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  1. kgbudge
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Shirley Temple seemed to have done a remarkable, perhaps unique, job of growing up into a halfway normal adult.

    What other Hollywood child stars were able to pull that off?

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    • Barry
      Posted May 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Jane Powell, Dickie Moore, Jimmy Lydon, Jane Withers, Claude Jarman, Jr., Ron Howard, Kurt Russell, many more. Don’t be influenced by the high profile destructive folks covered incessantly by the press. They are as stupidly destructive about our business as they are about our government.

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      • Barry
        Posted May 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        And why ‘half way’ regarding Shirley Temple. She was a success as a child and throughout life up to being an old lady. What more could she do, or anyone. And do you know anyone , because I do not, who had such grace, charm, and brain power. She was the dream child.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Interesting quote by Karen in re: Mrs White. Most are swindlers I think; getting the gullible hooked but a few have been scary in their predictions.

    On Bette Davis – and insecure stars – I keep thinking of Marilyn Monroe’s obsession with her nostrils; learned at Seraphic Secret.

    If we could only see ourselves as others see us.

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  3. kishke
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Red Sun & Creek at Twilight are great as well.

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  4. kishke
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Woman & Crane – clever.
    Moonlight in the Adirondacks — an American Van Gogh.
    [FYI, some pics seem not to have uploaded.]

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink


      Try restarting your computer in order to get all the pics loaded.

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  5. Barry
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Welcome back, Robert.

    As for Bette Davis, she is proof that if you are not freakish looking, just ordinary and unattractive, in the movies you can be presented as desirable.

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