Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions May 12, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 4 Comments Fortunately, before I was due to make a final commitment to the Actor’s Studio, I was invited to sit and watch eight classes there. As I studied Lee Strasberg and his approach to his hapless students, I was appalled. One student was instructed by Strasberg to pretend to be a dog and lick the floor beneath his paws. He complied… I quickly concluded that the Actor’s Studio approach was not for me. I much preferred the Bette Davis school of acting. She was kept waiting one day to do her scene at the Studio while another actor interminably discussed his motivations for taking off his shoe, his mood, his emotions. In the end, an exasperated Bette burst out, “Just drop it on the floor. It’s only a goddamn shoe!”—Shirley Jones, A Memoir Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts (1640–) Danish“The Reverse of a Framed Painting”1668-1672oil on canvas26.1 × 34.3 inMuseum for Art, Copenhagen Bert HardyGlasgow, 1948 Cabinet-vitrineDesigner: Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (Belgian, Liège 1858–1910 Antwerp)1899Red narra wood, ash, copper, enamel, glassH. 98, W. 84, D. 25 in. Wynn Bullock (American, 1902–1975). Child on Forest Road, 1958, printed 1973. Gelatin silver print. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas V. Duncan Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Sabrina, 1954Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Ernest Lehman, Samuel A. TaylorBased on “Sabrina Fair”1953 play, by Samuel A. Taylor Rick McGinnisFalls Road, Belfast, April 2017 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe “I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.”—Lucille Ball Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts“Hanging Wall Pouch”1677oil on wood panel “Girl with Portrait of George Washington”From the Photography Studio of Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–1863)Artist: Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont 1811–1894 Charlestown, Massachusetts)Artist: Josiah Johnson Hawes (American, Wayland, Massachusetts 1808–1901 Crawford Notch, New Hampshire)ca. 1850Daguerreotype8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Panel painting of a woman in a blue mantleRoman Period, Reign of NeroA.D. 54–68From EgyptEncaustic on woodH. 14 15/16 in.; W. 8 3/4 in. Morris Louis (American, 1912–1962)“Alpha-Pi” 1960Magna on canvas102 1/2 x 177 in. (260.4 x 449.6 cm) Watchby Charles Bobinet (Swiss, 1610–1678)Date: probably ca. 1655–60Case: agate with enameled golt mounts; Dial: white enamel with gold hand; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steelDimensions: Diameter (case): 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); Diameter: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 “The Love Letter”by Jacob Ochtervelt (Dutch, Rotterdam 1634–1682 Amsterdam)early 1670sOil on canvas36 x 25 in. (91.4 x 63.5 cm) “My film career faded. A man can go on playing certain roles ‘til he’s sixty. But not a woman. The ‘Golden Age’ is gone, and with it most of the people of great taste. It doesn’t seem to be any fun any more.”—Joan Bennett, 1984 Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts, “Still Life with Self-portrait” 1663. Oil on canvas. Height: 93 cm (36.6 in). Width: 74 cm (29.1 in). National Gallery in Prague. Peter KeetmanTeenage Couple and Pin-Up, 1960 Randall #17 Astro5 1/2″ stainless steel blade. Black micarta handle, fastened with removable stainless steel bolts. A slot in the heavy tang and matching hollow inside the handle may be used to carry matches, fishhooks, line and other survival items. Large stainless steel hilt, silver-soldered. Wrist thong. This Randall model was especially designed for the seven Mercury astronauts, who carried them on America’s first manned space flights. Astronaut Gordon Cooper did the final design, and two of these historically valuable knives are on display in the Smithsonian Institution. There is now a 5 year waiting period when you order from Randall. “Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement”by Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, Florence ca. 1406–1469 Spoleto)ca. 1440Tempera on wood25 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (64.1 x 41.9 cm) Itzhak LuvatonOmer Counter, stone, wood, stainless steel Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.