Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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”
oil on canvas
26.1 × 34.3 in
Museum for Art, Copenhagen


Bert Hardy
Glasgow, 1948


Designer: Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (Belgian, Liège 1858–1910 Antwerp)
Red narra wood, ash, copper, enamel, glass
H. 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, 1954
Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Ernest Lehman, Samuel A. Taylor
Based on “Sabrina Fair”
1953 play, by Samuel A. Taylor


Rick McGinnis
Falls 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”
oil 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. 1850
8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.


Panel painting of a woman in a blue mantle
Roman Period, Reign of Nero
A.D. 54–68
From Egypt
Encaustic on wood
H. 14 15/16 in.; W. 8 3/4 in.


Morris Louis (American, 1912–1962)
“Alpha-Pi” 1960
Magna on canvas
102 1/2 x 177 in. (260.4 x 449.6 cm)


by Charles Bobinet (Swiss, 1610–1678)
Date: probably ca. 1655–60
Case: agate with enameled golt mounts; Dial: white enamel with gold hand; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel
Dimensions: 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 1670s
Oil on canvas
36 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 Keetman
Teenage Couple and Pin-Up, 1960


Randall #17 Astro
5 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. 1440
Tempera on wood
25 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (64.1 x 41.9 cm)


Itzhak Luvaton
Omer Counter, stone, wood, stainless steel


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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I love Fra Lippo Lippi. Not the band or even the Robert Browning poem but the man. I think that is probably his usual model, and mistress and mother of his son, Fillipo Lippi.

    ” In 1456 he abducted a nun, Lucrezia Buti, from the convent in Prato where he was chaplain. He was finally permitted to marry her. Their son Filippino was later taught in Lippi’s workshop, as was Botticelli.”

    The names get confused. The father was Fra Lippo Lippi and he son was Fillipo LIppi.

    The nun, Lucrezia, was his model and the “abduction” was voluntary from what I have read. I just love the story.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Bette Davis seems to be of the same school as Spencer Tracy or Jimmy Stewart. Like Ricks picture of Belfast – the angles and color.

    My mother once saw Lucille Ball at Bullocks – said the hair was a brilliant red –

    Glascow seems so haunting and trying to understand the German poster. Seems like a mish mash of sayings but then i suppose that was the intention,

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  3. sheldan
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of the Sprite commercial with the three rappers who are stopped by the director saying, “You held the label [of the soft drink] upside down!”

    The first rapper says, “DON’T talk that way to me! I received my education at CAMBRIDGE!”

    The second says, “Once again, you’ve ruined MY concentration!”

    The third says, “Excuse me…what’s my motivation?”

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  4. Barry
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Re Shirley Jones —

    Or as Olivier famously said to Marilyn during The Prince and The Showgirl shoot –‘Can’t you just be sexy? Isn’t that what you do?’

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