Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled, “She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational!”
—Ava Gardner
Photo by Norman Parkinson, 1953

Portrait of Elijah Boardman
by Ralph Earl (American, Worcester County, Massachusetts 1751–1801 Bolton, Connecticut)
Oil on canvas
83 x 51 in.


Alfred Eisenstaedt
Scene at the School of American Ballet, New York, 1936.


1939 ZIS-101 Sport coupe, H/T Bill Brandt


Myrna Loy, 1937, photo by Laszlo Willnger


Sentimental Conversation
Artist: Quirijn van Brekelenkam (Dutch, Zwammerdam (?), after 1622–ca. 1669 Leiden)
Date: early 1660s
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (41.3 x 35.2 cm)


Dovima in a 1956 photo by Milton Greene


Gold armband with Herakles knot
Period: Hellenistic
Date:3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture: Greek
Medium: Gold inlaid with garnets, emeralds, and enamel
Dimensions:3 1/2in. (8.9cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.


“I am really rather like a beautiful Jersey cow, I have the same pathetic droop to the corners of my eyes.”
—Deborah Kerr


Lady with Her Pets (Molly Wales Fobes)
by Rufus Hathaway (1770–1822)
Date: 1790
Oil on canvas
34 1/4 x 32 in.


Woman in Chicken Hat, 1949, Lisa Fonssagrives photographed by Irving Penn


Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh, National League, from the White Border series for the American Tobacco Company
Commercial lithograph
Dimensions: Sheet: 2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.


Rick McGinnis
Rocky Mountains, British Columbia


1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé, H/T Bill Brandt


Brigitte Bardot, Paris, 1954, photo by Georges Dambier


Wang Guangle
Acrylic on Canvas
146 x 146 cm


“Glamour is just sex that got civilized.”
—Dorothy Lamour


Corridor in the Asylum
by Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
September 1889
Oil color and essence over black chalk on pink laid (“Ingres”) paper
25 5/8 x 19 5/16in.


Model in a gown by Norman Norell, photo by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1950


1939 Duesenburg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost, H/T Bill Brandt


Photo of Jean Patchett by Erwin Blumenfeld for the cover of Vogue, January 1949


John Holland Fountain Pen
Hard rubber, mother of pearl sandwiched between filigreed gold bands, tapered cap. This pen is an eyedropper, which means it was originally supplied with a small eyedropper with which you suction ink out of the bottle and then squeeze into the barrel.


A group of paratroopers surrounds then-IDF chief rabbi Shlomo Goren at the Western Wall on June 7, 1967. (Micha Bar-Am/Defense Ministry’s IDF Archive)


Paper Cut Omer Calendar for Hevrah Mishnayyot, created by Baruch Zvi Ring in 1904 for his synagogue in Rochester, New York. More here.


The veteran medallion on my father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech’s, z’l grave. We are grateful to all our veterans, living and dead.


Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. kgbudge
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I can’t talk or act either. But I think Ava had a couple of other assets I don’t have.

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    • Barry
      Posted May 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Drunken behavior isn’t seductive long term She was unable to sustain a relationship.

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  2. kishke
    Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Interesting how those cars from so long ago are so much more futuristic than how the cars of the future actually turned out.

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted May 26, 2017 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Brigette with the Crillon hotel in the back ground.

    Love the cars. Why did the 1930s have so many beautiful cars ?

    I love the Van Gogh. Great depth.

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    • Posted May 26, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      BB and Myrna, together again in a Friday Photos post!

      Michael, I think 2 major factors contributed to the 1930 car designs — 1) Art Deco was born in the 1920’s and came to the forefront of European and US design in the 1930’s, and 2) cars naturally evolved during that period. The early Ford Model T (1908) was a bare-bone design which stressed simplicity, utility and affordability. Twenty-five years later and the car designs focused on power, speed and (dare I say) sexiness.

      Have a wonderful Sabbath everyone and please remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms this weekend…

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      • Robert J. Avrech
        Posted May 26, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        Nothing beats BB and Myrna, except for pics of my grandchildren.
        Agree that the Art deco movement powered car design as it did architecture, interiors, clothing, and the fine arts. Thanks so much for the Sabbath greeting.Have a meaningful Memorial day weekend.

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        • Posted May 26, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

          I completely agree, Robert! But in my defense, I’ve been around here long enough to know that EVERY Friday Photos post must end with a variation of a) the grandchildren photo, and b) “The End”.

          Lastly, I must apologize for my hurried composition — ” and please remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms this weekend”. That sentence surely made you cringe. Of course, I meant “This weekend, please remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms”.

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          • kishke
            Posted May 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

            A very Trumpian sentence. You should tweet it.

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