Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”
—Elizabeth Taylor

Young Woman Peeling Apples
Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1655
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 18 in. (54.6 x 45.7 cm)


Anna May Wong, 1929. Photo by Paul Tanqueray


New York, Number 18
Artist: Charles Biederman (American, 1906–2004)
Date: 1938
Medium: Painted wood and acrylic
Dimensions: 30 3/4 in. × 21 7/8 in. × 4 in. (78.1 × 55.6 × 10.2 cm)


Marilyn Monroe making up for Ladies of the Chorus, 1948.


Rick McGinnis
Railyard workshop, Kamloops, BC


1935 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster.


Poster for the original Polish release of Fritz Lang’s “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse” c.1935


“My whole career has been one of extreme good fortune. I think I’m an average actor … In acting you can do something and maybe … some people think it’s fine, but you know inside of you that it can be done better … You don’t feel that you really attained a goal in the acting business; you always feel that you’re still learning.”
—Gary Cooper


The Lacemaker
Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1656
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 17 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (45.1 x 52.7 cm)


Willy Römer
Jewish Boy Selling Thread and Sewing Materials on the Street, Warsaw, Poland, 1916


Golden Gate
Artist: Charles Sheeler (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883–1965 Dobbs Ferry, New York)
Date: 1955
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 25 1/8 in. × 34 in. (63.8 × 86.4 cm)


Head of Muse
created between 1508-1511
Used as a study for one of his frescoes in the Vatican.
Black chalk on paper


Audrey Hepburn photographed by Richard Avedon


Poster for the original Polish release of John Cassavetes’ “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” 1978


1930 Packard Speedster Custom


“There was no model for what I tried to do with dance…and the thing Fred Astaire and I used to bitch about was that critics didn’t know how to categorize us. They called us tap dancers because that was considered the American style. But neither of us were basically tap dancers. Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat. If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I’m the Marlon Brando.”
—Gene Kelly, photo by Gjon Mili, 1944.


The Lovesick Maiden
Artist: Jan Steen (Dutch, Leiden 1626–1679 Leiden)
Date: ca. 1660
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 34 x 39 in. (86.4 x 99.1 cm)


Robert Doisneau
Brigitte Bardot, for “Vogue” 1950


1937 Delahaye Roadster


Poster for the original Polish release of “Dirty Dancing” 1989


Photo by Bert Hardy, 1954


Tables for Ladies
Artist: Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)
Date: 1930
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48 1/4 x 60 1/4 in. (122.6 x 153 cm)


A page from a thirteenth-century German Pentateuch (‘the Duke of Sussex’s German Pentateuch’) includes a Star of David, symbol of Judaism, at the start of Deuteronomy; British Library


Karen’s mother, Celia, c. 1940, Lowell, Mass. Celia’s father, Eliyahu Kahn, was a Rabbi in Lowell when the city was a shoe manufacturing powerhouse. When I first met my mother-in-law she asked if I ever heard of Lowell. I mentioned shoes. She said: “Shoes and Jack Kerouac.”


Maayan, Lielle, and Livia wish all our friends a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. Barry
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Cooper’s comment, quite insightful. The way a good actor should think and feel.

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  2. Posted June 16, 2017 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    The Audrey Hepburn photo is one of the most un-Avedon pictures I’ve ever seen by Avedon.

    The Poles really elevated movie and theatre posters to some whole new level for a couple of decades.
    Rick McGinnis recently posted..SebadohMy Profile

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 16, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Yes, the Avedon Hepburn pic is atypical. Polish artists really elevated movie posters to a level of brilliance.

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  3. Posted June 16, 2017 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Another excellent Friday Photos entry, Robert.

    I love the Packard, the Auburn Boat Tail, Gene Kelly, BB, etc. but I am fascinated with Raphael’s Head of Muse drawing. The hair and neck seem to be a casual sketch (maybe something I could have done!), but then you see the eyes and realize a master did this. 🙂

    Enjoy your Sabbath everyone…

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 16, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      In the art world, the best measure of talent is the quality of drawings not paint. This Raphael sketch demonstrates the wisdom of that saying.

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  4. sennacherib
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    The kids are getting big and looking good.

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  5. sennacherib
    Posted June 16, 2017 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    “I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”
    Original words of Julius Caesar when giving the ashes and signet of Pompey to Pompey’s widow.

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