Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions June 30, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 15 Comments …the discussion of security prompted actress Ginger Rogers to tell the group and the President, “Oh, I get scared for him”, and turning to Reagan, she said “because I love you so much, and we who love you get scared for you.” “I think the press is terrible, she said. “They’ve not been very nice to our president.”—Ginger RogersFrom a 1983 Washington Post article: “Reagan on the Press,” by Daniel Radcliffe. Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, 1554, oil on poplar wood, 19.5 x 12.5 cm (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) Rick McGinnisCommerce Court, Toronto, May 2017 The night of June 7, 1525 Albrecht Durer had an apocalyptic dream of a great flood destroying the world. Shaken by the experience, he painted this scene the following morning. Durer’s distress over this vision was not unusual considering the time. The early years of the Reformation brought violence, rebellion, and intense religious anxiety. In 1525 Germany was in the midst of a violent peasant revolt, and there was mounting fear among some that a flood would soon end the world. Below is a translation of the text.“In 1525, during the night between Wednesday and Thursday after Whitsuntide, I had this vision in my sleep, and saw how many great waters fell from heaven. The first struck the ground about four miles away from me with such a terrible force, enormous noise and splashing that it drowned the entire countryside. I was so greatly shocked at this that I awoke before the cloudburst. And the ensuing downpour was huge. Some of the waters fell some distance away and some close by. And they came from such a height that they seemed to fall at an equally slow pace. But the very first water that hit the ground so suddenly had fallen at such velocity, and was accompanied by wind and roaring so frightening, that when I awoke my whole body trembled and I could not recover for a long time. When I arose in the morning, I painted the above as I had seen it. May the Lord turn all things to the best.” Via: Renaissance Art Erwin BlumenfeldDovima (Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, Jackson Heights, New York, 1927–1990) wears a Pacific suit, a Lily Dache hat and Vegetables jewelry. The name under which she modeled, Dovima, derives from the first two letters of each of her three given names: Dorothy, Virginia, and Margaret. Vogue, USA, 1950. Judith with the head of Holofernes (c. 1605-10), by Giuseppe Cesari aka Cavalier d’Arpino, oil on canvas, 48 cm × 61.3 cm, (from the Berkeley Art Museum, Ucla, Berkeley, California, USA) A synagogue in New York City holds 24-hour services on D-Day, June 6th, 1944 Ralph Lauren, (b. Ralph Lifshitz, 1939) with his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. Poster for the Polish release of Apocalypse Now, 1979 “I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.”― Groucho Marx Sofonisba Anguissola, The Chess Game (Portrait of the artist’s sisters playing chess), 1555, oil on canvas, 72 x 97 cm (National Museum in Poznań) Cary Grant, Ingrid BergmanNotorious, 1946Screenplay by the great Ben Hecht László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)AL 31926Oil, industrial paint, and graphite on aluminium15 3/4 × 15 3/4 in.Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection© 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Jacob RiisTalmud School in a Hester Street Tenement, 1888/ 1895 1937 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet Unknown Artist, Spain (Madrid), 17th century, ‘Portrait of a Spanish Noblewoman’, c.1620. © National Gallery of Ireland. Poster for the Polish release of Strangers on a Train, 1951 “I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It’s more than talent and beauty. Maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.”—Joan Blondell Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, c. 1556, varnished watercolor on parchment, 8.3 x 6.4 cm (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). The medallion is inscribed in Latin: “The maiden Sofonisba Anguissola, depicted by her own hand, from a mirror, at Cremona.” Lee MillerMlle Christiane Poignet, law student, Paris, France, 1944 1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C by Kellner Rita Hayworth in Reno, 1951 DeskArtist: Carlo Bugatti (Italian, Milan 1855–1940 Molsheim)Date: ca. 1902Medium: Walnut, copper, pewter, vellumDimensions: H. 29-1/2, W. 23-2/3, D. 22-1/2 in. (74.9 x 60.1 x 57.2 cm) Poster for the Polish release of Sunset Boulevard, 1950 Myrna Loy in “The Truth About Youth” (1930)“If he had any ‘jack’ he wouldn’t sit there staring at me — he’d be in here crushing the life out of me, and making me like it!”Written by Play: Henry V. EsmondScreenplay: B. Harrison Orkow Scene in the Jewish Quarter of ConstantineArtist: Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)Date: 1851Medium: Oil on canvasDimensions: 22 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (56.8 x 47 cm)Classification: PaintingsCredit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1996Accession Number: 1996.285DescriptionChassériau witnessed this scene and sketched it in his notebook during a trip to Algeria in 1846. From the ancient town of Constantine he wrote, “I have seen some highly curious things: primitive and overwhelming, touching and singular. At Constantine, which is high up in some enormous mountains, one sees the Arab people and the Jewish people [living] as they were at the beginning of time.” The Jewish women of North Africa were especially attractive subjects for European painters because they did not wear veils.Via: MetMuseum Celia Singer (Karen’s mother) holding Rena, Karen’s sister.Harrisburg, PA, 1949. Robert J. AvrechRodeo Drive, Beverly Hills2006 Betty Grable wishes America a happy and meaningful July 4th. G-d Bless America. And— —Lielle wishes all our friends and relatives an inspiring and peaceful Shabbat.