Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.”
—Tallulah Bankhead


The Woman With the Veil
Oil on canvas, 32 in × 23.8 in
Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence


Spencer Tracy takes Madge Evans’ photo on the set of The Show-Off, 1934.


Mary Heilmann, Capistrano, 1994, oil on canvas, 34 x 30 in. (86.4 x 76.2 cm). Collection of Broido family, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C.


Rick McGinnis
Agawa Bay, Lake Superior, Ontario, June 2017


Au Tambour, To the Drum, 1908, Eugene Atget


Poster for the Polish release of Charge of the Light Brigade, 1968


British, ca. 1750
Medium: linen, cane
Gowns in the eighteenth century were supported by rounded side hoops of different extension and depth. In this example the wider dress would be narrower in profile. A woman so garbed had to pass through a doorway sideways. Via: Metmuseum


1933 Duesenberg II SJ Boattail Speedster


“Orson Welles lists Citizen Kane as his best film, Alfred Hitchcock opts for Shadow of a Doubt, and Sir Carol Reed chose The Third Man—and I’m in all of them.”
—Joseph Cotten


Portrait of Bindo Altoviti
oil on wood, 24 in × 17 in
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Myrna Loy, 1920s


Mary Heilmann, Red Mirage, 2017. © Mary Heilmann. Photo by Thomas Müller. Courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth.


Ida Lupino on a Los Angeles street corner, 1942


Poster for the Polish release of Anne of the Thousand Days, 1969.


Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Two Mules for Sister Sara, 1970
Screenplay by Albert Maltz
Story by Budd Boetticher


Cindy Sherman
Untitled Film Still #54, 1980


1933 Auburn V12 Plus


“Before I even met Audrey, I had a crush on her, and after I met her, just a day later, I felt as if we were old friends… Most men who worked with her felt both fatherly or brotherly about her, while harboring romantic feelings about her… She was the love of my life.”
— William Holden


Portrait of a Young Woman with Unicorn
Originally oil on panel; on canvas after restoration, 26 in × 24 in.
Galleria Borghese, Rome


Brigitte Bardot at the Venice Film Festival, 1958


Mary Heilmann, The First Vent, 1972. © Mary Heilmann. Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth.


Fay Wray, 1930s


Poster for the Polish release of Cromwell, 1970


1930 Pierce Arrow Model A


Jewish betrothal ring
17th or 19th century
Eastern European or Italian
Gold, enamel
Dimensions: 7/8 x 1-3/4 in. 
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
It is difficult to date and localize the large, ornamented rings that were created for use in synagogues during the wedding ritual. However, there is ample evidence that examples such as this one were exchanged during Italian Jewish weddings. The groom would place it on the bride’s finger, but after the ceremony the ring would have been kept as a prized memento by either the family or the temple community. The gable roof—perhaps symbolizing the Temple of Jerusalem—opens to reveal the words “Good Luck.” Via: Metmuseum


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


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  1. kgbudge
    Posted July 10, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Wow. The Polish poster for Anne of the Thousand Days is pretty powerful.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Love the Duesie and the Pierce Arrow!

    Nice picture of Lielle and Maayan.

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  3. Posted July 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Another wonderful entry in Friday Photos, Robert.

    1) What can you tell me about the “To the Drum” photo? Is this a coffee house, or perhaps a pub — I see bottles which could be alcohol, and a machine which could be absinthe fountain or an old espresso machine. Perhaps that’s a menu hanging by the door… ?

    2) Love the Heilmann works — Excellent colors!

    3) Never seen this photo of Myrna Loy before! I can imagine her asking “Be a darling and help me with this dress…”

    4) Love the Jewish betrothal ring — fabulous workmanship!

    5) Look at the incredible design evolution between the 1930 Pierce Arrow Model A and the 1933 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster — wow!

    6) Fay Wray, BB, Myrna, Ida Lupino, Madge Evans, and Audrey Hepburn — well done, Sir!

    7) Lastly, your granddaughters are adorable, but they have distinctly different tastes in footwear… say, you haven’t done a Friday Footwear in a while!

    Have a wonder Sabbath my friends!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 10, 2017 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I don’t know anything about the To the Drum photo. I just like it.

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  4. Posted July 7, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures, as always, Robert. I do like that early Bankhead one; I’ve seen a few photos of her in her early days, and she has a loveliness that alcohol, drugs and sex sandblasted away.

    Speaking of Holden and Hepburn, have you read “Audrey and Bill” by Edward Epstein? It’s a chronicle of their affair during Sabrina and their friendship afterwards. Very nicely written and sympathetic to both of them.

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  5. Rena
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The photos, as usual, are entrancing. But the real jewels are in the last photo.

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