Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I’ve had a beautiful life, I’ve tumbled into the most beautiful life in the world. I’d never change it.”
Mary Nolan
In 1948, Nolan’s body was discovered in her shabby Los Angeles bungalow, dead from an overdose of Seconal. It was never determined if death was accidental or by design. She was 46 years old.


Eli Lotar
Hôpital des Quinze-Vingts, 1928


Daniel Dumonstier (1574 – 1646), Portrait of a Gentleman of the French Court, 1628, black, red, yellow, and white chalk. The Morgan Library & Museum


Irving Penn
Ingmar Bergman, Stockholm, 1964. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation © The Irving Penn Foundation)


Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
In the Patio IX
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
H- 30 x W- 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
The Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection
© The Vilcek Foundation


Hispano Suiza H6C Tulipwood Torpedo by Nieuport, 1924


Poster for the Polish release of Chinatown


“I love to put on diamonds and beautiful evening gowns and make my girl friends upset.”
—Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1953


Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954). Untitled Film Still #21. 1978. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2″ (19.1 x 24.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Le Moulin de la Galette, Paris, autumn 1900
Oil on canvas
34 3/4 x 45 1/2 inches (88.2 x 115.5 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


Irving Penn
Woman with Tobacco on her Tongue,Vogue, 1950


Leonardo da Vinci c. 1513-1515
Study Sheet of Cats


1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe Roadster


Magic lantern. 1898. Stiftelsen Nordiska museum.


Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917-2009 New York)
Marlene Dietrich, New York
November 3, 1948, printed April 2000
Gelatin silver print
Image: 10 x 8 1/16 in. (25.4 x 20.4 cm.) Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation
© The Irving Penn Foundation


Poster for the Polish release of Pulp Fiction.


“The first time I saw Doris perform, it affected me as I had only been affected twice before in my life.
Doris had an understanding of what’s required and how to communicate it. The touchstone is simplicity, the simple line of performance, directly to you, uncluttered. So what Doris has, and all the good ones have, is the ability to project the simple, direct statement of a simple, direct idea without cluttering it.
That’s what she brought to Love Me Or Leave Me, which is a movie that I rate among the top five of the sixty-two pictures that I made.
My feeling is that shrewdness is not a very happy quality; it photographs, cuts right through everything, and if anything gives a performer a short run, that’s it. Well, Doris is the epitome of guilelessness. An almost naive quality of innocence and trust. As an actress, she perfectly illustrates my definition of good acting; just plant yourself, look the other actor in the eye, and tell him the truth. That’s what she does, all right. ”
—James Cagney


Erdmann & Rossi Hispano Suiza H6B, 1928

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)
Line and Curve
Oil on canvas
32 x 16¼ in. (81.2 x 41.2 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe
© Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington


Rick McGinnis
Railyard, Cochrane, Ont., July 2017


Robert J. Avrech
“Flag of Yehuda”
Acrylic on Baltic Birch
14 1/2″ X 18 1/2″


Poster for the Polish release of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


Lillian Marcuson in Lily Dache hat, photo by Milton Greene, 1951


Pinchas Tzvi and Ariel Chaim wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and peaceful Shabbat.


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  1. kishke
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    That colonnade of the Hôpital des Quinze-Vingts reminds me of the setting of the climactic scene in “Charade.”

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    The same company that made those cars, Hispano Suiza, also made the 20 mm aircraft cannon used by allied planes in wwII.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted July 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    One of the many things I have learned from Pro Avrech (besides gaining an appreciation for classical Hollywood) is for those people who think being a “star” is the epitome of wealth and comfort, “Be careful what you wish for.”

    To me the saddest death is the one I learned about here – Carole Landis.

    And you liking classic cars from the 1930s you have to see the Bugatti Royal – $50,000 in 1933 – they made 6 of them. Before Bill Harrah’s collection was broken up, he had 2 of the 5.

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    • Barry
      Posted July 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      Being a star is pretty good in terms of wealth and comfort, if you are sane. If you are not, nothing works.

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  4. Posted July 21, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Doris Day remains underrated, both as an actor and a singer. The campaign to recast her as some kind of icy blonde epitome of the Eisenhower era was too successful, at least with the Boomer generation who love invoking her as shorthand for prudishness and corny Americana. It’s a bloody shame.
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