Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 21, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 5 Comments “I’ve had a beautiful life, I’ve tumbled into the most beautiful life in the world. I’d never change it.”—Mary NolanIn 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 LotarHôpital 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 PennIngmar 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 IX1950Oil on canvas mounted on panelH- 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 1900Oil on canvas34 3/4 x 45 1/2 inches (88.2 x 115.5 cm)Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Irving PennWoman with Tobacco on her Tongue,Vogue, 1950 Leonardo da Vinci c. 1513-1515Study 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 YorkNovember 3, 1948, printed April 2000Gelatin silver printImage: 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 Curve1927Oil on canvas32 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 McGinnisRailyard, Cochrane, Ont., July 2017 Robert J. Avrech“Flag of Yehuda”2017Acrylic on Baltic Birch14 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.