Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Career is too pompous a word. It was a job and I have always felt privileged to be paid for doing what I love doing.”
—Barbara Stanwyck

Tatsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


Mary Nolan, 1920s


Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) Leicester Square 1901 Oil paint on canvas 805 x 648 mm


Rick McGinnis
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, June 2017


Poster for the Swedish release of Skyhawk, 1929


Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917-2009 New York)
Large Sleeve (Sunny Harnett), New York
1951, printed 1984
Gelatin silver print
Image: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (37.5 x 37.5 cm.)
Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation
© Condé Nast


Hispano-Suiza T-68 Cabriolet Saoutchik (1934)


“You know what the average Robert Mitchum fan is? He’s full of warts and dandruff and he’s probably got a hernia too, but he sees me up there on the screen and he thinks if that bum can make it, I can be president.”
—Robert Mitchum


Tetsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


Myrna Loy, 1930s


Mary Heilmann, Rio Nido, 1987. © Mary Heilmann. Photo by Thomas Müller. Courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth.


Brigitte Bardot by Pierre Boulat, 1952


1912 Stutz Bearcat


Irving Penn
Jean Patchett, New York, 1949


Poster for the Swedish release of Blonde Venus, 1932


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
—Sophia Loren


Tatsuya Tanaka
Bamboo Forest
Miniature Calendar


Jean Harlow poses with her 1932 Packard, outside of her Los Angeles home, 1933.


“Blue Eyes (Portrait of Madame Jeanne Hébuterne),” 1917


Poster for the Swedish release of The Clairvoyant, 1935


Erwin Blumenfeld
Babe Paley, 1947


At the Milliner’s
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Pastel on five pieces of wove paper, backed with paper, and laid down on canvas
27 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. (69.2 x 69.2 cm)


Smith and Wesson .44 New Model No. 3 Single-Action Revolver, serial no. 25120
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson (American, established 1852)
Decorator: Tiffany & Co. (American, established 1837)
ca. 1888
Springfield, Massachusetts; New York, New York
Steel, silver, nickel
Dimensions: L. 11 in. (28 cm); L. of barrel 5 in. (12.7 cm); Cal. .44 in. (11 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1123 g)


Detail of a full floral and penwork border inhabited by a parrot. The ‘Lisbon Bible’ (1483).


Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a happy and inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. alterbentzion
    Posted August 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Boy – if he had his thumbs up, I’d think Pinchas Tzvi was doing the Fonz! Very cute, keneinahorra.

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  2. GetThereJustAsSoon
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I’d hop in the Cabriolet, swing by and pick up Myrna Loy, and it would be away we go off to ADVENTURE!

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    • Barry
      Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      Yes, of course.

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    • kishke
      Posted August 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Not unless you change your handle from “Get there just as soon.” The name is redolent of bike lanes, tofu and safety helmets, not Cabriolets and adventure with Myrna Loy.

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      • GetThereJustAsSoon
        Posted August 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        Touché. I had preferred “Johnny Dangerously,” but was otherwise advised. It’s actually part of a saying I head as a youth. “I’ll get there just as soon and die just as happy.” So, yes, it doesn’t exactly suggest life in the “fast lane.”

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        • kishke
          Posted August 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

          All in fun, of course. Ain’t none of us in this particular race anyhow, I suspect.

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          • GetThereJustAsSoon
            Posted August 7, 2017 at 9:53 am | Permalink

            Fun. Sometimes it seems there are those who never developed or lost the capacity to simply have fun. My race, or a part thereof, was in a SAAB with a woman who, in my eyes, might as well have been Myrna Loy driving at night in the countryside with the sweet smell of honeysuckle in the air. Those were the days.

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Babe Paley was one of the three beautiful daughters of Harvey Cushing, the world’s most famous neurosurgeon. One married a Roosevelt, one married an Astor and she married the founder of CBS. Not bad.
    I feel so sorry for Jean Harlow. She died of renal failure in The Hospital of the Good Samaritan at the age of 26. She, in spite of her image as a tramp, was from wealthy parents. Her mother was a typical stage mother but her death was probably not treatable before dialysis. It was likely glomerulonephritis and inexorable.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    My favorite Robert Mitchum retort, when asked if what something said in a tabloid was true, was “whatever they said it is true”. He was the one and only “don’t care” star.

    Has Pinchas Tzvi gone Hollywood? – “Let’s do lunch”.

    On the S & W .44 – I have never been a fan of firearms that are “pimped out”. They are made so pretty that one can’t shoot them because the value will plummet.

    The Bouldering picture: I am struck by how an artist can see a plain thing – a bakery item with sprinkles – and turn it into interesting art. Just as the photographer’s eye can see things plain to everyone else and note the beauty in it..

    On Brigitte Bardot – I am struck by how different she looks – “plain” denotes a derogary term but that is not my intention – Movie make up people apparently can transform…

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    • Michael Kennedy
      Posted August 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

      I may have posted this here before, but Mitch rented a house from a family friend when she went to Europe for a year. When she returned, her neighbor, Hugh O’Brien, stopped by one day to suggest she have her gardener uproot the marijuana garden that Mitch had planted on her hillside before the sheriffs saw it.

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  5. Barry
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Re Barbara Stanwyck. One of the people but on big money. If you are on big money, you are not one of the people. And I know we all come from our mother’s bellies, but we do not remain babies indefinitely, we change. Barbara is full of it.

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    • Barry
      Posted August 4, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Further: If you work in a shop, that is a job. If you are a movie star, or the head of your class, that is, as the consequence of drive, vision, and money on the table, a career.

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  6. Posted August 4, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I feel like Barbara Stanwyck would have been successful at whatever “job” she undertook. Her words seem very down-to-Earth and intelligent.

    I have never seen the Miniature Calendar before. Fascinating, and he has a ton of them!

    Poor Mary Nolan. She looks SO DIFFERENT than the picture of her at 35… a hard life to say the least!

    When I look at the Hispano-Suiza T-68, I’m shocked by how far foward the front tires are set in the design. From this angle, it looks like all of the engine is set behind the front axle.

    You know how I feel about Myrna Loy, Robert. This photo is so intense — I’m not sure if that is the look of a woman intent on seducing me, or planning my murder!!

    And I know how you feel about Brigitte Bardot… this is the most casual/candid photo I’ve ever seen of her. In 1952, she would have been 17, or perhaps 18.

    Love the photo of Jean Harlow. One can only wonder what her career and life might have been…

    I love the detailed artwork of the Degas, the Smith & Wesson, and the Lisbon Bible.

    Love the photo of Pinchas Tzvi — ready for action!

    Have a wonderful Sabbath everyone!

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