Tweet During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, via newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. Seraphic Secret—Karen and I—are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat […]
Posted in Christianity, Christmas, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, How I Married Karen, IslamoNazis, Judaism, Judaism & Christianity, Photography
Also tagged BB, Christian America, Clara Bow, Cyd Charisse, How I Married Karen, Jayne Mansfield, Jobyna Ralston, Louise Brooks, Marceline Day, Mary Pickford, Maureen O'Sullivan, Priscilla Lane, Rita Hayworth, Shirley Temple
Tweet In the mid-1930’s Kay Francis was Warner Brothers’ biggest star and one of the highest paid people in the US.
Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Movie Posters, Painting, True Hollywood Confessions
Also tagged André Kertész, Audrey Hepburn, Countess Uta, Eiffel Tower, Ellsworth Kelly, Francesco d'Ubertino Verdi, Grace Kelly, Isabella de’ Medici, Kay Francis, Kees Van Dongen, Maroussia Podkosova, Nina Leen, One Way Passage, Paris, Rear Window, Richard Diebenkorn, Romy Schneider, Sir William Rothenstein, Snow White, Tobi Kahn
Tweet Hollywood was once the dream capital of the world. Movies peddled glamour and fantasy. This was La-La Land where outrageous plots and larger than life characters allowed audiences to construct alternate realities — entertainment. But La-La Land has relocated. On Wednesday, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in […]
Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Homeland Security, ISIS, Islam, Islam Denial, Islamic State, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Joan Blondell, Movies, Obama Watch, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs, Politics, Progressive Democrats
Also tagged Andy Warhol, Anthony Perkins, Audrey Hepburn, Basil Rathbone, Disney Concert Hall, Don Ameche, Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Blondell, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Rothko, Martin Puryear, Photography, Sandra Dee, Steve McQueen, The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer, Vermeer, Wayne Thiebaud
Tweet Chutzpah: George Stephanapoulos says there is no liberal bias in the media. Enjoy the images.
Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Anna May Wong, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Marilyn Monroe
Also tagged Anna May Wong, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, George Stephanopoulos, Glamour, Gun Crazy, Hashomer, Joan Crawford, Martin Puryear, Peggy Cummins, Randy's Donuts, Tiffany
Tweet I usually read several few books at a time. I think I have a touch of ADD. Or maybe I’m just intellectually restless. Because we live in Los Angeles where the sun shines almost every day of the week, I often sit in Casa Avrech’s patio eating lunch and reading. Here’s a sample of […]
Tweet We hope all our readers had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Keeping to last week’s theme of eschewing a theme, Seraphic Secret is, once again, indulging in a collection of random photos that we like for various reasons. We hope you do too.
Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Brigitte Bardot, Fashion, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe, Seven Samurai
Also tagged Gun Crazy, James Nares, Jan Vermeer, Self Portraits, Self-Portrait, Shabbat, Shachareet, Tefillin
Tweet Classic photos of Hollywood stars usually reinforce a particular image. Lighting, composition, body language, wardrobe and the singular architecture of the face are the ingredients that create a glamorous narrative for audiences to internalize. Clark Gable is the man’s man who doesn’t give a damn; Carole Lombard, the girl next door who will drive […]
Posted in Brigitte Bardot, Clark Gable, Friday Fashion, Friday Footwear, Gloria Swanson, Hollywood
Also tagged Carole Lombard, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Gloria Swanson, Harold Lloyd, Pablo Picasso, Pola Negri
Tweet The business of creating glamour was hard work. And the Hollywood still photographers employed by the studios did a great deal of the heavy lifting. Thorugh their craft they helped manufacture stars by producing shimmering, glamorous images that hinted at beings who were human gods. Who has not seen the stunning George Hurrell photo […]
Tweet Every once in a while Seraphic Secret come across a Hollywood photo that isn’t a burnished glamour shot but a portrait of the star caught in a more casual, more intimate moment. Quite often, the resulting look transcends both time and place in terms of fashion and style. Above, in the early 1950’s, is—who […]
Tweet America has long had a love affair with the automobile. Cars are the ultimate expression of form, function, fashion—and speed. But most of all the car represents freedom. Try and remember when you were a teenager yearning for your driver’s license so you could hop into daddy’s car and go, go, go. It didn’t […]
Tweet Hollywood glamour is most often, and correctly, associated with picture perfect faces, figures, magical charisma, and the stunning costumes worn by stars of the silver screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. But then, as now, footwear was a vital component of the machinery of glamour.
Tweet Readers of Seraphic Secret know that yours truly likes to take long walks around my Los Angeles neighborhood and take pictures of stuff. Shlepping my Canon SLR is a pain in the neck—literally. Thus, for the past few years, I’ve been carrying the fine and compact Canon PowerShot . But recently, I switched the […]
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