Tweet A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.
Posted in Actors, America, Ava Gardner, Colleen Moore, Helen Twelvetrees, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, July 4th
Also tagged Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Debbie Reynolds, Helen Twelvetrees, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Leila Hyams, Madge Evans, Marilyn Monroe, Timothy Oulton
Tweet When Mike Todd (b. Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) was killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth found comfort in Judaism. “I am absolutely Jewish now in my beliefs and feelings,” she said. At her conversion, Elizabeth Taylor took the Jewish name Elisheva Rachel. In the compulsively readable Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger report on the […]
Posted in Actors, Art, Egypt, Elizabeth Taylor, Family, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Painting, Passover, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions
Also tagged Amy Klein Reichert, Audrey Flack, Dura Europos fresco, El Lissitzky, Ethiopian Jews in Israel, Furious Love, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, Jet Naftaniel-Joëls, Kosher for Passover Food Cart, Mayan Ariel, Moshe Zabari, Nicole Eisenman, Nodar Djindjihashvili, R.B. Kitaj, Richard Burton, Sari Srulovich, Wilhelm Hensel
Tweet Costume designer Helen Rose is best known for the white chiffon dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Rose was the envy of every Hollywood designer when Grace Kelly asked her to design Kelly’s wedding dress. Rumor had it that Edith Head was livid she did not get the commission. […]
Posted in Costume Design, Helen Rose, Hollywood, Jorjett Strumme
Also tagged Bob Mackie, chiffon, Costume Design, Cyd Charisse, Draping, Edith Head, Helen Rose, Miss Piggy, Miss Piggy Gown, Nolan Miller, Walter Plunkett
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, Brigitte Bardot, Clark Gable, George Stephanopoulos, Glamour, Gun Crazy, Hashomer, Joan Crawford, Martin Puryear, Peggy Cummins, Randy's Donuts, Tiffany
Tweet The verbal gymnastics of the Obama administration have reached a level of weirdness that defies common sense. The targeted murder of Jews has been redefined as a “random act.” It is easy to make fun of Obama’s abuse of language, but really, we must ask ourselves, what is the political purpose of his stubborn […]
Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Cars, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Iran, ISIS, Islam, Islam Denial, Islamic State, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazi Kidnappings, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jerusalem, Photography
Also tagged Alma Reville, Ann Sheridan, Burgess Meredith, Calvin Coolidge, Edge of Darkness, Erich von Stroheim, Gustav Klimt, Helene Klimt, Islam Denial, Ivanhoe, Jerusalem 1920s, John Gilbert, Mae Murray, Marie McDonald, Paulette Goddard, President Taft, Satchel Paige, The Wedding March, Wigs for cancer patients
Tweet This morning, after Daf Yomi, my friend turned to me and said: “Some week, huh?” I said: “It seems that every week is some week.” “Yeah.” On that downer, let’s try and alter the mood with some photos and stories.
Posted in Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Holocaust, Jewish Photography, Livia Yarden, Maayan Ariel, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Nolan, Movies, Photography
Also tagged art, Buchenwald, Desert Nights, Eddie Mannix, Erich von Stroheim, I Was an Adventuress, Indian Cinema, John Singer Sargent, Lon Chaney, Mary Nolan, Peter Lorre, Richard Greene, Seeta Devi, shul, synagogue, Tekhelet, The Light of Asia, Two White Dresses, West of Zanzibar, Zorina
Tweet Helen Rose was one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers. Seraphic Secret has authored several posts about Rose. In June 2010, we wrote about Rose’s not-so-nice Jewish boyfriend. If you have not read this post, you should. The identity reveal at the end will take your breath away. In another post, with the help […]
Tweet In 1988, only two years before her death, Ava Gardner, living in semi-seclusion in London, unable to get work, and running dangerously low on funds, asked the late British author Peter Evans to ghostwrite her autobiography. Deadpanned Gardner: “I either write the book or sell the jewels, and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.” […]
Posted in Ava Gardner, Book Reviews, Books, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars
Also tagged Artie Shaw, Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, Dick Snyder, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Larry Tarr photo of Ava Gardner, MIckey Rooney, Peter Evans
Tweet During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios took thousands of photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—let America know that it and the heartland were aligned. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only kosher food. Our lives […]
Tweet Tweet Debbie Reynolds The Auction tomorrow, June 18, 2011, is your chance to own a slice of Hollywood history. Hollywood’s Golden Age is over. The great stars exist only as silvery shadows on the screen. But some of the most important movie costumes and props, collected and preserved by actress Debbie Reynolds, […]