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Independence Day: Once Upon A Time Hollywood Loved America

A long time ago, in a universe far far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in those dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism. L.B. Mayer (b. Lazar Meir) the powerful head of MGM, was a pioneer of the […]

Posted in Ann Blyth, Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Betty Grable, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Twelvetrees, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, July 4th, Lana Turner, Madge Evans, Marilyn Monroe, Movies, Photography, Rita Hayworth | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Automobiles, Design, Dorothy Gish, Dovima, Fashion, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Great Dialogue, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Judaica, Judaism, Marilyn Monroe, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Rick McGinnis, Rosalind Russell, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Doris Day, Eleanor Parker, Fashion, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Quotes | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: John Wayne Walks the Walk

It’s in the walk. Picture the following Hollywood stars in your mind’s eye: Mae West, hands caressing her Rubenesque hips, head tilted, not just sauntering but oozing forward to devour all who cross her path. Jimmy Cagney, elbows cocked, moving with concentrated energy, he propels himself like a coiled spring. Joan Crawford, leading with her linebacker shoulders, […]

Posted in Actors, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Hidden Hollywood, Hollywood, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Fix | Also tagged , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Design, Gene Tierney, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Israel, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Clark Gable, Friday Footwear, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

New Year, Old Hollywood: 2018

After one year of the Trump presidency we are hopeful and optimistic. Obama’s JV team, ISIS, has been nearly wiped out. Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court. The Keystone pipeline is, at last, open. The individual mandate is gone. Which spells the beginning off the end for Obamacare. More and more federal lands are […]

Posted in Donald Trump, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Lizabeth Scott, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Pickford, Movies, Myrna Loy, New Years | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Responses

July 4th Flashback: When Hollywood Loved America

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. L.B. Mayer (b. Lazar Meir) the powerful head of MGM, was a pioneer of the […]

Posted in America, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, July 4th | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Issur Danielovitch AKA Kirk Douglas Can’t Get a Prom Date

In the beginning of his legendary career, Kirk Douglas (1916 – ) b. Issur Danielovitch, was almost typecast as a well-meaning but ineffectual husband in two fine films, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, 1946, and A Letter to Three Wives, 1949.  But his career ascended into mega-stardom when he played cynical heroes motivated by rage: […]

Posted in Hidden Hollywood, History, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jewish Hollywood, Judaism, Kirk Douglas | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Flashback: July 4th, When Hollywood Was Patriotic

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 , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Painting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Painting, Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Friday Fotos, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

A Hollywood July 4th

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who were under contract to them, celebrated their love of America, and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

Posted in America, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, July 4th | Also tagged , , , , | 6 Responses

Friday Photos: Here, There, Everywhere

  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 , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Responses

Friday Photos: Just Photos

No commentary today. No rants about politics and culture. I am drained. Here are some random pictures that will, hopefully, enliven a darkling plain.

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Betty Grable, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Mirror, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Marilyn Monroe | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

Friday Photos: In Every Generation

On Passover, Jews around the world recite a passage from the Haggadah that strikes a note both poignant and defiant. In every generation they [our enemies] rise up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One Blessed Be He saves us from their hands. But Judaism does not place faith in faith alone. Man […]

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Fotos, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Iran, Islam, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Israel, Jean Harlow, Jew-haters, Jew-hatred, Jewish Holidays, Joan Crawford, Judaism, Kim Novak, Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Passover, Susan Hayward | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Responses

Hollywood in Stitches, Part I

“Hurry up and wait!” Anyone who has worked on a major Hollywood production is familiar with this ironic cry. There is a tremendous amount of down time on a Hollywood film. It takes hours to set up lights, rig camera and sound, and make sure the sets and props are in place. Thus, actors spend […]

Posted in Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood in Stitches, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Responses

Silent Star Esther Ralston: Why Do All My Husbands Want to Kill Me? Part II

Part I here. Esther Ralston was blessed with a lovely, melodic voice, thus it’s something of a puzzle why Paramount dropped Esther’s option in 1929. Esther was a rising star who, between 1924 and 1929, starred or co-starred in twenty-five films. She was a natural for talkies. But the mystery is soon cleared up as […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

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