Jerzy Kosinski is born Jozef Lewinkopf ( June 14, 1933 – May 3, 1991) and is a Polish-American novelist, 2-time president of American Chapter of P.E.N.
He was great friends with Peter Sellers. They shared substance abuse, depression and the film “Being There” (1979, directed by Hal Ashby) which Kosinski wrote & Sellers starred in. As a child, he had survived WWII under a false identity. He committed suicide in 1991.
© “Jerzy Kosinski” by Victor Skrebneski. 14 in x 11 11/16 in, Gelatin silver print. Museum of Contemporary photography, Chicago.
We often forget or disregard the name and faces of the artists who wrote our favorite screenplays or yet-to-be-adapted novels.
© This is Anita Loos (April 26, 1888 – August 18, 1981), an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She was also John Emerson’s wife, who convinced her to stop writing. Unknown photographer.
© World-renown Swedish director Ingmar Bergman adorned the cover of “TIME”, May 14th, 1960.
Credit goes to “Time” magazine.
© One of my favorite Vogue covers ever, David Lynch’s ex-girlfriend, Isabella Rossellini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellini on the cover of VOGUE (Paris), October 1989.
© American fashion photographer, Herb Ritts (1952-2002) took many portraits of models, actors and celebrities.
This is a shot of X-superman Christopher Reeve (1952- 2004).
This is what Ritts had to say about it in an interview “I think there’s an almost stoic quality about this picture. The light’s from a skylight in my studio; it’s not artificially lit.I do admire people who, even in a dire situation-like Stephen Hawking, as well-exhibit an indomitable spirit. “
© You may be familiar with Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård (1951- ) through his roles in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (2011) or “Good Will Hunting” (1997) but there’s more to him than these Hollywood productions.
Check him out in black and white in Erik Skjoldbaerg’s “Insomnia” (1997), photo courtesy of First Run Features.
He also starred in “Breaking the Waves” (1996) by Lars von Trier and most importantly in Norwegian productions which are surely worth a look-over such as ” A Somewhat Gentle Man” (2010) directed by Hans Petter Moland among others. Image below.