Portraits Befitting the Stars – by Heidi Gutman

Heidi Gutman is a New York based photographer who works in television and theater.
She shoots on set and in her studio – and she photographs actors and people in all aspects of the arts.
The photos shown here were done at Studio 336 – Heidi’s midtown photo studio.

What follows is from the pen of Ms. Heidi G. — I can neither confirm nor deny 😉 .

I was honored when Vickie asked me for photos to post on her fabulous blog.  She asked that I include a few words about myself…but Vickie darling, I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to tell a wee little story about you.  Don’t give me that look.

Vickie and I used to take long walks through the Hollywood Hills when I lived in LA.  She told the MOST hilarious stories- if you ever get a chance to walk with her, DO!  Anyway, we’re walking and talking when a 1935 Duesenberg comes roaring up behind us almost hitting us. It came out of nowhere.

We jumped into someone’s beautifully manicured hedges to get out of the way putting holes in that poor person’s meticulous garden.  The car came to a screeching halt, and I got up screeching as loud as the brakes at the idiot who almost hit us. I froze as the driver got out of the car.

I kid you not, it was a VERY famous actor from the ’30s and ’40s- sadly no longer with us- standing in front of me young, handsome, and laughing his tail off.

He walked over to Vickie and helped her out of the hedge.  She was laughing as he brushed the leaves and twigs out of her hair. He hugged her warmly- they were clearly old friends.  They spent a few minutes chatting about this and that- he said he had to get back ’cause his gorgeous wife was waiting for him (this man LOVED his wife) – he jumped in his car, and yelled, “Almost forget to tell you, Hedda says,’Tell that B$%#$ Vickie I hate her and she sends a kiss.'”

Vickie said, “Tell that B$%# Hedda the same- kisses back!”

As he drove off, the car just disappeared.

Vickie sighed.  “That was nice.”

“What just happened?”  I still found it hard to speak.

“Oh, that.  Yes.  Well I have a couple friends who when they get really drunk have a habit of jumping time. There are quite a few actors I see frequently.  Lovely, lovely people. They DO make me laugh. Tea?”

And that’s my Vickie story. I have more, but that will do for now.



Wayne Adams is a theater producer and actor in NYC.

Giorgi Lasabidze, Pianist and Professor at the Vienna Prayner Conservatory of Music Austria:

Giorgi Latsabidze
Giorgi Latsabidze

Julie Harvey (R) is a NY based painter. She does colorful pop paintings of dancers.  She’s shown here with and Lisette (the wonder dog.)  Her website: Julieharvey.com

Duke Guillaume is a jazz saxophone player in NYC.  His big band, The Metropolitan Gospel Big Band puts a unique spin on gospel songs. For more information on Duke like the MGBB Metropolitan Gospel Big Band page on Facebook.

Heidi Gutman/ Studio 336


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  1. September 9, 2012

    Now, this is what I call fun.

  2. September 9, 2012

    Vickie what glorious photos by Heidi Gutman! And her story is….well I am sitting here grinning from ear to ear my dear. Next time I come down south can we go for a walk? And of course if you ever get up here I will take you for a “shake and bake” walk around SF.

    • September 9, 2012

      You bet your bonnet and I can’t wait!!!

      • September 9, 2012

        My bonnet is the green silk on from the Rue De La Paix that Rhett brought back from Paris.

  3. August 27, 2015

    What a great story! Of course, I am not surprised by any of it.

    And what great photos! I love her sense of humour and the way she captures peoples’ personalities.

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