The Nude Maja was the first in a two painting series, the second of which was The Clothed Maja, respectively. It is said to be the first painting in which female pubic hair is visible, making it totally profane at the time. In 1813, the Spanish Inquisition confiscated both of the paintings as obscene, returning them to the Academy of Fine Arts in 1936, after Goya's death.
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Ava Gardner said in her biography that Tony Franciosa was a very dedicated actor devoted to the method. Before a scene begins, he was standing in a corner of the set, and seemed to choke and nearly vomited to help him to be in his character.
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