Saturday, September 3, 2016
This production report shows that the Chaplin Studio was closed on Labor Day, September 1st, 1952. It also records Chaplin's final days in Hollywood--Sept. 5th being the last day he ever set foot in the studio he built in 1918. The next day, he left California for London for the premiere of Limelight, not to return until 1972.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
Lillian Ross of the New Yorker, who was also a friend of the Chaplins, spent some time with Charlie during this visit & wrote an interesting little article about it here. Her observations of Chaplin are always fascinating.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The photographer, Antony Beauchamp (son-in-law of Winston Churchill), recalled that Chaplin's secretary tried to cancel this sitting the day before. Beauchamp replied with a telegram stating that he was going to show up at the scheduled time anyway "whether the drawbridge is up or down." So the next day he "stormed" the Chaplin house. "After half an hour Charlie came down and surrendered. Fortified by Moscow Mules, a favourite Hollywood cocktail, we took pictures for an hour and a half before the star sank into an armchair, begging for respite. Then my assistant rushed in to tell me that my camera had not been working properly, the session had been wasted. So another round of Moscow Mules was quickly ordered and handed round. Chaplin drank, lifted himself from his armchair, and began to pose for me once again." (Illustrated, 9/20/52)
Friday, June 27, 2014
The folks at the beginning are Jerry Epstein (far left), Kay Kendall and Rex Harrison. Kendall was a former girlfriend of Sydney (the younger) and was Charlie's first choice to play Ann Kay in A King In New York. I think the first blonde is Noelle Adam, son Sydney's wife and the second (the one who hugs Charlie) is Oona's childhood friend, Carol Marcus (later Matthau, wife of Walter) but this is just a guess. There is also a brief shot of Claire Bloom sitting on the lawn at the Manoir.