Friday, August 6, 2010

'Famous Faces' Friday

Woody Allen

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jenna Fischer of 'The Office'

Musician Hector Lavoe

Don Adams and Barbara Feldon of 'Get Smart'

Brigitte Bardot

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Neil Innes: '9 to 5 Pollution Blues'

Robert Lindsay

Actor Robert Lindsay as Chaplin in the film 'Bert Rigby, You're a Fool', 1989.

Charlie Rivel

Charlie & The Rivels: Polo, Charlie and René (c.1920) - Photo: Johnny Rivel Collection

From Wikipedia:
Josep Andreu i Lasserre (April 23, 1896 – July 26, 1983), best known as Charlie Rivel, was an internationally known Spanish Catalan circus clown. He debuted when he was three and formed the group Los Rivels with his brothers Polo and René. He took his artistic name from Charlie Chaplin. Legend has that Chaplin later asked him: "Is it you who imitates me or I who imitates you?". At the start of the Second World War he discovered his definitive routine, featuring a chair, a guitar and a long jersey. He had to stay two years in Nazi Germany. The theater play by Gerard Vàzquez Uuuuh! is based on that time.
In 1954 he returned to Barcelona where he became the star of Circo Price. His routine of the ululating clown is still remembered. In 1971, he appeared in Federico Fellini's film Clowns. Nowadays in Cubelles a Museum is dedicated to him, the Charlie Rivel Hall.

The things nightmares are made of.

Shudder, shudder, shudder...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coney Island, 1915

Photo reads 'Coney Island 5/23/15- Ballyhoo Artist at work'. You can see a poster for Chaplin's short 'In the Park'.

Close up detail of the Chaplin... I dig the checkered jacket.

Charlie and the circus girl

One of my personal favorites. Names of performers unknown.

Photo: Collection of Damian Blake

Vintage unknowns...

Photos: Collection of Damian Blake

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson portrayed Chaplin several times:
In 'Sunset Boulevard' (1950)

On 'The Carol Burnett Show'

Incidentally, Swanson played a bit part as a secretary in Chaplin's first film for Essanay, 'His New Job', 1915.