Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rare pictures of Charlie Chaplin from the archives of Life

I found these rare pictures of Charlie Chaplin from the archives of Life.

United Artists

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Charlie Chaplin -- Hollywood legend, Knight of the British Empire, friend and colleague to geniuses and celebrities throughout the 20th century -- is seen here with actress Mary Pickford, actor Douglas Fairbanks, and film director D.W. Griffith on the day they formed United Artists in 1919. UA, the first studio run by filmmakers, rather than businessmen, would go on to produce some of the greatest American movies ever made, from "The African Queen" and "Marty" to "The Graduate" and "In the Heat of the Night."


Dancing Lessons
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Charlie Chaplin with the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.


Astor, Chaplin, Johnson, and Shaw
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Nancy Astor (Lady Astor), the first woman to serve as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons; Charlie Chaplin; Britain's greatest airwoman, Amy Johnson; and playwright George Bernard Shaw at Lady Astor's home, 1931.


Chaplin and the Churchills
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Winston Churchill with his family and Chaplin at the Churchill home in Kent, 1931.


Chaplin and Wells
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Novelist, short story writer, and historian H.G. Wells (right) with Chaplin (seated) and friends.


Genius, Squared: Einstein and Chaplin
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Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin at the premiere of Chaplin's masterpiece, "City Lights." Of the crowds that followed them, separately and when they attended events together, Chaplin told Einstein, "People cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because nobody understands you."


Chaplin and Gandhi
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Charlie Chaplin meets Mahatma Gandhi in London in 1931.


Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard
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Paulette Goddard was a child model who transitioned smoothly into movie stardom. Whether she and Chaplin were secretly married during their eight-year romance, as some have claimed, has never been proven -- nor disproven -- and neither of them ever went on record and cleared up the matter.


Charlie Chaplin marries Oona O'Neill
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From left to right: Chaplin; newspaper columnist Harry Crocker; songwriter Adolf Green (with longtime partner Betty Comden he wrote the words and music for "On the Town," "Singin' in the Rain," and other classics); and Chaplin's new bride, Oona O'Neill, the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill, at Charlie and Oona's wedding reception in 1943. The marriage lasted 35 years, and produced eight children.


Charlie and the Jazz Singer
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Charlie Chaplin meets the legendary Al Jolson at the El Morocco nightclub in New York, 1947.


Chaplins in Cherbourg
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Chaplin and family arrive at Cherbourg aboard the Queen Elizabeth liner in 1952.


Chaplins in Ireland
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Charlie Chaplin with his wife Oona and two of his daughters, Geraldine (on horse) and Jane, near a lake in Ireland, 1965


Charlie Chaplin and His Daughter
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Charlie Chaplin and his daughter Josephine during filming of the movie "A Countess From Hong Kong" (1967), which he also acted in and scripted.


Sophia Loren and Charles Chaplin
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Charlie Chaplin directs Sophia Loren in a scene from "A Countess From Hong Kong."


Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin
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Marlon Brando shares a laugh with Charlie Chaplin during a break in the filming of "A Countess From Hong Kong."


Champagne Charlie
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Charlie Chaplin with Sophia Loren at his birthday party in 1966.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Titan Missile Museum

The Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Ariz., about 20 miles south of Tucson, is a former Titan missile launching site. There, crews of four worked 24-hour shifts during which two people always had to be together to ensure safety and security. It is the only missile museum of its kind that is open to the public today.Here is a very interesting and detailed photo tour of the museum.


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