Showing posts with label Clippings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clippings. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


The following are some odds and ends from newspapers and magazines that I have kept tucked away in a folder because I found them humorous or revealing in some way and I thought I might use them at some later date. But alas I never did, so here you go. I hope you enjoy them.

Bisbee Daily Review, July 29, 1917
Atlanta Constitution, August 28, 1925
Hollywood, January 1934
Winnipeg Tribune, October 28, 1916
Of course, it's Albert Austin, not Alfred.
Picture Show, Feb. 21, 1920
Hollywood, January 1942
Santa Ana Register, July 25, 1925
Picture Show, April 2nd, 1921
Atlanta Constitution, July 25, 1925

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Day By Day: 1936: Charlie in the News

Thursday, January 16th:

Part of this series will be sharing little newspaper tidbits that I come across for a particular day.

This clipping is from the nationally syndicated column New York: Day By Day by O. O. McIntire. It has nothing to do with what was going on in Chaplin's life at the time but reveals what people all over the country were reading about him on this day in 1936.

Salt Lake Tribune, January 16th, 1936

Monday, December 21, 2015

It wouldn't be Christmas without a retelling of Chaplin's famous "orange" story

This clipping from 1938 features a version of the story taken from the book Star Spangled Manner (incorrectly called "Banner" below) by Beverley Nichols, which was a collection of celebrity interviews published in 1928.

The Whitewright (TX) Sun, December 22nd, 1938

Read other versions of the story here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Making headlines with Peggy Hopkins Joyce

In the late summer of 1922, director Marshall Neilan introduced Chaplin to the notorious Peggy, who had the term "gold digger" coined in her honor because she had married and divorced several millionaire husbands in quick succession. She arrived in Hollywood "direct from Paris," Chaplin wrote, "attractively gowned in black, for a young man had recently committed suicide over her." (My Autobiography, 1964)

During their "bizarre, though brief, relationship" (as Chaplin called it), Peggy told him several anecdotes about her association with a Parisian publisher. These stories inspired him to write A Woman Of Paris as a starring vehicle for Edna Purviance. In fact, in early notes for the film, he used the name "Peggy" to refer to Edna's character (later called "Marie").

During the course of their whirlwind affair, which included a week on Catalina Island, reporters had a field day speculating whether or not Chaplin would become Peggy's next millionaire husband (not bloody likely). 

Here's a sampling:

San Francisco Chronicle, September 6, 1922
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 2, 1922
Charlotte Observer, Sept. 11, 1922
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 29, 1922
Oakland Tribune, Sept. 12, 1922

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chaplin drank real booze on stage as Inebriate

This 1911 article also reveals a "peculiar incident" with a "Miss Someone" in London, and that Charlie was hailed as the clog dancer of England.

Winnipeg Tribune, September 8th, 1911 (click to enlarge)

A couple of months later, he told the Oakland Tribune: "I very seldom take a drink off stage. I do insist, however, that the stuff I sip in the act is real; that I need Dutch courage, but I'm strong for realism."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"He made no attempt to trip the manicure girl, to douse her face in the bowl of water, or pick his teeth with her scissors."

From Wichita Eagle, February 13, 1916:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Disgusting" Chaplin should go to the trenches and stay there

I found this little "gem" while doing some research this week--and it's from a newspaper in my home state (KY) no less.

(Chaplin wasn't accepted into the draft. He registered but was turned down due to his height and weight--much to this person's disappointment, I'm sure.)

The Interior Journal (Stanford, KY), April 23, 1918

Monday, March 30, 2015

The birth of Chaplin's second son was making headlines this week in 1926

Happy birthday, Sydney (March 30, 1926)

Logansport Pharos Tribune, March 31, 1926

Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1926.

Arthur "Sonny" Kelly was the brother of Hetty Kelly.
 Milt Gross worked as a gagman on The Circus. Read more here.

Mary & Doug refer to Charlie, Jr. as "Spencer" (his middle name). In another article below, Lita calls him Spencer. This seems to have been a name that just didn't stick. See also this interview with Chaplin from 1925.

Lita with her boys, Charlie, Jr. (left) and Sydney

Los Angeles Times, April 1, 1926
According to the above, if the baby were a girl, Charlie said her name would have been Cecilia,
 but that's not what Lita says. Keep reading...

Rhinelander Daily News, April 2, 1926
Father and sons. Sydney is the one with the curls.

Oakland Tribune, April 23, 1926

Following her divorce from Chaplin, Lita began calling Sydney "Tommy," after her paternal grandfather, Thomas McMurray. She admitted in her second book, Wife Of The Life Of The Party, that this was due to her dislike of the elder Sydney whom she claimed had made a pass at her while she was married to Charlie.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I wish the picture were better quality.

Fort Wayne Journal, July 1919