On Monday, April 22, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Chaplin Award Gala, a major fundraising event for the Film Society of Lincoln Center that, throughout its history, has honored legendary filmmakers and actors like Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Taylor, and, of course, Charlie Chaplin himself at the inaugural event back in 1972.
If you’ve been paying attention, you surely know by now that this year’s Gala will honor legendary multi-hyphenate Barbra Streisand. What you may not know is just how rich the history of the Chaplin Award really is. To help illustrate, we dug through our photo archives to find images from Galas past, and we found so many great ones that we decided to take things 10 years at a time. Scroll down to enjoy photos of our honorees from 1972 – 1979.
Charlie Chaplin (1972). Photo: Joel L. Freedman.
Chaplin (1972). Photo: Newsday
Fred Astaire (1973). Photo: Susanne Faulkner Stevens.
Alfred Hitchcock (1974). Photographer unknown.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman (1975). Photo: Paul Schumach
“That’s Entertainment” Gala (1976). Photo: Metro Photo Service
“New York, New York” with Martin Scorsese and Liza Minnelli (1977). Photo: Star Pix
George Cukor (1978). Photographer unknown.
Bob Hope (1979). Photo: Hellaine Messer.
John Huston (1980). Photo: Gene Spatz.
Barbara Stanwyck (1981) with William Holden. Photo: Susanne Faulkner Stevens, Metro Photo Services.
Billy Wilder (1982). Photo: Judie Burstein.