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Charlie Chaplin
Original name: Charles Spencer Chaplin
Birth: Apr. 16, 1889
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: Dec. 25, 1977
Vaud, Switzerland

Legendary English Actor. From his screen debut in 1914 to his last completed film in 1967, the versatile Charlie Chaplin, actor, writer, director, producer, composer and choreographer, left a legacy of some 80 mostly silent films but the icon of the silent screen is forever associated with his "Little Tramp" character, the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane and the funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England to Charles and Hannah Chaplin, both theatre performers. Charles Sr. deserted the family and the unstable Hannah with a history of mental problems was on her own. Charles and his brother Syd spent their lives in and out of charity homes and workhouses during their mother's bouts of insanity. Young Charles was a good singer and he began his acting career at the age of eight, touring with The Eight Lancashire Lads. At 18, he was with Fred Karno's vaudeville troupe touring the US. Mack Sennett was in the New York theatre during a performance resulting in a contract with Keystone studios. While at Keystone, Chaplin appeared in and directed 35 films, starring as the Little Tramp. Upon leaving Keystone, he became nomadic, signing with many studios...Essanay, Mutual and First National. Tired of contractual restrains, he set out with his brother Syd, now his manager, to construct his own highly profitable and successful Chaplin Studios. In 1919, he and several Hollywood big name stars formed United Artists. His filmography; a few short films as an actor..."A Busy Day" "The Fatal Mallet" "His Favorite Pastime" "The Champion" "Work" "The Fireman" and "The Pilgrim." A few feature films..."Tillie's Punctured Romance" (first feature length comedy film ever produced) "The Kid" "The Gold Rush" The Circus" and "The Great Dictator" (His first talkie which grossed over $5 million and earned five Academy nominations. The best-known of the songs he composed is "Smile" made popular by Nat King Cole. His personal life was dismal, full of scandal and political controversy in both England and the US, all his own doing. He was married four times and had a total of 11 children. In 1952, the wheels came off the wagon, plagued with tax problems, accusations from the State department of communist leanings and moralistic issues mainly in the form of paternity suites, Chaplin fled the country settling in Switzerland. Charlie Chaplin suffered a stroke lapsing into a coma of short duration never to immerge at his Swiss manor at Corsier-sur-Vevey on Christmas Day at age 88. A private service and burial took place at the nearby village cemetery A few months after his burial, his body and coffin were removed and held for ransom. It was located three months later buried in a cornfield some ten miles away, returned and re-buried. Two hapless perpetrators were caught and convicted. Legacy...He authored two autobiographical books, "My Autobiography" in 1964 and a companion volume, "My Life in Pictures" in 1974. He won a special award for "The Circus" which he directed, wrote and produced and appeared at the very first Oscar awards in 1929. Chaplin returned to America in 1972, attending the 44th Academy Awards where he received an Honorary Oscar. He has a memorial plaque at St. John's, (the actors church) in London. A statue in both Leicester Square, London, and in front of the alimentarium in Vevey to commemorate the last part of his life. At the height of his worldwide fame, comic books, dolls and toys were created which command a pricey amount today. His Beverly Hills residence known as "Breakaway House" located on Summit Drive was designed by Chaplin and constructed by studio carpenters. Over the years after his hasty departure, it fell apart and eventually was demolished. He was the first actor to appear on the cover of "Time" magazine on July 6, 1925. Chaplin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His image has appeared in two sets of US commemorative postage stamps; the series celebrating stars of the silent screen issued 27 April 1994 and the "Celebrate the Century" series issued 3 February 1998. A bit of trivia...then patriotic Hollywood joined in the governments campaign to vilify anyone with suspected communist leanings. His hand prints, footprints and signature immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, were ripped up and taken from the site never to be seen again, either stolen or misplaced. In a bit of trivia: Much of the English style Charlie Chaplin Studios which was located at the corner of LaBrea and Sunset, Hollywood, still remains. It continues to have a life of its own. After Charlie departed, CBS used it to film major television shows. It became headquarters of A&M Records (Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss) which recorded the song and video "We are the World." The cast included, Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder and others. Today, Jim Henson Productions, the creators of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy inhabit the site. In a tribute to its past history, a statue of Kermit, dressed like the Little Tramp now graces the entrance. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
Family links: 
  Charles Chaplin (1863 - 1901)
  Hannah Chaplin (1866 - 1928)
  Mildred Harris (1901 - 1944)
  Lita Grey (1908 - 1995)
  Paulette Goddard (1910 - 1990)
  Oona O'Neill Chaplin (1925 - 1991)
  Norman Spencer Chaplin (1919 - 1919)*
  Charles Spencer Chaplin (1925 - 1968)*
  Sydney Chaplin (1926 - 2009)*
  Sydney Chaplin (1885 - 1965)**
  Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)
*Calculated relationship
Corsier Cemetery
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