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What you need to know about Charlie Chaplin - The Legend of Silent Film

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Name: Charles Spencer Chaplin

Date of Birth: April 16, 1889

Place of Birth: London, The UK (unverified)

Died: December 25, 1977 (Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland)

Occupation(s): Actor, Director, Composer, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor

Spouse(s) and children:

1. Mildred Harris (1901–1944) – 1 son:
        • Norman Spencer Chaplin (1919,died 3 days after birth)

2. Lita Grey (1908–1995) – 2 sons:
       • Charles Spencer Chaplin III (1925–1968)
       • Sydney Earl Chaplin (1926–2009)

3. Paulette Goddard (1910–1990) – no children

4. Oona O'Neill (1925–1991) – 3 sons and 5 daughters:
       • Geraldine Chaplin (born 1944)
       • Michael Chaplin (born 1946)
       • Josephine Chaplin (born 1949)
       • Victoria Chaplin (born 1951)
       • Eugene Anthony Chaplin (born 1953)
       • Jane Cecil Chaplin (born 1957)
       • Annette Emily Chaplin (born 1959)
       • Christopher Chaplin (born 1962)



  •     1921 The Kid 
  •     1923 A Woman of Paris 
  •     1925 The Gold Rush 
  •     1928 The Circus 
  •     1931 City Lights 
  •     1936 Modern Times 
  •     1940 The Great Dictator 
  •     1947 Monsieur Verdoux 
  •     1952  Limelight 
  •     1957 A King in New York 
  •     1967 A Countess from Hong Kong 

Awards and Recognition:

  • 1929  An Honorary Award for "versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing, and            producing The Circus" in Academy Awards 
  • 1975  A Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
  • 1962  Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by the University of Oxford and the University of Durham
  • 1965  (with Ingmar Bergman) joint winners of the Erasmus Prize
  • 1971  A Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government
  • 1972  A special Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
  • 1972  A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Center Film Society 
  • 1972  A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1972  A second Honorary Award for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion   pictures the art form of this century" in Academy Awards
  • 1973  A Best Score Award in Academy Awards

10 most surprising facts of Charlie Chaplin:

  1. Chaplin was born just four days before Adolf Hitler.
  2. People noted parallels between Charlie and Hitler as both had risen from poverty to world fame and wore the same toothbrush mustache.
  3. His father died because of alcohol abuse when he was 12 while his mother had to be sent to a mental asylum because of periodic bouts of insanity. 
  4. He started working at a very early age to feed himself. 
  5. He got married four times. 
  6. He had 11 children.
  7. He was the first actor to appear on "Time" Magazine.
  8. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1972 but the star was removed because of his political view which was considered as a communist sympathizer.
  9. After he died, his body was stolen as an effort to extort money from his family and was found eleven weeks later.
  10. In 1953, he was exiled from The USA because of his refusal to have an American citizenship. During the exiled years, he lived in Switzerland until his death.

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