CHARLIE CHAPLIN- The silent master and less known facts.

Chaplin with Gandhi Ji.

Popularly known as the English comedy King. His parents Hannah and Charles Sr. we’re both hall actors though they just had a penny of income. Chaplin didn’t have decent relations with his father and that’s why he and his half- brother Sydney had to face poverty in childhood. People usually had a misconception about his eye color, they were blue but they looked like Brown due to black and white screen.

Charles Spencer Chaplin

Born on 16 April 1889{England} – and died on 25 December 1977{Switzerland}). He was a perfectionist and a multi-tasker (composer, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor). In 1898 Hannah was sent to an asylum and during this tenure, Chaplin and Sydney were sent to live with their father whom they barely knew. He was an alcoholic and later died due to liver disease. Chaplin had his mother’s encouragement which always pointed out that Chaplin always had a spark and talent. When he was 13 he withdrew education while he was a part of the dance troupe. He later turned his career from a dancer to a comedic performer and drama. He got recognition in the theater after he acted in “Inebriate Swell”. A contract was finalized with Mutual amounting $670,000 a year ($15.7 million today), which Robinson says made Chaplin – at 26 of age and was one of the highest-paid actors. This huge amount of salary was everywhere in the press and on news headlines. John R. Freuler, the studio president, illustrated: “We can afford to pay Mr. Chaplin this large sum annually because the public wants Chaplin and will pay for him.” Later in life, Chaplin referred to his Mutual years as the happiest period of his career. Chaplin passed away in 1977 at the age of eighty-eight years old.

Charlie with Einstein.

“An American Obsession”– British media once attacked him as he didn’t participate in the First World War. Though he upheld himself fighting for Britain, he wasn’t summoned by either country. The most appreciated character of Tramp was everywhere including the costume parties.

Less known facts.

  • He was banned from the US because of his alleged Communist politics.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored the 82-year-old Chaplin with an honorary Oscar. He attended the ceremony and obtained an energetic standing ovation. When he finally spoke, he said, “Thank you for the honor of inviting me here. You’re all wonderful, sweet people.” He returned to the US after 20 years.
  • After Chaplin died, some thieves asked his widow Oona Chaplin for ransom. Even after his death, he created controversy. The thieves demanded $600,000 to return the body. Oona tapped the phone lines, which led authorities to the two men, Roman Wardas and Gantscho Ganev.
  • He married thrice. He had an interest in teenagers. When Chaplin was 54 years old he married for the last time with 18-year-old Oona O’Neill and gave birth to 8 kids.
  • He was the first actor to appear in Time Magazine and at that time he was paid much more than the President of the US.

He was so dedicated to his work and got so much applause. Also, he received a 12-minute standing ovation in the Oscars of 1972 which is historic.