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Charlie Chaplin: Silent Screen's Greatest Actor

April 16, 2011 - Today the world celebrates Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday. A watershed figure in the film industry, Chaplin is one of Hollywood’s earliest superstars, alongside Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Chaplin’s career was one of the most colorful and most successful in Hollywood during his time, himself becoming a film director, producer, and composer. His contribution to the history of filmmaking was so profound that today he is considered one of the screen’s most indelible icons.

Birth and Childhood
Born to a relatively comfortable household, Chaplin’s family however lost most of their fortune during his childhood. Her mother and father were both music hall entertainers and his father, who abandoned them, died in 1901 due to alcoholism. His mother continued working as an entertainer and Chaplin himself made his nascent debut at the age of 5. Unluckily, mental illness soon placed her mother under institutional care and Charlie, together with older half-brother Sydney, were forced to live between public charity homes and on the streets. 

or read one of these books and learn more about Charlie Chaplin's life:

Charlie Chaplin My Autobiography
Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin

The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion

or watched these videos from Amazon:

Charlie Chaplin: Limelight [VHS]

Charlie Chaplin Short Comedy Classics - The Complete Restored Essanay & Mutual Collection


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