Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England, on April 16th 1889. Charlie was thrown on his own resources before he reached the age of ten...
Hannah was a singer and character comedienne in the British music halls with the stage name of Lily Harley, and she did enjoy some success. Sadly her career was plagued on and off by ill health, and it was when her voice failed during a performance.
His marriage to Hannah did not last long, and they separated when Charlie was only about one year old. Charlie Chaplin had little contact with his father, except for a short period when he and Sydney stayed with Charles Chaplin Sr. during their mother’s
Charlie Chaplin and his brother Sydney were very close and looked out for each other from their childhood days. Four years Charlie’s senior, Sydney played a paternally protective role to his little brother throughout his life.
The son of Hannah Chaplin and Leo Dryden, Wheeler Dryden was taken away from his mother as a baby. He was touring India and the Far East as a vaudeville comedian when he first learned from his father that the famous Charlie Chaplin was his half brother.
Among Chaplin's leading ladies, Paulette Goddard stands out for a number of reasons. She was the female lead in his last silent film (Modern Times 1936) and in his first talkie (The Great Dictator 1940). She enjoyed a success beyond and independent of Cha
Charlie Chaplin had three wives previous to Oona O' Neill : Mildred Harris, Lita Grey and Paulette Goddard.
“Mother usually brought me to the theatre at night in preference to leaving me alone in rented rooms”
Extract from « Charlie Chaplin » by Theodore Huff, published by Henry Schuman Inc., New York 1951
Building on traditions forged in the commedia dell’arte which he learned in the British music halls, Charles Chaplin brought traditional theatrical forms into an emerging medium and changed both cinema and culture in the process...
If the early slapstick of the Keystone comedies represents Chaplin’s cinematic infancy, the films he made for the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company are his adolescence.
Buoyed by his enormously successful comedies for Keystone and Essanay, he was offered the largest salary ever extended to a motion picture star.
From the moment he entered movies, Charles Chaplin knew that he needed total creative autonomy
From time to time, like any artist, Chaplin experienced creative blocks; but this was one of the worst in his career. No doubt one cause was his private life
Many of Chaplin's admirers regard "The Kid" as his most perfect and most personal film
A Woman of Paris was a courageous step in the career of Charles Chaplin.
Charles Chaplin made "The Gold Rush" out of the most unlikely sources for comedy
The Circus won Charles Chaplin his first Academy Award - it was still not yet called the Oscar
"City Lights" proved to be the hardest and longest undertaking of Chaplin's career
Chaplin was acutely preoccupied with the social and economic problems of this new age. In 1931 and 1932 he had left Hollywood behind, to embark on an 18-month world tour. In Europe, he had been disturbed to see the rise of nationalism and the social effec
By waging war against Hitler via the silver screen, Chaplin was making a personal commitment and, albeit with more gravitas, repeating the experience of Shoulder Arms...
Charles Chaplin made "Limelight" at the most troubled period of his adult career
Charles Chaplin, without modesty, described "Monsieur Verdoux" as “the cleverest and most brilliant film of my career”
With "A King in New York" Charles Chaplin was the first to expose, through satire, the paranoia which overtook the U.S in the 50s