Charlie Chaplin

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  • Birth Name: Charles Spencer Chaplin
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Died: December 25, 1977
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer
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Fast Facts

  • Both of his parents were music-hall entertainers.
  • First went on stage at age 5 when his mother's voice failed her during a performance.
  • Lived in a series of workhouses and an orphanage as a young child.
  • Desperate poverty and deprivation in his childhood inspired his character The Little Tramp.  
  • Co-founded United Artists in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
  • Lost a paternity suit brought against him by actress Joan Barry in 1943 despite the fact that blood tests proved that Barry's child wasn't his.
  • Fourth wife Oona O'Neill was the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill; her father disinherited her after her marriage to Chaplin.
  • Published My Autobiography in 1964.
  • Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975.
  • Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the 1992 biopic Chaplin.

Awards

  • 1973, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner
  • 1971, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Winner
  • 1928, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Academy Fellowship: Winner
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1972, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner

Relationships

  • Charles Chaplin Jr. — Son
  • Lita Grey — Ex-wife
  • Geraldine Chaplin — Daughter
  • Eugene Chaplin — Son
  • Jane Chaplin — Daughter
  • Annette-Emilie Chaplin — Daughter
  • Pola Negri — Ex-fiancée
  • Charles Chaplin — Father
  • Oona Chaplin — Wife
  • Michael Chaplin — Son
  • Spencer Dryden — Nephew
  • Joan Barry — Ex-significant Other
  • Josephine Chaplin — Daughter
  • Sydney Chaplin — Son
  • Wheeler Dryden — Half Brother
  • Hetty Kelly — Ex-significant Other
  • Paulette Goddard — Ex-wife
  • Mildred Harris — Ex-wife
  • Hannah Chaplin — Mother
  • Sydney Chaplin — Half Brother
  • Norman Spencer Chaplin — Son
  • Christopher Chaplin — Son
  • Victoria Chaplin — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: Charles Spencer Chaplin
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Died: December 25, 1977
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer

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