Charles Spencer  Chaplin

Charles Spencer Chaplin

Male 1889 - 1977  (88 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 16 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Charles Spencer Chaplin 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 16 Apr 1889  Walworth, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Dec 1977  Vevey, CH Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I372621  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2011 

    Father Charles Chaplin,   b. 1863,   d. 1901  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Hannah,   b. 1865,   d. 1928  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1885 
    Family ID F147636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henrietta Kelly,   b. 1893,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1908 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mildred Harris,   b. 29 Nov 1901, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1944, Hollywood, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1918 
    • they married after Mildred believed she was pregnant - it was a false alarm, though she did later give birth to Charlie's first child.
      Their divorce, in 1920, was acrimonious.
    Divorced 1920 
    Children 
     1. NN Chaplin,   b. Jul 1919,   d. Jul 1919  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147641  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Pola Negri,   b. 03 Jan 1897,   d. 01 Aug 1987  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 1923 
    • the Chaplin-Negri romance was killed by the interferences of Marina Varga, a Mexican fan who snuck onto Chaplin's estate (and his bedroom) to raise first an argument with Pola, then a media circus upon being rejected by the engaged actor in the midst of his heavily-covered Negri affair. The temperamental Pola shortly called off the engagement, criticizing Chaplin's "experiments" in love, his temper, and her own ambitions
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147659  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Lita Grey,   b. 15 Apr 1908, Hollywood, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1924 
    Divorced 1927 
    Children 
     1. Charles Chaplin, Jr.,   b. 5 May 1925, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1968, Hloywood, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     2. Living
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Cicely Isabel Fairfield,   b. 21 Dec 1892,   d. 15 Mar 1983  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Type: Affair 
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F1293318  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 6 Paulette Goddard,   b. 3 Jun 1911, Whitestone Landing, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1990, Ronco, CH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1936 
    • Charlie and Paulette divorced, by all accounts, on amicable terms.
    Divorced 1942 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147643  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 7 Joan Barry,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 8 Oona o' Neill,   b. 13 May 1926, Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1991  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1943 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Eugene Chaplin
     6. Jane Chaplin
     7. Annette-Emilie Chaplin
     8. Living
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147639  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • lived a Dickensian childhood, shared with his brother, Sydney, that included extreme poverty, workhouses and seeing his mother's mental decline put her into an institution. Both his parents, though separated when he was very young, were music hall artists, his father quite famously so. But it was his mother Charlie idolised and was inspired by during his visits backstage while she performed, to take up such a career for himself.
      He achieved his ambition when he joined a dancing troup, the Eight Lancashire Lads, and this eventually led onto parts in Sherlock Holmes and Casey's Court Circus. Sydney, meanwhile, had joined the famous Fred Karno Company and quickly became a leading player and writer therein. He managed to get Charlie involved, and he too became a Karno star. For both boys, Karno was almost a college of comedy for them, and the period had a huge impact on Charlie especially.
      In 1910 Charlie toured the U.S with the Karno group and returned for another in 1912. It was on this tour that he was head hunted by Mack Sennett and his Keystone Film Company, and Charlie was thus introduced into the medium of film. His first film, in 1914, was aptly titled Making A Living, and it was directed by Henry Lehrman. He starred in many of his Keystones along side Mabel Normand, who also directed three of his films, but it wasn't until Twenty Minutes of Love that he had a taste of directing for himself, and this quickly became the only way he worked.
      His success was such that he was able to move from one company to another, each time on to a better deal. In 1915 , after thirty-five films, he moved to Essanay, and it was here he really found his feet, not to mention his longest serving leading lady, Edna Purviance. Notable films during this period include The Champion, The Tramp and The Bank. In 1916 he moved to Mutual, with even greater control and financial rewards. At Mutual he made the definitive Chaplin short comedies, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure and The Immigrant. First National were next, and it was here he constructed his full length masterpiece, The Kid. Shorter comedies of note at this time included Sunnyside and The Idle Class.
      Along with his great friend, Douglas Fairbanks, as well as Mary Pickford and D.W Griffith, Chaplin formed United Artists in 1919. He made his first film for them in 1923, the Edna Purviance vehicle, A Woman of Paris, perhaps the least known of his films, but it was followed by the Chaplin classics - The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights and Modern Times. It wasn't until 1940 that he made his first talkie, The Great Dictator, to be followed by the more refined Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight, a look back to the music hall world of his youth.
      Limelight (1952) was the last film he made in America. McCarthyite political manouverings effectively ejected him from the country and he wasn't to return until 1972, when he received a special Academy Award. In the meantime, though heartily welcomed back to Britain, he moved to Switzerland with his wife, Oona O' Neill, and their children. He made two more films, A King In New York (1957, with Dawn Addams) and A Countess From Hong Kong (1967, with Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando) and spent his final years writing music for his films and enjoying his family life
    • Charlie Chaplin Website
    • The Great Dictator



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