Charlie Chaplin Research Paper

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Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was a comedic British actor who became an icon of the Silent Film Era (1895-1929). A time when the only means of communications available on the screen was non-verbal communication.

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, 1889. The youngest son of Hannah and Charles Chaplin SIR.
He had a very difficult childhood as his father provided no support for his family, abandoning them when Charlie was only two years of age leaving his mother having to provide for her children.
Hannah suffered from mental illness and had to be admitted to a mental health institution so Charlie and his older brother were sent to the workhouse and were educated by a range of charitable schools.
Despite of the health issues, Charlie’s mother
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That is when he started his career in entertainment as a comedian joining the Karno pantomime troupe which eventually took him to America. He toured with them for six years. When they returned to the United States he was offered a motion film contract which he accepted and joined the Keystones film company”.
His first film was called “Making a living”, in 1913, a week later “the little tramp”, the character he is most famous for was introduced to the world.
“The tramp character was accidentally invented by Charlie on day when he was playing a minor role in a film, his boss decided the movie was not funny enough, so he told Charlie to find a way to make it funnier.
Charlie had an insight, “I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large”. Later he added the little moustache, according to himself just to look older than he actually did”.
In the years that came Charlie was in huge demand and signed contract with two other companies before he decided to become an independent
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Some of these affairs did not end so well.

In 1918, he married the sixteen-year-old Mildred Harris, after she believed to be pregnant, but she actually was not. She did get pregnant later though and gave Charlie his first child who only lived for three days. The marriage lasted only two years.
In 1924, he got married to Lita Grey, another sixteen-year-old actress who also found herself pregnant. This marriage produced two sons, Charles Jr and Sidney, it only lasted three years as they were both very unhappy.

From 1936 until 1942 he was married to a chorus girl, Paulette Goddard.
Just after that there was a nasty paternity suit with another actress, Joan Barry. Even though tests proved Chaplin was not the father of her child a jury ordered him to pay child support.

In 1943 at the age of fifty four, Chaplin married the eighteen-year-old Oona O’Neill, daughter of the famous playwright Eugene O’Neill who was also fifty four-years-old. He was so angry about the marriage that he decided to disinherit his daughter.

Despite of all the controversy about his love life, they had a very happy marriage which produced eight children for the
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