The Growth Of Charlie Chaplin's Fame. It Includes Early Childhood, His Love Life, And Of Course His Movies.

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Charlie Chaplin was born in England on April sixteenth, 1889. He was the youngest and always had a rivalry with his older brother, Sydney. Sidney was two years older than he was. His father, Charles Spencer Chaplin, Sr. was an actor. His mother, Hanna Chaplin, was a singer. His parents gave him a strong background to become an entertainer. Chaplin went to school until the age of eight when he quit school to clog dance. Sadly in 1901, his father died of alcohol abuse. His mother was hit hardest. Suddenly Chaplin's mother was going in and out of mental institutions. He was sent to a charity home with Sydney (Hale, 1). When Charles Chaplin got out, he went to Herns Boy College. He studied there for two years. This was the only proper education he had.After a clog dancing performance, the leader of an acting troupe offered Chaplin a job. He went to America for the first time performing in a comedy called the Wow-Wows (Jepstein, 14). In 1912, with the acting troupe, a theater director offered him a job that paid fifty dollars a week (Jepstein, 14). Since it was almost quadruple the amount he got from the Wow-Wows, he accepted. In three years, he managed to make thirty short films (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 439). In 1915, he joined Essanay Studios for two hundred fifty dollars a week (Jepstein, 14). There, he made "The Champion" and "His New Job." While in Essanay, he got the idea for a tramp character. Chaplin got this idea from a comic book he used to read in England ( ,1). When, his tramp picture came out, he called it "The Tramp." A year later, he joined Mutual, earning an astounding ten thousand dollar-a-week salary (Jepstein, 14). Here, he made "One A.M.", "The Pilgrim", "The Curse", "Easy Street", and "The Immigrant."In 1918 he started his own studio. Halfway through the year, on October 23rd, he secretly married Mildred Harris (Hale, 2). Mildred gave birth to NormanSpencer Chaplin. The baby only lived for three days. Three months later, Mildred and Charlie divorced. In 1924, he married Lita Grey. Together, they had a boy named Sydney. Like the first marriage, Lita broke up with him before their first anniversary. She also filed paternity charges because she couldn't afford to feed Sydney. Three days into the trial Chaplin broke down and gave her the money.In 1923, Charlie Chaplin, D. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford formed United Artists. There, Chaplin made "Woman of Paris", "Gold Rush", "The Circus", and "City Lights." He then made "Modern Times" in which he highlighted the issues with modern inventions. He also made "The Great Dictator." In this picture, he...

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