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An essay on Charlie Chaplin written
by Aaron Hale is available.
Charlie Chaplin was born Charles Spencer Chaplin
in London, England on 16 April 1889. His parents, Charles Chaplin, Sr
and Hannah Hill were music hall entertainers but separated shortly
after Charlie was born, leaving Hannah to provide for her children.
In 1896 when Hannah was no longer able to care for her children,
Charlie and his brother Sydney were admitted to Lambeth Workhouse and
later, Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children.
Charlie had already debuted in the music hall in
1894, when he had sung a song after his mother was taken hoarse.
- Performs in Sherlock Holmes, as the newspaper boy Billy
- The Casey Circus
- Works with the Karno Pantomime Troupe
- First tour of USA/Canada with Karno Troupe
- Second tour of USA/Canada with Karno Troupe
- May 1913
- Accepts offer from Adam Kessel (who has interests in the
Keystone Film Company) for $125/week
- 29 December 1913
- Signs contract with Keystone
- Jan/Feb 1914
- Charlie Chaplin's first film: Making a Living
- Keystone films
- Nov 1914
- Signs with Essanay for $1,250/week to make 14 films during 1915
- Essanay films
- 27 Feb 1916
- Signs with Mutual Film Corporation for $10,000/week plus $150,000 bonus
- Mutual films
- 17 June 1917
- Signs with First National Exhibitor's Circuit for $1,075,000/year
- First National Films
The Internet Movie Database
contains a filmography for Charles Chaplin.
page on Chaplin
focusses on the speech of the Great Dictator.
Stephen Weissman has some
information on Charlie Chaplin, including essays he has written.
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