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The Little Tramp

He sang his first song on stage at the age of 5. 

He and his half brother spent their lives growing up in England between charitable homes and work houses as their mother–separated from their father–suffered from bouts of insanity. After 18 years in an asylum in England, this icon of the silent film era relocated his mother to a home in California.  

On my recent trip to Montreux, Switzerland, I had no idea that I would be visiting the home of “The Little Tramp” Charlie Chaplin, in Vevey, Switzerland, a neighboring village about a ten minute train ride away. 

Though his life was filled with scandal and controversy, he nonetheless was/is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history–the history–of American cinema. One item in the house I found to be of most interest was a picture of Oona O’Neill Chaplin, the last wife of Chaplin and the mother of eight of his eleven children. It was a picture of her father, Nobel and Pulitzer-Prize-winning American playwright Eugene O’Neill. It was noted on the picture that O’Neill chose to never speak to his daughter again after marrying Chaplin because he didn’t approve of their 36 year age gap. 

Wow…Never is a very long time.

The tour dedicated to the life work of this genius was quite fascinating. Aside from roaming inside several rooms of the house, there is a movie theater where one catch about a fifteen minute highlight of his film career; and still footage and films and posters of Chaplin abound. There is even a movie studio with his original costumes and life sized statues. Youtube Switzerland: Chaplin’s World museum opens at his mansion on Lake Geneva and take a look.

Six of Chaplin’s films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress: The Immigrant (1917), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).

Chaplin died at age 88 of natural causes on December 25, 1977 at his home in Vevey, Switzerland. His funeral was a small and private Anglican ceremony according to his wishes. And if you can believe this–some lunatic (s) stole his corpse from its grave in 1978. They wanted the equivalent of $ 600,000. The grave robbers were caught and the corpse was found three months later and re-buried in a vault surrounded by cement.

One of the greatest filmmakers in the history of American cinema. 

And I love this quote about CC from Ed Stephan: “His films show, through the Little Tramp’s positive outlook on life in a world full of chaos, that the human spirit has and always will remain the same.”


Thank you Charlie Chaplin.

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