The 7 most interesting facts about Charlie Chaplin, who became a silent film legend. Photo
English actor and director Charlie Chaplin died December 25, 1977, but the silent film classic and one of the best comedians in history is still remembered by the world. He won three Oscars and is the only recipient of two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Chaplin was married four times, liked to drink and lived very modestly. OBOZREVATEL tells about the most interesting facts from the life of the legendary artist.
- He was not perceived by an elite
The actor got his first role in the theater at the age of 14, at that time he could not yet read and feared that he was given to learn difficult words. Comedy films with Charlie were considered lowbrow humor. Aristocrats did not come to the cinema because they considered Chaplin's pictures to be morally questionable entertainment.
- Chaplin was a lifelong slob
Early in his career, Chaplin had one set of clothes that he didn't wash for weeks at a time. Actress Marie Dressler told him that she would quit if the director did not remove a piece of rotten banana from his collar. The actor himself considered himself a slob, but he attributed it to the fact that he was always focused on work and forgot to wash.
- Depression and loneliness
Charlie Chaplin had 11 children and married four times. The last son was born when the actor was 72 years old. He was popular with girls, but he long failed to have a stable relationship. The brilliant director has always chosen a woman much younger himself. Chaplin constantly suffered from depression and loved solitude.
- Stubborn perfectionist
Charlie Chaplin achieved stunning success in movies thanks to his insufferable perfectionism, which annoyed all his colleagues. On the set of "Big City Lights" he made the actress Virginia Cheryl re-shoot one scene 342 times.He was passionate about the creation of his films. Charlie acted in them himself, directed, produced and edited them. In addition, he even wrote musical accompaniment to the films.
- A humble millionaire
Even after Charlie Chaplin made his first million, he continued to live modestly in a hotel room and kept his money in a drawer. In 1922, the actor built a house in the upscale Beverly Hills neighborhood with an organ hall and a movie theater.
- Political activities
Chaplin was a social activist and spoke at social rallies. He began his speech with the words "Comrades!" - so he was considered a communist. His films about politics were often censored and he was even prosecuted by the FBI. He was banned from entering the United States because of his scandalous films. For the film The Great Dictator, which mocked Adolf Hitler, the German governor put him on his personal enemies list.
- Alcohol addiction
Charlie's father was an alcoholic and constantly drank away at his property. As a young man, Chaplin also drank; his favorite drink was gin. In the United States, a cocktail called Charlie Chaplin was released in the 1920s. It has a delicate and sweet taste, although the consistency is quite thick. The mix is named after the famous comedian, but it is still unclear if Chaplin liked the cocktail.
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