Sir Charlie Chaplin: Rags to Riches
April 16, 1889 Charles Spencer Chaplin was born above his grandfather’s cobbler’s shop. His mother Hannah Chaplin, a struggling stage performer and a promiscuous woman, birthed her first son, Sydney Chaplin, just four years earlier. Always around the theatre where his mother worked, Charles was “bitten” by the acting bug at a young age. In a matter of time Charles was moving his way up the social ladder, leaving a life of poverty behind him. In the beginning, he took small jobs’ at local traveling shows. Almost everywhere he went people were leaving the theatres crying with laughter. Fame was inevitable for Chaplin. His name grew faster than a California wild fire! Soon he found himself leaving his home in Britain and seeking fame in America. Of course he found it! Critics called Chaplin a genius. Some even went as far as to call him the funniest man in the world. Charlie Chaplin had a very successful career, making dozens of silent films and writing an autobiography. The story of Charlie Chaplin is almost as entertaining as the man himself. During Charlie’s childhood his mother was the only one supporting him and his brother Sydney (it is rumored that there was another Chaplin child but he disappeared soon after his birth). His father, Charlie Chaplin Senior, was a drunkard and left the family soon after he found out Hannah was pregnant. Times were tough for this family of three, but the two Chaplin boys were hard workers. They would take on odd jobs receiving extremely low wages. Charlie knew he had a talent; he was just waiting for a time to show it. One day while walking around town, he saw a flyer asking for a young male clog dancer. It was the perfect opportunity because Charlie loved clog dancing. He auditioned and got the job. The small group of boys traveled around the area, dancing in small theaters for about a year before the contract ended. After that Chaplin started looking for work again, and he found it at a...
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