Charlie Chaplin, the wistful bowler-batted clown, whose silent films gave delight to millions, died at his home above Lake Geneva in Switzerland on Sunday (25 December) at the age of 88.
Charlie Chaplin, the wistful bowler-batted clown, whose silent films gave delight to millions, died at his home above Lake Geneva in Switzerland on Sunday (25 December) at the age of 88. The British-born comedian, who was brought up in the squalor of a London slum, found fame??? and fortune through his portrayal of a pathetic, baggy-trousered tramp??? with a springy cane and boots too big for him. His scores of silent films won acclaim when first screened, and they are still hailed as classics. He was knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1975. His fourth wife Oona, and eight of his nine children were with him when he died. His doctor said he died of old age.
SYNOPSIS: Charlie Chaplin made his name in the United States and he lived there until 1952, but then during one visit to London, accusations of Communist sympathies made it impossible for him to return to his adopted country. His re-entry permit was cancelled, but a royal reception in London showed his popularity in Europe was in no way harmed.
Chaplin found peace in Europe, and he decided to settle in Switzerland Sometimes he would leave his home in Vevey to go on a fishing holiday in Ireland. Although by this time he was over 70, he continued to produce films, and one, A King in New York, satirised the America which had rejected him. But he denied missing the United States.
In 1971 Chaplin received the 'Citizen of Honour' medal, one of France's highest civil awards, and the following ear he was invited to return to the United States. His knighthood came three years later.
Children helped him celebrate his: 85th birthday.
Tributes to Charlie Chaplin ??? come from all over the world. Many have echoed the sentiment of George Bernard Shaw, who once called him "The only gen??? the cinema has produced".