Interesting facts about Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin is four days older than Hitler.

Chaplin's height was only 165 cm, and his weight was 60 kilograms.

Chaplin had blue eyes and dark curly hair, but the actor quickly turned gray by the age of 35.

Having already become a millionaire, Chaplin continued to live for a long time in a third-rate hotel room. He also kept his studio receipts in an old suitcase for months.

Chaplin was left-handed, and even played the violin with his left hand.

Chaplin got a full-time job in the theater at the age of 14 - before he could read.

Chaplin sympathized with the communists, the FBI opened a case against Chaplin back in the 30s - after the movie "New Times".

Chaplin lived in the United States for 40 years, but never received citizenship. Moreover, since 1952, entry into the United States was closed to him, and in order to obtain a visa, he had to answer to the Commission of the Department of Immigration a number of charges of a political order, as well as an accusation of moral licentiousness.

In 1917, Charlie Chaplin became the most expensive actor of the time, signing a $ 1 million contract with First National.

Chaplin's favorite sport was boxing, and his favorite dance was tango. In the movie "City Lights" he "combined" fighting in the ring with tango.

Chaplin sold all of his shares in 1928 based on unemployment data - before the Great Depression.

During World War II, the "Committee for Assistance to Russia in the War" invited Chaplin to speak at the rally. Chaplin began his speech with the address "Comrades!" and called for the opening of a second front as soon as possible. After this speech (because of the spoken word "comrades") Chaplin was considered a communist.

During the filming of The Great Dictator, Chaplin was warned that the film would be in trouble with the censorship. Chaplin was asked to abandon the production of the film, assuring that it would never be shown either in England or in the United States, so as not to harm the neutral relations between the United States and Germany. After the German attack on the USSR, the pressure "from above" ceased, but letters from the audience with threats began to arrive. In some of them, they threatened that they would throw gas bombs and shoot at the screen at the cinemas, which will start showing The Dictator.

After the release of "The Dictator" on the screens, Nazi propaganda began to call Chaplin a Jew. The Commission on Investigation of Anti-American Activities began an investigation into Chaplin's activities, one of the points of the investigation was his nationality.

According to the documentary "The Tramp and the Dictator" (2001), the film "The Great Dictator" was sent to Hitler, and Hitler watched this film (this fact is confirmed by witnesses).

During the filming of Chaplin's films, there was only one accident. Chaplin himself was injured on the set of Silent Street.

Chaplin had a soft spot for young teenage girls, for example:

He married Mildred Harris when she was 16, he was 28.

He was 35 years old when he married Lita Gray, she was 16. Chaplin's biographer Joyce Milton wrote that the relationship between Chaplin and Lita Gray became the basis of Nabokov's novel Lolita.

He was 44 when he married Paulette Goddard, she was 19.

He was 54 years old when he married Una O'Neill, she was 18. In addition, he had 8 children from his marriage to Una. Una gave birth to her last child when the great comedian was 72 years old.

Chaplin was also a good composer. He wrote the music for many of his films himself.

Chaplin once took part incognito in a competition for his own doubles (the image of the Tramp). According to one version, he took second place in the competition, according to another version - third.

Chaplin was married four times and had 11 children.

In 1928, Chaplin was awarded a special Oscar for the genius of the script, acting, directing and producing for the film "Circus".

In 1954, Chaplin was awarded the Soviet International Peace Prize.

In 1975, Chaplin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Chaplin's favorite comedian in the last years of his life was Briton Benny Hill. When Hill visited the Chaplin family in 1991, he was shown a large collection of Benny Hill videos that Chaplin had put together.

Chaplin was named # 79 among the "One Hundred Greatest Stars of All Time" by Empire Magazine (UK).

Chaplin made his last film, The Countess from Hong Kong, in 1967, 10 years before his death. The main roles in the film were played by Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando. Chaplin himself appears in the film in the cameo role of the old steward.

Chaplin died on December 25, 1977, he was 88 years old.

In 1978, Chaplin's coffin was dug up and stolen for ransom. Police arrested the criminals, and Chaplin was reburied on May 17, 1978.

On April 16, 1981, Chaplin's 92nd birthday, a monument was erected to him in London at Leicester Square. The statue is located near the Shakespeare monument.