By Helen Simpson
A Biography of Charlie Chaplin
His first popular play in America was "A Night in an English Music Hall". In 1913 he decided to audition for movies too. He worked with the Keystone Film Company. In 1914 he signed with the Mutual Film Company and created 12 comedies in that one year. In 1917 that contract expired and Chaplin decided to become and independent producer. He produced many comedies in the following years. In 1919 he founded The United Artists Corporation. He continued producing many more movies for the rest of his life. He produced The Kid in 1921, A Woman in Paris in 1923. During filming The Gold Rush he had an affair with the lead, Lita Grey. In 1929 the movie, The Circus, won Chaplin his first academy award. It remained very popular until around 1964. He spent two years and eight months filming City Lights which came out in 1931. It became almost as popular as The Circus. In 1931, he went on an 18-month world tour for his fans. After he came home, Chaplin continued producing movies until he died in 1977.
Charlie Chaplin played in Burlesque as Darn Hosiery in the Essanay production on Carmen in 1916. This poster was sold as a collectible for over $2000.
Chaplin won an Academy Award (Oscar) for his movie, The Circus. It remained popular until the 60's and is one of his greatest achievements.
City Lights took 2 years and 8 months to film and when it came out, it was almost as big of a hit as The Circus.
2. How do you think Chaplin's parents influenced his career?