Essay on charlie chaplin

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What a little tramp! Charlie Chaplin, who brought laughter to millions worldwide as the silent "Little Tramp" clown. Born in East Street, Walworth, London on 16 April, 1889, Charles
Spencer Chaplin was the son of a music hall singer and his wife. Charlie Chaplin's parents divorced early in his life, with his father providing little to no support, either financial or otherwise, leaving his mother to support them as best she could. Chaplin's mother Hannah was the brightest spot in Charlie's childhood; formerly an actress on stage, she had lost her ability to perform, and managed to earn a subsistence living for herself, Charlie, and Charlie's older half-brother Sidney by sewing. She was an integral part of Charlie's young
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Charlie was a lifelong pacifist, but he was also a realist who saw that the aggression of the Axis powers had to be stopped. In many ways, Chaplin was politically naive -- such as speaking at fund raisers for the Communist USSR, whom Chaplin simply saw as our allies in the fight. And by suggesting that America immediately open a two front war to help our "friends" in the Soviet Union. These were some of the reasons that the government began keeping tabs on the immigrant film maker. Although he worked for all of these years in America, he maintained his
British citizenship, and had no intention of becoming an American citizen.

Moreover, due to the false rumors that Chaplin was a communist or communist sympathizer, as well as an organized protest by various unions resulting in theaters refusing to show his films. Charlie took a vacation to England, wanting to show his new wife and children his native country. Upon leaving the territorial waters of the United States of America, Charlie
Chaplin received a cable, informing him that the State Department had rescinded his reentry permit -- effectively locking him out of the country as an undesirable alien. There were many reasons for this -- Chaplin's unorthodox political views, the false accusation that he was a
Communist, and not least of all, money. There would have been an attempt by the federal government to seize Chaplin's assets, which were enormous. However, his wife Oona returned to
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