Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Charlie Chaplin: Icon of Style

"A day without laughter is a day wasted"  
Charlie Chaplin 
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in Walworth, London. Both his parents were music hall artists, his father quite famously so. It was his mother who Charlie idolized as he was inspired by her when he would visit backstage while she performed. 

Charlie joined the dancing group, Eight Lancashire Lads which eventually led him to parts in Sherlock Holmes and Casey's Court Circus. Charlie's life was greatly impacted as he later became a star in joining the famous Fred Karno Company. During his tour in 1912 with the Karno group, Charlie was head hunted by Keystone Film Company's Mack Sennett. It was then that Charlie was introduced to the medium of film, and the rest... is all history.
Charlie enjoyed both starring and directing most of his films. Charlie had the ability to move from one company to another, scoring bigger and better deals each time. His longest serving lead-lady was Edna Purviance. In 1919, Chaplin formed United Artists. He made his first film for them in 1923 called A Woman of Paris, later to be followed by the Chaplin classics: The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, and Modern Times. 

The Kid
Woman of Paris
The Gold Rush
The Circus
City Lights
Modern Times

 Lime light was the last film Charlie made in America as he was ejected from the country for a short period of time. During this time, he made the films, A King in New York and A Countess From Hong Kong. Charlie spent his final years writing music for his films, before he died in 1977 on Christmas day. Charlie's style is one to be remembered, as his iconic look still inspires many around the world. Chaplin impersonations... 

Lucille Ball 
Bridget Bardot
Jessica Alba

"Simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve" 
Charlie Chaplin

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