Charlie Chaplin is incredibly famous for many things: acting, filmmaking, and composing, all within the silent film industry. And his stuff was funny. However, his life wasn’t always full of laughs.
Chaplin was thrown on his own resources before he reached the age of ten, as the early death of his father and the subsequent illness of his mother made it necessary for Chaplin and his brother to fend for themselves. In fact, the two brothers even had to live in London’s tough workhouses for a period of time.
Though Chaplin gained incredible fame and success, during the Cold War, he was suspected of being a communist. His imprints were removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have been lost since, and he was driven to Switzerland and only visited the U.S. once after his death.
However, his name goes down in history as a man who has made major breakthroughs that will forever influence movies and television.
So even if you’ve had a tough childhood, there’s hope. You can reach for the stars and follow your dreams, and even have a great sense of humor along the way.
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