Charlie Chaplin, the wistful bowler-batted clown, whose silent films gave delight to millions, died at his home above Lake Geneva in Switzerland on Sunday (25 December) at the age of 88.
SV Charlie Chaplin arrives at Southampton in 1931
GV Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London,
Chaplin arriving at the Empire Cinema in 1952
GV Crowd being controlled by police outside Empire Cinema
CU Queen Elizabeth
SV Queen Elizabeth shakes hands with film star Yvonne de Carlo, Chaplin and his fourth wife Oona (3 shots)
V Chaplin fishing in Ireland
SCU Chaplin's children Eugene and Vicky playing (MUTE) (2 shots)
SCU Chaplin being helped up river bank
GV 1971 Building in Paris
SV Chaplin being presented with "Citizen of Honour" medal
SV & CU Chaplin leaves his hotel in 1975 on his way to be knighted
GV Buckingham Palace courtyard
SV Chaplin rises from wheelchair for the National Anthem (2 shots)
CU Chaplin speaking to newsmen
GV Chaplin's mansion above Corsier-sur-Vevey in Switzerland
SV & CU Chaplin and wife listening to children singing on his 85th birthday
CU Chaplin answering questions (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Chaplin with wife Oona and members of his family
SV ZOOM OUT Chaplin seated in grounds at his home
British actor Laurence Olivier said Chaplin would be remembered as "probably the greatest comedian of all time." In Hollywood, the studio where he made "The Kid" and "The Gold Rush" has been declared an historic site. Chaplin was fully reinstated in Hollywood after his exile in Europe, when he returned in 1972 to receive an honourary Academy Award.
REPORTER: "When he left his West End hotel this morning, Charlie Chaplin was disappointe??? that only two of his children, together with his wife Oona, could go to Buckingham Palace. At the investiture he remained seated in his wheelchair as the Queen dubbed him Sir Charles. He insisted on standing though for the National ???nthem, and again when he came out to face the cameras afterwards to talk about the investiture."
CHAPLIN: "Very impressive. It was most impressive."
REPORTER: "Is it to be Sir Charles or Sir Charlie from now on?"
CHAPLIN: "Sir Charles."
REPORTER: "What do you think of life in general, and what do you think of death?"
CHAPLIN: "Well, death comes' to us very reluctantly. And, and life is marvellous. It's a wonderful thing, but as you get on you always think of moments past. You always think of er death."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much Mr. Chaplin and happy birthday."
CHAPLIN: "Thank you."
REPORTER: "Happy birthday to you."
CHAPLIN: "Thank you very much
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Background: Charlie Chaplin, the wistful bowler-batted clown, whose silent films gave delight to millions, died at his home above Lake Geneva in Switzerland on Sunday (25 December) at the age of 88. The British-born comedian, who was brought up in the squalor of a London slum, found fame??? and fortune through his portrayal of a pathetic, baggy-trousered tramp??? with a springy cane and boots too big for him. His scores of silent films won acclaim when first screened, and they are still hailed as classics. He was knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1975. His fourth wife Oona, and eight of his nine children were with him when he died. His doctor said he died of old age.
SYNOPSIS: Charlie Chaplin made his name in the United States and he lived there until 1952, but then during one visit to London, accusations of Communist sympathies made it impossible for him to return to his adopted country. His re-entry permit was cancelled, but a royal reception in London showed his popularity in Europe was in no way harmed.
Chaplin found peace in Europe, and he decided to settle in Switzerland Sometimes he would leave his home in Vevey to go on a fishing holiday in Ireland. Although by this time he was over 70, he continued to produce films, and one, A King in New York, satirised the America which had rejected him. But he denied missing the United States.
In 1971 Chaplin received the 'Citizen of Honour' medal, one of France's highest civil awards, and the following ear he was invited to return to the United States. His knighthood came three years later.
Children helped him celebrate his: 85th birthday.
Tributes to Charlie Chaplin ??? come from all over the world. Many have echoed the sentiment of George Bernard Shaw, who once called him "The only gen??? the cinema has produced".