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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : HarperCollins, 1996
|Named Person:||Charlie Chaplin; Charlie Chaplin|
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|Description:||578 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
Hollywood in the twenties and thirties makes today's film community seem puritanical by comparison, and Chaplin was a key figure in many of the gamier scandals. Successful, handsome, and a mega-star, he developed a reputation as a seducer of very young women - his second wife, Lita Grey, was fifteen when they became involved, and he married Oona O'Neill, his fourth, when she was eighteen. Fighting a paternity suit and accusations of plagiarism, communism, pacifism, libertinism, and anti-Americanism, Chaplin nevertheless managed to make seventy-one films by the time he was thirty-three years old - with some of his finest work still ahead of him (The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator).
To date only sanitized versions of Chaplin's life have been told, and no biography has yet placed Chaplin in an American context. A strong, determined artist - at once charming and vulnerable but also vain, arrogant, and egotistical - Chaplin fought hard to overcome early hardships, and suffered greatly when the character he created - the Tramp, the Little Fellow - was rendered obsolete by age, changing audience tastes, and the advent of talkies. Joyce Milton's probing and revelatory biography explores the psychological and social roots of Chaplin's art, politics, love life, and friendships through the course of a tumultuous life, at once rich and confounding.