Many of us might not know that today is Charlie Chaplin’s birthday. 16th April- the day is celebrated as the great actor’s birthday as on this day our Bollywood industry got this man who was known for his excellent dancing skills specially comic way of dancing. Charlie Chaplin was born in South London to Hannah Chaplin and Charles Chaplin. His childhood was fraught with poverty and hardships. Charlie’s early years were spent with his mother and brother in London district of Kennington. At that point of time, Hannah had no means of income. Other than occasional nursing and dressmaking there was no other source of income and his father never supported them financially. Due to these problems in life, Charlie’s mother Hannah had to be admitted in mental asylum.
During this time, Charlie began to perform on stage and slowly and gradually his skills and talent came out to audience. Chaplin received many awards and honours, especially in his later life. In the 1975 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was also awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by the University of Oxford and the University of Durham in 1962.
From the film industry, Chaplin received a special Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1972, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Center Film Society in the same year.
Chaplin received three Academy Awards firstly an Honorary Award for versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing, and producing The Circus in 1929, then second Honorary Award for the great impact he has been making motion pictures the art form of this century in 1972, and a Best Score award in 1973 for Limelight (shared with Ray Rasch and Larry Russell). He was further nominated in the Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture categories for The Great Dictator, and received another Best Original Screenplay nomination for Monsieur Verdoux. In 1976, Chaplin was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Six of Chaplin’s films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress: The Immigrant (1917), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940).
For his excellent works people still remember this great man. Have a look at this video: