Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Great Britain: Proud of Chaplin


THE 86th Academy Awards – otherwise known as the Oscars – will be announced on Sunday, March 2, writes Jo Clarke.
Britain has produced many winners and nominees since the first ceremony took place in 1929.
There are few who are more famous than Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1977).
He was an actor, filmmaker and composer who rose to fame during the silent movie era.

His screen persona The Tramp is a hugely important figure in the history of film.

His 75-year career took him from childhood to old age and featured fame and controversy.
He received three Academy Awards – two honorary Oscars for his filmmaking skills in 1929 and 1972 and the award for best score in 1973 for Limelight.
From November 15-16, 1931, Chaplin visited Plymouth as a guest of MP Nancy Astor.
Earlier that year his film, City Lights had been released to great acclaim but it had been a difficult project that he had spent more than two and half years working on.
After the premieres were over he took a holiday and ended up travelling for 16 months.
His visit to Plymouth brought the crowds out in force – as you can see from this photograph.
He even appeared on stage at the Palace Theatre one evening.
In a letter to Michael Astor (one of Nancy’s sons), James Joseph Judge (a former editor of The Herald and a great friend of the Astors), wrote: “You should have been here on Sunday and Monday.
“Your mother brought Charlie Chaplin and thousands thronged to see him on the Barbican and... crowds came to your house: on Monday they filled Virginia House and the Palace Theatre... I sat beside him at dinner at Elliot Terrace.... and found him ever such a nice, modest little man.”

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/History-Charlie-Chaplin-Plymouth/story-20691359-detail/story.html#ixzz2uKzeQu5p

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