"Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow."
Charlie Chaplin was a man who definitely dimpled millions of cheeks in the early 1900's. And even though his films were in black and white, he put a lot of color into everyone's life.
And now, a chronology of his life:
April 16, 1889:
Born at East Lane, Walworth (London) to Charles and Hannah Chaplin.
: Charles Sr leaves home permanently.
: Young Charles and his brother Sydney with their mother enter Lambeth Workhouse (for the poor). Within a few weeks, the boys were sent to Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children.
: Hannah has a mental breakdown. Charles and Sydney live for a time with Charles Sr and his mistress. Young Charles first appears with the Lancashire Lads.
December 26, 1900
: Young Charles plays comic role in a production of Cinderella at the London Hippodrome.
May 13, 1901
: harles Sr died.
: Hannah enters Cane Hill Asylum; she never recovers her sanity.
: Chaplin appears for the first time as Billy in Sherlock Holmes. He acts in various productions till 1906.
: Chaplin stars in the variety show Casey's Court Circus.
: Chaplin begins performing for the Karno Troupe, joining his brother Sydney, who is responsible for Charles's placement.
: Chaplin leaves with the Karno Troupe for a tour of the US and Canada.
October 3, 1910
: He opens Karno production The Wow Wows at Colonial Theatre in New York.
: Chaplin returns to England with the Karno Troupe.
: Chaplin leaves with the Karno Troupe for a second tour of the US and Canada.
: He accepts an offer from the New York office of Kessel and Bauman, the parent organization for Mack Sennett's Keystone Comedy Company. But his Karno commitment holds him till November.
: Chaplin arrives at the Keystone Studio in California.
February 2, 1914
: His first film, Making A Living, appears. An amazing total of 35 films had to be made in the first year.
February 7, 1914
: His second film, Kid's Auto Race, opens. It marks the first appearance of a semblance of the tramp character.
November 14, 1914
: He stars in Tillie's Punctured Romance, generally considered to be the first feature-length comedy.
: He signs a contract with Essanay Films, where he was to make 14 films in a year. Essanay was to later make the fifteenth film Triple Trouble (1918) from other Chaplin's works.
: The Tramp, the first Chaplin film with real pathos, appears.
February 27, 1916
: Chaplin signs contract with Mutual Films, where was to make 12 celebrated short subjects in 1916 and part of 1917.
After Chaplin leaves Essanay, it puts together The Essanay-Chaplin Revue, one of the first Chaplin film anthologies.
January 22, 1917
: Easy Street, considered his best Mutual film, appears.
June 7, 1917
: Chaplin signs contract with First National, for which he had to do eight films.
: A Dog's Life released.
: Shoulder Arms is a critical and commercial success, though it's World War I theme is controversial.
October 23, 1918
: Chaplin marries Mildred Harris.
: With Douglas Fairbanks, D W Griffith and Mary Pickford, he forms United Artists. But Chaplin is not free of his First National contract till 1923.
: A Day's Pleasure released.
: Divorce with Mildred Harris.
: The Kid is the first feature he directs.
: Chaplin provides his mother a home in California.
: Triumphantly returns to Europe.
: The Idle Class released.
: Chaplin's account of his 1921 trip appears as a book, My Trip Abroad.
: Pay Day released.
: The Pilgrim released.
October 1, 1923
: Chaplin's first United Artists production A Woman of Paris opens. Chaplin writes and directs but does not star in this critically acclaimed production.
: Chaplin marries Lita Grey.
August 16, 1925
: The Gold Rush quickly becomes his most acclaimed film.
August 22, 1927
: Divorce with Lita Grey. Seemingly every stage of the proceedings has been played up in the newspapers since Grey's original filing for divorce in January.
: The Circus is a great, though often neglected, Chaplin feature film.
August 28, 1928
: Hannah Chaplin dies.
May 16, 1929
: At the first Academy Award ceremony, Chaplin is honored with a special Oscar "for versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing and producing The Circus.
: City Lights finds Chaplin defying the sound era with this critical and commercial success. There is a second triumphant return to England, which eventually takes him Around the World.
: Chaplin returns to the United States.
: Chaplin secretly marries Paulette Goddard, though mystery still continues about the event.
February 5, 1936
: Modern Times is released. Chaplin successfully defies sound once again.
March-April 1936: Chaplin and Goddard visit the Far East.
March 16, 1936
: The Screenwriters and Actors Guild honors Chaplin with outstanding actor award.
October 15, 1940
: The Great Dictator sees Chaplin enter the sound era with a controversial parody of Hitler. It grosses more than any previous film by the comedian.
December 30, 1940
: The New York Film Critics body votes Chaplin for best actor of the year award. Chaplin declines the honor.
April 18, 1942
: The Gold Rush is reissued with soundtrack and some short deletions. Chaplin's narration replaces titles.
: Chaplin, as a last-minute substitute for former ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies, gives a Second Front speech at the American Committee for Russian War Relief rally in San Francisco.
: Divorce with Paulette Goddard in Mexico.
July 22, 1942
: Gives Second Front speech, via telephone, to a Madison Square Garden rally sponsored by the CIO.
: The Joan Barry Scandals begin, with damaging new twists periodically occurring till the spring of 1945.
June 16, 1943
: Chaplin marries Oona O'Neill.
April 11, 1947
: The controversial Monsieur Verdoux opens.
April 12, 1947
: Chaplin is the victim of a witch-hunting press conference, save for support of James Agee.
: Successful revival of City Lights surprises Chaplin's critics. Life magazine calls the 1931 production the best picture of 1950.
: Chaplin and family leave New York by ship, bound for Europe. Chaplin shows his family members the English haunts of his youth. While at sea, Chaplin, still a British subject, has his US re-entry permit cancelled. If the comedian decides to return, he has to face more witch-hunting questions on politics and morality.
October 23, 1952
: Limelight is Chaplin's last great film.
: Limelight makes to the New York Times annual 'Ten Best' list.
: Chaplin purchases an estate, the Manoir de Ban in the village of Corsair in Switzerland. This is his last home.
: The Foreign Language Press Film Critics poll selects Limelight as the best film.
September 12, 1957
: A King in New York provides Chaplin's last stirring role.
A Chaplin Revue is compiled from A Dog's Life, Shoulder Arms and The Pilgrim with an added soundtrack.
: My Autobiography published.
April 16, 1965
: Brother Sydney Chaplin dies.
: Chaplin's oldest child by Oona, Geraldine, becomes a film star in her own right with the release of Doctor Zhivago.
: A Countess from Hong Kong is Chaplin's final film.
April 10, 1972
: Chaplin is awarded a special Oscar "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century."
March 27, 1973
: Chaplin wins an Oscar (with Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell) for Best Original Dramatic Score for 1972 for Limelight. The 1952 film was eligible for belated consideration because a Los Angeles theater had never previously shown the film.
: My Life in Pictures, Chaplin's final book published.
March 4, 1975
: Chaplin knighted by Elizabeth II, Queen of England.
composed music for the soundtrack of his 1923 production A Woman of Paris.
December 25, 1977
: Chaplin passed away at his estate in Switzerland.
April 16, 1981
: On what would have been Chaplin's 92nd birthday, a larger-than-life statue of the comedian was unveiled in London's Leicester Square, the heartland of the capital's theaters. The statue stands just a few yards from that of William Shakespeare.
Taken from: http://www.top-biography.com/0053-Charlie%20Chaplin/life.htm