One night, a while back, I had trouble sleeping. So like I always do, I got out of bed, went to the living room and turned on the TV. When I can't sleep I watch one of two things, cartoons or old movies. I changed the channel to the one that plays the old movies. There was a black and white movie on. I looked it up it the TV Guide and it said, "Charlie Chaplin Marathon." It was in the middle of the movie called, "Lime Light." After that was over they played, "City Lights." I fell asleep after that movie was over so I didn't see anymore of his films. I was completely mesmerized by that movie. He was very creative, and he uses every emotion in his films. That's how I found out about Charlie Chaplin. I wanted to find out more about his films and his life, so I checked out Chaplin The Movies & Charlie by David Jacobs. While I read my book I learned more and more about him. I never imagined that his life was so difficult. .
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16th 1889 in London. His mother, Hannah Hill, and father, Charles Chaplin senior, were both entertainers. Hannah was a singer and Charles Sr. did a bit of everything, singing, dancing, etc. His father was also a heavy drinker. The start of their horrible life began with Hannah's laryngitis. One night while Hannah was performing at Aldershot, a music hall, her voice cracked in the middle of her song. The audience didn't like that and she was fired. Jobs became harder and harder for her to get. This would be Hannah's last performance. Charlie was there and here he would have his first performance, at the age of five. He would sing a song called, "Jack Jones." By the age of eight, Charlie was touring with the musical production of, "The Eight Lancaster Lads," and at the age of eleven he was appearing in, "Giddy Ostende" at London's Hippodrome. By then there was little doubt as to what career Charlie was destined to pursue.