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Charlie Chaplin’s parents were themselves performers and he first earned success as a child actor. He gave birth to a large tribe after he had two sons with his first wife, Lita Grey, during the 1920s before his last 18 year old wife, Oona O’Neill, gave him eight children from their 1943 marriage and gracefully remained in the tentacular shadow of her husband for the rest of her life. Among his offspring bearing the heavy Tramp heritage, Sydney Chaplin and Geraldine Chaplin were the ones who played their cards right, the first by appearing opposite Barbra Streisand in the stage version of Funny Girl and the second, revealed in Dr Zhivago having since incarnated the Chaplin aura by guest featuring in rare projects such as Martin Scorsese’s Age of Innocence and Pedro Almodovar’s Talk to Her. The large Chaplin dynasty now speaks many languages, some reject the founding figure, others celebrate it such as Laura Chaplin who assumes a tattoo representing her great-grandfather on the arm. Among his acting great-children, Oona Chaplin gained attention when she appeared in the astoundingly successful TV show, Game of Thrones. However, surely should we consider James Thierrée with his poetic circus-like shows the dignified inheritor of Charlie Chaplin, an incarnation of the early whimsical Charlie Chaplin of great silent films.

Tags / Chaplin - Tribe - Family - Cinema - Stage - Children
Chaplin family Christmas card, c. 1972
Chaplin family Christmas card, c. 1972
Carmen Chaplin by Cindy Marler during the shooting of the film Snapshots, Amsterdam, 2001
Carmen Chaplin by Cindy Marler during the shooting of the film Snapshots, Amsterdam, 2001
Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin in Les Feux De La Rampe by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, 2010s
Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin in Les Feux De La Rampe by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, 2010s
Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr, 1950
Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr, 1950
Oona O'Neill and Charlie Chaplin at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands, 1965
Oona O'Neill and Charlie Chaplin at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands, 1965
Charlie Chaplin, 1916
Charlie Chaplin, 1916
Carmen Chaplin by Olivier Roller, 1998
Carmen Chaplin by Olivier Roller, 1998
Chaplin with Lou Costello, 1942
Chaplin with Lou Costello, 1942
Charlie Chaplin at Manoir de Ban, Vevey, c.1964
Charlie Chaplin at Manoir de Ban, Vevey, c.1964
Charlie Chaplin with daughter Josephine, Waterville, Ireland, 1960s
Charlie Chaplin with daughter Josephine, Waterville, Ireland, 1960s
Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard at Ciro's, September 1941
Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard at Ciro's, September 1941
Charlie Chaplin, 1914
Charlie Chaplin, 1914
Charlie Chaplin, St Moritz, 1932
Charlie Chaplin, St Moritz, 1932
Paulette Goddard in Modern times directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1936
Paulette Goddard in Modern times directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1936
H.G. Welles, Gene Tunney and Charlie Chaplin, 1935
H.G. Welles, Gene Tunney and Charlie Chaplin, 1935
Charlie Chaplin, 1920s
Charlie Chaplin, 1920s
Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin by Ines Van Lansweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Giorgio Armani in W Magazine, 2009
Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin by Ines Van Lansweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Giorgio Armani in W Magazine, 2009
Charlie Chaplin, 1921
Charlie Chaplin, 1921
Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein and his wife at the premiere of City Lights, 1931
Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein and his wife at the premiere of City Lights, 1931
Charlie Chaplin, 1921
Charlie Chaplin, 1921
Charlie Chaplin and Claire Sheridan, 1921
Charlie Chaplin and Claire Sheridan, 1921
Mary Pickford, Joseph Schenck, Douglas Fairbanks. Standing, CC, Darryl Zanuck, and Sam Goldwyn  United Artists director's meeting, 1934
Mary Pickford, Joseph Schenck, Douglas Fairbanks. Standing, CC, Darryl Zanuck, and Sam Goldwyn United Artists director's meeting, 1934
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard withs Alistair Cooke and his wife Ruth at the Coconut Grove nightclub, 1934
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard withs Alistair Cooke and his wife Ruth at the Coconut Grove nightclub, 1934
Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles at the Brown Derby, 1947
Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles at the Brown Derby, 1947
Eleanor Roosevelt, Mickey Rooney & Chaplin at FDR's Inaugural Ball, Jan. 1941
Eleanor Roosevelt, Mickey Rooney & Chaplin at FDR's Inaugural Ball, Jan. 1941
Charlie Chaplin, 1920
Charlie Chaplin, 1920
Charlie Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin and Jess Robbins at Studio Majestic, 1915
Charlie Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin and Jess Robbins at Studio Majestic, 1915
Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance, 1915
Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance, 1915
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Charlie Chaplin and Edward Knoblock, 1918
Charlie Chaplin and Edward Knoblock, 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1918
Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, 1925
Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, 1925
Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw at the Dominion Theatre in London, 1931
Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw at the Dominion Theatre in London, 1931
Charlie Chaplin and mahatma Gandhi in a modest house of an Indian doctor living in London's West End, September 22, 1931
Charlie Chaplin and mahatma Gandhi in a modest house of an Indian doctor living in London's West End, September 22, 1931
Sculptor Jo Davidson working on a bust of Charlie, New York 1925
Sculptor Jo Davidson working on a bust of Charlie, New York 1925
James Thiérrée in Bye bye blackbird directed by Robinson Savary, 2005
James Thiérrée in Bye bye blackbird directed by Robinson Savary, 2005
Chaplin with the Marchioness of Queensbury, February 1927
Chaplin with the Marchioness of Queensbury, February 1927
Charlie Chaplin behind the camera, he was visiting Buster Keaton at his studio, 1918
Charlie Chaplin behind the camera, he was visiting Buster Keaton at his studio, 1918
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin in Limelight directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1952
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin in Limelight directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1952
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin in Limelight directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1952
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin in Limelight directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1952
Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau and Paulette Goddard in the steamer between Singapore and Hong Kong, 1936
Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau and Paulette Goddard in the steamer between Singapore and Hong Kong, 1936
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard on the set of Modern Times directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1936
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard on the set of Modern Times directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1936
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Japan, 1936
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Japan, 1936
Charlie Chaplin in the resort town of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island with Paulette Goddard and Charles Jr. April 22, 1940
Charlie Chaplin in the resort town of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island with Paulette Goddard and Charles Jr. April 22, 1940
Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin, and Franklin Ardell off the coast of Catalina Island, 1934
Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin, and Franklin Ardell off the coast of Catalina Island, 1934
Charlie Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Oona O'Neil and kids Geraldine, Michael, Josephine, Victoria at premiere of Limelight, London, Odeon Theatre, 1947
Charlie Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Oona O'Neil and kids Geraldine, Michael, Josephine, Victoria at premiere of Limelight, London, Odeon Theatre, 1947
Charlie Chaplin, (left to right) Josephine, Victoria, producer Jerry Epstein, Sydney Chaplin, Noel Adam, Patrice Chaplin, Jane Chaplin and Michael. At premiere of A Countess from Hong Kong, London, 1967
Charlie Chaplin, (left to right) Josephine, Victoria, producer Jerry Epstein, Sydney Chaplin, Noel Adam, Patrice Chaplin, Jane Chaplin and Michael. At premiere of A Countess from Hong Kong, London, 1967
Searchlights light up the sky over Hollywood at the 1940 film premiere of Charles Chaplin's The Great Dictator
Searchlights light up the sky over Hollywood at the 1940 film premiere of Charles Chaplin's The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin, 1936
Charlie Chaplin, 1936
Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplin, Shanghai, 1936
Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplin, Shanghai, 1936
Charlie Chaplin in Hong Gai, Vietnam, 1936
Charlie Chaplin in Hong Gai, Vietnam, 1936
Jeffrey Roots, William Roots, Lady Castlerosse, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin, Mrs. Clark, Jean Cocteau, Alta Goddard, Sir Victor Shangai, Walter Lang, J. Marcel in the steamer between Singapore and Hong Kong, 1936
Jeffrey Roots, William Roots, Lady Castlerosse, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin, Mrs. Clark, Jean Cocteau, Alta Goddard, Sir Victor Shangai, Walter Lang, J. Marcel in the steamer between Singapore and Hong Kong, 1936
Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Rob Wagner on vacation in Hawaii. 1917
Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance and Rob Wagner on vacation in Hawaii. 1917
Charlie Chaplin and Peggy Hopkins Joyce, 1922
Charlie Chaplin and Peggy Hopkins Joyce, 1922
Charlie Chaplin and Jack Dampsey, 1930s
Charlie Chaplin and Jack Dampsey, 1930s
Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain and Boxer Kid McCoy. 1925
Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain and Boxer Kid McCoy. 1925
Charlie Chaplin, Oona O'neill, Geraldine and Michael in Beverly Hills, 1948
Charlie Chaplin, Oona O'neill, Geraldine and Michael in Beverly Hills, 1948
Charlie Chaplin with children, Charles Jr. and Sidney, 1929
Charlie Chaplin with children, Charles Jr. and Sidney, 1929
Charlie poses as the Tramp at the Chaplin Studios, c. 1918
Charlie poses as the Tramp at the Chaplin Studios, c. 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Charlie Chaplin by Baron de Meyer, 1921
Charlie Chaplin by Baron de Meyer, 1921
Charlie Chaplin and Max Linder, 1920s
Charlie Chaplin and Max Linder, 1920s
Douglas Faibanks Sr, Charlie Chaplin, ? and Mary Pickford on the set of The gold rush directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1925
Douglas Faibanks Sr, Charlie Chaplin, ? and Mary Pickford on the set of The gold rush directed by Charlie Chaplin, 1925
Charlie Chaplin with the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in Chaplin Studio
Charlie Chaplin with the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in Chaplin Studio
Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on the set Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Hollywood, 1917
Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on the set Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Hollywood, 1917
Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks wife and her daughther Mary
Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks wife and her daughther Mary
Charlie with his valet/secretary Toraichi Kono at the Chaplin Studios, 1927
Charlie with his valet/secretary Toraichi Kono at the Chaplin Studios, 1927
Charlie, John Barrymore & Douglas Fairbanks clowning on the set of the film Beau Brummel, c. 1924
Charlie, John Barrymore & Douglas Fairbanks clowning on the set of the film Beau Brummel, c. 1924
Charlie and his cameraman Rollie Totheroh, 1923
Charlie and his cameraman Rollie Totheroh, 1923
Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, 1935
Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, 1935
Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin, Wall Street, New-York, 1918
Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin, Wall Street, New-York, 1918
Charlie Chaplin, 1923
Charlie Chaplin, 1923
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1919
Geraldine Chaplin by Hans Gedda, 1971
Geraldine Chaplin by Hans Gedda, 1971
Geraldine Chaplin in Elisa, mon amour directed by Carlos Saura, 1977
Geraldine Chaplin in Elisa, mon amour directed by Carlos Saura, 1977
Antonio Saura, Geraldine Chaplin and Carlos Saura, London, 1972
Antonio Saura, Geraldine Chaplin and Carlos Saura, London, 1972
Geraldine Chaplin in Ana y los Lobos by Carlos Saura, 1973
Geraldine Chaplin in Ana y los Lobos by Carlos Saura, 1973
Charlie Chaplin on the set of Limelight by W. Eugene Smith, 1952
Charlie Chaplin on the set of Limelight by W. Eugene Smith, 1952
Charlie Chaplin, John Philip Sousa, and Clifford Harmon, 1916
Charlie Chaplin, John Philip Sousa, and Clifford Harmon, 1916
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