Charlie Chaplin's children admitted that they are afraid of the pioneer of cinema

Charlie Chaplin’s children admitted that they are afraid of the pioneer of cinema

He was perhaps the most famous star of the silent film era, whose on-screen buffoonery and slapstick antics evoked roaring laughter from a generation of moviegoers.

Now, the new film explores Charlie Chaplin’s much-whispered personal life as four of his children with last wife Oona O’Neill share their thoughts on their father’s patchy history.

The Real Charlie Chaplin, out in theaters today, tells the hidden story of the world’s first comedian superstar, who was married four times and allegedly slept with over 2,000 women.

Intimate home videos show an older gentleman laughing and casually interacting with his family along with O’Neal, who was 36 years his junior, The Mirror reports.

But Michael’s 75-year-old son tells viewers: “I was a little afraid of my father. He was so powerful that it was impossible to argue with him, because he could not be wrong.

Chaplin is pictured with his children in The Real Charlie Chaplin, a documentary that hit theaters today.

Chaplin is pictured with his children in The Real Charlie Chaplin, a documentary that hit theaters today.

Born in Lambeth, south London, in 1889, Chaplin was a penniless music hall actor when he set off for the US at the age of 24.  Five years later, he entered into his first marriage to 16-year-old vaudeville actress Mildred Harris in Los Angeles in 1918 after a false pregnancy alarm.

Born in Lambeth, south London, in 1889, Chaplin was a penniless music hall actor when he set off for the US at the age of 24. Five years later, he entered into his first marriage to 16-year-old vaudeville actress Mildred Harris in Los Angeles in 1918 after a false pregnancy alarm.

His sister Geraldine, 77, added: “My father was not Charlie Chaplin. I knew it was the same person, but they didn’t look alike – except that when he had an audience, he became Charlie Chaplin, that other person.”

Born in Lambeth, south London, in 1889, Chaplin was a penniless music hall actor when he set off for the US at the age of 24. Five years later, he entered into his first marriage to 16-year-old vaudeville actress Mildred Harris in Los Angeles in 1918 after a false pregnancy alarm.

The couple had a son named Norman the following year, but he died just three days after birth, and Chaplin quickly left Harris. When they divorced in 1920, she cited his “mental cruelty” as one of the reasons for their separation.

By this point, Chaplin’s star was on the rise, and he became a huge hit with audiences through The Kid and The Gold Rush, drawing huge crowds to his public appearances.

In 1920, he spotted 12-year-old Lillita Louis MacMurray on the set of The Kid and set about creating an actress out of her.  He changed her name to Lita Gray and is believed to have seduced her in 1924 when she was 15 and he was 35, which could have led to a rape charge even then.

In 1920, he spotted 12-year-old Lillita Louis MacMurray on the set of The Kid and set about creating an actress out of her. He changed her name to Lita Gray and is believed to have seduced her in 1924 when she was 15 and he was 35, which could have led to a rape charge even then.

He met 22-year-old former child model Paulette Goddard in 1932, although she claimed she was only 17 years old.  They were married from 1936 to 1942, after which Goddard received a settlement and remained silent about their union.

He met 22-year-old former child model Paulette Goddard in 1932, although she claimed she was only 17 years old. They were married from 1936 to 1942, after which Goddard received a settlement and remained silent about their union.

This quickly led to an increase in the reputation of young girls, which seemed to be acceptable to his acquaintances. In 1920, he spotted 12-year-old Lillita Louis MacMurray on the set of The Kid and set about creating an actress out of her.

He changed her name to Lita Gray and is believed to have seduced her in 1924 when she was 15 and he was 35, which could have led to a rape charge even then.

The couple’s brief marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce in 1927 and a £625,000 settlement, valued at around £38 million today, the most expensive divorce in Hollywood history at the time.

Gray filed for custody of their two children and, in her petition, alleged abuse and forced sexual intercourse, while Chaplin called her “a blackmailer, a gold digger and a little whore”.

A year after his divorce, he passed on to his fourth and final wife, Una O'Neill, who bore him eight children and remained with him until his death in 1977.

A year after his divorce, he passed on to his fourth and final wife, Una O’Neill, who bore him eight children and remained with him until his death in 1977.

In her 1966 memoir My Life with Chaplin, Gray wrote, “We got married in Mexico because Charlie didn’t want the marriage to be talked about a lot. On the train back, he was rather obnoxious.

“We were standing on the platform between the cars while the train was moving and he said, ‘We could end this whole situation if you just jumped in.

He met 22-year-old former child model Paulette Goddard in 1932, although she claimed she was only 17 years old. They were married from 1936 to 1942, after which Goddard received a settlement and remained silent about their union.

Within a year of his divorce, he passed on to his fourth and final wife, Una O’Neill, who bore him eight children and remained with him until his death in 1977.

Their daughter Jane, 64, describes her difficult relationship with him. “He was out of reach. “Your father is working, don’t interfere with him, he will lose his inspiration,” our world revolved around the well-being of my father, she recalls.

“He talked about a huge amount of doubt, he said that he had doubted all his life.

“He achieved the dream of his life, but I don’t think he ever really got over his doubts. Does anyone ever really care where you’re from? I don’t think it will ever leave you.

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