Charles Spencer dies in his sleep at his home in Switzerland. He is buried in a Swiss cemetery. A few months later, his body is stolen and his family is blackmailed for money. Eventually, the police catch the criminals and return his body to the grave. He is re-buried under 6 feet of concrete.
Charlie Chaplin makes his first talking movie, "The Great Dictator." It is an act of defiance against Nazism. At the end of the film, Charlie drops out of character to speak to the camera directly and seriously, denouncing dictatorship. The film is nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar). The next year, the US enters World War II.
Technology evolves, and movies are no longer silent. Charlie Chaplin, however, prefers silent movies and continues to make them. Theater audiences are taking some time to get used to hearing movie actors speaking, so Charlie is still popular.
Charlie Chaplin moves to the USA and creates his most famous character, The Tramp. He goes on to play this character in many short films and movies. This is the time of silent movies, so the audience never hears the tramp speak.
Charlie asks the 15-year-old Hetty Kelly to marry him, but she refuses and they agree never to meet again. He is heartbroken. He continues throughout his life to prefer younger women. He gets married 4 times and has a total of 11 children. He marries his last wife when he is 54 years old...and she is 18. They have 8 children together.
Charles Spencer is born in London, England, into a poor family. His mother is a singer, but she suffers from mental illness. His father is an actor and an alcoholic. He quickly learns from his parents to be a performer.