Did you know that famous comic actor Charlie Chaplin, "The Little Tramp," was born on this date in 1889? In 1999, according to Wikipedia, Chaplin was named by the American Film Institute as the tenth greatest male screen legend of all time.
No one can question Chaplin's contributions to film-making. However, the famous actor led a controversial life outside of acting. Perhaps many of you have read about his left-leaning politics which caused him to leave the United States during the 1950's McCarthy era. But did you know about Chaplin's affinity for young girls?
During his lifetime, Chaplin married, and later divorced, two young girls who were each only 16 years old at the time of their marriages. During her divorce proceedings, the second young woman reportedly claimed that Chaplin had committed adultery with another young girl. He also was reported to have had affairs, or romantic relationships, with other young women.
Charlie Chaplin was indeed a very controversial man. But again, no one can take away from him his incredible contributions to movie making. And the "Little Tramp" was born on this date in 1889.