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Charlie Chaplin: Topics in Chronicling America

Charlie Chaplin was an English comic and silent film actor whose controversies were reported in newspapers. This guide provides access to materials related to the "Charlie Chaplin" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"What Charlie Chaplin's Wife told." December 19, 1920. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), Image 36. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) quickly rose from obscurity to stardom, becoming one of America’s best known and beloved actors. Newspapers often reported on his personal life. Only a few, however, truly got to know the serious, intelligent genius beneath the bowler hat. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


April 22, 1916 Over 300 participate in a Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike Parade in Seattle, Washington.
October 15, 1917 Charlie Chaplin visits Hawaii.
October 23, 1918 Chaplin gets Married.
November 13, 1920 Newspaper reports Chaplin was terrible husband as he gets divorced.
September 17, 1922 Chaplin is rumored to be marrying again.