a. When and where was the person born? How would you describe the person's childhood or early life?
He was born in 1889, in London, United Kingdom but the place is unverified. His childhood was defined by poverty and hardship. His parents were both actors of music hall, but they agreed to get a divorce. His father died soon, and his mother was committed to a mental asylum with losing her voice due to laryngitis. So Chaplin was the one who had to make money for himself. He was sent twice to workhouse before he became 9 years old, the place where young boys unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment in early England. But as Chaplin was gifted in acting that was given by his parents, he began his performing act from very young age, touring lots of music halls. This experiences made him become actor and comedian in later life.
b. What accomplishment or event caused this person to become famous?
Even he was paid attention from the early age, when he was on tour in America, he attracted attention or a film company in Hollywood. He signed a contract with that company and was decided to act in some movies. From the first movie, his character with baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat was imprinted to viewer's mind. After he gained popularity, he started to direct his own movies and in 1921, even if he was treated as good actor before that time, when his first full-length film 'The Kid' was released, he treated as a master. He became the most popular actor in that era.
c. What was one thing you learned about this person that surprised you?
Because he is imprinted on people's mind as a comedian and excellent actor, I didn't know that he had an unhappy private life including childhood and marriage life, as he got married four times even after he become a famous actor. Moreover he was disported from States, blamed as a communist. So it's surprising and a little sad, thinking that while the audience watching his somewhat ridiculous face, his real life was not that happy.
d. If you were asked to write a brief biography of this person, what three personal characteristics would you emphasize?
Creativity, Overcoming hardship, To make people attention to himself
Monday, October 14, 2013
Lee Jungha/Bio Info/Tue 56, 1PM
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