CHAPLIN BIOGRAPHER SEEKS UNEXPLORED SCHOLARLY SOURCES, COLORFUL TIDBITS AND UNKNOWN CHAPLIN ANECDOTES


I am writing a full-length biography of Charlie Chaplin and want to establish internet communication with film historians, cultural historians, political historians, biographers and psychoanalysts.

Some topics of interest include: Chaplin, British Music Hall, Cockney Culture and Humor, Mime, Silent Film Comedy, Hollywood (1912-1952), The American Political Scene (1930's-1950's) and relevant information about the public and private lives of other people who were intimately, personally or casually connected to Chaplin. This extensive list would include:

  • Family Members
  • Ex-Wives and Lovers
  • Friends, Colleagues and Acquaintances
  • Personal and Political Enemies
  • Plus anyone else you might think of.

    I have already written about political aspects of Chaplin: What Made Charlie Run, and psychological aspects of his art: Chaplin's The Kid and Charlie Chaplin's Film Heroines.

    I would be interested in reading anything anyone else has written-- published or unpublished. Please contact me at: weissman7@aol.com.


    Family Members: Hannah Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin Sr., Sydney Chaplin (Brother), Charlie Chaplin Jr., Sydney Chaplin (Son), Oona O'Neill Chaplin, Charlie and Oona's Children (Geraldine, Michael, Josephine, Victoria, Eugene, Jane, Annette and Christopher). I would also be interested in Leo Dryden, Wheeler Dryden and Charlie's maternal aunt, Kate Hill.

    Ex-Wives and Lovers: Hetty Kelly, Peggy Pearce, Edna Purviance, Mildred Harris, Clare Sheridan, Sari Maritsa, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Pola Negri, Louise Brooks, Marion Davies, Georgia Hale, Myrna Kennedy, Lita Gray, La Jana, Betty Aman, Jenny Rothstein, May Reeves, Paulette Goddard, Joan Berry, May Collins, et al.

    Friends, Colleagues, and Acquaintances: James Agee, Broncho Billy Anderson, Fatty Arbuckle, Henri d'Arrast, Albert Austin, Ralph Barton, Konrad Bercovici, Henry Bergman, Claire Bloom, Marlon Brando, Nathan Burkan, Thomas Burke, Eric Campbell, Winston Churchill, Virginia Cherrill, Constance Collier, Chester Conklin, Jackie Coogan, Alistair Cooke, Harry Crocker, Theodore Dreiser, Albert Einstein, Hanns Eisler, Jerry Epstein, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Douglas Fairbanks Jr., W.C. Fields, Robert Florey, Greta Garbo, Elinor Glyn, Sam Goldwyn, Sid Grauman, D.W. Griffith, Tom Harrington, Sidney Hawkes, William Rudolph Hearst, Catherine Hunter, Aldus Huxley, Thomas Ince, Dan James, Fred Karno, Buster Keaton, Arthur Kelly, Edward Knoblock, Toraichi Kono, Harry Lauder, Stan Laurel, Henry Lehrman, Dan Leno, Anita Loos, Sophia Loren, Grucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Carole Matthau, Louis Mayer, Ivor Montagu, Adolphe Menjou, Will Murray, Vaslav Nijinsky, Mabel Normand, Jackie Oakie, Eugene O'Neill, Robert Parrish, Anna Pavlova, Mary Pickford, David Raskin, Martha Raye, Alfred Reeves, Cecil Reynolds, Chuck Riesner, Carlyle Robinson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mo Rothman, Mack Sennet, George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, Josef Von Sternberg, Eddie Sutherland, Mack Swain, Gloria Swanson, Bill Tilden, Rollie Totheroh, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Rudolph Valentino, Rob Wagner, Minna Wallace, H.G. Wells, Bransby Williams, Orson Welles, Daryl Zanuck.

    Personal and Political Enemies: J. Edgar Hoover, Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons, plus others.


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