The Google doodle team has put up a video honouring the silent era’s greatest star – Charlie Chaplin. On Google home page you will find featured a YouTube video starring members of Google Doodle team enacting a Google-themed Chaplinesque scene.
That was Google celebrating Charlie Chaplin’s birthday and below it’s me doing it.
Before starting Googling Chaplin and finding your way of celebrating his 122th birthday, let me tell you some funny info about him:
He was the first actor to appear on Time magazine. Chaplin appeared on the July 6, 1925 issue of Time magazine, a U.S.-based news magazine
He had a fondness for young wives. Chaplin was married 4 times. He was 29 and his first wife was 16 when they married. His second marriage was to 16-year-old Lita Grey, when he was 35. His third and possibly fictional marriage to Paulette Goddard, was rumored to have occurred when he was 47 and she was 28. He married his last wife, Oona O’Neill shortly after she turned 18. Chaplin was 54.
He died on Christmas. Chaplin was born on April, 16 in 1889 and died on Christmas in 1977.
His corpse was stolen. Three months after he was buried, 1977, his body was stolen in an effort to extort money from his family. Chaplin’s body was recovered 11 weeks later after the grave-robbers were captured. He is now buried under 6 feet of concrete to prevent further theft attempts.
He has an asteroid named after him. Four years after his death, Ukrainian astronomer, Lyudmila Karachkina, named an asteroid after him. Ms. Karachkina, discoverer of 131 asteroids, named one of them 3623 Chaplin. It resides in the asteroid “belt” between Mars and Jupiter and appears as a magnitude 12.1 object, making it visible in a moderately strong telescope.