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harles Spencer Chaplin born April 16 1889 in London England was first recognized in public as a comedian in January 1894 With his first music hall performance he was an unplanned substitute for his mother Everyone in the audience loved him and threw their money onto the stage Charlie was twelve when his father died on May 9th 1901 of alcoholism at the age of thirty-seven After the death of her husband Charlies mother became a chronically psychotic woman who was in and out of mental institutions Charlie and Sidney were placed in a charity home after their mothers mental health plummeted James 1993 Chaplin attended 2 years of school at Hern Boys College This was the only formal education that he ever received Charlie was at school when his mother suffered a mental breakdown and was taken away to an institution Completely alone Charlie lived on the streets When she was well enough Charlies mother took the children back and supported them by sewing Untermeyer 1955 Between his twelfth and his fourteenth birthdays Charlies places of employment included a barbershop where he absorbed the techniques that the Jewish barber would display in The Great Dictator a stationery store a doctors office a glass factory Chandlers shop and a printing plant Lynn 1997 In 1907 Chaplin joined the Karno Pantomime Troupe He made his first tour of the United States and Canada in 1910 with the Karno Troupe He stayed with the Karno Troupe until 1913 In May of 1913 Charlie signed a contract with Adam Kessel who had an interest in the Keystone Film Company for 125 per week On December 29 1913 Chaplin signed with Keystone Films for 150 a week In January of 1914 Chaplin made his first feature film Making A Living Charlie remained with Keystone Films all through 1914 until November when he signed a contract with Essanay Films for 1250 a week to make 14 films during
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