Postcard, late 1910's - early 1920's - Edna Purviance Research Collection
During his career, Chaplin owned two homes, but none at the beginning of his film career in early 1914. Instead for many years, Charlie rented a room at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He and Sydney were not sure how long their careers would last and were always ready to head back to London, if things did not work out. And even after Chaplin's career did take off, he still preferred his club room to a home.
During Charlie's marriage to Mildred Harris he rented a home on 2000 De Mille Drive, but during the break up he moved back to the Athletic Club.
After Chaplin's return from his 1921 London and European Tour, his friends Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford finally talked him into building a home near their fame estate called 'Pickfair'.
The land once was an open hillside where the locals rode their horses. The hill became the 'home of the stars' in the silent film days. Chaplin's home was finished in 1923 and was designed by Chaplin. It had 14 rooms, a swimming pool and the most interesting feature, a fully installed pipe organ. Later a tennis court was added which Chaplin enjoyed while having Sunday Tennis parties.
Chaplin lived in his Summit Drive home until his family trip to London with Oona in September of 1952. Chaplin would never be able return to the California home he loved when he was denied re-entry to the . by government officials. He sold the house in the 1950's.
His second and final home was Manoir de Ban, Corsier sur Vevy Switzerland . Charlie and Oona raised their eight children at the Manoir de Ban during the 50's, 60's and 70's. Chaplin passed away at his home on Christmas Day 1977. The family continued to live at the home. Today it is being turned into the 'Charlie Chaplin Heritage Center', the current name for the project.
Chaplin also owned the home he brought his mother to live in during her later years in the 1920's. This home was in the Los Angele area.
Learn more about Chaplin's family life from the following books and DVD:
'Chaplin, His Life and Art' - David Robinson - latest edition 2001
'My father, Charlie Chaplin' - Charles Chaplin Jr. - 1960, out of print
'The Chaplin Encyclopedia' - Glenn Mitchell - 1997
'Charlie Chaplin: Forgotten Years' - Hart Sharp Video - 2003
Copyright February 2004 - Linda Wada
Updated December 12, 2011
Editing - Wes Wada
Part 1 - Charlie's Ideal Part 2 - Chaplin's Wives Part 3 - Chaplin's Family
Special knowledgement to the books 'Chaplin, His Life and Art' by David Robinson, 'My Autobiography' by Charles Chaplin, 'My Life in Picture' by Charlie Chaplin, 'The Chaplin Encyclopedia' - Glenn Mitchell , 'My Life with My Father' by Charles Chaplin Jr. and 'My Life With Charlie Chaplin' by Lita Grey Chaplin.
A haunting biography captures the brilliance and the blemishes of a comic who fought his way from poverty to worldwide fame, writes Simon Callow
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Schroeder, Alan. Charlie Chaplin: The Beauty of Silence. New York: Franklin Watts, 1997.
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The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company of Chicago sent Chaplin an offer of $1,250 a week with a signing bonus of $10,000. He joined the studio in late December 1914,  where he began forming a stock company of regular players, including Leo White , Bud Jamison , Paddy McGuire and Billy Armstrong. He soon recruited a leading lady – Edna Purviance , whom Chaplin met in a cafe and hired on account of her beauty. She went on to appear in 35 films with Chaplin over eight years;  the pair also formed a romantic relationship that lasted into 1917.