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1977 December 25 - Charlie Chaplin Dies

1977 December 25 -  Sir Charles Chaplin, KBE, died today at his home in Switzerland. He was 88. Chaplin's career in the cinema spanned 50 years but his reputation as a comic genius will rest most securely on a core of films made between 1916 and 1928, which include the Oscar-winning The Circus. The star's love-hate relationship with Hollywood was resolved in 1973 when, after a 20-year exile in Europe, he was awarded a special Oscar for his lifetime contribution to film and commemorated with a statue at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. In 1975 he was made KBE in the New Year's Honours list.