One of film’s first superstars, who made his name as the bowler-hatted, cane-wielding Tramp of the silent era, Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr, was born in London today in 1889.
He would overcome a brutal childhood, including abandonment, mental illness and stints in a workhouse, to become a star, producer, political activist and father of no fewer than 11 children.
Barkeeps at New York City's iconic Waldorf-Astoria created the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail in his honour sometime before 1920, when Chaplin was at the height of his silent-movie fame. Fruity yet bittersweet, it's a splendid tribute to a complex talent. Why not enjoy it with a copy of his masterwork, the 1940 political satire The Great Dictator?
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