Pillar of Vaudeville: Charlie Chaplin
Born a descendant of gypsies, his mother went insane and his father left him when he was still a child. He was forced to work for years in a factory.. but he never lost sight of his strengths, and he kept his skills at performance level. Passion can't be kept down forever; with his brother's help, he was able to book many solid gigs as a live performer. Eventually he was discovered by producers who asked to represent him in the film industry. It was not an easy choice for him, because film was so new and risky. But he went on to become one of the world's very first film stars, as perhaps the greatest clown and mime the world has ever known. His work epitomized the thought-provoking joy that variety performers can bring to their audiences, even to this day.
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