Hannah Chaplin

Born Aug 11, 1866

Hannah Chaplin was the matriarch of the Chaplin family of actors as the mother of Sir Charlie Chaplin. She was born Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill in Camden Street, Walworth, London, the daughter of Mary Ann (née Terry) and Charles Frederick Hill. She became a Music Hall entertainer and used the stage name 'Lily Harley'. On March 16, 1885, she gave birth to Sydney John Hill, later Sydney Chaplin.… Read More

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1865 Birth Born on August 11, 1865.


1885 19 Years Old On 16 March 1885, aged 19, she gave birth to the first of her three boys, Sydney John Hill, later Sydney Chaplin. … Read More


1889 23 Years Old Their son Charles Spencer ("Charlie") Chaplin was born in April 1889.
1892 26 Years Old She gave birth to George Wheeler Dryden on 31 August 1892 in London, the son of music hall entertainer Leo Dryden and the future father of Jefferson Airplane musician Spencer Dryden. … Read More
1895 29 Years Old She became increasingly mentally ill and had a breakdown in 1895.


1896 30 Years Old In June 1896, Hannah, with her two sons Charles and Sydney, entered Lambeth Workhouse. … Read More
1898 32 Years Old In 1898, Hannah had another mental breakdown, and Charles and Sydney went to live for a time with Charles Sr. and his mistress. … Read More


1912 46 Years Old Charlie later wrote about a visit to see her in 1912: … Read More
1915 49 Years Old The brothers took Hannah out of Cane Hill and put her into Peckham House, a private asylum, but she was returned to Cane Hill Asylum in May 1915 when they defaulted on the 30 shillings a week payment.


1921 55 Years Old The Chaplin brothers brought her to California in 1921 where she was cared for until her death, in 1928. … Read More


1928 63 Years Old Died on August 28, 1928.
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