Lita Grey
American actress
Lita Grey
Lita Grey was an American actress and the second wife of Charlie Chaplin. She was born in Hollywood, California, in 1908, to a Mexican-born mother and a father of Irish heritage and christened Lillita Louise MacMurray.
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Lita Grey was also 16 when Chaplin, then 35, began an affair with her. She was cast as the female lead in The Gold Rush but had to pull out when she fell pregnant soon after her wedding to Chaplin in November 1924. The marriage, which produced two sons
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Sydney Chaplin, 82, Actor Successful in His Own Right
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Sydney Chaplin, who emerged from the shadow of his famous father, Charlie Chaplin, to carve out a successful stage career that included leading roles opposite Judy Holliday in the musical ''Bells Are Ringing,'' and Barbra Streisand in ''Funny Girl,'' died on Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 82. His death followed a stroke, Jerry
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The Off-Screen Chaplin
NYTimes - over 20 years
TRAMP The Life of Charlie Chaplin. By Joyce Milton. Illustrated. 578 pp. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. $32. As the well-known philosopher Cher once said: "All of us invent ourselves. Some of us just have more imagination than others." In inventing himself on screen, Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) had an unlimited imagination. Off screen,
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Lita Grey Chaplin Actress, 88
NYTimes - about 21 years
Lita Grey Chaplin, an actress and Charlie Chaplin's second wife, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital here. She was 88. Mrs. Chaplin, whose original name was Lillita Louise MacMurray, changed her name to Lita Grey while trying to break into films as a teen-ager. She worked for Chaplin at his Hollywood studio when she was 12. She
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FILM VIEW; Chaplin Blazed the Trail. Woody Allen Follows.
NYTimes - over 24 years
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN following the messy fracas between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, and especially anyone who has seen his new film, "Husbands and Wives," the operative terms of the scandal are art and life. But whose art and whose life? The answer seems self-evident. (Woody Allen's, you idiot! Who else's?) Yet as the public may observe for
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NYTimes - over 30 years
THE three-part ''Unknown Chaplin'' was produced by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill for Britain's Thames Television in 1982. It was originally scheduled to be shown here on public television a year ago but programming logistics interfered. The series, at last, will begin this evening at 9 on Channel 13 as part of the station's ''American Masters''
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NYTimes - almost 34 years
A LOT of rare and wonderful material is contained within the three 52-minute segments of Thames Television's ''Unknown Chaplin,'' the Charlie Chaplin documentary screened here yesterday at the Museum of Broadcasting, where it will be shown again June 21. It says something about the curious relationship between theatrical films and television that
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lita Grey
  • 1995
    Age 86
    Died on December 29, 1995.
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  • 1992
    Age 83
    Grey was portrayed by Deborah Moore in the 1992 film Chaplin, though Grey was depicted on screen for less than a minute in the final film.
    More Details Hide Details Kenneth Anger devoted a colorful chapter to Lita Grey in his 1959 book Hollywood Babylon. The Chaplin biographer Joyce Milton asserted in Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin that the Grey-Chaplin marriage was an inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. She died in Los Angeles, at age 87 of cancer, and was buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.
  • 1956
    Age 47
    She married her fourth husband, Patsy Pizzolongo (aka Pat Longo), on 22 September 1956, in Los Angeles, California. They were divorced in June 1966.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s and 1980s she worked as a clerk at Robinson's Department Store in Beverly Hills. She wrote two autobiographical volumes covering her life with Chaplin. My Life With Chaplin (1966) was by her own admission largely a work of exaggeration and fabrication. She claimed to tell the story as it really was in her second memoir Wife of the Life of the Party (1995).
  • 1940
    Age 31
    She later married Henry Aguirre and later Arthur Day. According to the 1940 United States Census, Lita and Arthur lived at 38 East 50th Street, in New York City, New York, and that in 1935, she had lived in England.
    More Details Hide Details The census listed her occupation as "singer," and Arthur's as "manager personal."
  • 1927
    Age 18
    They divorced on August 22, 1927, due to his alleged numerous affairs with other women, and he was ordered to pay over US$600,000 and US$100,000 in trust for each child.
    More Details Hide Details It was the largest divorce settlement at the time. The divorce was one of the sensational media events of the time. Copies of her lengthy divorce complaint which made scandalous sexual claims against Chaplin were published and publicly sold.
  • 1908
    She was born in Hollywood, California, in 1908 and christened Lillita Louise MacMurray.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was of Scottish descent and her mother's family descendents of an illustrious Spanish family. Misinformation persists to this day that her family was of Mexican descent, despite her family history being well documented. Grey married four times. By her own account, she first met Charlie Chaplin at the age of eight at a Hollywood café and first worked with him at the age of twelve in the part of the “flirting angel” in The Kid. Her one-year contract was not renewed after appearing briefly as a maid in "The Idle Class." She met Chaplin again at the age of fifteen when she heard he was testing brunettes for his The Gold Rush. They had an affair and she suspected she had become pregnant by the then-thirty-five-year-old Chaplin. As he could have been imprisoned for having sexual relations with a minor, they married that November in secret in Empalme, Sonora, Mexico to avoid a scandal. They had two sons, Charles Chaplin, Jr. (1925–1968) and Sydney Earl Chaplin (1926–2009).
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