1972 April 10

Charlie Chaplin Receives Honorary Oscar, 20 Years After Being Excluded From U.S.


Silent film star Charlie Chaplin, a British citizen, had been hounded out of the U.S. in 1952 because of his political views and allegations of immorality. The U.S. government, on September 17, 1952, revoked his permit to return while he was on a visit to London to promote his new film Limelight. (He was born in England and never became an American citizen, living and working on a visa.) He did not return to the U.S. for twenty years until this occasion in 1972, when he received an Honorary Academy Award on this evening for his contributions to the movies.

Upon accepting the Oscar, Chplin received a 12-minute standing ovation from the audience.

See Chaplin receiving his Honorary Oscar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Pl-qvA1X8

Read: Kenneth Lynn, Charlie Chaplin and His Times (1997)

Read Chaplin’s FBI file: http://vault.fbi.gov/charlie-chaplin

Learn more at the official Charlie Chaplin web site: http://www.charliechaplin.com/

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