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My Life with Chaplin: An intimate memoir by Lita Grey Chaplin with Morton Cooper
My Life with Chaplin An intimate memoir by Lita Grey Chaplin with Morton Cooper Author:Lita Grey Chaplin From Amazon.com reviews: — The book's author is the wife that Charlie Chaplin never spoke of, and is widely viewed as the most disastrous of his four marriages. Based on much of the evidence that is available, one would not expect Lita Grey Chaplin to give a fair view of her ex-husband. Yet in "My Life with Chaplin", she does not an exceptional j... more »ob of plodding her personal disasters that began with her courtship with Charlie Chaplin.
It has been said that there are three sides to a story, yours, mine and the truth. If we consider this principle, Lita and Charlie are certain to have skewed certain incidents of their life together in favor of themselves. In reality, we will never have the whole truth about their marriage. But since Charlie never really talked about this marriage, we are left only with Lita's view. From her adolescent encounters that left her pregnant through her marriage that was destined to end in divorce, Lita's portrayal of Charlie is often villainous. Whether it is entirely factual, this is how she saw him at that time.
With the hardship that clouded their relationship, it would seem a stretch for Lita to say anything nice about Charlie. Yet the last chapter gives their story a sense of reconciliation. At their time, they were two very scared people in a relationship that was doomed to fail. A much elder Chaplin does not let his anger from the past prevent him from helping the him to help the mother of his two sons conquer chemical dependency. Their sorrow over misdeeds of the past gives the book a good sense of closure.
Because Chaplin left out information about Lita in his own book out of respect for the two children they had together, this book is essential reading for Chaplin fans.