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1925: Oona O’Neill – Daughter of the Famous Nobel Prize Winner and Charlie Chaplin’s Wife

1925: Oona O’Neill – Daughter of the Famous Nobel Prize Winner and Charlie Chaplin’s Wife
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  • Historical event:
  • 14 May 1925
  • She was the daughter of the famous Eugene O'Neill. She gave birth to eight children - five daughters and three sons. Chaplin's last son was born when he was 73 years old.

Charlie Chaplin’s wife, Oona O’Neill, was born on this day in  1925. She was 36 years younger than Charlie.

It is interesting to note that her father was the famous Eugene O’Neill, an American of Irish origin, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, and four Pulitzer Prizes.

Oona O’Neill was born in Bermuda, the island in the Atlantic Ocean. As a young girl she was very attractive, and hung out with famous people like Orson Welles and J.D. Salinger (the author of the “The Catcher in the Rye”).

It is interesting to note that Oona O’Neill reportedly left J.D. Salinger because of Charlie Chaplin. In fact, she met Chaplin when she he was 17 years old.

Chaplin wrote that he was amazed by her beauty and charm. Her father Eugene O’Neill didn’t approve of their relationship (a father’s consent for marriage was necessary because she was younger than 18 years).

However, when Oona became an adult, she married Chaplin. He was 54 years old, and that was his fourth marriage (his previous three marriages lasted for only a few years). Chaplin spent the rest of his life with her.

They were married for 34 years. She gave birth to their eight children – five daughters and three sons. Chaplin’s last son was born when he was 73 years old.

They allegedly had a happy marriage, despite the fact that Charlie was 36 years older than Oona. When he became Sir Charlie Chaplin, she became a Lady. Oona died 14 years after her husband’s death, when she was at the age of 66.

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