Although Charlie Chaplin reached international fame by working and living for forty years in the United States, his grave is located overseas, in Switzerland.
A few days ago, while continuing our tour of Lakes of Switzerland, we enjoyed a week-end trip to Lake Geneva. A few minutes of the journey were devoted to visiting Charlie Chaplin’s grave.
Legendary icon of silent-film era, forever identified with The Tramp character, the man who has been the most famous actor in the world for decades, has his final resting place in Switzerland.
A native English, Charles Chaplin moved to the U.S. in his early twenties, starting as a stage actor and experiencing a quick and huge career development that got him to be the most famous actor in the world in the span of a few years.
Although having reached worldwide fame through his work in the States, having lived in California for 40 years, and being married to an American, in 1952 Chaplin was not granted U.S. residence permit any more.
He then decided to move to Switzerland with his family. He spent the last 25 years of his life in Vevey, in Canton Vaud, in a house surrounded by lawns not far away from the shore of Lake Geneva. The area is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Charlie Chaplin passed away on Christmas day, 1977. He was 88.
How to find Charlie Chaplin grave
Finding Charles Chaplin grave was not exactly easy. The small cemetery is located in Corsier, a suburb of Vevey, and it is distinct from main Vevey cemetery.
If you want to visit it, you can insert the following address in your GPS navigator: street: Sur le Crêt; Town: Corsier-sur-Vevey; Country:Switzerland. This address will take you in front of cemetery’s iron gate.
Vevey is easily reachable from anywhere in Switzerland or Southeastern France. It is located about 55 mi (90 km) from Geneva, 150 mi (250 km) from Lyon, and 125 mi (200 km) from Zurich.
Chaplin’s tombstone is very plain and simple and it is smaller than we expected. Therefore it took us sometimes to find it. On its left lies another identical tombstone. Chaplin’s wife is buried there under the name Oona Chaplin. Both graves had plenty of plants, flowers and Christmas ornaments on them.
We stayed a few minutes there, thinking about the life of this legendary Hollywood icon, then we left.
If you are interested in knowing more about Chaplin’s life, I recommend watching the biopic film “Chaplin” (1992), starring a very talented Robert Downey Jr.
Charlie Chaplin’s casket was stolen on March 1978, in order to receive money from the family. It was found again 11 weeks later.
A museum will be opened in Vevey’s Chaplin estate. The name will be Modern Times Museum, and it is expected to open in 2014.
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