100 Years of The Kid- The Reality of Child Stardom
An online discussion event looking at The California Child Actor's Bill, or the "Coogan Act" and its relevance for child entertainers.
Join Dr Carol Homden, Chief Executive of Coram, Kate Guyonvarch from The Chaplin Office in Paris, Pamela Hutchinson from Silent London, and Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton, Managing Director of Coram International, for a discussion on this landmark change in legislation for child performers.
In 1921, five year old Jackie Coogan was propelled to stardom in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, one of Chaplin's most personal movies, resonating his own childhood experiences and his rag to riches story too.
Jackie, only four when shooting started, was to become a prototype for the child actor as we know it. He went from whirlwind fame to suing his mother and stepfather over their squandering of his entire film earnings, which he had expected to receive when he reached adulthood. In 1939, thanks to his court case, the California Child Actor's Bill, also known as the "Coogan Act", was passed to protect the rights of child performers and entertainers and is still the basis for current US legislation.
|Date||Tuesday 30th November 2021, 18:00|