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June 2, 1927

MEMPHIS EVENING APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, June 2, 1927 This 24 page newspaper has a great seven column headline on the front page: "CHAPLIN ACCUSES LITA GREY OF INFIDELITY AND ASKS DIVORCE" with subheads and photo of Grey.  Nice to have this report on the front page and very unusual for such a nice headline here as well. Nice for display.

Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear and chipping, little irregular at the spine, otherwise good condition.

wikipedia notes: Chaplin first met Grey during the filming of The Kid. Three years later, at age 35, he became involved with the then 16-year-old Grey during preparations for The Gold Rush in which she was to star as the female lead. They married on 26 November 1924, after she became pregnant (a development that resulted in her being removed from the cast of the film). They had two sons, the actors Charles Chaplin, Jr. (1925–1968) and Sydney Chaplin (1926–2009). The marriage was a disaster, with the couple hopelessly mismatched. The couple divorced on 22 August 1927. Their extraordinarily bitter divorce had Chaplin paying Grey a then-record-breaking US$825,000 settlement, on top of almost one million dollars in legal costs. The stress of the sensational divorce, compounded by a federal tax dispute, allegedly turned his hair white.

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