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  Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

From left to right, Polly, Anne, and Helen seated with Charlie Chaplin, circa 1918-1919

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Trouble at Home and Abroad (1917-1930)
Charlie Chaplin

The warm climate was good for Anne's health and for a short while she enjoyed the excitement and glamour of Hollywood. Helen was very aware that most of the people they met ignored Anne and focused their attention on her. This was not the case with Charlie Chaplin. At a dinner that he hosted, Chaplin spent the entire time talking to Anne about his life and his marriage. Afterward he invited them to a private screening of two of his movies, A Dog's Life and Man-At-Arms.

Helen wrote the following about their experience in Hollywood:

Everybody was friendly, but in their compliments to me I was unintentionally left with a defrauded feeling. Few, if any, spoke of Teacher as one who deserved special praise for having ploughed furrows through my limitations and given me the precious harvest of my human heritage. However, Teacher was her exuberant, charming self with Charlie Chaplain [sic]. They had both endured poverty and the deformations it creates in body and soul. They had both struggled for education and social equality, and as success had crowned their efforts they had poured themselves out in tenderness to the unprivileged. Both were shy and unspoiled by their victories over fate. So it was natural that they should understand each other and form one of the friendships that afford solace to great artists in a world too often unfaithful to the children of genius.


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