Virginia Cherrill (April 12th, 1908 - November 14th, 1996)
Virginia, who had no background in acting, was engaged by Charlie to play the blind girl in 1931's City Lights. Besides the fact that she was physically attractive, Charlie also felt that she could "look blind without being offensive." It is well known that Charlie and Virginia didn't get along during filming. During an interview for Unknown Chaplin, Virginia said "I don't know why Charlie didn't like me, I liked him." However she claims in other interviews that the feeling was mutual. I have often wondered if there was something more to Virginia's dislike of him. I get the impression from her interviews that she was offended that they never socialized and that Charlie never invited her to his parties. To me, she seems to resent the fact that Charlie never hit on her. In her final interview, which was conducted by Jeffrey Vance in 1995, she said that people often thought that Charlie was her boyfriend. "Nothing could be further from the truth," she said. "He never made any advances towards me. He saw me as the blind girl. I didn't like Charlie. I resented the fact that he was loyal only to his mother and Edna Purviance, who was a terrible alcoholic" (she goes on to complain that when Rollie Totheroh was old and sick, Charlie did not try to help him). During this interview, she repeats the phrase "I didn't like Charlie" 3 or 4 times. She also said that she never saw Modern Times (because she "didn't like Charlie") but in an article she wrote for Picturegoer magazine in 1935, she said she couldn't wait to see the film. She also said in this final interview that she didn't think Charlie deserved the statue that was erected for him in London because "he wasn't loyal to England, he wasn't loyal to the United States. I just don't think he earned that sort of recognition."