Charlie was so taken with Spanish singer Raquel Meller's interpretation of Jose Padilla's "La Violetera" that he used the song in City Lights. I have a feeling he was probably a little taken with Raquel herself and like Charlie did with many of his female friends/companions, he offered her the role of Josephine in his never-to-be-made Napoleon movie.
|Chaplin & Raquel Meller on the set of The Circus, 1926|
|France, 1931. Charlie & Raquel are on the left. May Reeves is on the right.|