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Charlie Chaplin's Switzerland home to be made into museum

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May 08, 2014 | 3:52pm EDT

Silent movie icon Charlie Chaplin's home in Switzerland is set to be turned into a museum documenting his amazing life. The British-born star, who died in 1977, spent the last 25 years of his life in Corsier-sur-Vervey near Lake Geneva with his wife, Oona, and their eight children, and now three of their kids - Michael, Eugene and Victoria Chaplin - have joined forces to turn their former family home into a museum, called Chaplin's World. The 18th-century mansion on a 35-acre estate fell into disrepair after Chaplin's death, but it was purchased by executives at a Luxembourg-based investment company in 2008, with the intention of turning the estate into a museum. The new owners were finally given the greenlight to go ahead with an estimated $45 million (£26 million) renovation recently, and they are now planning to build two new buildings that will feature recreated sets from Chaplin's most famous films. The museum will also include wax figures of Chaplin donated by bosses at the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris, France.

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