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The movies' legendary comic genius was playing his greatest reconciliation scene. Charlie Chaplin and America were kissing and making up—and loving every minute of it.

Charlie was edgy on the plane from Bermuda, where he had been resting for a few days before setting foot in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had invited him to receive a special award at Hollywood's Oscar ceremonies, and the Film Society of New York City's Lincoln Center was throwing a big party for him at Philharmonic...

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