Lights! Camera! A Swiss museum for Charlie Chaplin

Lights! Camera! A Swiss museum for Charlie Chaplin to open at his former home in spring 2016

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Lights! Camera! A Swiss museum for Charlie Chaplin
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Michael Chaplin, a son of Charlie Chaplin, speaks to a press conference at the Swiss mansion where their famous father lived the last 25 years of his life. Chaplin’s family and supporters gathered Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to discuss the future of the Charlie Chaplin Museum planned at the Manoir de Ban, an estate along Lake Geneva in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The museum, called “Chaplin’s World, will be a dedicated space to introduce Chaplin and his work to new generations. A spring 2016 opening is planned. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) -- Memories of Charlie Chaplin's last quarter-century live on above the shores of Lake Geneva, where his Swiss mansion allowed for a normal family life and escape from global fame.

Now, after 14 years of planning, Chaplin's family and supporters are ready to convert the run-down mansion into a museum to preserve those memories and introduce the early 20th century film icon to new generations.

Three of his children — Michael, Eugene and Victoria — and business partners in the 50 million Swiss francs ($57 million) project said Wednesday they are on track for opening early in 2016.

Chaplin, who died in 1977, spent his last 25 years on the 14 hectares (35 acres) estate along the "Swiss Riviera," where he could surround himself with family and take walks without drawing attention.

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