Chaplin died in his sleep on December 25, 1977, in Switzerland. Several months later, a clan of grave robbers exhumed the film star’s corpse from his grave. The reason? They were hoping to get cold hard cash from his family in exchange for his body. His remains were found in May 1978 after the robbers, astoundingly, left the old chap’s body in a field, according to a BBC report . They eventually fessed up to the crime, and Chaplin was reburied two days later in Corsier, Switzerland. But just in case, there’s now six solid feet of concrete between him and the earth.
While on vacation in Europe in 1952, Chaplin was notified by the . attorney general that his reentry into the United States would be challenged. He was charged with committing immoral acts and being politically suspicious. Chaplin, who had never become a United States citizen, sold all of his American possessions and settled in Geneva, Switzerland, with his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill, daughter of the American playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888–1953), and their children. In 1957 Chaplin visited England to direct The King in New York, which was never shown in the United States. My Autobiography (the story of his own life) was published in 1964. Most critics considered Chaplin's 1967 film, A Countess from Hong Kong, a disaster.