Charlie Chaplin (top left) as Napoleon and Marion Davies
(top right) as Nell Gwyn from the rotogravure section of a Hearst newspaper. Costume party (center photo) at William Randolph Hearst’s
with Marion on Charlie’s right and Lita Grey, Chaplin’s teenage wife, in the middle row dressed as Josephine de Beauharnais. Years later, Lita Grey told her biographer (Jeffrey Vance) that one of Chaplin’s standard pick-up lines had been to approach a beautiful young woman and tell her he was thinking of making a film about Napoleon and that she would be his perfect Josephine.
Not surprisingly, Chaplin named his second daughter Josephine Hannah. In her less than fully lucid dotage, chronically psychotic Hannah Chaplin frequently referred to her world-famous son as The King--
with Nell Gwyn-like grandiosity. As to Marion Davies’ featured cameo as Hearst’s Nell Gwyn-like fantasy mistress. Dorothy Parker wrote: