Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in London, England, the son of Charles Chaplin and Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill. Both of Chaplin's parents sang in English music halls, his mother under the stage name Lily Harley. Chaplin's childhood was unstable. Charles, Sr. , separated from the family in 1890 and provided only minimal and sporadic support for his son after that time. An alcoholic, he died in 1901 at the age of thirty-seven. After ending her singing career, his mother tried to support Chaplin and his half-brother Sydney through sewing. From 1895 on, she was in and out of hospitals and asylums with physical and emotional problems. For the next five years, Chaplin and his brother Sydney lived in a variety of homes and institutions, including the Lambeth workhouse.