The proudest day of Jackie Coogan's life was in March 1972. Charlie Chaplin was returning to the United States after two decades of exile to receive the Handel Medallion in New York City and a special lifetime achievement Oscar in Hollywood. Jackie Coogan was at the Los Angeles International Airport when Chaplin arrived. Charlie immediately recognizing Coogan and warmly embraced him, saying, "You know, I think I would rather see you than anybody else". Chaplin told Coogan's wife, "You must never forget that your husband is a genius".