Born: July 31, 1944
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born July 31, 1944) is a prolific actress of English, French, and Spanish language films, the fourth child of Charlie Chaplin, the first of eight with fourth wife Oona O'Neill. After beginnings in dance and modeling, she turned her attention to acting, and made her American acting debut (and came to prominence in what would be a Golden Globe-nominated role) in her portrayal of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965). She made her Broadway acting debut in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes in 1967, and received her second Golden Globe nomination for Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). She also appeared in his other pictures, including Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), and A Wedding (1978). She received a BAFTA nomination for her role in Welcome to L.A. (1976), and then appeared in Roseland (1977) and Remember My Name (1978). She played her grandmother Hannah Chaplin in the biopic, Chaplin (1992) for which she received her third Golden Globe nomination. She also appeared in The Age of Innocence (1993), Jane Eyre (1996), Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (1997), and a decade later, in The Wolfman (2010).
Chaplin has appeared in a wide variety of critically recognised Spanish and French films. She starred in Claude Lelouch's Les Uns et les Autres (1981), the Alain Resnais comedy Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) and the Jacques Rivette experimental film Love on the Ground (1984). She enjoyed her greatest critical success collaborating with Carlos Saura, starring in several notable films by the director, including Ana and the Wolves (1973), Cría cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977), and Mamá cumple cien años (1979). She collaborated with Pedro Almodóvar in Talk to Her (2002). She was awarded a Goya Award for her role in En la ciudad sin límites (2002), and was nominated again for The Orphanage (2007). Her contribution to Spanish cinema culminated in her being awarded the Gold medal by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Chaplin had a long term relationship with Spanish film director Carlos Saura, giving birth to their son, Shane Saura, in 1976. A subsequent long-term relationship with Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla (married, 2006), gave her a daughter, Oona, born 1986. As of 2011, Chaplin maintained homes in Miami, Florida, in the United States, and in Madrid, Spain, and Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born on July 31, 1944, in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, and the first child of his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill, whom he married in 1943. Chaplin was in his mid-fifties, and Oona was eighteen years old; Geraldine was the first of their eight children. Her paternal grandparents were English singers Charles Chaplin, Sr. and Hannah Chaplin (Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill), and her maternal grandparents were Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Eugene O'Neill and English-born writer Agnes Boulton.
When Geraldine was eight years old, her father took the family on vacation to Britain and Europe; two days after the family set sail, the U.S. Attorney General signed an order refusing him permission to re-enter the country. Her father then moved the family to Switzerland. She attended boarding school there, where she became fluent in French and Spanish. Also in this time period, Geraldine appeared in a small part in her father's film "Limelight" (1952).
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At 17-years of age, the young Chaplin decided to forgo college to pursue dance instead, and studied ballet for two years in England, including a period in 1961 at the Royal Ballet School. Chaplin then danced professionally for a year in Paris. Though a good dancer, she felt she had not trained from an early enough age to excel at it and so gave up ballet. Said Chaplin "I didn't leave ballet, ballet left me." It was a great disappointment to her.
Chaplin then found work as a fashion model in Paris. She was then discovered by David Lean. It would be many years before she could bring herself to see a ballet performance.
When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, she followed her father into what would become a prolific acting career. She came to prominence in the role of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965). David Lean chose her to play the main character's wife, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination in the category, "Most Promising Female Newcomer." In an interview to publicise the film, she explained, "Because of my name, the right doors opened."
In 1967, she made her Broadway debut in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Her performance was praised by Clive Barnes in a New York Times review, where he noted that Chaplin "acts with spirit and force… with a magnificently raw-voiced sincerity" giving a performance of "surprising power."
In the same year, she also began what would become a significant collaboration, starring in Spanish film director Carlos Saura's psychological thriller Peppermint Frappé (1967).
Chaplin starred alongside Charlton Heston in the American historical film The Hawaiians (1970).
Chaplin then appeared in The Three Musketeers (1973), as well as the sequel, The Four Musketeers (1974). Chaplin was cast as the obnoxious BBC reporter Opal in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), for which she received her second Golden Globe nomination, for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to star in the Altman films Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), and then A Wedding (1978), doing Roseland (1977) in between.
She later occasionally co-wrote scripts for and starred in several later Saura films—for these, receiving her greatest critical success—such as Ana and the Wolves (1973), Cría cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977) and Mamá cumple cien años (1979). Cría cuervos won the Special Jury Prize Award at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Vincent Canby praised Chaplin's "superb" performance.
She starred in several films produced by Altman and directed by Alan Rudolph, with a BAFTA-nominated role in Welcome to L.A. (1976), in which she played a housewife addicted to cab rides. She received critical acclaim for her role in Remember My Name (1978), in which she played Anthony Perkins' murderous estranged wife.
In an interview with The New York Times in 1977, Chaplin cited that her career was going more successfully in Europe than in the United States. She complained that "I only seem to work with Altman here ... I don't have any offers in this country, none. Not even an interesting script to read. The only person who ever asks me is Altman - and James Ivory."
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In the 1980s, Chaplin starred in several French-language roles, including Claude Lelouch's Les Uns et les Autres (1981), Alain Resnais' Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983), Jacques Rivette's experimental Love on the Ground (1984), and then the American film, I Want to Go Home (1989).
Chaplin also starred in Rudolph's 1920s-set film, The Moderns (1988).
In the biographical film about her father, Chaplin (1992), she played her grandmother Hannah Chaplin, for which she was nominated for her third Golden Globe award. Soon after, she was directed by Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence (1993), and appeared in Franco Zeffirelli's version of Jane Eyre (1996).
Chaplin went on to appear in Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (1997).
Chaplin received a Goya Mejor Actriz de Reparto for her role in Spanish-Argentine thriller En la ciudad sin límites (In the City Without Limits, 2002). Other notable Spanish films she collaborated with and appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her (2002), and José Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage (2007), for which she received a second Goya Award nomination. She also recently starred in the Catalan drama, The Mosquito Net (2010), for which she was awarded the Crystal Globe.
In 2006 Chaplin was awarded the Gold medal by the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España—the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences—for her contribution to Spanish cinema.
Chaplin appeared in The Wolfman, in 2010.
In Americano, she appeared with Salma Hayek, and featured with Jane Fonda in All Together (both 2011). She reunited with Juan Antonio Bayona for the film The Impossible (2012). Chaplin received the Best Actress Award at the Havana Film Festival for her role in the Dominican Republic film Sand Dollars (2014).
Chaplin dated a number of men in her younger years, and had two serious, long term relationships. The first was with Carlos Saura, a Spanish film director who directed her in several films, with whom she began a twelve-year relationship in 1967. In 1976 she gave birth to their son, Shane Saura Chaplin. In 1978 the Chaplin family were the victims of a failed extortion plot by kidnappers who had stolen the body of Charlie Chaplin. Geraldine negotiated with the kidnappers, who had also threatened her infant son.
Her second long-term relationship has been with Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla whom she married in 2006, and with whom she had a daughter, Oona, in 1986.
As of 2011, Chaplin maintains a home in Miami. She also spends time in residences between Madrid, Spain, and Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (the latter near the former long-time home of her and her father).
|Year||Film||Role||Director, Country, Notes|
|1952||Limelight||Little Girl in Opening Scene (uncredited)||Director: Charles Chaplin
Country: United States
|1965||Par un beau matin d'été
(Crime on a Summer Morning)
|Zelda||Director: Jacques Deray
Countries: France - Spain - Italy
|Doctor Zhivago||Tonya Gromeko||Director: David Lean; Countries: United States - Italy - UK
Golden Globe Awards Nomination: Most Promising Female Newcomer
|1966||Andremo in città||Lenka||Director: Nelo Risi; Countries: Italy - Yugoslavia|
|1967||A Countess from Hong Kong||Girl at dance||Director: Charlie Chaplin; Country: UK|
|Casino Royale||Keystone Kop (uncredited)||Directors: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge
Countries: UK - United States
|J'ai tué Raspoutine
(I Killed Rasputin)
|Mounia Golovine||Director: Robert Hossein
Countries: France - Italy
|Stranger in the House||Angela Sawyer||Director: Pierre Rouve; Country: UK|
|Peppermint Frappé||Elena/Ana||Director: Carlos Saura; Country: Spain|
(Stress Is Three)
|Teresa||Director: Carlos Saura
|Teresa||Director: Carlos Saura; Country: Spain
G. Chaplin also co-wrote the screenplay and contributed to the story. Film entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival
|1970||The Hawaiians||Purity Hoxworth||Director: Tom Gries; Country: United States|
|El jardín de las delicias
(The Garden of Delights)
|Actress (uncredited)||Director: Carlos Saura
|1971||Perched on a Tree||Mme Muller||(as Géraldine Chaplin)|
|1972||Innocent Bystanders||Miriam Loman|
|Z.P.G.||Carol McNeil||Winner: Medalla Sitges en Plata del Ley: Best Actress|
|A House Without Boundaries||Actress||Film entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival|
|1973||Ana y los lobos||Ana||Director: Carlos Saura|
|The Three Musketeers||Anna of Austria||Director: Richard Lester|
|Marriage a la Mode||Actress|
|Yankee Dudler||Kate Elder|
|1974||The Four Musketeers||Queen Anne of Austria||Director: Richard Lester|
|¿...Y el prójimo?||Luisa|
|1975||Cría cuervos||Ana The Mother||Director: Carlos Saura
Winner: Premios ACE: Best Actress
Film received the Special Jury Prize Award at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
|Nashville||Opal||Director: Robert Altman
Golden Globe Awards Nomination:Best Supporting Actress
|1976||Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson||Annie Oakley||Director: Robert Altman|
|Welcome to L.A.||Karen Hood||Director: Alan Rudolph
BAFTA Awards Nomination:Best Supporting Actress
|Noroît||Morag||by Jacques Rivette; episode from an intended four-part series "Scenes from a Parallel Life"|
|1977||Roseland||Marilyn||Director: James Ivory|
|Elisa, vida mía||Elisa Santamaria/Elisa's Mother||Director: Carlos Saura|
|In Memoriam||Paulina Arevalo||Director: Enrique Brasó|
|1978||Remember My Name||Emily||Director: Alan Rudolph
Winner: Miami Film Festival: Best Actress
Paris Film Festival: Best Actress
|A Wedding||Rita Billingsley||Director: Robert Altman|
|One Page of Love||Lise|
|The Word||Naomi Dunn|
|Blindfolded Eyes||Actress||Director: Carlos Saura|
|1979||L'Adoption||Catherine||Director: Marc Grunebaum; Country: France|
|Mama Turns 100||Ana||Director: Carlos Saura|
|La viuda de Montiel||Adelaida||Entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival|
|Mais où et donc Ornicar||Isabelle||Director: Bertrand Van Effenterre|
|1980||Le Voyage en douce||Lucie||Entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival|
|The Mirror Crack'd||Ella Zielinsky|
|1981||Les Uns et les Autres||Suzan/Sara Glenn||Director: Claude Lelouch|
|The House of Mirth||Lily Bart||Television film|
|1983||Life Is a Bed of Roses||Nora Winkle||Director: Alain Resnais|
|My Cousin Rachel||Contessa Rachel Sangalletti||Television miniseries|
|1984||Love on the Ground||Charlotte||Director: Jacques Rivette|
|1987||White Mischief||Nina Soames||Director: Michael Radford|
|1988||The Moderns||Nathalie de Ville||Director: Alan Rudolph|
|1989||The Return of the Musketeers||Queen Anne||Director: Richard Lester|
|I Want to Go Home||Terry Armstrong||Director: Alain Resnais|
|1990||Gentille Alouette||Angela Duverger|
|The Children||Joyce Wheater|
|1991||Buster's Bedroom||Diana Daniels||Director: Rebecca Horn|
|Duel of Hearts||Mrs. Miller||Television film|
|1992||Chaplin||Hannah Chaplin||Director: Richard Attenborough
Golden Globe Awards Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
|Hors Saison||Anarchist||by Daniel Schmid|
|1993||A Foreign Field||Beverly|
|The Age of Innocence||Mrs. Welland||Director: Martin Scorsese|
|1994||Words Upon the Window Pane||Miss McKenna|
|1995||Para recibir el canto de los pájaros||Catherine||Director: Jorge Sanjinés; Country: Bolivia|
|Home for the Holidays||Aunt Gladys||Director: Jodie Foster|
|1996||Jane Eyre||Miss Scatcherd||Director: Franco Zeffirelli|
|Gulliver's Travels||Empress Munodi||Television miniseries|
|Os Olhos da Ásia||Jane Powell|
|1997||Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor||Mother Teresa|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Adeline Hulot|
|Finisterre, donde termina el mundo||Madre/Mother|
|1999||To Walk with Lions||Victoria Anrecelli|
|Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz||Charlotte De||Director: Daniel Schmid|
|2000||In the Beginning||Yocheved||Television film|
|The Faces of the Moon||Joan Turner|
|2002||Dinotopia||Grandmother Oriana||Television miniseries|
|En la ciudad sin límites||Marie||Goya Awards
Best Supporting Actress
|Talk to Her||Katerina Bilova||Director: Pedro Almodóvar|
|2004||The Bridge of San Luis Rey||The Abbess|
|2004||A Christmas Carol: The Musical||Old Beggerwoman/The Ghost of Christmas Yet to be|
|Melissa P.||Nonna Elvira||Director: Luca Guadagnino|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Marple||Mrs. Fane||Television series
Episode: "Sleeping Murder"
|Les aventuriers des mers du Sud||Maggie||Television film|
|2007||The Orphanage||Aurora||First film with director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Goya Awards Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
|Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo||Priora del convento|
|Miguel and William||La dueña|
|Boxes||Maman||Director: Jane Birkin|
|Parc||La mère de Marteau|
|Diario de una Ninfómana||Abuela de Valére/Valeré's grandmother|
|2009||The Island Inside||Victoria|
|Imago Mortis||Contessa Orsini|
|The Making of Plus One||Geri, the casting director|
|The Wolfman||Maleva||Director: Joe Johnston|
|There Be Dragons||Abileyza||Director: Roland Joffé|
|The Mosquito Net||María|
|The Trick in the Sheet||Alma||Director: Alfonso Arau|
|2011||¿Para qué sirve un oso?||Josephine||Winner: Málaga Spanish Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress|
|The Monk||L'abbesse||Director: Dominik Moll|
|Memoria de mis putas tristes||Rosa Cabarcas||Director: Henning Carlsen|
|The Impossible||Old woman||second film with director: J. A. Bayona|
|The Hollow Crown||Alice||1 episode: Henry V|
|2013||The Return||Coco Chanel||Short film
Director: Karl Lagerfeld
|es:Tres 60||Jean Christophe||Director: Alejandro Ezcurdia|
|Another Me||Mrs. Brennan||Director: Isabel Coixet|
|2014||Amapola||Memé||Director: Eugenio Zanetti|
|Sand Dollars||Anne||Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Nominated — Ariel Award for Best Actress
|2015||Marguerite and Julien||Lefebvre's mother|
|2016||A Monster Calls||The Head Teacher||third film with director: J.A. Bayona|
|2017||Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams||Irma Gordon||Episode: "Impossible Planet"|
|2018||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||fourth film with director: J. A. Bayona|