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Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born July 31, 1944)[1][2] is an American-born British-Spanish actress. She is the fourth child of Charlie Chaplin, the first of eight with fourth wife Oona O'Neill.[3] After beginnings in dance[3][1] and modeling,[4] she turned her attention to acting, and made her English-language acting debut (and came to prominence in what would be a Golden Globe-nominated role[5]) in her portrayal of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965).[6] She made her Broadway acting debut in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes in 1967,[7] and received her second Golden Globe nomination for Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). She received a BAFTA nomination for her role in Welcome to L.A. (1976). She played her grandmother Hannah Chaplin in the biopic, Chaplin (1992) for which she received her third Golden Globe nomination.

Geraldine Chaplin
Geraldine Chaplin en Seminci 2016.jpg
Chaplin in 2016
Born
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin

(1944-07-31) July 31, 1944 (age 74)
OccupationActress
Years active1952–present
Spouse(s)
Patricio Castilla (m. 2006)
Partner(s)Carlos Saura (1967–1979)
Children2, including Oona
Parent(s)Charlie Chaplin
Oona O'Neill
RelativesSee Chaplin family
AwardsGoya Award for Best Supporting Actor

Chaplin has appeared in a wide variety of critically recognised Spanish and French films. She starred in Les Uns et les Autres (1981), Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) and the Jacques Rivette experimental films Noroît (1976) and Love on the Ground (1984). She enjoyed her greatest critical success collaborating with her long time life partner, director Carlos Saura,[not verified in body] starring in his films Ana and the Wolves (1973), Cría Cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977), and Mamá cumple cien años (1979). She was awarded a Goya Award for her role in En la ciudad sin límites (2002),[8] and was nominated again for The Orphanage (2007).[not verified in body] Her contribution to Spanish cinema culminated in her being awarded the Gold medal by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in 2006.[9] In 2018, she starred in Red Land (Rosso Istria), Italian movie by Maximiliano Hernando Bruno based on Norma Cossetto and the foibe massacres.

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Early life and educationEdit

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born on July 31, 1944, in Santa Monica, California,[2][1][10] the fourth child of actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, and the first child of his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill,[3] whom he married in 1943.[11] Charlie Chaplin was 55 when Geraldine Chaplin was born and Oona was 19 years old. Chaplin was the first of their eight children.[3][11] Her paternal grandparents were English singers Charles Chaplin Sr. and Hannah Chaplin (born 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.[12]

When Chaplin 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.[13] Chaplin’s father moved the family to Switzerland.[14] She attended boarding school there, where she became fluent in French and Spanish.[1] Also in this time period, Chaplin appeared in a small part in her father's film Limelight (1952).[1]

CareerEdit

Dance and modelingEdit

At 17 years of age, Chaplin decided to forgo college to pursue dance instead,[3] and studied ballet for two years in England,[citation needed] including a period in 1961 at the Royal Ballet School.[1] Chaplin then danced professionally for a year in Paris.[citation needed] Although a good dancer, she felt she had not trained from an early enough age to excel at it and so gave up ballet.[citation needed] Said Chaplin "I didn't leave ballet, ballet left me".[This quote needs a citation][not in citation given] It was a great disappointment to her.

Chaplin then found work as a fashion model in Paris.[citation needed][15][4] She was then discovered by David Lean.[when?][where?][3] It would be many years before she could bring herself to see a ballet performance.[citation needed]

Discovery and early acting, 1965–69Edit

When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, Chaplin followed her father into what would become a prolific acting career.[3] She came to prominence[citation needed] in the role of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965).[3] David Lean chose her to play the main character's wife,[6] for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination in the category, "Most Promising Female Newcomer."[5] In an interview to publicize the film, she explained, "Because of my name, the right doors opened."[16]

 
With Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago, (1965)

In 1967, she made her Broadway debut in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.[7] 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."[17]

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).[citation needed]

The Hawaiians through Cría Cuervos, 1970–79Edit

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.[18] 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.

Chaplin later occasionally co-wrote scripts for and starred in several later Saura films—for these, receiving her greatest critical success[citation needed]—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.[19] Critic Vincent Canby praised Chaplin's "superb" performance.[20]

Chaplin 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.[21] She received critical acclaim for her role in Remember My Name (1978), in which she played Anthony Perkins' murderous estranged wife.[citation needed]

In an interview with The New York Times in 1977,[full citation needed] 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."[This quote needs a citation]

French-language and other roles, 1980–89Edit

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).

Chaplin, Scorsese, and Zeffirelli, 1990–99Edit

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.[18] 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).

The Spanish period, 2000–presentEdit

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).[8] Other notable Spanish films she collaborated with and appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her (2002), and Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage (2007), for which she received a second Goya Award nomination.[citation needed] She also recently starred in the Catalan drama, The Mosquito Net (2010), for which she was awarded the Crystal Globe.[22]

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.[9]

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).[citation needed]

In 2018, she starred in Red Land (Rosso Istria), Italian movie by Maximiliano Hernando Bruno based on Norma Cossetto and the foibe massacres.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Chaplin has had two serious, long-term relationships. The first was with Spanish film director Carlos Saura, who directed her in several films. They have a 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 Chaplin negotiated with the kidnappers, who had also threatened her infant son.[24]

Her second long-term relationship has been with Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla, whom she married in 2006, and with whom she has a daughter, Oona.

As of 2011, Chaplin maintains a home in Miami, Florida. 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).[25][26]

FilmographyEdit

 
Chaplin at a screening of The Orphanage in Madrid in 2007

1950sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1952 Limelight Little Girl in Opening Scene Charles Chaplin Uncredited

1960sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1965 Crime on a Summer Morning Zelda Jacques Deray
Doctor Zhivago Tonya Gromeko David Lean Nominated - Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer
1966 Andremo in città Lenka Nelo Risi
1967 Casino Royale Keystone Kop Ken Hughes
John Huston
Joseph McGrath
Robert Parrish
Richard Talmadge
Uncredited
A Countess from Hong Kong Girl at dance Charlie Chaplin
I Killed Rasputin Mounia Golovine Robert Hossein
Stranger in the House Angela Sawyer Pierre Rouve
Peppermint Frappé Elena / Ana Carlos Saura
1968 Stress Is Three Teresa
1969 Honeycomb Teresa

1970sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1970 The Hawaiians Purity Hoxworth Tom Gries
The Garden of Delights Woman in Church Carlos Saura Uncredited
1971 Perched on a Tree Mrs. Muller Serge Korber
Carlos Lisa Hans W. Geißendörfer
1972 Innocent Bystanders Miriam Loman Peter Collinson
Z.P.G. Carol McNeil Michael Campus Won - Stiges Film Festival Award for Best Actress
A House Without Boundaries Lucía Alfaro Pedro Olea
1973 Ana and the Wolves Ana Carlos Saura
The Three Musketeers Anne of Austria Richard Lester
Marriage a la Mode Marie des Anges Michel Mardore
Yankee Dudler Kate Elder Volker Vogeler
1974 The Four Musketeers Anne of Austria Richard Lester
¿...Y el prójimo? Luisa Ángel del Pozo
Sommerfuglene Anne Zimmler Chris Boger
1975 Cría cuervos Ana / Maria Carlos Saura
Nashville Opal Robert Altman Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress[18]
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Annie Oakley
Welcome to L.A. Karen Hood Alan Rudolph Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Scrim Ann Jacob Bijl
Noroît Morag Jacques Rivette
1977 Roseland Marilyn James Ivory
Elisa, vida mía Elisa Santamaria / Elisa's Mother Carlos Saura
In Memoriam Paulina Arevalo Enrique Brasó
1978 Remember My Name Emily Alan Rudolph Won - Miami International Film Festival Award for Best Actress

Won - Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actress

A Wedding Rita Billingsley Robert Altman
One Page of Love Lise Maurice Rabinowicz
The Word Naomi Dunn Richard Berg

Robert L. Joseph

Television miniseries
Blindfolded Eyes Emilia Carlos Saura
1979 L'Adoption Catherine Marc Grunebaum
Mama Turns 100 Ana Carlos Saura
The Widow of Montiel Adelaida Miguel Littín
Mais ou et donc Ornicar Isabelle Bertrand Van Effenterre

1980sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1980 Le Voyage en douce Lucie Michel Deville
The Mirror Crack'd Ella Zielinsky Guy Hamilton
1981 Les Uns et les Autres Suzan / Sara Glenn Claude Lelouch Television film
The House of Mirth Lily Bart Adrian Hall
1983 Life Is a Bed of Roses Nora Winkle Alain Resnais
My Cousin Rachel Contessa Rachel Sangalletti Brian Farnham Television miniseries
1984 Love on the Ground Charlotte Jacques Rivette
1987 White Mischief Nina Soames Michael Radford
1988 The Moderns Nathalie de Ville Alan Rudolph
1989 The Return of the Musketeers Queen Anne of Austria Richard Lester
I Want to Go Home Terry Armstrong Alain Resnais

1990sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1990 Gentille Alouette Angela Duverger Sergio Castilla
The Children Joyce Wheater Tony Palmer
1991 Buster's Bedroom Diana Daniels Rebecca Horn
Duel of Hearts Mrs. Miller John Hough Television film
1992 Off Season The Anarchist Daniel Schmid
Chaplin Hannah Chaplin Richard Attenborough Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress[18]
1993 A Foreign Field Beverly Charles Sturridge
The Age of Innocence Mrs. Welland Martin Scorsese
1994 Words Upon the Window Pane Miss McKenna Mary McGuckian
1995 Para recibir el canto de los pájaros Catherine Jorge Sanjinés
Home for the Holidays Aunt Gladys Jodie Foster
1996 Jane Eyre Miss Scatcherd Franco Zeffirelli
Gulliver's Travels Empress Munodi Charles Sturridge Television miniseries
Os Olhos da Ásia Jane Powell João Mário Grilo
Crimetime Thelma George Sluizer
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Mother Teresa Kevin Connor Television film
1998 Cousin Bette Adeline Hulot Des McAnuff
Finisterre, donde termina el mundo Mother Xavier Villaverde
1999 To Walk with Lions Victoria Anrecelli Carl Schultz
Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland Charlotte De Daniel Schmid

2000sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
2000 In the Beginning Yocheved Kevin Connor Television miniseries
¿Tú qué harías por amor? Madre Carlos Saura Medrano
2002 The Faces of the Moon Joan Turner Guita Schyfter
Dinotopia Grandmother Oriana Marco Brambilla Television miniseries
In the City Without Limits Marie Antonio Hernández Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Talk to Her Katerina Bilova Pedro Almodóvar
2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Abbess Mary McGuckian
2004 A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come / Old Beggarwoman Arthur Allan Seidelman Television film
2005 Heidi Rottenmeier Paul Marcus
BloodRayne Fortune Teller Uwe Boll
Oculto Adele Antonio Hernández
Melissa P. Nonna Elvira Luca Guadagnino
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Mrs. Fane John Davies Television series

Episode: "Sleeping Murder"

Les aventuriers des mers du Sud Maggie Daniel Vigne Television film
2007 The Orphanage Aurora J. A. Bayona Nominated - Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress
Theresa: The Body of Christ Priora Ray Loriga
Miguel y William La dueña Inés París
Los Totenwackers Salgado Ibón Cormenzana
Boxes Mother Jane Birkin
2008 Inconceivable Frances Church-Chappel Mary McGuckian
Parlami d'amore Amelie Silvio Muccino
Parc Marteau's Mother Arnaud des Pallières
Ramírez Galerist Albert Arizza
Diary of a Nymphomaniac Abuela de Valére Christian Molina
2009 The Island Inside Victoria Dunia Ayaso

Félix Sabroso

Imago Mortis Contessa Orsini Stefano Bessoni

2010sEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
2010 The Making of Plus One Geri Mary McGuckian
The Wolfman Maleva Joe Johnston
There Be Dragons Abileyza Roland Joffé
The Mosquito Net María Agustí Vila
The Trick in the Sheet Alma Alfonso Arau
2011 ¿Para qué sirve un oso? Josephine Tom Fernández Málaga Spanish Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Monk L'abbesse Dominik Moll
Americano Linda Mathieu Demy
All Together Annie Stéphane Robelin
Memories of My Melancholy Whores Rosa Cabarcas Henning Carlsen
2012 O Apóstolo Dosinda (voice) Fernando Cortizo
Un amor de película Jean Diego Musiak
The Impossible Old Woman J. A. Bayona
The Hollow Crown Alice Thea Sharrock Television series

Episode: "Henry V"

2013 The Return Coco Chanel Karl Lagerfeld Short film
Three-60 Jean Christophe Alejandro Ezcurdia
Another Me Mrs. Brennan Isabel Coixet
2014 Amapola Memé Eugenio Zanetti
Sand Dollars Anne Laura Amelia Guzmán

Israel Cárdenas

Nominated – Ariel Award for Best Actress
2015 Marguerite & Julien Lefebvre's mother Valérie Donzelli
Valentin Valentin Jane Pascal Thomas
2016 A Monster Calls The Head Teacher J. A. Bayona
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Irma Gordon David Farr Television series

Episode: "Impossible Planet"

2017 Anchor and Hope Germaine Carlos Marques-Marcet
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom[27] Iris J. A. Bayona
Red Land Giulia Visantrìn Adulta Maximiliano Hernando Bruno

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