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Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born July 31, 1944) is a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-nominated actress and the daughter of Charlie Chaplin.

Personal life

Geraldine Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, Californiamarker, the first child of actor/director Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill (daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and author Agnes Boulton). Chaplin was educated at a boarding school in Switzerlandmarker where she became fluent in French & Spanish, the former being standard in any Swiss school and the latter being demonstrated in some of her performances in films by the Spanish director Carlos Saura, her former husband, with whom she had a twelve-year relationship. She married a long time companion, Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla, in 2006 and has two children, Shane (b. 1974, by Saura) and Oona (b. 1986, by Castilla).She is also the half sister of actor Sydney Earle Chaplin. Most of the time she makes Miami, Floridamarker her home, where she has a house by the beach.


When Chaplin was eight years old, she appeared uncredited in her father's film Limelight. When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, she followed her father into the acting profession. David Lean chose her to play Tonya, the main character's devoted wife in his film Doctor Zhivago (1965). During the 1970s she appeared in several of Robert Altman's films. She also starred in nine movies directed by Carlos Saura, including Cría cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977), and Mama Turns a Hundred (1979). She played the role of her grandmother Hannah Chaplin in the biographical film about her father, Chaplin.


Year Film Role Notes
1952 Limelight Little Girl in Opening Scene (uncredited)
1965 Crime on a Summer Morning Zelda
Doctor Zhivago Tonya Gromeko Director: David Lean
Golden Globe Awards Nomination: Most Promising Newcomer - Female
1966 Andremo in città Lenka
1967 A Countess from Hong Kong Girl at dance
Casino Royale Keystone Kop (uncredited)
Rasputin Mounia Golovine
Cop-Out Angela Sawyer
Peppermint Frappé Elena Director: Carlos Saura
1968 Stress Is Three Teresa
1969 Honeycomb Teresa Writer (also story)
1970 The Hawaiians Purity Hoxworth
The Garden of Delights Actress (uncredited)
1971 Perched on a Tree Mme Muller (as Géraldine Chaplin)
Carlos Lisa
1972 Innocent Bystanders Miriam Loman
Z.P.G. Carol McNeil
1973 Ana y los lobos Ana
The Three Musketeers Anna of Austria
1974 The Four Musketeers Queen Anne of Austria
1975 Cría cuervos Ana The Mother Director: Carlos Saura
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

1977 Roseland Marilyn Director: James Ivory
Elisa, vida mía Elisa Santamaria/Elisa's Mother Director: Carlos Saura
1978 Remember My Name Emily Director: Alan Rudolph
A Wedding Rita Billingsley Director: Robert Altman
1979 Adoption Catherine
Mama Turns 100 Ana Director: Carlos Saura
1980 Sentimental Journey Lucie
The Mirror Crack'd Ella Zieli
1981 Bolero Suzan/Sara Glenn
1982 Casting Actress
1983 Life Is a Bed of Roses Nora Winkle
1984 Love on the Ground Charlotte
1987 White Mischief Nina Soames
1988 The Moderns Nathalie de Ville Director: Alan Rudolph
1989 The Return of the Musketeers Queen Anne
I Want to Go Home Terry Amstrong
1990 Gentille alouette Angela Duverger
The Children Joyce Wheater
1991 Buster's Bedroom Diana Daniels
1992 Chaplin Hannah Chaplin Director: Richard Attenborough
Golden Globe Awards Nomination:
Best Supporting Actress

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
Home for the Holidays Aunt Gladys Director: Jodie Foster
1996 Jane Eyre Miss Scatcherd Director: Franco Zeffirelli
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Mother Theresa
1998 Cousin Bette Adeline Hulot
1999 To Walk with Lions Victoria Anrecelli
Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz Charlotte De
2001 Just Run! Madre
2002 Dinotopia Grandmother
En la ciudad sin límites Marie Goya Awards
Best Supporting Actress
Talk to Her Katerina Bilova Director: Pedro Almodóvar
The Faces of the Moon Joan Turner
2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Abbess
2005 Heidi Rottenmeier
Oculto Adela
Melissa P. Nonna Elvira
BloodRayne Fortune Teller
2007 The Orphanage Aurora Goya Awards Nomination:
Best Supporting Actress
Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Priora del convento
Miguel and William La dueña
Los Totenwackers Salgado
2008 Art of Las Vegas Frances Church-Chappel
Parlami d'amore Amelie
Diario de una ninfomana Abuela Val
Brontë Aunt Elizabeth
Imago Mortis Contessa Orsini
2010 The Wolfman Maleva
There Be Dragons Abileyza

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