Geraldine Chaplin

Geraldine Chaplin

Birth name: Geraldine Leigh Chaplin
Born: July 31, 1944
Age: 79
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
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Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born 31 July 1944) is an American-born British actress and the daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill.

She came to prominence for her Golden Globe-nominated role of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965). She received her second Golden Globe nomination for Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). She also appeared in his other pictures, 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). She 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 The Wolfman (2010).

Chaplin has also appeared in several 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 has, arguably, enjoyed her greatest critical success collaborating with Carlos Saura: she starred in several notable films by the director, such as 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.


Personal life

Geraldine Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin. She was the first of his eight children with his fourth and last wife, Oona O'Neill. Her paternal grandparents were English singers Charles Chaplin, Sr. and 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, the family moved to Switzerland, since her father was a victim of USΑ's anti-communist campaign, where she attended boarding school and became fluent in French and Spanish. In 1967 she began what would become a twelve-year relationship with Carlos Saura, who directed her in several films between 1967 and 1979.

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 threatened to shoot her infant son in the knees. In addition to her home in Miami, she also lives alternately between Madrid and Switzerland.


When Chaplin was eight years old, she appeared uncredited in her father's film Limelight. She attended the Royal Ballet School but, 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 wife, in his film Doctor Zhivago, (1965) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. 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 review published in The New York Times. Barnes noted that Chaplin "acts with spirit and force," all the while "acting with a magnificently raw-voiced sincerity" in what was a performance of "surprising power."

In the same year, she also began what would become a significant collaboration when she starred in Spanish film director Carlos Saura's psychological thriller Peppermint Frappé (1967). She later starred in (and occasionally co-wrote scripts for) later Saura films such as Ana and the Wolves (1973), Cría cuervos (1976), Elisa, vida mía (1977) and Mamá cumple cien años (1979). Cría cuervos is regarded as their finest collaboration, winning the Special Jury Prize Award at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Vincent Canby praised Chaplin's "superb" performance.

She starred alongside Charlton Heston in the American historical film The Hawaiians (1970) and in The Three Musketeers (1974), as well as the sequel a year later, The Four Musketeers. Chaplin was cast as the obnoxious BBC reporter Opal in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She later starred in the Altman films Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) and A Wedding (1978).

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."

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. She also starred in Rudolph's 1920s set film The Moderns (1988). She has also starred in several French-language roles, including Jacques Rivette's Love on the Ground (1984) and the Alain Resnais films Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) and I Want to Go Home (1989). In the biographical film about her father, Chaplin (1992), she played her grandmother Hannah Chaplin. For this part, she was nominated for another Golden Globe award. Following this film, she was directed by Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence (1993) and appeared in Franco Zeffirelli's version of Jane Eyre (1996)

Chaplin received a Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Spanish-Argentine thriller In the City Without Limits (2001). Other notable Spanish films she appeared in include Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her (2002) and José Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage (2007), for which she received a 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 for her contribution to cinema.

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). For her role as an old lesbian in the Dominican Republic film Sand Dollars (2014), she received the Best Actress Award at the Havana Film Festival.


Year Film Role Director, Country, Notes
1952 Limelight Little Girl in Opening Scene (uncredited) Director: Charles Chaplin
Country: USA
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: USA - Italy - UK
Golden Globe Awards Nomination: New Star of the Year - Actress
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 - USA
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
1968 Stress-es tres-tres
(Stress Is Three)
Teresa Director: Carlos Saura
Country: Spain
1969 La madriguera
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: USA
El jardín de las delicias
(The Garden of Delights)
Actress (uncredited) Director: Carlos Saura
Country: Spain
1971 Perched on a Tree Mme Muller (as Géraldine Chaplin)
Carlos Lisa
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
Sommerfuglene Anne Zimmler
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
Scrim 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
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
1982 Casting Actress
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
Crimetime Thelma
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
2001 Just Run! Madre
The Faces of the Moon Joan Turner
2002 Dinotopia Grandmother 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
2005 Heidi Rottenmeier
Oculto Adela
Melissa P. Nonna Elvira Director: Luca Guadagnino
BloodRayne Fortune Teller
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 Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Goya Awards Nomination: Best Supporting Actress
Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo Priora del convento
Miguel and William La dueña
Los Totenwackers Salgado
Boxes Maman Director: Jane Birkin
2008 Inconceivable Frances Church-Chappel
Parlami d'Amore Amelie
Parc La mère de Marteau
Ramírez Galerist
Diario de una Ninfómana Abuela de Valére/Valeré's grandmother
Brontë Aunt Elizabeth
2009 The Island Inside Victoria
Imago Mortis Contessa Orsini
2010 Hostias Jean
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
Americano Linda
All Together Annie
Memoria de mis putas tristes Rosa Cabarcas Director: Henning Carlsen
2012 O Apóstolo Dosinda Voice
The Impossible Old woman
The Hollow Crown Alice 1 episode: Henry V
2013 The Return Coco Chanel Short film
Director: Karl Lagerfeld
Another Me Mrs. Brennan Director: Isabel Coixet
2014 Amapola Memé Director: Eugenio Zanetti
Sand Dollars Anne Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
2015 Marguerite and Julien Lefebvre's mother
Valentin Valentin Jane
2016 A Monster Calls Post-production

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