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Overview (3)

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameGeraldine Leigh Chaplin
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin (A.K.A. Charlie Chaplin). She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O'Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London. She was discovered by David Lean when she was dancing in Paris, which led to her role in Doctor Zhivago (1965). She has two children, Shane and Oona Chaplin.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gloria Bond <gbond@erols.com>

Spouse (1)

Patricio Castilla (18 August 2006 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Quite unlike her father, her performances have usually been serious, intense and brooding
Wears sunglasses, mostly colorful, on her head

Trivia (20)

Portrayed her own grandmother in Chaplin (1992)
Daughter of Charles Chaplin and Oona Chaplin.
Had a 12 year relationship with Spanish director Carlos Saura.
Granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888-1965) and the singer Charles Chaplin Sr. (1864-1901). Oona Chaplin (1926-1991), Eugene O'Neill's daughter, was married to Charlie Chaplin from 1943 until his death in 1977.
Half-sister of Sydney Chaplin and Charles Chaplin Jr.
Festival tribute at the Créteil International Women's Film Festival, France. [1991]
Aunt of Kiera Chaplin, Carmen Chaplin, Dolores Chaplin and 'James Thierree'.
Great-granddaughter of James O'Neill.
Sister-in-law of Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée.
Sings the duet "Les aimants" written by Chet and composed by Jérôme Rebotier on Chet's album "L'amour à la Française".
Speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982
1978/Winner Best Actress Award, Paris Film Festival, Miami Film Festival for Robert Altmans Remember My Name (1978).
Son, Shane Saura Chaplin O'Neill (born 1974) with, Carlos Saura. Daughter, with longtime companion and now husband Patricio Castilla, Oona Chaplin (born 1986).
She visited Argentina to be president of jury in San Luis Cine International Festival. [November 2007]
Niece of actor Syd Chaplin.
As well as playing her grandmother Hannah Chaplin in Chaplin (1992), she is briefly depicted in the film as an eight-year-old girl in a scene set in September 1952.
She is of English, Irish, and more distant Scottish, descent.
Geraldine's original ambition was to be a professional ballerina. She decided to eschew college altogether and took ballet for two years in England. She trained at the Royal Ballet School of London, starting in 1961. She eventually was good enough to go "pro" and danced professionally for a year in Paris, France. Though more than a quite capable swan, she believed she had not trained for an early enough age to truly maintain as a professional ballerina. Like many danseuses who left ballet, she felt she could not even go to the ballet or watch anything connected to ballet for quite some time.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Doctor Zhivago (1965)] Although I went all over the world promoting it, I'd never got to see more than the credits before being whisked away. Finally, at Cannes, I was to sit through the whole thing. When I appeared for the first time, I fainted from the shock - and woke up in the ladies room.
I thought it'd be easy to get into the movies as Charles Chaplin's daughter. And I suppose it was. Except I wasn't much good as an actress - really terrible at the beginning.
[on Charles Chaplin] Daddy has never seen anything I've done, but he is the best critic I have. He has taught me how to tear down a character. "Slug your guts out" is his philosophy of acting. Never mind the talent, just work hard.

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