Chaplin, Geraldine 1944-
Chaplin, Geraldine 1944-
Full name, Geraldine Leigh Chaplin; born July 31, 1944, in Santa Monica, CA; daughter of Charlie (an actor and director) and Oona (maiden name, O'Neill) Chaplin; companion of Carlos Saura (a director), c.1970s; married Patricio Castilla (a cinematographer), August 18, 2006; children: (with Saura) Shane Saura Chaplin O'Neill; (with Castilla) Oona. Education: Studied at the Royal Ballet School, London, 1961.
Agent—Steven Kenis and Company, 72 Dean St., London W1D 3SG United Kingdom.
Actress and writer. Cannes Film Festival, member of jury, 1982; San Luis Cine International Festival, president of jury, 2007.
Golden Laurel Award nomination, new faces—female, Producers Guild of America, 1966; Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising newcomer—female, 1966, for Doctor Zhivago; Fotogramas de Plata, best Spanish movie performer, 1970, for La Madrigeura; Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley Award, best actress, Catalonian International Film Festival, 1972, for Z.P.G.; Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actress—motion picture, 1976, for Nashville; Film Award nomination, best supporting actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1978, for Welcome to L.A.; Miami Film Festival Award, best actress, 1978, for Remember My Name; Premio ACE, cinema—best actress, 1978, for Cria cuervos; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture, 1993, for Chaplin; Francois Truffaut Award, Giffoni Film Festival, 1996; Goya Award, best supporting actress, Award of the Spanish Actors Union nomination, film—performance in a minor role, female, 2003, both for En la ciudad sin limites; CineMerit Award, Munich Film Festival, 2003; Premio ACE, cinema—best supporting actress, 2003, for Hable con ella; Malaga Lifetime Achievement Award, Malage Spanish Film Festival, 2004; Actor's Mission Award, Art Film Festival, 1997; Capri Legend Award, 2004; Goya Award nomination, best supporting actress, Award of the Spanish Actors Union nomination, film—performance in a minor role, female, 2008, both for El Orfanato.
Dancer in chorus, Cinderella, London, 1963.
(Broadway debut) Alexandra Giddens, The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1967.
(Uncredited; film debut) Little girl in opening scene, Limelight, Chaplin/United Artists, 1951.
Dernier soir, 1964.
Zelda, Par un beau matin d'ete (also known as Crime on a Summer Morning, Tapina al sole, and Secuestro bajo el sol), 1964.
Tonya, Doctor Zhivago, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.
Herself, Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean, 1965.
Herself, Pasternak, 1965.
Herself, David Lean's Film of Doctor Zhivago, 1965.
Herself, Moscow in Madrid, 1965.
Lenka, Andremo in citta (also known as Icic cemo v grad), 1966.
Mounia Golovine, J'ai tue Raspoutine (also known as I Killed Rasputin, Addio Lara, and Rasputin), 1967.
Elena, Peppermint Frappe, 1967.
Angela Sawyer, Cop-Out (also known as Stranger in the House), Cinerama, 1967.
Girl in a dancehall, A Countess from Hong Kong, Chaplin/Rank/Universal, 1967.
Teresa, Stress es tres (also known as Stress Is Three), 1968.
Teresa, La madriguera (also known as The Honeycomb), 1969.
Purity Hoxworth, The Hawaiians (also known as Master of the Islands), United Artists, 1970.
(Uncredited) El jardin de las delicias (also known as The Garden of Delights), 1970.
Lisa, Carlos, 1971.
Madame Muller, Sur un arbre perche (also known as Perched on a Tree), Societe Nouvelle de Cinema/Imperia, 1971.
La casa sin fronteras (also known as A House without Boundaries and The House without Frontiers), Amboto, 1971.
Carole McNeil, Z.P.G. (also known as Zero Population Growth, Edict, and The First of January), Paramount, 1972.
Miriam Loman, Innocent Bystanders, Paramount, 1973.
Ana, Ana y los lobos (also known as Anna and the Wolves), 1973.
Marie des Anges, Le mariage a la mode (also known as Marriage a la Mode), Society Nouvelle de Cinema, 1973.
Luisa, … Y el projimo?, 1973.
Nefertiti y Aquenatos, 1973.
Kate Elder, La banda de jaider (also known as Jaider's Gang, Verflucht, dies Amerika!, and Yankee Dudler), 1974.
Anne Zimmler, Sommerfuglene (also known as Summer of Silence), 1974.
Anne of Austria, The Three Musketeers (also known as The Queen's Diamonds and Los tres mosqueteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.
Queen Anne of Austria, The Four Musketeers (also known as The Revenge of Milady, The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge, The Four Musketeers: The Revenge of Milady, The Return of the Three Musketeers, and Los cuatro mosqueteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975.
Opal, Nashville, Paramount, 1975.
The Gentleman Tramp (documentary), 1975.
Ann, Scrim (also known as Caught), 1976.
Ana as an adult and Maria, Cria cuervos (also known as Cria!, The Secret of Anna, and Raise Ravens), Interama/Gala Film Distributors/Colifilms, 1976.
Morag, Noroit (also known as Northwest Wind, Scenes de la vie parallele, 3 Noroit, Une Vengeance, and Nor'west), Sunchild, 1976.
Der Kurze brief zum langen abschied (also known as Short Letter to the Long Goodbye), 1976.
Lise, Une page d'amour (also known as One Page of Love), Progres, 1977.
Elisa Santamaria, Elisa's mother, Elisa, vida mia (also known as Elisa, My Love and Elisa, My Life), Interama/Colifirlms, 1977.
Karen Hood, Welcome to L.A., Lions Gate Films, 1977.
Marilyn, "The Hustle" segment, Roseland, Merchant-Ivory/Cinema Shares International, 1977.
Paulina Arevalo, In Memoriam, 1977.
Catherine, L'adoption (also known as The Adoption), Les Films Moliere, 1978.
Emily, Remember My Name, Columbia, 1978.
Rita Billingsley, wedding coordinator, A Wedding, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.
Emilia, Los ojos vendados (also known as Blindfolded Eyes, Les yeux bandes, and Mit verbindenen Augen), Elias Duerjeta Production Company, 1978.
The Masked Bride, 1978.
Tous est a nous, 1979.
Anna, Mama cumple cien anos (also known as Mama Turns 100, Maman a cent ans, Mamma compie cent'anni, and Mom's 100 Years Old), Interama, 1979.
Isabelle, Mais ou et donc ornicar, Mallia, 1979.
Lucie, Le voyage en douce (also known as Travels on the Sky and Sentimental Journey), Gaumont International/New Yorker, 1979.
Adelaida, La viuda de Montiel (also known as The Widow Montiel), 1979.
Ella Zielinsky, The Mirror Crack'd (also known as Agatha Christie's "The Mirror Crack'd"), EMI/Associated Film Distribution, 1980.
Suzan/Sara Glenn, Bolero (also known as Les uns et les autres, Bolero: Dance of Life, Dance of Life, and Within Memory), Double 13, 1982.
Casting (also known as Television de chambre: casting), 1982.
Nora Winkle, Life Is a Bed of Roses (also known as La vie est un roman), Soprofilm-A2-Fideline-Ariane-Filmedis/Spectrafilm, 1984.
Hidden Talent, 1984.
Charlotte, Love on the Ground (also known as L'amour par terre), La Cecilia-French Ministry of Culture/Spectrafilm, Cannon/Gakam 1984.
Buried Alive, Aquarius, 1984.
Angela Duverger, Gentille alouette, 1985.
Nina Soames, White Mischief, Goldcrest-Umbrella-Power Tower/Columbia, 1987.
Nathalie de Ville, The Moderns, Alive, 1988.
Queen Anne of Austria, The Return of the Musketeers (also known as Le retour des mousquetaires and El regreso de los mosqueteros), Universal, 1989.
Terry Armstrong, I Want to Go Back Home (also known as I Want to Go Home and Je veux rentrer a la maison), 1989.
Joyce Wheater, The Children (also known as Meine liebe Rose), Film Four International, 1990.
Y aqui no paso nada, 1991.
Diana Daniels, Buster's Bedroom, 1991.
Anarchist, Hors saison (also known as Zwischensaison and Off Season), 1992.
Hannah Chaplin, Chaplin (also known as Charlot), TriStar, 1992.
Mrs. Welland, The Age of Innocence, Columbia, 1993.
Miss MacKenna, Words upon the Window Pane, J & M Entertainment, 1994.
Herself, A Century of Cinema (documentary), 1994.
Catherine, Para recibir el canto de los pajaros (also known as To Hear the Birds Singing and The Bird's Singing), Celluloid Dreams, 1995.
Jane Powell, The Eyes of Asia (also known as Os olhos da Asia and Les yeux d'asie), Atalanta Filmes, 1995.
Aunt Gladys, Home for the Holidays, Paramount, 1995.
Miss Scatcherd, Jane Eyre (also known as Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"), Miramax, 1996.
Thelma, Crimetime, Trimark Pictures, 1996.
Adeline Hulot, Cousin Bette, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.
Madre/mother, Finisterre, donde termina el mundo (also known as Where the World Ends, Finisterre, and Fisterra, onde termina o mundo), Alta Films, 1998.
Victoria Andrecelli, To Walk with Lions (also known as Un homme parmi les lions), Spartan Home Entertainment, 1999.
Charlotte De, Beresina oder die letzten tage der Schweiz (also known as Beresina and The Last Days of Switzerland), Connaissance du Cinema, 1999.
Madre, Tu que harias por amor (also known as Che faresti per amore? and Just Run!), Alta Films, 1999.
Joan, Las caras de la luna (also known as The Faces of the Moon), 2001.
Katerina Bilova, Hable con ella (also known as Talk to Her), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.
Marie, En la ciudad sin limites (also known as The City of No Limits), Venevision International, 2002.
Joan Turner, Las caras de la luna (also known as The Faces of the Moon), 2002.
Herself, Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (documentary), Warner Home Video, 2003.
Retrato de Carlos Saura, 2004.
The abbess, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (also known as Le pont du roi Saint-Louis and El uente de San Luis Rey), Fine Line Features, 2004.
Rottenmeier, Heidi, Warner Bros., 2005.
Adela, Oculto (also known as The Hidden), 2005.
Fortune teller, BloodRayne, Romar Entertainment, 2005.
Nonna Elvira, Melissa P., Sony, 2005.
La mere de Marteau, Parc, 2007.
La duena, Miguel and William (also known as Miguel y William), Warner Bros., 2007.
Priora del convento, Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (also known as Theresa: The Body of Christ), 2007.
Aurora, El orfanato (also known as The Orphanage), Picturehouse Entertainment, 2007.
Maman, Boxes, Pyramide Distribution, 2007.
Salgado, Los Totenwackers (also known as The Totenwackers), 2007.
Arnelie, Parlami d'amore, 2008.
Countess Orsini, Imago mortis, Medusa Film, 2008.
Galerist, Ramirez, 2008.
Frances Church-Chappel, Inconceivable, 2008.
Abuela Val, Diario de una ninfomana, Filmax, 2008.
Alma, L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo, Rai Cinema, 2008.
Aunt Elizabeth, Bronte, 2008.
Television Appearances; Series:
La familia Colon, Spain, 1966-67.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Naomi Dunn, The Word, CBS, 1978.
Contessa Rachel Sangalletti, My Cousin Rachel, PBS, 1983.
Suzan/Sara Glenn, Les uns et les autres, 1983.
Empress Munodi, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996.
Eurycleia, The Odyssey (also known as Die Abenteuer des Odysseus, Homer "Odyssey," and Odissea), NBC, 1997.
Yocheved, In the Beginning, NBC, 2000.
Oriana, Dinotopia, ABC, 2002.
Maggie, Les aventuriers des mers du Sud (also known as Vagabonds des mers du sud), 2006.
Mrs. Fane, Marple: Sleeping Murder (also known as Agatha Christie—Marple: Sleeping Murder), PBS, 2006.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Lisa, Don Carlos, West Germany, 1971.
Lily Bart, The House of Mirth, 1981.
Madame Savilia da Franchi, The Corsican Brothers (also known as Vendetta), CBS, 1985.
Mrs. Miller, Duel of Hearts, TNT, 1992.
Title role, Mother Theresa: In the Name of God's Poor (also known as Mutter Teresa), Family Channel, 1997.
Elizabeth, Mary, Mother of Jesus, NBC, 1999.
Yocheved, In the Beginning, 2000.
Gloria Blundell, Winter Solstice (also known as Rosamunde Pilcher—Wintersonne and Wintersonne), 2003.
Ghost of Christmas Future and blind beggarwoman, A Christmas Carol (also known as A Christmas Carol: The Musical), NBC, 2004.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Der kurze brief zum langen abschied (also known as Short Letter to the Long Goodbye), 1978.
Unknown Chaplin, 1980.
Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic, PBS, 1995.
XVII premios Goya, 2003.
Presenter, XIX premios Goya, 2005.
El cine en las venas, 2005.
Geraldine en Espana, 2006.
El orfanato ilega a Hollywood, 2007.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Gran parada, 1964.
Mystery guest, What's My Line?, 1966.
"The Scene," The Danny Thomas Hour, 1967.
Les rendez-vous du dimanche, 1978.
Rachel, "My Cousin Rachel," Mystery!, BBC, 1985.
Beverley, "A Foreign Field" (also known as "We Shall Meet Again"), Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1993.
Die Harald Schmidt Show (also known as Late Night Show mit Harald Schmidt), 1996.
Mundo VIP, 1997.
Tout le monde en parle, 2002.
"Wetten, dass …? aus Luzern," Wetten, dass …?, 2003.
Menschen bei Maischberger, 2003.
Salsa rosa, 2004.
Version espanola, 2005.
Corazon de …, 2006.
Sabado dolce vita, 2006.
El club (also known as El club estiu), 2007.
La tarda, 2007.
Miradas 2, 2007.
(With others) La madriguera (also known as Honeycomb), 1969.
Nationality: American. Born: Santa Monica, California, 31 July 1944; daughter of the actor Charlie Chaplin. Education: Attended Swiss schools; Royal Ballet School, London, 1961. Family: Lived with the director Carlos Saura, son: Shane Saura Chaplin O'Neill. Career: 1952—screen debut as street urchin in father Charlie's Limelight; 1963—professional engagement as dancer in chorus of Cinderella in London; 1964—first major screen role in French film Par un beau matin d'été; 1966–67—appeared in some episodes of Spanish TV series La familia Colón; 1967—on Broadway under Mike Nichols's direction in The Little Foxes; in Peppermint frappé, first film with Carlos Saura; 1969—collaborated on script of La madriguera with Saura and Rafael Azcona; 1975—in Nashville, first of several films for Robert Altman; 1978—in TV mini-series The Word and My Cousin Rachel, 1983. Agent: William Morris Agency, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, U.S.A.
Films as Actress:
Limelight (Chaplin) (as street urchin)
Dernier soir (Pourtale); Par un beau matin d'été (Deray)
Doctor Zhivago (Lean) (as Tonia)
Andremo in città (Nelo Risi)
A Countess from Hong Kong (Chaplin) (as girl at dance); J'ai tué Raspoutine (I Killed Rasputin) (Hossein); Stranger in the House (Cop-Out) (Rouve) (as Angela Sawyer); Peppermint frappé (Saura) (as Elena)
Stress es tres tres (Saura)
La madriguera (The Honeycomb) (Saura) (as Teresa, + co-sc)
El jardin de las delicias (Saura); The Hawaiians (Master of the Islands) (Gries) (as Purity Hoxworth)
Sur un arbre perché (Korber); Carlos (Geissendörfer)
Innocent Bystanders (Collinson); La casa sin fronteras (Olea); Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) (Campus) (as Carole McNeil)
Aña y los lobos (Aña and the Wolves) (Saura) (as Aña); The Three Musketeers (The Queen's Diamonds) (Lester) (as Anne of Austria); Y el projimo? (del Pozo); Verflucht dies Amerika (La banda de Jaider) (Vogeler) (as Kate Elder)
Le mariage à la mode (Mardore); Sommerfuglene (Summer of Silence) (Boger); The Four Musketeers (The Revenge of Milady) (Lester) (as Queen Anne of Austria)
Nashville (Altman) (as Opal); The Gentlemen Tramp (Patterson—doc)
Cria Cuervos (The Secret of Anna; Raise Ravens; Cria!) (Saura) (as Ana as an adult/her mother Maria); Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (Altman) (as Annie Oakley); Noroît (Scènes de la vie parallèle: 3 Noroît; Une Vengeance) (Rivette); Welcome to L.A. (Rudolph) (as Karen Hood); Scrim (Bijl)
Elisa, vida mía (Elisa, My Life) (Saura) (as Elisa); "The Hustle" ep. of Roseland (Ivory) (as Marilyn); In Memoriam (Brasó) (as Paulina Arevalo); Une page d'amour (Rabinowicz)
Los ajos vandados (Saura); A Wedding (Altman) (as Rita Billingsley); Remember My Name (Rudolph) (as Emily); L'Adoption (The Adoption) (Grunebaum) (as wife); The Masked Bride; Mais où et donc ornicar? (van Effenterre) (as Isabelle)
Tout est à nous; Mama cumple cien años (Mama Turns 100) (Saura) (as Ana)
La Viuda de Montiel (Littin); The Mirror Crack'd (Hamilton) (as Ella Zielinsky)
Les Uns et les autres (Bolero; Within Memory) (Lelouch) (as Suzan/Sara Glenn); Voyage en douce (Deville) (as Lucie)
L'Amour par terre (Love on the Ground) (Rivette) (as Charlotte); La Vie est un roman (Life Is a Bed of Roses) (Resnais) (as Nora)
The Corsican Brothers (Sharp—for TV); Gentile Alouette (Castilla) (as Angela Duverger)
White Mischief (Radford) (as Nina Soames); The Moderns (Rudolph) (as Nathalie de Ville)
The Return of the Musketeers (Lester) (as Queen Anne of Austria); Je veux rentrer à la maison (I Want to Go Home) (Resnais) (as Terry Armstrong)
The Children (Tony Palmer) (as Joyce Wheater); Buster's Bedroom (Horn) (as Diana Daniels); Duel of Hearts (Hough—for TV) (as Mrs. Miller)
Chaplin (Attenborough) (as Hannah Chaplin); Zwischensaison (Hors Saison; Off Season) (Schmid) (as anarchist)
The Age of Innocence (Scorsese) (as Mrs. Welland); A Foreign Field (Sturridge—for TV) (as Beverley)
Words upon the Window Pane (McGuckian) (as Miss MacKenna)
Para recibir el canto de los pajaros (The Bird's Singing) (Sanjines) (as Catherine); Home for the Holidays (Jodie Foster) (as Aunt Glady)
Jane Eyre (Zeffirelli) (as Miss Scatcherd); Gulliver's Travels (Sturridge—for TV) (as Empress Munodi)
Mother Theresa: In the Name of God's Poor (Connor) (as Mother Theresa); The Odyssey (Konchalovsky for TV) (as Eurycleia)
Cousin Bette (McAnuff) (as Adeline Hulot); Finisterre, donde termina el mundo (Villaverde) (as Mother)
To Walk with Lions (Schultz) (as Victoria Andrecelli); Mary, Mother of Jesus (Conner) (as Elizabeth); ¿Y tu qué harias por amor? (Just Run!) (Saura Medrano) (as Madre); Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz (The Last Days of Switzerland) (Schmid) (as Beresina)
"In the Beginning" (Connor—for TV) (as Yocheved)
By CHAPLIN: articles—
Interview with Jonathan Rosenbaum, in Film Comment (New York), September/October 1975.
"Geraldine Chaplin: el recuerdo de su padre," interview with M. Pereira, in Cine Cubano (Havana), no. 99, 1981; see also no. 106, 1983.
"Entretien avec Geraldine Chaplin," interview with J. Lefebvre, in Jeune Cinema, April/May 1993.
On CHAPLIN: articles—
Ecran (Paris), October 1978.
Current Biography 1979, New York, 1979.
Michiels, D., "Geraldine Chaplin," in Film en Televisie (Brussels), July-August 1981.
Télérama (Paris), 20 October 1984.
Francke, Linda Bird, "Life with Charlie," in Interview (New York), September 1989.
Guerin, N., "Geraldine Chaplin et la Camera d'Or," in Cinema 91, July/August 1991.
Pøádná, Stanislava, "Ètyøikát dva Kapitola IV: Saura Chaplinová," in Film a Doba (Prague), Winter 1994.
On CHAPLIN: film—
Féminin singulier: Geraldine Chaplin, directed by Jean Kerchbron in
France, 1965.* * *
As the oldest daughter of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin's career in films would doubtless have attracted a considerable degree of attention regardless of her own merits as an actress. In the years since her portrayal of Tonia in Doctor Zhivago, however, Chaplin has established herself as a talented—if somewhat limited—performer with an intriguing on-screen appeal. Her dark, waiflike beauty, reminiscent of her mother, Oona O'Neill Chaplin, and her graceful, enigmatic qualities have made her a favorite of directors Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, and Carlos Saura, while her facility for languages has enabled her to move with ease between American and European films.
It is perhaps ironic that, as the child of one of the world's greatest comedians, Chaplin has worked primarily in the realm of serious drama. Even her performance as the affected journalist in Altman's Nashville falls into the area of satire rather than straightforward comedy, and her particular strength as an actress has been the combination of dramatic intensity and a certain ethereal quality that she brings to her characters. Much of her best work has resulted from her collaboration with Saura, her longtime companion and one of Spain's leading filmmakers. Under his direction in such films as Cria, Aña y los lobos, and Elisa, vida mía, Chaplin gives sensitively drawn performances of depth and feeling.
Chaplin's vulnerable physical appearance also can work to her advantage when contrasted with a strong inner character. In Alan Rudolph's disturbing Remember My Name, she plays a revenge-obsessed woman whose seeming delicacy belies her ruthless, street-smart nature. It is one of her finest performances, and a startling departure from her usual screen roles.
Chaplin has had the good fortune throughout her career to work with directors who have utilized her unique talents and provided her with roles which complement her striking personal style. With strong films to display her abilities, she has created a professional identity apart from her early one as "Charlie Chaplin's daughter." Yet at the same time, in Chaplin, Richard Attenborough's celluloid biography of the Little Tramp, she was called upon to portray her own intensely, tragically disturbed grandmother. No actress in the world would have been a more logical and appropriate choice for the role.
—Janet E. Lorenz, updated by Rob Edelman