Saturday, June 12, 2010
Geraldine Chaplin: The first child of actor/director Charlie Chaplin.
Geraldine Chaplin, the first child of actor/director Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill. Chaplin was educated in Switzerland where she learned French and Spanish, which she used in some of her performances in films directed by Carlos Saura, her former husband.
When Chaplin was eight years old, she performed uncredited in her father's film Limelight. When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, she went into the acting profession. She landed the main role in the film, Doctor Zhivago (1965). During the 1970s she performed in several of Robert Altman's films. She also performed 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.