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Geraldine Chaplin Biography

Birth Name:
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Moved to Switzerland with her family when she was 8, and was educated at a Swiss boarding school
  • Made her film debut, as a dancer, in her father's 1952 film Limelight
  • Trained in classical ballet at the Royal Ballet School in London but didn't feel she was good enough to pursue it professionally
  • Director David Lean chose her to play Tonya in his 1965 film Doctor Zhivago after seeing her picture in a magazine
  • Made her Broadway debut in The Little Foxes in 1967
  • Played her grandmother (Charlie's mother, Hannah) in the 1992 movie Chaplin, which starred Robert Downey Jr
  • Has worked with such acclaimed directors as Pedro Almodovar, Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese
  • Is fluent in French and Spanish


  • 2008Goya Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1966Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated