Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born July 31, 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.