Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born July 31, 1944) is a prolific actress of English, French, and Spanish-speaking films, the fourth child of Charlie Chaplin, the first of eight with fourth wife Oona O'Neill. After beginnings in dance and modeling, she turned her attention to acting, and made her American acting debut (and came to prominence in what would be a Golden Globe-nominated role) in her portrayal of Tonya in David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965). She made her Broadway acting debut in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes in 1967, and received her second Golden Globe nomination for Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). She also appeared in his other pictures, including 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), and 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 a decade later, in The Wolfman (2010).
Chaplin has appeared in a wide variety of critically recognised 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 enjoyed her greatest critical success collaborating with Carlos Saura, starring in several notable films by the director, including 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.
Chaplin had a long term relationship with Spanish film director Carlos Saura, giving birth to their son, Shane Suara Chaplin, in 1976. A subsequent long-term relationship with Chilean cinematographer Patricio (married, 2006), gave her a daughter, Oona, born 1986. As of 2011, Chaplin maintained homes in Miami, Florida, in the United States, and in Madrid, Spain, and Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.