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Geraldine CHAPLIN

American Geraldine CHAPLIN

born Geraldine Leigh CHAPLIN

British-American actress

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 31, 1944 in Santa Monica, California, USA  (75 years)


Geraldine Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin. She was the first of his eight children with his fourth and last wife, Oona O'Neill. When Chaplin was eight years old, the family moved to Switzerland where she attended boarding school and became fluent in French and Spanish. In 1967 she began what would become a twelve-year relationship with Carlos Saura, who directed her in several films between 1967 and 1979.

In 1978 the Chaplin family were the victims of a failed extortion plot by kidnappers who had stolen the body of Charlie Chaplin. Geraldine negotiated with the kidnappers, who threatened to shoot her infant son in the knees. After living in Spain for over 25 years, she left in 1992 after being accused by Spanish intelligence services of being a terrorist arms dealer. The Basque terror group ETA had made a false claim that Chaplin supported the group's cause. Although Chaplin was cleared of any association, she was still viewed with suspicion, and she returned to the family home in Vevey, Switzerland. In the same year, a detainee from a left-wing Chilean group that collaborated with ETA alleged that plans for the 1988 kidnapping of Madrid businessman Emiliano Revilla were made during meetings at the Madrid home of Chaplin's partner, Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla.

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- Category Actor