Historical records matching Geraldine Leigh Castilla
About Geraldine Leigh Castilla
British actress Geraldine Leigh Chaplin is the daughter of silent screen star Charlie Chaplin.
Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of actor/director Charlie Chaplin, and the first of eight children with his fourth and last wife, Oona O'Neill (daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and author Agnes Boulton). Chaplin was educated at a boarding school in Switzerland where she became fluent in French and Spanish, the former being standard in any Swiss school and the latter being demonstrated in some of her performances in films by the Spanish director Carlos Saura, her former partner, with whom she had a twelve-year relationship. She married a long time companion, Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla, in 2006 and has two children, Shane (b. 1974, by Saura) and Oona (b. 1986, by Castilla). She is also the half sister of Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr. and Norman Chaplin. She lives much of her time in Miami, Florida at her home next to the beach.
When Chaplin was eight years old, she appeared uncredited in her father's film Limelight. When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, she followed her father into the acting profession. David Lean chose her to play Tonya, the main character's devoted wife in his film Doctor Zhivago (1965). During the 1970s she appeared in several of Robert Altman's films. She also starred 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.