Daughter of Charlie Chaplin and his fourth (and final) wife Oona O’Neill, who was the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill — Geraldine Chaplin seemed destined for a career on stage. While she started with ballet and modeling, she settled on acting. Having been raised in Europe, she’s made many French and Spanish films, as well as Hollywood movies and TV shows. Let’s take a look at her historical costume work.
Tonya Gromeko in Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Mounia Golovine in J’ai tué Raspoutine (1967) aka I Killed Rasputin
Purity Hoxworth in The Hawaiians (1970)
Lisa in Carlos (1971)
Queen Anna in The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Sure Shot (Annie Oakley) in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)
Suzan / Sara Glenn in Les uns et les autres (1981) aka Bolero
Lily Bart in The House of Mirth (1981)
Contessa Rachel Sangalletti in My Cousin Rachel (1983)
Nina Soames in White Mischief (1987)
Nathalie de Ville in The Moderns (1988)
Queen Anne in The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
Hannah Chaplin in Chaplin (1992)
Mrs. Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)
Adeline in Cousin Bette (1998)
The Abbess in The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
Rottenmeier in Heidi (2005)
Alma in L’imbroglio nel lenzuolo (2010)
Abileyza in There Be Dragons (2011)
Alice in The Hollow Crown, Henry V (2012)
Queen Mother in Britannia (2019)
Wallis Simpson in The Crown (2019)
What’s your favorite historical role played by Geraldine Chaplin?
She is unrecognizable as Queen Anna in the Three Musketeers !
Either as Anne d/Autriche (Anne of Austria) or Ana of Spain, in the Musketeer movies; my wife and I were extras in Age of Innocence, but we were only there for the opera sequence, so never saw her work.
So cool that you were extras! I love Age of Innocence!
Charlie Chaplin’s daughter, Eugene O’Neill’s granddaughter! What a background!
I want so much to see this version of the House of Mirth but it seems to be unattainable. I liked her in Age of Innocence.
I love House of Mirth and I didn’t know this version existed. (!)
OK I didn’t even know Chaplain HAD a daughter. Loved her in The Crown!
Also, isn’t it meta, playing your own grandmother? But great casting.
She also played her mother in Chaplin.
Gosh, she kinda looks like Wallis. But I’m going with Mrs Welland and Anne d’Autriche. Gotta love the wacky ruff and a queen who has a goat cart.
Tangential. Quick question: Do you guys redact/bowdlerize the commentariat later on?
I highly recommend The Moderns. It’s an overlooked hoot and worth the price of admission for Wallace Shawn.
The Moderns is one of my absolute favorites. Directed by Alan Rudolph, with Montreal playing Paris in the 20’s. Haunting soundtrack and first rate, fanciful production values.
Geraldine plays a real ditz with a lovely wardrobe.
Not streaming anywhere. I bought the DVD…..
I’ve been watching Agatha Christie’s Marple television series (2004-2013) lately, and just this evening saw the second season episode Sleeping Murder. In a small but pivotal role, Geraldine Chaplin appears as a overbearing mother in the 1950s, with flashbacks to the 1930s. She commands the screen.
However, my favorite of her roles is Queen Anne, in the various Musketeer films.
It’s a tie between The Age of Innocence and The Crown because those are my favorites overall, but honestly, I barely remember her in either of those. My fave Geraldine Chaplin performance is her role as the ballet teacher in the contemporary Spanish film Habla Con Ella. Based on the pictures, the best pictures are from the Musketeers movies.
And mother of actress Oona Chaplin.
Oh, is she Oona Chaplin’s mother? You know, Robb Stark’s poor wife in Game of Thrones? I know Oona Chaplin is a grandaughter of Charlie but not who her parents are.
I love White Mischief. So beautiful and fabulous costumes in it !