On Monday 31st July 1944, Geraldine Chaplin was born in California. Her father was Charlie Chaplin and her mother, Oona O’Neill, was the daughter of the Irish playwright Eugene O’Neill. Charlie was in his mid fifties and Oona was just 18 when they married and Geraldine was the first of the eight children they had together.
Geraldine became multi-talented – before becoming an actress she studied ballet – and also became a successful model.
However, she soon made herself multi-skilled becoming fluent in French and Spanish. This enabled her to appear in films made by French, Spanish and English directors and, as a result, she was able to win awards for performances in all three languages! One of her early roles was that of Tonya, the wife of Dr Zhivago in David Lean’s film.