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Were Charlie Chaplin’s Children Successful in Hollywood?

Geraldine Chaplin inherited the right genes for success in the entertainment business. Geraldine's father was the legendary filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (probably best known for his cane-wielding role as the Little Tramp) and her mother was Oona O’Neill, the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. Geraldine Chaplin’s award-winning film credits include her depiction of her own paternal grandmother, the troubled music hall performer Hannah Chaplin, in the 1992 biopic Chaplin.

Life and times of a famous family:

  • That role earned Geraldine her third Golden Globe nomination. She also had notable roles in David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago and the Robert Altman films Nashville and A Wedding.

  • Born in 1944, Geraldine Chaplin was the first of Charlie Chaplin's eight children with Oona O'Neill, his fourth and final wife. Oona was 18 when she married the 53-year-old Charlie.

  • In 1978, three months after Charlie Chaplin’s death at age 88, kidnappers dug up his body and demanded $600,000 USD for its return. During negotiations, police traced phone calls to two Eastern European mechanics, who were promptly arrested. The body was later found buried in a Swiss cornfield.

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