People, Oct. 8, 1979

In one sense, Actress Geraldine Chaplin brings very little to her television role of Lily Bart in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. Says Chaplin about the bustled turn-of-the-century gowns she wears: "I get to have a behind, which I don't have in normal life." But Chaplin has little sympathy for Lily, who ignores love in favor of a convenient marriage and who snuffs herself out with chloral after her reputation is compromised. Says Chaplin, who for 13 years has lived uncompromisingly with Spanish Director Carlos Saura: "I like playing her. I wouldn't want to live next door to her."

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