Gerladine's final film was My Little Girl (1987), which was the film debut of singer Jennifer Lopez.
When accepting her Oscar for Best Actress in 1985, Geraldine received a standing ovation. Her speech was notable because she openly acknowledged the fact that she has been nominated a previous seven times and took over two minutes to reach the stage because she had taken her shoes off, not expecting to win.
Even though she died of a heart attack, Geraldine had had kidney disease for many years.
Geraldine's daughter, Angelica Torn, is an actress.
Geraldine starred in the play Sweet Bird of Youth in 1959. Three years later it was turned into a movie of the same name and also starred Geraldine. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the play and for an Academy Award for her performance in the movie, but won neither.
Geraldine won the prestigious Sarah Siddons Award, in 1960, for her work in Chicago theatre.
Gerladine was married to fellow actor Rip Torn from 1963 until her death in 1987.
Geraldine was a Methodist.
Gerladine was married to violinist Alexander Schneider from 1954 to 1957.
Gerladine attended the Goodman Theatre Dramatic School in Chicago .
Geraldine: I didn't want to be a Hollywood actress who every so often does a Broadway play. I wanted to be a Broadway actress who every so often does a movie.