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Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters light up 'The Artist' screening

November 22, 2011 |  9:50 am

Charlie Chaplin's granddaughters, Dolores and Carmen Chaplin

Dolores and Carmen Chaplin, granddaughters of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, brought a healthy dose of modern glamour to a screening of silent film "The Artist" in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Harvey Weinstein made a fitting choice in calling the girls up from Paris to introduce the black-and-white, silent flick starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo: The pair, both working actresses, keep the family business alive with jobs in showbiz. 

"We thought we'd do a little vintage Hollywood," Carmen told us of her dress, a stunning black floor length Dolce & Gabbana gown with pallettes. She and Dolores, in YSL, greeted director Michel Hazanavicius and cast including Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell and Missi Pyle. 

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The glam-daughters might be new faces in town, but get used to them: They've got a Kate and Pippa Middleton vibe, topped with some French sultriness. And they're ambitious. Carmen is putting together her directorial debut -- an exotic take on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- which will star Dolores.

"It's going to be called 'Bombay Night,' " Dolores said. "It's freely adapted from the short story by Truman Capote of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' "

"The short story is a little bit darker than the movie we all know with Audrey Hepburn," she said, "and Carmen transposed it in India because Mumbai today is what New York used to be. It's effervescent and crazy ... so many different classes."

"The Artist" opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

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-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Carmen Chaplin, left, "The Artist" star Bérénice Bejo, director Michel Hazanavicius and Dolores Chaplin at a screening of "The Artist' in Beverly Hills on Monday. Credit: Getty Images


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