Babz Chula

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Babz Chula
Born Barbara Ellen Zuckerman[1]
(1946-03-22)March 22, 1946
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 7, 2010(2010-05-07) (aged 64)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other names Babs Chula
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–2005

Babz Chula (March 22, 1946 – May 7, 2010) was an American-born actress and long-time resident of Canada.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Babz Chula was born as Barbara Ellen Zuckerman, in Springfield, Massachusetts.[3] She was raised in Jamaica, New York.[4]

She became a popular actress in Canada, starting with her role in the Canadian film My American Cousin. She received the Artistic Achievement Award from the Vancouver Women in Film Society in 1995.[1] She also won acclaim for her community spirit, continuing to act in independent Canadian films while acting in Hollywood films.[5]

In 2008, a group of actors and artists in Vancouver created the Babz Chula Lifeline for Artists Society, which helped raise funds for Chula's cancer treatment.

Her cancer treatments and the final months of her life were the subject of Anne Wheeler's National Film Board of Canada short documentary film, Chi.[6]

Chula died on May 8, 2010,[7] at her home in Vancouver after an eight-years of breast cancer and an unrelated blood cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, cinematographer Larry Lynn, and her three children.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
2006 Home by Christmas Gail Harvey
The French Guy Elizabeth Murray Ann Marie Fleming
The Secret Vincent Perez
Criminal Intent Ruth George Erchbaumer
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe Surgeon Chris Carter
2004 Kathleen's Closet Kathleen Sheila Jordon
Gang of Love Rick Dobran
Seven Times Lucky Gary Yates
Croon Hillary Jones-Farrow
2003 Little Brother of War Police Lieutenant Damon Vignale
2003 Moving Malcolm Gisha Ben Ratner
2002 Cheats Mrs. Rosengarden Andrew Gurland
Bitten Mother Clauida Morgado
2001 Last Wedding Bobbie Bruce Sweeney
1999 Double Jeopardy Ruby Bruce Beresford
1998 Dirty Angie Bruce Sweeney
1997 Silent Cradle Cye Block Paul Ziller
Barbeque...A Love Story Stacey Kirk
The Ex Dr. Lillian Jonas Mark Leste
1995 Live Bait Helen MacIntosh Bruce Sweeney
The Love Charm Robert Rondau
Power of Attorney Angela Howard Himelstein
Pyromaniacs Love Story Ass pincher's wife Josh Brand
1994 Valentine's Day Barb Mike Hoolboom
Kanada Charlie Mike Hoolboom
1992 The Date Niko Theoderaskis
North of Pittsburgh Linda Richard Martin
1991 Run Poker Player (as Babs Chula) Geoff Burrowes
1989 In Search of the Last Good Man Peg Campbell
American Boyfriends Dolly, Butch's Mother Sandy Wilson
Immediate Family Birthday Girl's Mom Jonathan Kaplan
Cousins Mrs. Davidow Joel Schumacher
1988 The Accused Woman Lawyer Jonathan Kaplan
1985 My American Cousin Dolly Walker Sandy Wilson
1984 Runaway Construction Foreperson (as Babs Chulla) Michael Crichton

Selected movies of the week[edit]

Selected television appearances[edit]

  • 2007 | Final 24 | 1 Episode
  • 2004 | The Days | 3 Episodes
  • 2004 | The L Word | 1 Episode
  • 2000–2003 | Yvon of the Yukon | Unknown Episodes
  • 2002 | John Doe | 1 Episode
  • 2002 | Bliss | 1 Episode
  • 1999–2001 | These Arms of Mine | 5 Episodes
  • 1999 | Cold Squad | 1 Episode
  • 1998 | Police Academy | 1 episode
  • 1993–1996 | Madison | 8 Episodes
  • 1991 | The Commish | 6 Episodes

Voice work[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2009 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama
  • 2008 Sam Payne Award
  • 2006 LEO AWARD for Individual Outstanding Achievement
  • 2002 Best supporting Actress" New York Independent Film Festival (Bitten)
  • 2001 Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series
  • 2002, 1999 Leo Awards Nomination "Best Performance by a Female/Picture"[citation needed]
  • 1996 Leo Award Winner "Best Actress"[citation needed]
  • 1996 Woman of the Year by Woman in Film and Video[5]
  • 1995–1996 Jessie Award Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
  • 1992–1993 Jessie Award Outstanding Ensemble Cast


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