6 August 1925
|Died||26 June 2008 (aged 82)|
Los Angeles, U.S.
|Years active||1950 – 2007|
|Spouse(s)||Bernard J. Chauvin (div. 1953)|
Lilyan Chauvin (/
Chauvin's career in American films spanned over 60 years, and largely consisted of supporting roles. Some of her credits include The Other Side of Midnight (1977), Private Benjamin (1980), the slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Predator 2 (1990), and Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002). She also had a prolific career in television, and guest-starred in such television series as The X-Files, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Friends, Magnum, P.I., Alias, Malcolm in the Middle, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., McCloud, Perry Mason, and Ugly Betty.
In her later life, Chauvin taught acting and directing at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. She also served as the Vice President of Women in Film council. She died in Los Angeles in 2008 of complications resulting from congestive heart failure and breast cancer, the latter of which she battled for four decades.
Chauvin began her career working in broadcasting in France. While under contract to a French radio station she had her heart set on becoming a lawyer; however her earnings soon exceeded that of her parents' and she gave serious consideration to making show business her way of life. She studied in Paris at the School of Cinema, and at the Jean-Louis Barrault School, also in Paris.
Early career and stage
Chauvin moved to New York City in 1952 and became a naturalized American citizen. She studied with Uta Hagen and at the Actors Studio in New York. Chauvin also attended the Berlitz school of Languages and took in American movies every day to improve her English. Already proficient in Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian, she soon became one of the school’s top teachers and they sent her out to coach actors in the accents they needed for various roles.
Chauvin's European stage and Actors Equity theatre credits include Macbeth, Medea, Silk Stockings, Camille, and Three for Today. She began landing roles in New York television productions including TV's prestigious Studio One. Soon after she traveled to Los Angeles and found work in film and television.
Transition to film
Chauvin made her film acting debut in Letter from Cairo (1953), an episode of the long-running series Studio One. The following year she guest-starred in Crusader. Chauvin made her first motion picture appearance in Lost, Lonely and Vicious (1958) and later starred in Walk Like a Dragon (1960) and Bloodlust! (1961). She also appeared in the Elvis Presley films King Creole (1958) and Tickle Me (1965) and the Barbra Streisand film Funny Lady (1975). Other film credits include Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), The Mephisto Waltz (1971), The Other Side of Midnight (1977), Beyond Reason (1977), Private Benjamin (1980), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, as the sadistic Mother Superior), Born in East L.A. (1987), Bad Influence (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Angel Town (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998), Five Aces (1999), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Chauvin was a series regular on Days of Our Lives, Mission Impossible, General Hospital and Falcon Crest. Other television credits include Adventures of Superman, Combat!, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Friends, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Tyson, Malcolm in the Middle, Alias, CSI, Ugly Betty, The X-Files, and Murder She Wrote.
In the industry, Chauvin’s talents are respected equally as a director and actress. Her DGA directing credits include The Young and the Restless, But She Can Type, Celebration 75 and Windows of Heaven. Chauvin directed productions of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, Effigies, Seacliffe California, In My Minds Eye, The Happy Time and The Deepest Hunger.
In her later life, Chauvin became a prominent acting and directing coach in Los Angeles, teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Many of her techniques have become instrumental teaching tools within the industry and have provided inspiration to many other successful educators. As an author and educator she taught internationally at seminars as a keynote speaker, lecturer and adviser.
As the creator and show runner she co-produced and hosted the television series Hollywood Structured, a comprehensive guide to show business careers, Chauvin explored new facets of the industry each week through interviews with top professionals. The 64 episodes covered acting, directing, make up, documentary filmmaking, producing, music, comedy, cinematography, stunt coordinating, modeling, publicity, writing, dancing, sports announcing, production design, entertainment law, agency, casting, union, special effects and more.
Chauvin wrote Hollywood Scams & Survival Tactics, in which she shared many of her own experiences and survival tactics.
She taught acting, multi-cam cinematography and directing for over 10 years at USC and taught acting/directing at UCLA for two years. Some of Chauvin's acting students were Raquel Welch, Suzanne Somers, Margie Haber, Carly Schroeder, Kin and Wil Shriner, Jennifer Runyon, Kevin Nealon and Rex Steven Sikes. She was a technical advisor and dialogue coach at MGM and worked as a dialogue supervisor/drama coach at Warner Brothers. For many years she ran the Women in Film Director's Workshop which drew large numbers of people from the various aspects of filmmaking.
Chauvin's work with stationary images included taking a photograph of author William Faulkner that was published in The Atlantic Monthly magazine and was to be used on dust jackets of Faulkner books.
Twice nominated for Emmy Awards (for The Young and the Restless and Baa Baa Black Sheep), Chauvin won the 1991 Angel Award for Hollywood Structured, which was co-produced by Chauvin, Julie Johnson and Irene Lamothe. Chauvin appeared weekly as the host on this cable program with, among others, Jacqueline Bisset, Linda Gray, Morey Amsterdam, Danny Glover, Henry Mancini, Anne Francis, Carmen Zapata and others.
Chauvin was on the Women’s Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America and had over 35 credits as a DGA Director since 1979. She was a member of Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist and Equity. Committed to furthering women's causes, especially in the industry, Chauvin was a 39-year member of Women in Film. She served on the organization's Board five times, twice as the Board's Vice President.
Chauvin was married to Bernard Chauvin, whom she divorced in Florida in 1953. She retained his surname for the remainder of her career. In the 1960s, Chauvin was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she would battle intermittently for the following four decades.
|1957||Ten Thousand Bedrooms||Reporter||Uncredited|
|1957||Tip on a Dead Jockey||Dolores||Uncredited|
|1958||The Perfect Furlough||French Nurse|
|1958||Lost, Lonely and Vicious||Tanya Pernaud|
|1959||The Man Who Understood Women||Uncredited|
|1959||The Wreck of the Mary Deare||Nun||Uncredited|
|1960||Walk Like a Dragon||Mme. Lili Raide|
|1960||North to Alaska||Jenny Lamont||Uncredited|
|1961||Back Street||Paris Airport Employee|
|1962||The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse||French Prisoner||Uncredited|
|1962||Two Weeks in Another Town||Bar Girl||Uncredited|
|1968||Yours, Mine and Ours||French Actress on TV Screen|
|1971||The Mephisto Waltz||Woman Writer|
|1971||Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns||Kate|
|1975||Medical Story||Mrs. Goodman||Television film|
|1976||Victory at Entebbe||French Nun||Television film|
|1977||The Other Side of Midnight||Mrs. Page|
|1978||Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women||Louise||Television film|
|1978||Child of Glass||Madame Dumaine||Television film|
|1979||Portrait of a Stripper||Yvette||Television film|
|1980||Private Benjamin||Mrs. Trémont|
|1982||The Junkman||French Reporter|
|1984||Silent Night, Deadly Night||Mother Superior|
|1985||Beyond Reason||Nurse Johnson|
|1987||Born in East L.A.||German Woman|
|1987||Right to Die||Raylen||Television film|
|1989||Listen to Me||French Professor|
|1989||Death Doll||Madame Zerba||Voice|
|1990||Angel Town||French Teacher|
|1990||Bad Influence||Art Gallery Patron|
|1990||Predator 2||Irene Edwards|
|1991||For the Very First Time||Sister Eugenia|
|1991||True Identity||Police Station Woman|
|1992||Stormy Weather||Mrs. Comden||Television film|
|1992||Universal Soldier||Mrs. John Devreux|
|1992||Round Trip to Heaven||Chaperone|
|1993||No Place to Hide||Mother Superior|
|1994||Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings||Miss Ossie|
|1994||The Discoverers||French Astronomer||Short film|
|1994||Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women||Coach||Television film|
|1995||Tyson||Camille Ewald||Television film|
|1996||The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime||Ilovna Koblets||Television film|
|1998||The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy||Mashwah||Television film|
|1999||Five Aces||Grandmother Kalliope|
|2000||Missing Pieces||Old Woman||Television film|
|2000||Skeleton Woman||Bone Gatherer|
|2001||The Man Who Wasn't There||Medium|
|2002||Duty Dating||Dr. Hartley|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Mrs. Lavalier|
|2004||Calling Hedy Lamarr||Herself||Documentary film|
|2006||Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film||Herself||Documentary film|
|2007||The Kopper Kettle||Old Woman||Short film|
|2007||The Brass Teapot||Old Woman||Short film|
|2011||The Passing||Rebecca Naibert||Released posthumously, (final film role)|
|1950||Kraft Theatre||Villager||Episode: "Kelly"|
|1953||The Goldbergs||Mignon||Episode: "Simon's Maid and Butler"|
|1953||Studio One in Hollywood||Episode: "Letter from Cairo"|
|1956||Crusader||Hedda Danzig||Episode: "Rookie Cop"|
|1956||The Adventures of Jim Bowie||Liane Trudeau||Episode: "The Swordsman"|
|1957||The Man Called X||Episode: "Passport"|
|1957||Adventures of Superman||Anna Constantine||Episode: "Peril in Paris"|
|1957||The Court of Last Resort||Margarite Velez||Episode: "The George Zaccho Case"|
|1958||The Walter Winchell File||Minna||Episode: "Flight to Freedom: File #36"|
|1958||The Californians||Suzy||Episode: "The Man from Paris"|
|1958||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Sybil Delamont||Episode: "The Return of the Hero"|
|1958||Harbor Command||Anna Meyerling||Episode: "Sanctuary"|
|1958||Maverick||Sydney Sue 'Frenchy' Shipley||Episode: "High Card Hangs"|
|1958||Pursuit||Episode: "Ticket to Tangier"|
|1959||Dragnet||Episode: "The Big Thirteen"|
|1959||One Step Beyond||Francesca||Episode: "The Return of Mitchell Campion"|
|1959||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Fanny Durbach||Episode: "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story"|
|1960||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Clara||Episode: "The Mouse"|
|1960||The Law and Mr. Jones||Francoise||Episode: "The Long Echo"|
|1961||Thriller||Mrs. Barrister||Episode: "Man in the Cage"|
|1961||Klondike||Episode: "Sitka Madonna"|
|1961||The Case of the Dangerous Robin||Woman||Episode: "Amsterdam Lapidary"|
|1962||King of Diamonds||Renee Dubois||Episode: "Backlash"|
|1962||Adventures in Paradise||Foridita||Episode: "The Baby Sitters"|
|1962||G.E. True||Mrs. Trouchout||Episode: "The Wrong Nickel"|
|1964||Combat!||Fauvette||Episode: "The Short Day of Private Putnam"|
|1964||The Rogues||Paris Announcer||Episode: "The Personal Touch"|
|1965||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Sister||Episode: "The Fliers"|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Madame Claudile||Episode: "The Hong Kong Shilling Affair"|
|1965||Perry Mason||Frau Zimmer||Episode: "The Case of the Fugitive Fraulein"|
|1966||Daniel Boone||Madame Simon||Episode: "When a King is the Pawn"|
|1967||Mission: Impossible||Mrs. Beruch||Episode: "Sweet Charity"|
|1969||The Outcasts||Silent Woman||Episode: "How Tall is Blood?"|
|1970||McCloud||Housekeeper||Episode: "Our Man in Paris"|
|1970||Matt Lincoln||Michele Barton||Episode: "Angie"|
|1970||To Rome with Love||Mademoiselle Roget||Episode: "Fly Away Home"|
|1971||McMillan & Wife||Madame Jarnac||Episode: "Once Upon a Dead Man"|
|1972||The F.B.I.||Episode: "The Hunters"|
|1973||Mannix||Johanna||Episode: "Out of the Night"|
|1973||The Magician||Anna||Episode: "The Vanishing Lady"|
|1973||The Bob Newhart Show||Olga||Episode: "The Fit, Fat, and Forty One"|
|1977||Black Sheep Squadron||Sister Dominique||Episode: "Poor Little Lambs"|
|1977||Man from Atlantis||French Scientist||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1977||Police Story||June Spenard||Episode: "Ice Time"|
|1978||Flying High||Miss Simmons||Episode: "Flying High"|
|1979||Visions||Greta||Episode: "Ladies in Waiting"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Selena||Episode: "Nobody's There"/"The Dancer"|
|1981||Lou Grant||Magda||Episode: "The Search"|
|1982||Darkroom||Madame LeClerc||Episode: "Guillotine"|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Maria, the Sicilian Cook||2 episodes|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Maid||Episode: "The Hart of the Matter"|
|1982||Diff'rent Strokes||Zenashkaya Rokova||Episode: "On Your Toes"|
|1982||One Day at a Time||Nurse||Episode: "Last Time I Saw Paris"|
|1983||The Facts of Life||Marie||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"|
|1983||Ryan's Four||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Masquerade||Woman in Post Office||Episode: "The Defector"|
|1983–1984||Falcon Crest||Sister Jeanette||3 episodes|
|1987||Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder||Miniseries|
|1989–1991||Hollywood Structured||Herself/Host||64 episodes|
|1990||The Young and the Restless||Lil||4 episodes|
|1992||Baywatch||Dr. Lester||Episode: "Shark's Cove"|
|1993||Café Americain||Madame Dussolier||5 episodes|
|1994||Murder, She Wrote||Dispatcher||Episode: "Amsterdam Kill"|
|1995||Earth 2||Katrina||Episode: "The Greatest Love Story Never Told"|
|1996||The X-Files||Golda||Episode: "The Calusari"|
|1996||The Pretender||Mrs. Nikkos, the Greek Lady||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1997||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Vedek Yassim||Episode: "Rocks and Shoals"|
|1997||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Old Woman||Episode: "Foreign Affairs"|
|1998||Maggie||Stancho's Wife||Episode: "Cats"|
|1998||USA High||Farm Lady||Episode: "Excess's Ex"|
|1999||Friends||Grandma Tribbiani||Episode: "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt"|
|2000||Shasta McNasty||Sister Mary||Episode: "Leo is a Pain in My Ass"|
|2000||Frasier||Mama||Episode: "The Three Faces of Frasier"|
|2001||The Beast||Anna||Episode: "The Damage Done"|
|2002||Alias||Signora Ventutti||Episode: "The Prophecy"|
|2003||ER||Nurse Edna||Episode: "Dear Abby"|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Marica||Episode: "Ida's Dance"|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mrs. Aloyna Ivanovna||Episode: "Loco Motives"|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Isabella||Episode: "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara"|
|2002||Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix||Additional voices||Voice|
- An article published in The Times of Hammond, Indiana, on June 3, 1963, says of Chauvin, "Her father, Pierre, although French-born, had become an American citizen."
- "Biography". Lilyan Chauvin Official site. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Lentz, Harris M. III (2009). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2008: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 72–3. ISBN 978-0-786-43482-4.
- "Lilyan Chauvin Obituary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 December 2017 – via Legacy.com.
- "Dorchester Music Hall Opens June 11". The Times. Indiana, Hammond. 3 June 1963. p. 6. Retrieved 15 July 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "New French Beauty Seen Hit on Studio 1". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. 30 August 1953. p. 26. Retrieved 15 July 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The Private Lives and Times] of Lilyan Chauvin". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- "Lilyan Chauvin Passes Away". TrekToday. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2017.