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By Colete Morlock and Thom Hamilton

The Statue of Liberty was not the only lady whom the French gifted to the U.S. A. In addition to the Lady who has graced New York Harbor, we've also been honored with Lilyan Chauvin. Born Lilyan Zemoz on August 6, 1925, Paris, France was her home. Her mother, Emilia Speltiens Zemoz, was French, while her father, Pantion Pierre Zemoz, was of Italian ancestry. Mr. Zemoz grew up in the village of Villanueve, which is located in the Italian Alps. Although born and raised in Italy, Mr. Zemoz became a Naturalized U.S. citizen in 1920. He and his wife settled in Laguna Beach, California where, according to Lilyan's tribute page, he "became a local celebrity with his Grandma Moses type paintings, although he had never painted before." On her official blog page, it states that her father "provided Lilyan with just enough international inspiration to view herself as a world citizen as she took her life around the globe ". This very cosmopolitan attitude would serve her well in the years to come!



Her career began in broadcasting for a French radio station. People may not be aware that her original ambition was to become an attorney; however, she made more money in show business than her parents did in their regular jobs. As an aspiring actress, Ms. Chauvin studied in Paris at two schools - the School of Cinema, and the Jean Louis Barrault School. Barrault was considered the Lawrence Olivier of France, so enrollment in his school was coveted. During her stint at the European Stage and Equity Theatre, Ms. Chauvin performed in "Macbeth", "Medea", "Man in A Glass Booth", "Silk Stockings", "Molly Brown", "Camille", and "Three for Today". Her official site indicated that, to further her career, she moved to New York City on her 21st birthday and became a U.S. citizen. Since her father was already naturalized at the time of her birth, she probably had dual citizenship for the U.S. and France. Lilyan's naturalization was probably a mere formality of completing some paperwork. Ms. Chauvin studied with Uta Hagen, one of the most important acting teachers of the day, at the Herbert Berghof School in Greenwich Village, and attended the Actors Studio in New York. Lilyan was also a student at the Berlitz School of Languages, where she also taught French and watched American movies to improve her English - the fifth language she spoke fluently in addition to Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and her native tongue of French. According to Vera DuMont, Lilyan's first cousin once removed, her husband, Bernard Chauvin had arrived in the U.S., "but his staid middle class upbringing in France did not prepare him for the knockabout world of show business and New York" so he returned to France." Lilyan, on the other hand, determined to make a go of it in show business, packed a bag and headed off to Hollywood. Their marriage ultimately ended in divorce.



In 1953 Ms. Chauvin met Dame Judith Anderson (the High Priestess in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock), who thought she bore a strong resemblance to Greta Garbo. Through Anderson's influence, Lilyan appeared on the long standing Studio One in Hollywood TV series in "Letter from Cairo". Like many struggling actors trying to land parts, she had some dry spells and rough times, but managed to get some film and television work. She appeared in the episode "Rookie Cop" on the Brian Keith series Crusader (1956), and also "The Swordsman" in The Adventures of Jim Bowie. In 1957 she appeared on The Adventures of Superman in "Peril in Paris"



Aside from her other ventures, it is perhaps on television that Lilyan Chauvin is more widely known and recognized. She appeared in 73 different television series throughout her career. One year before she would do Studio One in Hollywood, she appeared in the Kraft Television Theater's presentation "Kelly" (1950) with George Reeves, E.G. Marshall, and Anne Francis. Probably because she had firsthand experience in her native France during WW II, she was cast as a villager whom the G.I.'s helped liberate. Her first scene had her back to the camera as George Reeves is attempting to speak French to the villagers. In her second scene, Lilyan rushed in to the innkeeper and his wife excitedly speaking in French to them.

Throughout the 1950's-1960's, Lilyan became a "Go to Girl" whenever someone French was needed. For The Adventures of Jim Bowie installment, "The Swordsman" (1956), her role as Liane Trudeau was quite typical. Bowie went to New Orleans to purchase an estate only to find out that the heir, portrayed by Lilyan, refused to sell it. A young Michael Landon also appeared.

The Adventures of Superman episode "Peril in Paris" (1957), aired one year after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution with the rise of Communism and the effects of the Iron Curtain still acutely felt. As Inspector Lanier indicated, the letter to Superman was from "one of our less fortunate countries behind the Iron Curtain." While there is no mention of homeland, Madame Constantine was obviously from one of these. Border checkpoints were rigidly enforced, where people were stopped, searched, and perhaps imprisoned. It's no wonder then that Superman stated "You mean, you can't cross the frontier." Anna Constantine confirmed this as "Gregor and I would be checked most thoroughly." The only thing known at this point was that she planned to escape to Paris. She arranged a meeting in an abandoned theater with Superman, seeking his help to transport her family jewels across the border. As a member of the aristocracy, her scrutiny would have been most extensive. Ms. Chauvin's portrayal as a member of nobility was quite believable. Superman's initial refusal as an accessory in transporting the jewels was understandable. Madame, however, was most persuasive when she reassured him that they would be sold to help her relatives and friends who had already fled to France as "They are trying to make a new life in a new country." Gregor added to this solemn realization with "It is not easy, Sir. They are poor and they need help."

During the second rendezvous with Madame Constantine, an interesting dialogue occurred between Superman and the fake police detective, Pierre LuMont (Albert Carrier): "I know you could prevent this, Monsieur Superman, but you won't because I promise, I'll keep you out of it - not for your sake, but for the sake of so many people that believe in you." Superman responded with "I've always tried to justify that faith." LuMont countered with "You are not welcome in my country, Monsieur. I know no jail can hold you, but you cannot fly even from your own conscience." The words weighed heavily on Superman, who sat down on a bench, pondering the situation and his options.

While not one of the most memorable episodes of the series, Peril in Paris does make one think about the real events that transpired - being hunted down, in fear for one's life, and being unable to freely travel about your own country or continent. This theme was reminiscent of a prior episode, "The Monkey Mystery". Viewing this as a child, Superman's integrity or motivation would never be questioned. As an adult, Superman may have been viewed as an accomplice in smuggling jewels to the Western front. Regardless of his intentions, things were not so clear cut seen through adult eyes. David T. Chantler was one of the two writers who penned this adventure. Whether or not the Hungarian Revolution or the heightened security within the Soviet Union served as inspiration for the storyline is not known. Chantler did go on after The Adventures of Superman to create similar events for other series such as Interpol Calling, Zero One, Gideon's Way and The Mask of Janus.

A well known member of the George Reeves Community, Vince Marzo had the opportunity to meet Ms. Chauvin in the summer of 2001. Vince worked for the L.A. Fire Department and was doing residential building inspections when he came upon a rental property owned by Lilyan. As Vince himself related "On the way back to her home, I casually commented about her work in the Industry and she was rather surprised that I recognized her. She invited me into her home and we sat in the kitchen to talk. I mentioned her appearance on Superman and she immediately began to heap high praise on George Reeves. She spoke highly of him, both as a gentleman and as an actor, but she also mentioned how unhappy he was. She didn't elaborate whether his sadness was on a personal and/or professional level, but she hinted that he may have grown tired in his role as Superman and was feeling frustrated as an actor."

She appeared in an episode of several crime dramas that called upon her expertise in French and Russian. In 1958 she was cast in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Return of the Hero". Lilyan's character was Sybill, the fiancé of Sgt. Andre Doniere (Jacques Bergerac), who called home to say that, with the war's end, he was returning home with the man who saved his life. Doniere further stated that this soldier was disabled, on crutches, and would need assistance to navigate. Doniere's parents and fiancé made excuses as to why this would spoil everyone's time. They were giving a formal ball at that moment. Lilyan had a very snobby attitude…"Well that's terrible…to bring a cripple in here. He won't fit in." As a point of interest, Bergerac and Ms. Chauvin had appeared in the Gene Kelly film, Les Girls, the year before (1957).

In One Step Beyond's "The Return of Mitchell Campion" (1959), Ms. Chauvin portrayed a Spanish or Italian villager. Patrick O'Neal was, in the words of the announcer, "a man [who] is known by everyone on a small Mediterranean island he has never visited. Soon, he too remembers being there before, but he was in the hospital at the time of the supposed visit." As he spent more time on the island, he began to recall places he frequented and the woman he loved, Francesca (Ms. Chauvin). Her facial expressions, as with many of her performances really demonstrated what her character was feeling. Her love for Campion was obvious, and the torment she endured not knowing why he denied knowing her or ever having been with her.

In addition to those already mentioned, Lilyan was a guest star on Maverick, Adventures in Paradise, Combat, The Rogues, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Black Sheep Squadron, Fantasy Island, Lou Grant, Magnum, P.I., Baywatch, Murder She Wrote, and The X-Files.

For the Daniel Boone installment "When a King Is a Pawn" (1966), Lilyan portrayed Madame Simon, a French aristocrat charged with bringing young King Charles to America to escape execution. A sympathizer to the Revolution, Henri Le Gaux, traveled with Madame and the King while waiting for his moment to kill the young man. Boone assumed the role of coachman when the driver had been killed. To protect the young monarch, Boone/s son, Israel, exchanged clothes with King Charles to confuse the assassins. Once the revolutionaries were captured, King Charles went to live and be raised by Lilyan and her family on her estate in Louisiana.

The Bob Newhart Show was one of the comedies where she made an appearance. In "Fat, Fit and Forty-One" (1973) Lilyan played Olga, a Russian health instructor. Dressed in a black leotard, she proved that, despite the gray hair piled on top of her head, she was indeed fit at the age of 48!
Ms. Chauvin became part of the Star Trek culture in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "Rocks and Shoals" (1997). She portrayed Vedek Yassim, the Bajoran senior holy woman, opposed to an alliance with the Dominion and their subsequent occupation on the space station. Vedek's purpose was to protest such a move and she severely criticized Kira, the Bajoran liaison on DS9. Lilyan brought a bit of the rebel to this role, along with strong determination.

For Kelsey Grammer's Frasier series, she had just a few frames in "The Three Faces of Frasier" (2000). Robert Loggia owned an Italian restaurant where caricatures of famous patrons were hung on the walls. Frasier was to have his added to the collection, but upon seeing it, he was a bit displeased with the result. He brought his own version to the restaurant, where he made some derogatory remarks about the original and its artist. Unknown to him, the artist was Loggia's mom, portrayed by Lilyan who was enraged and delivered her outrage in perfect Italian.

Ms. Chauvin's final television appearance was the Ugly Betty sitcom episode, "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara" (2007). Betty's father, Ignacio, risking deportation from the U.S., had to return to Mexico to apply for U.S. immigration. His children accompanied him, where they stayed with Ignacio's sister. Betty saw this as an opportunity to obtain more information about her mother's side of the family. At a family gathering, Betty met Isabella (Lilyan Chauvin), a healer, who "knows things and she can do things". Although dubbed as "the crazy woman", Isabella urged Betty to seek the answers to the family ancestry. Lilyan's command of Spanish was most impressive in this episode.



Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) was Ms. Chauvin's film debut as Delores, an uncredited role. The film featured Robert Taylor, Dorothy Malone, and Jack Lord in the cast. The following year, 1958, Lilyan's character of Tanya Pernaud was more substantial in Lost, Lonely and Vicious. Tanya was a dramatic coach to handsome up-and-coming male star, Johnnie Dennis, who, at first glance resembled a blonde-haired James Dean. Despite their age difference, a romantic relationship ensued between patron and protégé until the young star met and fell in love with your typical girl next door. While well on his way to a successful acting career, the young man had a preoccupation with death as manifested by a painted self portrait. The film started and ended in a documentary style, and there were some interesting effects when significant people in the young man's life were superimposed on the canvas.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) starred Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, and Richard Harris in his early film career. Ms. Chauvin was uncredited as a nun. Two years later, in 1960, Lilyan had a part in James Clavell's Walk Like a Dragon. Clavell, known for his mini-series Shogun, covered the highly controversial subject of Anglo-Asian relations. Jack Lord, long before the days of Stoney Burke and Hawaii Five-O had the starring role. James Shigeta, in the early part of his career, was also part of the cast. Mel Torme, also featured in the film, sang the movie's theme song. Lilyan had a minor part as Mme. Lili Raide. Ms Chauvin, while not a headliner in films, was still being cast with some of Hollywood's prominent and well-established stars. Such was the case for Back Street (1961) starring Susan Hayward, John Gavin, and Vera Miles. As a Paris airport employee, Lilyan certainly was in her element. She had a small part in the TV film, Victory at Entebbe (1976). Her next film was Beyond Reason (1977) with Telly Savalas and Diana Muldaur. She appeared in a string of TV movies - Ziegfield: The Man and His Women; and Disney's Child of Glass (1978); Portrait of a Stripper (1979); Right to Die (1987); and Listen to Me (1989). In the 1990s she had minor roles in, Angel Town and Bad Influence (both 1990); Spy Games and For the Very First Time (1991); Stormy Weathers (1992); No Place to Hide (1993) with Kris Kristofferson, Drew Barrymore, Martin Landau and Lilyan as the Mother Superior at an orphanage; Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story (1994); HBO's Tyson and The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime, (1996); and The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998).

Starting her last decade, she had bit parts in Missing Pieces, (2000) as an old woman ; the bone gatherer in Skeleton Woman and a nursing home resident in Stanley's Gig (2000); a medium in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001); a nurse in Illusion Infinity (2004); and an "old school" nurse in Sublime (2007).



While known mainly for dramatic roles, Lilyan did appear in some comedies. She was Mrs. Tremont in Private Benjamin (1980) with Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan. She portrayed a German woman in Born in East L.A. (1987) with Cheech Marin, Daniel Stern, and Jan-Michael Vincent. Lilyan also appeared with an all-star cast as a woman in the police station in True Identity (1991); a chaperone in Round Trip to Heaven and the coach in the made-for-TV Attack of the 5Ft. 2 Women (both 1992); Grandmother Kalliope in Five Aces (1999); Dr. Hartley in Duty Dating; and as Leonardo DiCaprio's grandmother in Spielberg's comedy/drama Catch Me If You Can with Tom Hanks, and Christopher Walkin based on real con man, Frank Abagnale, Jr.



Although she was not well known in this genre, Ms. Chauvin appeared in several musicals with uncredited roles. Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), billed as a comedy musical, was Dean Martin's first effort without his partner, Jerry Lewis. Anna Maria Alberghetti, Walter Slezak, Paul Heinreid and Dean Jones, among others were featured. Filmed in Rome, Lilyan was one of the many nameless reporter characters, but her command of the Italian language, thanks to her father, probably made her a great asset to the cast and crew. Silk Stockings (1957) starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, along with Peter Lorre, George Tobias, and Janis Paige. It was considered a musical version of the Greta Garbo film, Ninotchka. How coincidental that the uncredited Lilyan, who had been compared to Ms. Garbo by Dame Anderson just a few years before was now appearing in this musical remake! That same year, Ms. Chauvin was a dancer in Les Girls, starring Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor and Patrick MacNee who would go on to The Avengers in just four years. Cole Porter wrote the score in what would be the last he would do for films. For her final musical in 1975, Ms. Chauvin portrayed Mademoiselle in Funny Lady, the story of Fanny Brice's later years. The highly successful motion picture featured Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif reprising their roles from Funny Girl, along with James Caan, Roddy McDowall, and Ben Vereen.



As with many actors showcasing their versatility, Lilyan stepped out of her normal dramatic roles and ventured into the world of horror. Unlike the monster films of the 1940s and 1950s, her first venture , Bloodlust (1961), was more of a psychological thriller. Lilyan portrayed the wife of a doctor, owner of a remote island. His partner ferried unsuspecting teens to the romantic getaway. Robert Reed accompanied a group of them. The mad doctor extended his hospitality and then banished his guests to the jungle, where he hunted them like wild game. A secret cave housed all of his "trophies". Unfortunately, Lilyan became one of them after she attempted to escape the island with her husband's best friend. Her next film dealt more with the occult as The Mephisto Waltz (1971) starred Alan Alda, who appeared in this film the year before he debuted in the M.A.S.H. television series. Curt Jurgens, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins and Bradford Dillman were also cast in the film. Lilyan portrayed a woman writer. At least a decade would pass until Lilyan would appear in a slasher film, Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). Ms. Chauvin had top billing in the credits as the Mother Superior in charge of an orphanage, and also known for her heavy-handed punishments. One of her charges grew into adulthood, bought a toy shop, and dressed up as Santa at Christmas, only to go on a slashing spree of unsuspecting victims.

The decade following 1990 featured Lilyan in three more films. Predator 2 (1990) was the sequel to the first film and featured Kevin Peter Hall as the alien predator, along with Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Morton Downey, Jr. and Kent McCord. Universal Soldier (1992) starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers killed in Vietnam who were resurrected as ultimate killing machines. Van Damme's character had flashbacks of the person he used to be. Jerry Orbach (Law and Order) was the scientist responsible for Van Damme's transformation. Lilyan and Rance Howard (father of Ron and Cliff Howard) portrayed Van Damme's parents in this film. Pumpkin Head II: Blood Wings (1994) featured Andrew Robinson. For those fans of Star Trek: DS9, he was the Cardassian tailor, Garak. Amy Dolenz, daughter of former Monkee, Micky Dolenz, portrayed Robinson's daughter. Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) was one of the "wrong crowd" with whom Dolenz befriended. Ms. Chauvin's character was Miss Osie who delivered this memorable line: "You will die! You all will die! Miss Osie curses every one of you to the vengeance of Pumpkinhead!"

With the dawn of the new millennium Lilyan had concentrated on television, although she did a few films. She appeared in a horror short story, The Kopper Kettle (2007) with Supernatural star, Tracy Dinwiddie. The final film from her IMDB, The Passing (2011) was released after her death. The plot had Lilyan as the grandmother, Rebecca, dying and leaving her estate to her three granddaughters. And as the synopsis stated "Rebecca has a long reach from the grave to assure that the line is unbroken."


Like many actresses, Lilyan Chauvin ventured into soap operas. Competing with Dallas, Falcon Crest was one of the primetime versions featuring an impressive cast of Jane Wyman as the matriarch, Robert Foxworth, Abby Dalton, Mel Ferrer, Cesar Romero, Cliff Robertson, and Morgan Fairchild to among the regulars. Lilyan's character, Sister Jeanette, was introduced in 1983 after the show had aired for two years. She was the Mother Superior at the Sainte Marthe Convent, supposedly in Paris, France. She also appeared in the long running soap, The Young and Restless. Her performance was so memorable that she was nominated by the Daytime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Lil.



Ms. Chauvin appeared in three documentaries starting off with Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004). She portrayed an older Hedy in what is termed "an imaginary dialogue with her son. She starred along with Wes Craven, Joseph Stefano and John Carpenter in Going to Pieces - The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006).

The DVD, Celebration of Life (2008) featured 28 minutes of Ms. Chauvin's best screen and television performances. The opening segment features her appearance on The Adventures of Superman episode, "Peril in Paris".



Prior to doing Celebration of Life, Lilyan was a French astronomer in The Discoverers (1993). She portrayed an old woman who had a roadside antique stand in both The Brass Teapot (2007) and The Kopper Kettle (2007). The latter two have been likened to Goosebumps or Tales from the Crypt.


In 1995 Ms. Chauvin lent her voice to the horror interactive video game, Phantasmagoria. In 2002, she was credited for the "additional voices" in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix whose cast included Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker of Star Wars).



Putting her acting hat on the shelf, Lilyan headed to the director's chair for some Los Angeles theatrical productions. Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, The Happy Time, and Laughter and Love were but three of the 34 credits she had as an active member of the Directors Guild of America, where she served on the Steering Committee for that organization. She functioned also as an acting, directing and/or dialogue coach throughout her long and impressive career. Ms. Chauvin eagerly assisted fellow women actors in directing. One of these was Linda Gray, best known as Sue Ellen in the Dallas TV series, who has directed theatre productions, TV series, and films. Ms. Gray stated that "Before, the producers weren't willing to use the actors. I studied directing with a French teacher, Lilyan Chauvin. I didn't have time to take regular classes, so I worked weekends with her."

And writer/producer/director, Del Shores volunteered that "I studied with several coaches out here, but the biggest influences were the late Lilyan Chauvin and Joan Darling". Mr. Shores was known for the series Touched by An Angel and Dharma and Greg.

Lilyan spent over 10 years at USC teaching acting, multi-cam cinematography and directing. For two years she also taught acting and directing at UCLA. She had some famous students during that tenure: Raquel Welch, Suzanne Somers, Margie Haber (actress/casting director), Carly Schroeder (Port Charles, Dawson's Creek, and Lizzie McGuire), twins Kin Shriner (The Young and the Restless, General Hospital), Wil Shriner (director/actor/producer), and Kevin Nealon. This dynamo also served as an MGM technical advisor and dialogue coach plus a dialogue supervisor/drama coach at Warner Brothers. Two of her French language students were Lauren Hutton and Richard Gere.

In addition, she used to conduct the popular Director's Workshop for Women in Film with attendees from assorted filmmaking disciplines. This is but one reason why Ms. Chauvin was one of Hollywood's most prominent, sought after, and respected acting and directing coaches. As an author and instructor she taught seminars internationally as a keynote speaker, lecturer and adviser. Many of her techniques have become instrumental teaching tools within the industry and have been inspirational to many other successful educators.



Lilyan was a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist and Equity. She actively promoted the furthering of women's causes in the industry. Ms. Chauvin was a 39 year member of Women in Film, and she served on that organization's Board five times, twice as its Vice President.




Ms. Chauvin e also created, co-produced, and hosted the television series, Hollywood Structured, which served as an all-inclusive guideline to careers in show business. Each week, she highlighted different components of the industry using professionals in those areas. " 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"



Lilyan's talent and expertise led her to write a book entitled Hollywood Scams and Survival Techniques, in which she shared many of the things she learned and picked up along the way during her career. One review of her book from tells it all:

"At long last, the starstruck kids of America have a loving, caring guidance counselor - Lilyan Chauvin. In "Hollywood Scams & Survival Tactics", this consummate actress and director shares a lifetime of survival experience, leaving no stone unturned. Her advice - delivered in a no-nonsense manner - is invaluable. A must for all parents, teachers and acting students, this book will maximize one's chances of success while minimizing the headaches and heartaches of a very complex business." -- MICHAEL LOGAN, TV Critic/TV Guide


Some of the Lilyan's testimonials came from her students and costars.

Soap opera star and producer Tonja Walker-Davidson (One Life to Live) credited acting coach Lilyan Chauvin among others for "heading her down the right road". Former soap opera star, Jacklyn Zeman mentioned "Lilyan was my friend. She was also an important role model to me because her presence in my life had heartfelt positive, significant, impact. Lilyan was intelligent, bright, creative, funny, strong willed, focused...and she loved to teach and share her knowledge".

And from her student and friend, Elissa Lynn: "In front of the camera she was Lilyan Chauvin -- a fascinating character to watch -- so believable. Behind the camera she was Lilyan Chauvin -- a bold and energetic director -- unafraid to try something different. And like the camera -- she had an eye for the truth. The "camera doesn't lie", she would say."

Elissa went on to reveal what Lilyan was like in her private life: "Yet in her home she was just Lily -- a woman who loved to read anything and everything. She loved to watch movies; she loved spending time with family and friends and she loved to teach. She was also at one with nature. Over the years she had many dogs and cats (all strays). She loved the birds and squirrels that made her yard their sanctuary. But to her, they weren't just birds and squirrels. Each bird was special; each squirrel had their own distinct personality. And they trusted her enough to eat from her hand."

Ms. Chauvin was an advocate of The Wilderness Society and recognized the need for animals in the wild to retain their habitat.



Lilyan received an Emmy nomination for her work on The Young and Restless. She was also up for an award for Baa Baa Black Sheep, and won the "Angel Award" in 1991 for her television program Hollywood Structured.


Hers was a face so recognizable, but whose name many probably didn't know. She was a true workhorse in show business and loved it. Her acting career spanned nearly six decades, with over 120 film and television appearances. In addition, she waged her own private war and survived four separate recurrences of breast cancer. She died on June 26, 2008 from complications of the fifth return of the disease that had threatened her before.

She left everyone with these final words:

To my Family, Friends, Students, Fellow Actors and my Industry as a whole, I have not left you... you made me who I am or who I was... I tried to guide and learn from you. If you look in the mirror, I will be there - because I have looked into your souls. I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you making my life here so complete. Merci - and be kind to each other...
-Lilyan Chauvin

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Special thanks to Barbara Frye, for her research and technical assistance.

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Interview with Vince Marzo - Feb. 11, 2012

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