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August 6, 1925 - June 26, 2008

Actress, Host, DGA Director, WGA Writer, Former VP of Women in Film, Author, Teacher and Private Coach passed away at her Studio City home on Thursday, June 26, 2008 after a 40 year battle with breast cancer complicated by recent onset of congestive heart disease. Born in Paris to mother, Emilia Speltiens Zemoz of France and father, Pantion Pierre Zemoz of Italy, this beautiful, kind spirited, courageous and intelligent woman credited her parents for teaching her "to care, to love, to learn and to pass it on". With her feet planted firmly on the ground Lilyan Chauvin hoped for the best and made her dreams come true not only for herself but for innumerable others. Chauvin's life was a successful journey; forever moving forward in spite of any challenge and difficulty. She was an inspiration to all. Nominated for the Emmy Award in "The Young and the Restless" her dedication to the arts won her recognition to for Excellence in moral quality media. As Producer & Director, she won the 1991 "Angel Award" for the program "Hollywood Structured", appearing weekly as the host for cable television with some of the top names in show business. To comedy fans she's more recently recognized for her appearances in "Ugly Betty" and the long running television hit series "Frasier". Chauvin is also known for her roles in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me if You Can", the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There", Stephan Hopkins' "Predator 2" and she is also widely recognized for her role as Mrs. Tremont in "Private Benjamin". Chauvin was a series regular on "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and Restless". She held recurring roles on "Mission Impossible", "General Hospital" and "Falcon Crest". Some of Chauvin's more recent television credits include "Friends", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "ER", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Alias", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "The X-Files" and "Murder She Wrote". She was on the Women's Steering Committee of the DGA with over 35 credits as a Director since 1979 and was a 39 year member of Women in Film serving on the Board five times, twice as WIF's Board Vice President. Lilyan Chauvin was also one of Hollywood's most prominent, sought after and respected acting and directing coaches in the industry. She taught privately and at USC and UCLA. Lilyan was loved by many and will be missed by all. She touched the lives of numerous people through her creative and inspirational work. She is survived by family, friends and students. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , the for Women and the Wilderness Society. Regarding Memorial Services: www.lilyanchauvin.blogspot.com - By Katia Louise [email protected]

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
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 29 to July 6, 2008
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