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Eliane Chappuis is an actress, singer, film producer and model. She can speak English, French, Vietnamese, German and Swiss german. She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Switzerland. Her Swiss father fell in love with her Vietnamese mother whilst studying in London. Her father taught at the university of Berne and died when she was a young girl. Her mother is a Vietnamese aristocrat, worked as a social worker, and amongst other positions has worked for the Red Cross. She is a very wise lady and is Elianes mentor. As a child, Eliane spent the summers in the South of France in Plumvillage, which is a Zen Village belonging to famous Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a very well known teacher and author of many books and has become a family friend. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. On Elianes CD-album «Plumvillage Kid», she sings a selections of his poems. From the 1st to the 9th grade she went to the Steiner School in Berne, and then she spent the 10th school year at the New Girls School, also in Berne. When she was 17, she went to live in Zurich, so she could attend the Zurich Academy of Acting. She also continued modelling to help support herself, which she had actually started at the age of 14, when she was on the books of the top swiss modelling agency Option. She has modelled for lots of well known companies including Swatch, Chopard, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix, Fabric Frontline and Jill Sander etc. Then she started acting professionally. She had already become used to the stage in many main roles at school, e.g. when she was 14 at the biggest theatre in Berne in «Oliver Twist, «The Wizard of Oz» or «Zobeide». She also sang at the same theatre in «Cavalleria Rusticana» and «Lulu». Then in 1996 she went to America where her lucky star was very evident, when she got accepted to attend Robert Redfords «Sundance Workshop» as a intern where she could learn many aspects of film making. She made many friends there. Then her acting took off in Los Angeles, where she starred in many different roles. She had the leading role in «On the Roof» with Angus MacFayden (Braveheart) and Diane Baker from Hitchcocks «Milena». Another leading role she had was in the movie «Soundman» with Nick Stahl (Terminator 3) and Danny Trejo (ConAir). She also had the leading role in the episode called «Die Manadarine von Marzahn» from the German series «Die Strassen von Berlin». She worked with Henry Thomas (Legends of the Fall) on «Gangs of New York» with Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic). Furthermore she organised the finances and did the executive producing work for two movies. A few years ago she graduated successfully from the «Swiss Musical Academy». There she has further developed her singing voice. Already before she returned to Europe, she recorded the song «Le silence nocturne» at the sound studio of drummer Matt Sorum (Guns n' Roses, The Cult). Then in Switzerland her very own composition of the single «Christmas Time» was aired on BBC Radio 2 in December 2009, and an article appeared in the «Daily Mirror» featuring her career. In 2010, Eliane produced two albums «Plumvillage Kid» and «Christmas Time - the album». 50% of the proceeds of ''Plumvillage Kid'' goes to Thich Nhat Hanh and his village, Plumvillage. Whenever Eliane sings from ''Christmas Time'' she gives some of the proceeds to churches. This year and last year, Eliane acted in Swiss movies with Switzerlands top stars like Stephanie Glaser, Beat Schlatter, Gilles Tschudi and Andrea Zogg.
In 2011 Eliane acted in Brazilian feature film ''The film that is not there'' and Swiss shortfilm ''Deadlocked''. She also performed songs in Swiss churches from her Christmas album ''Christmas Time'' and she gave some of the proceeds to Charity.
In 2012 Eliane acted in a Swiss feature film ''In einem anderen Leben'', hosted a Gala, and her children's book ''Starrydance'' was published in english and german (''Sternchentanz''). She gives some of the proceeds of the children's book to blind children in Switzerland and England, where she now lives part-time. This year Eliane also founded www.charityladies.ch, a platform for the World's Charity people to introduce themselves and their Organizations, Causes and to team up...
She is currently looking for financing for a Thich Nhat Hanh docummentary ''Planting Seeds'' to Executive Produce and narrate and she is developing screenplays to act in...
In November 2012, Eliane made her first documentary film called ''One week in Plum Village'' about the buddhist Village of Thich Nhat Hanh in South of France.
The documentary was produced by her company Smiling Deer Films, Records & Books with which she has produced a few films and a few albums.
This year, Eliane is starring in two plays, ''Much ado about nothing'' by Shakespeare and ''The frog king'' by Zurich and in fall she will act in two Swiss films.
In 2013, Eliane also founded the American Classics Book Club.
In the End of 2013 Eliane recorded a song called ''For Peace'' which she wrote the lyrics for. The musicvideo for the song will be filmed in 2014.
In Eliane's acting career so far, she has already acted in every language she speaks, like French, English, Vietnamese, German and Swiss-German.

February 20th, 2013