Eliane Chappuis is an actress, singer, film producer, filmmaker,
model and author. She can speak English, French, Vietnamese,
German and Swiss-german. She 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
passed away 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 Eliane’s 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 Peace Nobel Prize by
Martin Luther King. On Eliane’s 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 filmmaking. She made many good 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».
She sometimes gives some oft the proceeds to Charity. 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''. In 2012 Eliane acted in a Swiss
feature film ''In einem anderen Leben'', hosted a Gala, and her
first children's book ''Starrydance'' was published in english
and german (''Sternchentanz'').
A few years ago, Eliane founded
a plattform for the World's Charity people to introduce
themselves and their Organizations, causes and to team up...
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. In 2013, Eliane also founded the American Classics
Book Club, where she reads American Classics with her
girlfriends. Soon her book club will also start reading French
and English Classics.
In the End of 2013 Eliane recorded a song called ''For Peace''
which she wrote the lyrics for. The musicvideo for the song was
filmed in 2014.
In Eliane's acting career so far, she has already acted in every
language she speaks, like French, English, Vietnamese, German
In her lifetime, Eliane has already sung for the Last Emperor of
Vietnam Bao Dai, world famous buddhist nun Sister Chan Khong and
has recieved a compliment from Vietnamese Prince Georges that
she sings like Joan Baez.
She has also done some Charity work for Churches and plans to
continue her Charity work for many different good Charity
June 29th, 2016