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Chamberlin, Lee 1938–


(Lee Chamberlain)


Original name, Elise La Pallo; born February 14, 1938, in New York, NY; daughter of Bernando (a chef) and Ida Roberta (maiden name, Small) La Pallo; children: Erika, Matthew. Education: Washington Square College of New York University, B.A.; also attended University of Paris; trained for the stage at the Herbert Berghof Studios with Uta Hagen and Walt Witcover; studied voice with Carlo Minotti.


Actress, composer, and writer.

Awards, Honors:

Grammy Award, cowinner, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1972, for Electric Company; Audelco Award, best actress, 1983, for Hospice; Audelco Award nomination, best actress, 1985, for Long Time Since Yesterday.


Stage Appearances:

(0ff–Broadway debut) Various roles, The Believers, Martinique Theatre, 1968.

Olivia, Your Own Thing, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1968–70.

Iyalosa (Tsia), Slaveship, Chelsea Theatre Center, New York City, 1970.

Cordelia, King Lear, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1973.

Alice, Hospice, Henry Street, New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Laveer, Long Time Since Yesterday, Henry Street, New Federal Theatre, 1985.

Also appeared as title role, Medea, Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; Billie, Nevis Mountain Dew, Los Angeles Actors Theatre.

Film Appearances:

(As Lee Chamberlain) Jim, All at Sea, 1970.

Jan, Up the Sandbox, National General, 1972.

Madame Zenobia, Uptown Saturday Night, First Artists, 1973.

Dee Dee Williams, Let's Do It Again, Warner Bros., 1975.

Alicia, Beat Street, Orion, 1984.

Television Appearances; Series:

(Television debut) Brenda, Vi, and Gladys Glowworm, The Electric Company, PBS, 1971–73.

(As Lee Chamberlain) Lucy Daniels, All's Fair, CBS, 1976–77.

Barbara Paris, Paris, CBS, 1979–80.

Pat Baxter, All My Children, ABC, 1982–91, 1995.

Commander Delia Thorne, MetroPol, Viper, NBC, 1994.

Pat Baxter, Loving, ABC, 1995.

Also appeared in Tuned In, PBS.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

(As Lee Chamberlain) Odile Richards, Roots: The Next Generations, ABC, 1979.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As Lee Chamberlain) Dr. Chisholm, Long Journey Back, ABC, 1978.

Mrs. Grace, Once upon a Family, CBS, 1980.

Head nurse, Brave New World, NBC, 1980.

Ann, Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story, ABC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Commander Delia Thorne, Viper, 1994.

Also appeared in Full House, ABC; Ryan's Four, ABC; Up and Comin', KQED, Los Angeles; The Apples, KQED, Los Angeles.

Television Appearances; Specials:

(As Lee Chamberlain) Cordelia, King Lear, PBS, 1974.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Lee, "Bill Gets Married," What's Happening!!, ABC, 1977.

Jenny Davis, "Schools," Lou Grant, CBS, 1978.

"No Blood, No Foul," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980.

(As Lee Chamberlain) Dr. Chadway, "Roots," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1982.

(As Lee Chamberlain) Dr. Tucker, "Dreams," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1982.

(As Lee Chamberlain) Dr. Carlisle, "Miata es su ata," Pacific Station, NBC, 1991.

Judge Gwen Mosford, "Murder Two: Part 1," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1997.

Abigail, "To the Maxey," Sparks, UPN, 1997.

Dr. Timmi, "Another Day," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Dr. Timmi, "Checkmate," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Judge Leslie Battles, "Hope You Had the Time of Your Wife," To Have & to Hold, CBS, 1998.

Judge Leslie Battles, "Since I Don't Know You," To Have & to Hold, CBS, 1998.

Professor Robinson, "The Art of War," C–16: FBI, ABC, 1998.

Building supervisor, "Stinkbutt," NewsRadio, NBC, 1999.

Mrs. Leveaux, "The Rite Stuff," Moesha, UPN, 1999.

Mrs. Samuels, "Three Hours a Week," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000.

Mrs. Samuels, "Three Lucky Ladies on the Line," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000.

Mrs. Samuels, "Life," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000.

Mrs. Samuels, "Nothing Personal," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000.

Mrs. Hall, "Leg Erie," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Judge, "For Love," Family Law, 2000.

Doris Evans, "The Most Dangerous Job," The District, CBS, 2001.

Louise Dobkin, "Everyone into the Poole," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2001.

"Strip Search," First Monday, CBS, 2002.

Leah Carlson, "Tidal Wave," Judging Amy, CBS, 2002.

Aunt Charlotte, "The Impossible Dream," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002.

Also appeared in James at 15, NBC; Secrets of Midland Heights, CBS; as Abigail, Sparks, UPN; Detective Addison, Moloney, CBS.



Recorded two albums for Disques Festival, France; appeared on Electric Company, cast album.


Stage Plays:

Struttin', produced at AMAS Repertory, New York City, 1987.

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