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Janette DuCharme
Character - The Star
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She has come across a thousand years ago, surviving brutal beatings by her own family and has been abandoned by them. Afterwards she became a prostitute to survive in Paris, France.

LaCroix brought her across, and her first victim was the one who had brutalized her and other women.

She seduced Nick and had an relationship with him, and at one point during the Renaissance, she was married to him for ninety-six years.

From 1975 to 1995 she ran a Nightclub called The Raven. A special place for vampires and social misfits.

She ran the Raven, a nightclub for vampires and social misfits, from 1975 to 1995, and then left Toronto. She left the Raven to LaCroix. After being "infected" by the doubts that Nick has been strugling with for years concerning his vampire condition, she handed the place to Lacroix and left for Montreal. The last time she was seen, she was back in Toronto and was mortal again. However, when her life became threatened, Nick couldn't let her die and had to bring her back across.

Don't dare to call her honey! She isn't one to be messed with.
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Fans of Janette are Ravenettes.


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Biography of Deborah Duchene

Deborah Duchene is native of Montreal, Quebec and she was born on July 3, 1962.

    Date of birth: July 3, 1962
    Height: Between 5'6" and 5'7"
    Husband: She is married to Richard Gilpinin since 1997. This is Deb's first marriage.
    Children: None, I think until now. Have to check that now.
    Residence: She currently lives in Toronto

Family: She is the second of five children. Her eldest brother, who is three years older, is a chaplain and a photographer. Her sister, a single mom and student, is three years younger. Her two other brothers are five and twelve years younger, working as an electronics engineer and serving the U.S. Army respectively. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a retired Baptist minister.

While she was young, Deborah and her family moved a lot, going from city to city (mostly rural parts of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada), due to the fact that every three or four years, her father was re-posted to another parish. When she was not in school, she was usually in church. Deborah spent a great deal of time studying music, especially piano. She also studied violin, flute, trumpet and voice, but to a lesser extent.

After a stint as a student missionary in her father's church mission in France, Deborah obtained a bachelor in arts with distinction from McGill University. Her first professionally-oriented studies were done in economics and political science. However, she was seduced into the world of drama when she played her first-ever role in Stephen Sondheim's university production "A Funny Thing Happened To Me On the Way to the Forum".

It was as Denise in Yves Simoneau's critically acclaimed "Perfectly Normal" that Deborah's feature film debut was made. She also starred in "Press One to Connect" while she was attending Norman Jewison's Center for Advanced Film Studies. Other film projects include appearances in Carlo Liconti's "Vita Cane" and Richard J. Lewis' "Whale Music".

On television, Deborah has co-starred with Jimmy Smits in Ken Olin's Movie of the Week "The Broken Cord". She also made numerous guest appearances in such shows as "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues", "Counterstrike", "Street Legal", "E.N.G", "Matrix", "Top Cop", "Beyond Reality", "Secret Service" and "My Secret Identity".

Deborah's first love, however, is theater. She has appeared in Toronto as Monique in the Crow's Theater presentation of "Triptych", as Lucille in the Equity Showcase production of "Danton's Death", as Betty in the Buddies in Bad Times production of "The Sound of Music", as Lucy Sweard in the Playbill Productions presentation of "Dracula" and as Agnes in the Village Playhouse production of "Agnes of God".

Duchene made her feature film debut as Denise in Yves Simoneau's critically acclaimed "Perfectly Normal," and has also starred in "Press One to Connect" while she was attending Norman Jewison's Centre for Advanced Film Studies. Other film projects include appearances in Carlo Liconti's "Vita Cane" and Richard J. Lewis' soon-to-be-released "Whale Music."

On the small screen, Duchene has co-starred with Jimmy Smits in Ken Olin's movie-of-the- week, "The Broken Cord," and has made numerous guest starring appearances as the guest lead in such shows as "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues," "Counterstrike," "Street Legal," "ENG," "Matrix," "Top Cop," "Beyond Reality," "Secret Service" and "My Secret Identity."

Her first love, however, is the theatre. She has appeared in Toronto as Monique in the Crow's Theatre presentation of "Triptych," as Lucille in the Equity Showcase production of "Danton's Death," as Betty in the Buddies in Bad Times production of "The Sound of Music," as Lucy Seward in the Playbill Productions presentation of "Dracula" and as Agnes in the Village Playhouse production of "Agnes of God."

She loves learning about any subject. Besides being a major music buff, she writes a bit (short stories, poetry, etc.), is a public radio enthusiast and loves trekking in the wilderness of the Canadian north.

Deborah announced that she was taking an extended leave from acting, desiring to channel her energies into something more grounded than acting. She is seriously considering going back to school with either Arts Therapy or Psychology as her major. She's not sure whether or not she will ever come back to TV acting. She is currently working part time in a non-acting field while she is taking piano classes to prepare for a certificate from the University of Toronto. This is to enable her to teach piano, music appreciation and voice in the future. She also spends 4 hours/day practicing her piano, so she's very busy.

 

 

Credits

Movies

Perfectly Normal (1990) [Denise]
Press One to Connect (1989) [suicidal runaway]
Vita Cane (1991) [nymphomaniac wife]
Whale Music (1994) [Bobby Sue, the Baptist]

TV Movies

Broken Cord, The (1992) [Allison Champman]
Women of Windsor, The (1992) [Alice]

TV Series, Pilots, and Episodic Appearances

Beyond Reality (1992) [ghost of railway worker]
Counterstrike: Peacemaker (1993) [Irish Protestant Terrorist]
E.N.G. (1994)
Forever Knight (1992-1995) [Janette]
Matrix: False Witness (1993) [Ellen Young]
My Secret Identity (1994)
Secret Service (1993) [telephone scam operator]
Street Legal: (2 unknown episodes) Top Cops (1991-93)

Stage Performances

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (1981)
Agnes of God [Agnes]
Canadian Gothic (1985)
Dracula (1989) [Lucy Seward]
Hello From Bertha (1985) [Bertha]
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander [Lu Ann]
The Playboy of the Western World (1984)
Triptych (1992) [several characters] (Crow's Theatre)

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