Rachel Chagall Profile, Career and Films

Rachel Chagall (born Rachel Levin) is an American actress, best known for roles as Gaby in the film Gaby: A True Story (1987), for which she was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and as Val Toriello on The Nanny (1993–1999).

Rachel Chagall
Rachel Levin
New York City New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–2006
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Spouse(s) Greg Lenert (m. 1999)
Children 2

Life and career

Rachel Levin was born in New York City, to a Jewish family.

In 1982, she contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome, recovering sufficiently to be cast in the starring role of Gaby, A True Story.

She is perhaps best known for her role as the dimwitted sidekick Val Toriello, on the 1990s television series The Nanny. She and her husband Greg Lenert, who was The Nanny’s stage manager, had twins on March 19, 1999, named Eve and Jonah.

She made guest appearances on Just Shoot Me! and Strong Medicine. She also played a mysterious woman in What I Like About You. As Rachel Levin, Chagall appeared in Gaby: A True Story (1987) in the title role as Gabriela Brimmer (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe – Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama) and White Palace (1990) in the role of Rachel. She also appeared in The Last Supper (1995). On December 6, 2004, Chagall appeared at the cast reunion for The NannyThe Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember.


Year Title Role Other notes
1987 Gaby: A True Story Gaby Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1990 White Palace Rachel
1993–1999 The Nanny Val Toriello 79 episodes
1995 The Last Supper Abortion Activist
1998 The Simple Life Herself
2001 Odessa or Bust Declining Agent
Just Shoot Me! Aunt Mindy 1 episode, Sid & Nina
2004 Strong Medicine Renee Edwards 1 episode, Like Cures Like
The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember Herself
2006 What I Like About You Chocolate Lady 1 episode, Now and Zen

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