Monday, December 12, 2011

Who Are Those Gals? - Yvonne Bastién

Yvonne Bastién was born on September 17, 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of a French father and Spanish mother. At thirteen she attended the National Conservatory and studied voice hoping to become an opera singer. She then studied drama at the Teatro Experimental in Buenos Aires under the direction of Josefina Díaz and Manuel Collado. In Argentina she acted under the pseudonym Yvonne de Lys and appeared in such films as “Un modelo de París y Un marido ideal” and “La amada inmóvil”. Bastién had met Antonio Román [1911-1989] at a party and had a brief relationship with the director during the production of “Último día” (1952) and then returned to Argentina marrying Héctor Julio Díaz the Transportation Minister under Dictator Juan Domingo Perón before the military coup of 1955. Her husband was imprisoned by the new rulers and died there in 1956. Yvonne moved to Spain and stuck up a new relationship with Román. The two were married in 1958. Yvonne was happy to stay home and raise her two boys Héctor and Ernesto from her former marriage with Diaz. In 1961 she appeared in Román’s film “La moglie di mio marito”. Antonio Román was a friend and protégé of director Mario Bava and he was able to talk Bava into using Yvonne in his 1963 western “Apache Fury” in a bit role. Yvonne also appeared in “A Gunman Called Nebraska” (1966) originally directed by Román but he was fired for his slow pace and replaced by Bava. Her last film appearance was in 1972’s “Trappola per sette spie”. When Román died in 1989 Yvonne returned to her singing career recording solo as well as a duet album with Nino Nardini. Eventually she returned home to Argentina where she continued to sing and record. Her latest CD being released in 2010 called Yvonne Bastién Volume 2. She now is retired and living in Spain.

BASTIEN, Yvonne (aka Ivonne Bastién, Ivonne De Lys) (Yvonne Bastién) [9/17/1933, Buenos Aires, Argentina -     ] –singer, stage actress, married to Transportation Minister Hector Julio Diaz [1920-1956] (195?-1956), mother of lawyer Ernesto Diaz, lawyer Hector Diaz, Jr., married to director Antonio Román [1911–1989] (1957-1989), mother of Leticia Román [1959-    ].
Apache Fury – 1963
A Gunman Called Nebraska – 1966 (Kay Hillman)


  1. Hello, I juts want you to know that Ernesto and Hector are in fact sons of Hector Diaz- Ivvonne Bastien's first husband and minister of peron- and Ivvone Bastien. She had a third child, this time with Anotnio Roman, a girl called Leticia.

  2. Thanks to both of you for the additional information. I appreciated it very much.