Carmen Mathews
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Carmen Mathews made a guest appearance on the CBS-TV series "M*A*S*H" io Season 7.
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Birthname Carmen Sylva Mathews
Born: (1911-05-08)May 8, 1911
Birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: August 31, 1995(1995-08-31) (aged 84)
Deathplace Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active: 1943-1992
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: "Lil" in (Season 7, episode #3)
Character played: Colonel Lillian Rayburn

Carmen Mathews (May 8 1911-August 31, 1995)[1] appeared as Colonel Lillian Rayburn, in the Season 7 M*A*S*H episode "Lil". A revered veteran stage/film/TV actress, Carmen's lengthy career spanned six decades. In addition to her acting career, Carmen was also a committed enviornmentalist and philanthropist who, later in life, established a summer camp for disadvantaged children.

Life and careerEdit

Born Carmen Sylva Mathews in Philadelphia, PA, Carmen graduated from Bennett Junior College majoring in drama and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She made her first professional acting appearance with the Stratford-on-Avon Shakespearean Company before moving back to the United States. Early in her career, she performed many classical parts with Maurice Evans including Ophelia in Hamlet and Queen to his Richard II.

Carmen's acting career spanned 55 years and ranged from premiering to great acclaim as Helen in the play Road to Mecca to being the Queen of Greenland in the musical In Fashion. She shared the stage with notables like Don Ameche in Holiday for Lovers, Alfred Drake in Gigi, Angela Lansbury in Dear World and Joanne Woodward in Children's


She appeared in countless television plays and movies and is still seen in reruns as Col. Lillian Rayburn in the M*A*S*H episode Lil. Her last role was in The Last Best Year of My Life, a 1990 television movie directed by John Erman with Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters.

Her film credits also include Butterfield 8 (1960), Rage to Live (1965), Sounder (1972) and Daniel (1983). n 1985, actress Carmen Mathews formed New Pond Foundation, whose mission is to bring disadvantaged children and students of all ages outside and offer hands-on environmental programs that focus on our habitats with their diverse flora and fauna. [2][3] Carmen died at her farm in Redding, Connecticut.


  1. Carmen Mathews, Environmentalist And an Actress, 84, obituary, September 3, 1995, accessed 1/1/2014.
  2. Today - the (New Pond) Farm's Mission Today at New Pound Farm Official Website
  3. NPF's Founder - Carmen Mathews at New Pound Farm Official Website

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