Miss Clavel
Miss clavel
Vital Statistics
Name Miss Clara Clavel
Gender Female
Vegetable/Fruit Green onion
First Episode Appearance The Story of Madeline
Voice Actress  Judith Orban (1989 - 1991)
Stevie Vallance (1993, 1999 - 2000)
Whoopi Goldberg (2002)
Jane Mortifee (2007)

Clara Clavel, better known as Miss Clavel (credited by "Mistress Clara Clavel"), is a supporting character of Ludwig BemelmansMadeline books and all media based off it.


Miss Clara Clavel better known as Sister Clara Clavel or Miss Clavel (credited by "Mistress Clara Clavel") is known to be wise, caring, loving, and motherly, especially towards Madeline. She is a taller green onion of Paris, France near Tampa Bay city who usually teaches the girls various moral lessons to solve their daily conflicts for them to gain better insights in reality. She can be seen teaching the girls science, math, literature, music and arts, sometimes even physical education. that marks her appearances in the very first fresh 3D animated video series, "The Rainbow Buddies: All Stories in One".


She is a nurse (though many people think she is a nun) and a teacher teaching in the boarding school simply known as "The Old House in Paris". Her vegetable students consist of Madeline, Nicole, Chloe, Danielle, Anne, Sylvie, Yvette, Nona, Monique, Lulu, Janine, and Ellie.

In the animated and book series, Ludwig Bemelmans confirmed that she is a teacher, and, while in the live-action film she is considered as a nun - she is also addressed as "Sister Clavel" in the Tagalog-language dub of the animated series. It is made obvious that her favorite student is Madeline due to her precociousness and wits.

In the live-action film she is also shown as a strict, wise, and still loving and motherly mostly towards Madeline due to being an orphan and being always picked by Vicki. Also in the film she enjoys playing pranks on the buyers of the Old House. Where as she is shown to be quite nervous in the animated series, like when she is feaful of driving a car, she is significantly less so in the film, driving a Citroën 2CV when she is looking for Madeline and Pepito.


It is revealed in Madeline's Winter Vacation that her first name is Clara, in which she has a German or Swiss nephew named Hans (but it is unknown which of his parents is related to her) and an aunt named Hilda (but likewise, it is unknown which of her parents is related to Hilda).

Miss Clavel was played by Frances McDormand in the 1998 film.


Miss Clavel is a taller green onion of Paris, France with a light nose skin and a short, brown, wavy hair. She wears a nun-like attire with a dark blue nun's headdress, a blue dress, a dark blue cape, and black shoes. In previous seasons her nun attire is mostly composed of black compared to later seasons which is blue. At bedtime, she wears a pink nightgown with long sleeves and a pink shower cap. The same model as Annie's Mom.

Roles and appearancesEdit


  • The Rainbow Buddies: All Stories in One


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