In Celebration of the Life and Accomplishments 
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LILYAN CHAUVIN
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We welcome tributes to Lilyan from all those whose lives were touched by her presence in our world. New categories and additional pages shall be added as new tributes come in.  

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Tributes from Students

I feel blessed and honored to have known such a wise, compassionate, deep and generous soul as Lily. On a trip to LAX from Central CA years ago, my family stopped in Hollywood to learn about how I could begin an acting career at age 14. As a guitarist, I had to visit The Guitar Center on Sunset, who referred me to SAG, who referred me to Lily. After sampling her class on Ventura Blvd., my parents could see such a positive change in my attitude and self-image that they faithfully made the 360 mile round-trip about once a month nearly every month for 4 years so that I (and often my little brother) could attend. She gave me a shortened stage-name, changing “Marija Krstic” to “Marty Kristy”, and a tough skin to survive any number of rejections until I got the part. While at Cal Arts, I was able earn course credits by studying acting and directing with Lily, then continued studying with her off and on for many years after graduating.

Next to my parents, Lily has been my greatest influence. As always, her timing was impeccable, having come into my life at a vulnerable age when her lessons were most valuable. Lily was (and is) the finest role-model I could have ever asked for: an independent, professional, intelligent, beautiful, successful, dignified woman. I was also fortunate to meet her Mom, who always had a sweet and glowing smile.

There are endless memories of fun and focus at the workshops. (oh, and my first “stage-kiss” was also my first kiss ever, right there in front of everyone in Lily’s class!). She had us put a quarter in the jar if we swore in class and then threw a party every so often with the money. There were classic Lily-lines, like, ”Darling, I love you very much but please remember to hold until I say, ‘cut’”…”Know your sub-text.”… ”Don’t pitch your voice.”…“You catch more bees with sugar than with vinegar.”…”Save the light.”…

She told us of precious moments like when, earlier that day, a blue jay sat on her finger in her backyard for the first time. She taught us how to breathe life into each character, to become detectives seeing beyond the obvious, to show humanity, to be self-aware, to appreciate nature, be kind and thoughtful to all, to NEVER say “I can’t”, to live life to the fullest, to always thirst for knowledge and treat it as a precious gift to be shared, see opportunities everywhere, appreciate the people in our lives and to find magic in every moment.

To show my gratitude, I convey these messages to my own music students and all others at every opportunity. I will miss Lilyan very much. My life is richer from having known this remarkable person.

Marija Krstic-Chin
(AKA “Marty Kristy”)


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I am very honored and privileged to have been a student of hers. She is an inspiration for all of us . Her talents, kindness and generosity has touched so many lives. Lilyan will always be in each and everyone of my performances. Lilyan not only taught me how to act, but through her kind generosity, inspired me to be the best I can be in life. She is a definite role model. Lilyan's influence has inspired me to pass on the giving that she so freely gave herself and to make the most of my talents. I'm so thankful for the time I had with her. She will always be a part of my life.

Deborah Ouellette
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Lily taught me the effectiveness and value of dichotomy in acting – the unexpected comment, the voice inflection or raised eyebrow that can twist the meaning of a moment. And I believe my Teacher meant for me to learn an even deeper lesson and appreciation for dichotomy, because in Lily I saw a marvelous blend of dichotomy - strict yet compassionate, disciplined yet expressive, complex yet with simple needs. Lily had wisdom well beyond the industry she devoted her life to. Through her own life journey Lily came to recognize that all actors (and even all people) must continually balance opposing extremes - fear of rejection but with a need to self-express, self-critical but with a need for affirmation. She understood these inner struggles in her students and she empowered us to explore and even embrace our dichotomies. Lily loved aspiring actors, and in those who were sincere, I believe she recognized the same qualities that she valued in herself - a passion and a need to create, to affect life, to overcome challenge. Lily was a very wise Teacher, with wisdom gained through triumphant struggles and perseverance. Her wisdom was not limited to acting and the industry to which she devoted her life. Lily had a deep wisdom about life itself and about people. It was her wisdom that she so generously shared with those who were fortunate to know her. We encounter many people during life’s journey. Some encounters can last for years yet produce no effect, but a rare few are so significant that they touch all the way down to our core and affect who we are. I feel blessed to have been affected in this way by Lily.
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Michael Ouellette
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Favorite Tips & Quotes
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Share your favorite tips & quotes from Lilyan!


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I seen this happen to many students in my classes with Lilly, including Myself. If you were delivering a serious scene and you scrunched/wrinkled your forehead up while delivering your lines she'd say: " Stop wrinkling up your forehead". If you did it again, she would make you wear scotch tape on your forehead for the rest of the class. That sure broke that habit and fast!!!
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Deborah Ouellette
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Quotes:

"shhhhhhh.....zip the lip"...
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Rex Sikes
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Lilyan was my first acting coach in LA. I was straight out of Chicago and had a very bad habit of saying the word "anyways." Lilyan would say in her wonderfully authoritative French accent "give me a quarter." In frustration, I would give her a quarter and say "well, anyways..." followed by Lilyan's "give me another quarter!" Needless to say, after making a sizable contribution to the Children's Hospital, I realized that I not only used the word incorrectly, but OVERUSED the word. Not only is the habit corrected, but I am annoyed to hear other people say "anyways." Goes to show that with observation and persistence, bad habits can be changed! It also underlines the fact that good acting involves self-awareness, as well as the capacity to shape who you are before shaping your craft.
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Kathy Christopherson
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"Never assume. Things are never as they appear."
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In Lilyan's WIF directing workshops this is a phrase she repeated often. She was an exquisite teacher and person. As a mentor and a role model she was the brightest beacon I ever encountered.
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God Bless and Adieu
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Paige Donner
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"Turn the camera around." What it meant was -- there are two sides two everything and in order to understand both sides you must "turn the camera around" -- look at things from the other side.
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Elissa Lynn
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Whether you were studying Directing, Acting or French, Lilyan knew how to put just right amount of pressure on a lesson ...and if you repeated your mistakes she'd say...
"That's going to cost you a quarter!"
She kept piggy bank and donated the money she collected to Children's Hospital.
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Katia Louise
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