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Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor

Full Name: Lili Anne Taylor

Birth Date: February 20, 1967

Birth Place: Glencoe, Illinois, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 5"


Lili Taylor Biography

One of the most versatile actresses working in film today, Lili Taylor is known for taking on complex, thorny roles that many of her more glamorous colleagues avoid. In the 1990s, she became a staple of the independent film circuit, turning in one engaging performance after another in films like The Addiction (1995), Girls Town (1996), and Pecker (1998).

A native of Glencoe, IL, where she was born on February 20, 1967, Taylor was raised in a comfortable middle-class household as the second youngest of six children. She started acting in grade school and briefly attended DePaul University's Goodman Theater School before launching her professional career in local and regional theater. She acted for a time with Evanston's Piven Theater, performing in the company of such future notables as John Cusack, Aidan Quinn, and Jeremy Piven. In 1987, she spent a season on-stage in Czechoslovakia, returning stateside the following year to make her New York City stage debut in a production of What Did He See?

That same year, Taylor ventured into feature films with a bit part in the John Hughes comedy She's Having a Baby. Though the role brought Taylor little recognition, she scored big with her sophomore effort, a starring role in Mystic Pizza (1988) as one of three amorous pizzeria girls (the other two were Julia Roberts and Annabeth Gish) working in a small Connecticut coastal town. More recognition followed for Say Anything... (1989), in which Taylor played John Cusack's hilariously obsessive best friend; she continued to shine in films like Bright Angel (1991), in which she was cast as the drifter sister of a jailbird, and in Dogfight (1991), in which she was the obligatory "ugly duckling" who both transformed and was transformed by her reluctant date, River Phoenix.

From the late '80s through the 1990s, Taylor proved to be a willing and able ensemble player in the works of several respected directors: Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Nancy Savoca's Household Saints (1993), Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), and Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994). She also did notable work in independent films, starring in Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995); Girls Town (1996), a drama about four high school girls trying to cope with everyday hardship, for which she also co-wrote the screenplay; and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), which cast her in one of her most memorable roles as the mad, murderous Valerie Solanas.

In 1998, Taylor played the uncharacteristically glamorous role of an art dealer who tries to seduce the young hero of John Waters' Pecker, and also tried her hand at screwball comedy with Stanley Tucci's The Imposters. Having demonstrated her range in a number of genres, Taylor then took on big-budget horror in 1999 with her starring role in Jan de Bont's The Haunting. However, staying true to her indie loyalties, she could also be seen playing an ordinary woman who begins to lead an extraordinary life in Toni Kalem's adaptation of Anne Tyler's A Slipping Down Life, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of that year.

Taylor went on to play her Emmy nominated role of "Lisa" on HBO's award-winning Six Feet Under, as well as in John Sayles' feature Casa De Los Babys, with Daryl Hannah and Marcia Gay Harden.

Lili Taylor Filmography

Factotum (2005) .... Jan
Ballad of Bettie Page, The (2004) .... Paula Klaw
Casa de los babys (2003) .... Leslie
Penguins Behind Bars (2003) (TV) (voice) .... Doris Fairfeather
"Six Feet Under" (2001) TV Series .... Lisa Kimmel Fisher (2002-2003)
Live From Baghdad (2002) (TV) .... Judy Parker
Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001) (TV) .... Miep Gies
Gaudi Afternoon (2001) .... Ben
... aka Tardes de Gaudí (2002) (Spain)
Julie Johnson (2001) .... Julie Johnson
"Deadline" (2000) TV Series .... Hildy Baker
High Fidelity (2000) .... Sarah Kendrew
Haunting, The (1999) .... Eleanor 'Nell' Vance
... aka Maldición, La (1999) (USA: Spanish title)
Slipping-Down Life, A (1999) .... Evie Decker
Pecker (1998) .... Rorey Wheeler
Come to (1998) .... Angela
Impostors, The (1998) .... Lily 'Lil'
O.K. Garage (1998) .... Rachel
... aka All Revved Up (1998) (USA: video title)
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997) (TV) .... Belinda (segment "The Listeners")
Kicked in the Head (1997) .... Happy
Plain Pleasures (1996)
Cosas que nunca te dije (1996) .... Ann
... aka Coses que no et vaig dir mai (1996) (Spain: Catalan title)
... aka Things I Never Told You (1996)
Ransom (1996) .... Maris Conner
Illtown (1996) .... Micky
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1996) (uncredited) .... Woman in Speakeasy
... aka Killer, The (1996)
Girls Town (1996) .... Patti Lucci
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) .... Valerie Jean Solanas
Addiction, The (1995) .... Kathleen Conklin
Four Rooms (1995) .... Raven (segment "The Missing Ingredient")
Cold Fever (1995) .... Jill
... aka Á köldum klaka (1995) (Iceland)
Prêt-à-Porter (1994) .... Fiona Ulrich
... aka Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear (1994) (Canada: English title)
... aka Ready to Wear (1994)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) .... Edna Ferber
... aka Mrs. Parker and the Round Table (1994)
Touch Base (1994) .... Darcy Winningham
Short Cuts (1993) .... Honey Bush
Rudy (1993) .... Sherry
Household Saints (1993) .... Teresa Carmela Santangelo
Watch It (1993) .... Brenda
Arizona Dream (1993) .... Grace Stalker
... aka Arizona Dream (1993) (France)
... aka Arrowtooth Waltz, The (1993)
Dogfight (1991) .... Rose
Bright Angel (1991) .... Lucy
Sensibility and Sense (1990) (TV)
Family of Spies (1990) (TV) .... Laura Walker
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) .... Jamie Wilson (Georgia)
Say Anything... (1989) .... Corey Flood
Mystic Pizza (1988) .... Jojo
She's Having a Baby (1988) .... Girl at Medical Lab
Night of Courage (1987) (TV)

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