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|Born||February 20, 1967|
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||DePaul University|
Lili Anne Taylor (born February 20, 1967) is an Emmy-nominated American actress who has numerous credits across television and film, both independent and commercial. She is known for her appearances in such indie films as Mystic Pizza (1988), Say Anything... (1989), Dogfight (1991), Short Cuts (1993), The Addiction (1995) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), as well as for her roles in big-budget films including Ransom (1996), The Haunting (1999), Public Enemies (2009), The Conjuring (2013), and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015). In television, Taylor has starred in Six Feet Under, Hemlock Grove, Almost Human, and all three seasons of the anthology series American Crime. For the latter, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie nomination, her third.
Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago, to Marie (née Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator. She grew up in a "warm family environment", and has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1985. Thereafter, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University before being cut from the acting program, and the Piven Theatre Workshop.
Taylor has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza, and Rudy. Her work has mostly been in independent films and theater. She played Lisa Kimmel Fisher (mostly in the second and third seasons) in the HBO drama Six Feet Under for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Taylor played supporting roles in Mystic Pizza (1988) and Say Anything... (1989). She starred in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca, in which she played an unattractive young woman who is taken to a cruel contest by a Marine (played by River Phoenix) under the pretense of a date. In 1991, she played Grace, the witty and romantic step-daughter of Faye Dunaway, in the very poetic Arizona Dream (released 1993), directed by Emir Kusturica, co-starring Johnny Depp, Vincent Gallo and Jerry Lewis. In 1993 too, she re-teamed with Savoca for Household Saints. Director Robert Altman hired Taylor in 1993 for his epic Los Angeles drama Short Cuts, in which Taylor shared scenes with Lily Tomlin. Taylor portrayed Valerie Solanas in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). The same year, she co-starred in Girls Town with Bruklin Harris and Aunjanue Ellis, where three inner-city friends dealt with a friend's suicide, and later in Ransom, as caterer who helps her corrupt policeman boyfriend kidnap a rich man's son.
In 1998 she appeared in the X-Files episode "Mind's Eye", and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The same year, she appeared in John Waters' film Pecker, alongside Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci and Mary Kay Place. In 1999, Taylor starred in Jan de Bont's remake of The Haunting. In 2001, Taylor appeared in the independent feature Julie Johnson. The film, co-starring Courtney Love, centered on a Long Island mother and housewife who leaves her husband to pursue her dream of studying science. In early 2004, Taylor made her New York City stage debut in Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon in the role of Lemon.
Taylor won the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum. In 2006, Taylor worked again with Mary Harron in The Notorious Bettie Page. She starred in the Lifetime cable network's hour-long comedy-drama series State of Mind, as a New Haven therapist dealing with a divorce and a parade of quirky clients. She played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's 2007 drama Starting Out in the Evening. In the 2008 film The Promotion, Taylor played Lori Wehlner, the wife of John C. Reilly's character. In 2009, Taylor played Sheriff Lillian Holley of Lake County, Indiana, who incarcerates John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp), in Michael Mann's Public Enemies. In 2011, Fence Books released Taylor's audio recording of poet Ariana Reines' Save The World. In 2013, Taylor starred in the horror hit The Conjuring.
In 2014, Taylor starred alongside Chloë Grace Moretz in the off-Broadway play The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh. The following year she co-starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers". Filming began at the end of October, and the movie was released on September 18, 2015. In 2020, Taylor starred opposite Stefania LaVie Owen in Paper Spiders.
In May 1997, Taylor's former boyfriend, actor Michael Rapaport, was arrested for harassing Taylor and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. He pleaded guilty to the charges. New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg issued a protection order forbidding him from contacting Taylor and requiring him to undergo counseling.
Taylor is an activist for conservation issues, particularly those having to do with birds, and sits on the boards of the American Birding Association and National Audubon Society. She introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, in the early 1990s.
Taylor is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Also recognized for her extensive work in American independent film, she has been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, winning Best Supporting Female for her performance in Household Saints (1993). She was nominated for Best Female Lead for Bright Angel (1990) and The Addiction (1995), and again for Best Supporting Female for Girls Town (1996). In 1996, she received a Special Recognition award from the Sundance Film Festival for her performance in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol, in which she portrayed Valerie Solanas. Ten years later, in 2006, she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
|1986||Crime Story||Waitress||Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"|
|1987||Night of Courage||Television film|
|1990||Monsters||Jamie Neal||Episode: "Habitat"|
|1990||American Playhouse||Younger Marianne||Episode: "Sensibility and Sense"|
|1990||Family of Spies||Laura Walker||Television film|
|1997||SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground||Belinda||Television film|
|1997–1998||Mad About You||Arley||2 episodes|
|1998||The X-Files||Marty Glenn||Episode: "Mind's Eye"|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1998)
|2000–2001||Deadline||Hildy Baker||13 episodes|
|2001||Anne Frank: The Whole Story||Miep Gies||2 episodes|
|2002||Live from Baghdad||Judy Parker||Television film|
|2002–2005||Six Feet Under||Lisa Kimmel Fisher||25 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
|2003||Penguins Behind Bars||Doris Fairfeather (voice)||Television film|
|2007||State of Mind||Ann Bellows, MD||8 episodes|
|2010||The Good Wife||Donna Seabrook||Episode: "Poisoned Pill"|
|2013–2014||Hemlock Grove||Lynda Rumancek||11 episodes|
|2013–2014||Almost Human||Captain Sandra Maldonado||13 episodes|
|2014||Gotham||Patti||Episode: "Selina Kyle"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Martha Thornhill||2 episodes|
|2015–2017||American Crime||Nancy Straumberg
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series
|2019||Chambers||Ruth Pezim||7 episodes|
|2020||Perry Mason||Birdy McKeegan||7 episodes|
|1997||Three Sisters||Irina||Roundabout Theatre Company, New York|
|2001||The Dead Eye Boy||Shirley-Diane||MCC Theater, New York|
|2006||Landscape of the Body||Betty||Off-Broadway, Peter Norton Space, New York|
|2009||Mourning Becomes Electra||Christine Mannon||Off-Broadway, Acorn Theatre, New York|
|2014||The Library||Dawn Sheridan||Off-Broadway, Public Theater, New York|
|2017||Marvin's Room||Bessie Wakefield||Broadway, American Airlines Theatre|
- Biography at FilmReference.com
- "Obituary: Park Taylor", Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2001
- Lili Taylor profile Archived 2017-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Out Magazine
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- Rooney, David (16 January 2014). "Steven Soderbergh to Direct Off-Broadway Play Starring Chloe Grace Moretz". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Jen Yamato (November 3, 2014). "Lili Taylor Joins Fox's 'The Maze Runner 2′". deadline.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
- "Lili Taylor & Stefania LaVie Owen To Star In Mental Illness Drama 'Paper Spiders'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
- Kachka, Boris (January 21, 2010). "Nick Flynn Talks (and Writes) About Meeting With His Actress Dream Girl, Lili Taylor". New York.
- Errico, Marcus (May 19, 1998). "Michael Rapaport Sentenced for Harassment". E! News. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- "Actor ordered to stay away from girlfriend he harassed". Deseret News. May 19, 1998. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- "Grohl schmoll", The Sydney Morning Herald, July 11, 2003
- Jnes, Kenneth. " 'Landscape of the Body', Guare's Glimpse of Greenwich Village in the 1970s, Begins at NYC's Signature" Playbill, March 28, 2006
- Hernandez, Ernio. "New Group's 'Mourning Becomes Electra' Revival Closes Off-Broadway March 1" Playbill, March 1, 2009
- Stewart, Zachary. "Review. 'The Library' " theatermania.com, April 15, 2014