Lili Taylor

Actor, Costume designer
An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1967 in Glencoe, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Almost Human 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Gotham 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cold Lands 2014 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Future Weather 2013 (Movie)

Ms. Markovi (Actor)

Hemlock Grove 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Conjuring 2013 (Movie)

Carolyn Perron (Actor)

About Cherry 2012 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

Sheriff Lillian Holley (Actor)

The Promotion 2008 (Movie)

Lori Wehlner (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Ariel Schiller (Actor)

State of Mind 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret 2007 (Movie)

Hannah Marris (Actor)

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Paula Klaw (Actor)

A Slipping Down Life 2004 (Movie)

Evie Decker (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Gaudi Afternoon 2003 (Movie)

Ben Harris (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Weather Underground 2003 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Nell (Actor)

Letters Not About Love 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

Rorey Wheeler (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Things I Never Told You 1998 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

illtown 1998 (Movie)

Suzanne (Actor)

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Happy (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Fever 1996 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

Patti Lucci (Actor)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

Valerie Solanas (Actor)

OK Garage 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Maris Connor (Actor)

Arizona Dream 1995 (Movie)

Grace Stalker (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Raven (Actor)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

Kathleen Conklin (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Edna Ferber (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Fiona Ulrich--"New York Times" Photojournalist (Actor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Rudy 1993 (Movie)

Sherry (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Honey Bush (Actor)

Touch Base 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Watch It 1993 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Dogfight 1991 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Family of Spies 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sensibility and Sense 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Jamie Wilson (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Corey Flood (Actor)

Mystic Pizza 1988 (Movie)

Jojo Barboza (Actor)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Girl at Medical Lab (Actor)

Anne Frank (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Johnson (TV Show)

Actor

Live From Baghdad (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Courage (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor offered soulful performances of outsiders and complicated misfits in films including "Household Saints" (1993) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996), a fact-based biopic of a troubled would-be assassin. Taylor's insistence on only working with fully developed, three-dimensional characters limited her options in mainstream film, though she was occasionally tapped to lend her quiet intensity to supporting roles in Hollywood movies such as "Say Anything" (1989), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Increasingly visible on primetime cable television, Taylor appeared in a recurring role on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and starred in several HBO movies while maintaining her title as an independent film mainstay, known for imbuing a remarkable stillness and vulnerability into her well-chosen roles.

Relationships

Nick Flynn Executive Producer

Husband
Dating since 2004 Taylor acted in "Being Flynn" (2012), a feature adaptation of Flynn's book

Gerard Hurley

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1999 No longer together

Michael Imperioli Actor

Companion
Dated from c. 1991 to 1995; briefly engaged Acted together in "Household Saints" (1993), "The Addiction" (1995) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) No longer together

Michael Rapaport Actor

Companion
Acted together in "Illtown" (1996) and "Kicked in the Head" (1997) Dated from 1996 to 1997 Rapaport was arrested on May 18, 1997 when Taylor complained to police that he was harassing her He plead guilty in 1998 and agreed to therapy and to have no contact with Taylor for three years in lieu of jail time

Eric Stoltz Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Say Anything" (1989) No longer together

Daniel Swee Actor

Brother-In-Law

Park Taylor

Father
Managed a hardware store

Marie Taylor

Mother

Maeve Taylor-Flynn

Daughter
Born in 2008; father, Nick Flynn

EDUCATION

DePaul University

Chicago , Illinois
Left after less than a year, because the university would not allow her to perform professionally while enrolled

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois
Acted in a production of Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

Piven Theatre Workshop

Evanston , Illinois
Studied under Joyce and Byrne Piven

Milestones

2013

Joined the cast of the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove"

2013

Appeared in the horror hit "The Conjuring"

2012

Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn," based on boyfriend Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

2011

Guest starred on CBS drama series "The Good Wife"

2009

Portrayed the Indiana sheriff who incarcerates John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies"

2007

Starred as a psychiatrist on the short-lived drama series "State of Mind" (Lifetime)

2007

Played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's "Starting Out in the Evening"

2006

Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model

2006

Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum," a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski

2003

Co-starred in "Gaudi Afternoon," directed by Susan Seidelman

2002

Landed recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"

2002

Co-starred with Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter in the HBO original movie "Live from Baghdad"

2001

Cast as Miep Van Gies in "Anne Frank" (ABC)

2001

Returned to the NYC stage in "The Dead Eye Boy"

2001

Played Ophelia to Jared Harris' "Hamlet" at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival

2000

Had featured role on the NBC fall drama "Deadline"

2000

Portrayed a broken-hearted manic-depressive who dumped John Cusack in "High Fidelity"

1998

Earned an Emmy nomination for guest role on "Mind's Eye" episode of "The X-Files" (Fox)

1998

Joined the ensemble of John Waters' "Pecker" as a very savvy art gallery owner

1997

Acted opposite then-boyfriend Michael Rapaport in "The Listeners," a segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"

1997

Performed in Scott Elliott's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" playing the 20-year-old Irina alongside Amy Irving and Jeanne Tripplehorn

1996

Played Gary Sinise's girlfriend in Ron Howard's "Ransom"; first major role in a studio film

1996

Debut as screenwriter, "Girls Town"; also starred as a single mother trying to improve her lot

1996

Portrayed the titular character in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"

1995

Enjoyed a nice change-of-pace as the desperate, androgynous graduate student-vampire of Abel Ferrar's "The Addiction"

1995

Designed the costumes for "A Candle in the Window," a stage play directed by Michael Imperioli

1994

Played writer Edna Ferber in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"

1994

Reteamed with Altman for "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter," playing a lesbian fashion photographer

1993

Reteamed with Savoca for "Household Saints"

1993

Appeared in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" as Honey Bush, the wife of a cheating makeup artist

1993

Acted in off-Broadway production of "Aven'U Boys"

1993

Portrayed the hometown girl left behind by Sean Astin's "Rudy"

1992

Acted in Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dreaming"

1991

First film with director Nancy Savoca, "Dogfight"

1990

Featured as the widow of a soldier accidentally killed by Tom Cruise's character in "Born on the Fourth of July"

1989

First film with actor John Cusack, "Say Anything"; cast also included Joan Cusack and Jeremy Piven

1988

First major NYC theater role, "What Did He See?"

1988

Screen debut, "She's Having a Baby"

1988

First major role as the ambivalent prospective bride in "Mystic Pizza"

1987

TV debut, "Night of Courage" (ABC)

1984

Professional stage debut in the Northlight Theatre production "Bing and Walker"

Studied acting at the Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston, IL

Worked with famed Second City founder Del Close on the locally produced TV special "No Laughing Matter"

Bonus Trivia

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Taylor was a member of NYC's Naked Angels before forming her own theater company Machine Full c. 1993. She made her directing debut at the helm of Machine Full's production of "Halcyon Days."

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"I'll do interviews and photo sessions, but I don't like them and I don't need them. People recognizing me is OK, because they don't quite know how to place me; they think I'm, like, a neighbor or something. It's not like, Oh, a STAR! My films have been low-budget, and when there's not a lot of money, there's a spirit and a will to it. When you have a lot of money involved, the pressure is so immense that it kills that spirit. But if there's a great film that could make money and have integrity, yeah, I'd do it! I haven't seen one of those yet. My agent knows not to even send me on things that are one dimensional or stupid. People say, 'you've gotta work, you've been out of it too long.' It's OK. There's no rush." – Taylor quoted in Movieline, March 1993

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About the state of independent films: "They're not really independents anymore. Budgets are higher. The revolving doors in theaters move faster so they're not as apt to keep small films and let them get good word of mouth. The director has to get a name actor and follow the dictates of the money people, and it's not that independent." – Taylor to the The Los Angles Times, Jan. 25, 1998

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On the difficulty women have getting good film roles: "Generally speaking, we've got a ways to go in that department because the imbalance is so old. We're dealing with thousands of years. I do feel the movie industry is a really interesting microcosm of the problem. For a long time there's been double the amount of roles for men as women. And we earn much less than men do. When the independents were purer and didn't make so much money, they could take more risks, especially in the kinds of women they could show. But when there's a bigger budget there's more of a formula, and the women fit into that formula in a very specific way. Usually a complicated woman is not part of it." – Taylor quoted in Interview, January 1999

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"The main thing I try to do is listen. Not just listening to the script, but listening to the character. I let the character guide me, she'll tell me what to do. A lot of times I'll just close my eyes and watch her do things. I don't know what the hell the scene's about, and she'll just take me through it." – Taylor quoted in Out, August 1999

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Taylor has long hoped to play Janis Joplin in a film directed by Nancy Savoca, but the project remained on hold.

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"I'm not a social worker. I'm an artist, and that's what I do. So the question I keep asking myself is, within what I do, what can I do?" – Taylor to Interview magazine, May 2006

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Taylor is an avid birder.

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