Lili Taylor

Highest Rated: 98% Say Anything... (1989)
Lowest Rated: 11% Kicked in the Head (1997)
Birthday: Feb 20, 1967
Birthplace: Glencoe, Illinois, USA
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.As the new century began Taylor could be seen alongside her old co-star John Cusack in High Fidelity, and in 2001 she tackled the historical role of Miep Gies in a retelling of Anne Frank. She had a memorable role on the HBO series Six Feet Under. She continued to work steadily in diverse projects such as The Secret, Starting Out in the Evening, Brooklyn's Finest, Public Enemies, and Being Flynn.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Eli Dr. Isabella Horn 2019
30% Leatherface Verna Sawyer 2017
71% To the Bone Judy 2017
No Score Yet Almost Human - An Elephant's Life Capt. Sandra Maldonado 2017
46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Mary Cooper 2015
No Score Yet A Woman Like Me Anna Seashell 2015
51% Blood Ties Marie $29.3K 2014
64% The Cold Lands Nicole 2014
85% The Conjuring Carolyn Perron $137.4M 2013
93% Future Weather Ms. Markovi 2013
14% About Cherry Phyllis $3.3K 2012
No Score Yet The Courier Mrs. Capo 2012
51% Being Flynn Joy $0.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Pier Grace Ross 2011
44% Brooklyn's Finest Angela $26.8M 2010
68% Public Enemies Sheriff Lillian Holley $97.1M 2009
No Score Yet Tired of Being Funny Actor 2009
53% The Promotion Laurie $0.4M 2008
87% Starting Out in the Evening Ariel Schiller $0.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Secret (Si j'étais toi) Actor 2007
75% Factotum Jan $0.9M 2006
56% The Notorious Bettie Page Paula Klaw $1.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Secret Hannah Marris 2006
No Score Yet Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove: Readings From Voices of a People's History of the United States Actor 2005
No Score Yet In the Company of Women Actor 2004
58% Casa de los Babys Leslie $0.4M 2003
91% The Weather Underground Narrator 2002
88% Live from Baghdad Judy Parker 2002
29% Gaudi Afternoon Ben Harris 2001
No Score Yet Anne Frank Miep Gies 2001
No Score Yet Julie Johnson Julie Johnson 2001
91% High Fidelity Sarah 2000
16% The Haunting Nell 1999
62% The Impostors Lily 1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life Evie Decker 1999
52% Pecker Rorey Wheeler 1998
No Score Yet O.K. Garage Rachel 1998
11% Kicked in the Head Happy 1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Actor 1997
No Score Yet Subway Stories Belinda 1997
50% Illtown Micky 1997
14% Four Rooms Raven 1996
76% Ransom Maris Connor 1996
No Score Yet Things I Never Told You Ann 1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder Sally 1996
78% I Shot Andy Warhol Valerie Solanas 1996
95% Cold Fever Jill 1996
75% The Addiction Kathleen Conklin 1995
88% Girls Town Patti Lucci Screenwriter 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Fiona Ulrich, New York Times Photojournalist 1994
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) Edna Ferber 1994
78% Rudy Sherry 1993
95% Short Cuts Honey Bush 1993
56% Watch It Brenda 1993
87% Arizona Dream Grace 1993
50% Household Saints Teresa 1993
78% Dogfight Rose 1991
80% Bright Angel Lucy 1991
89% Born on the Fourth of July Jamie Wilson 1989
98% Say Anything... Corey 1989
78% Mystic Pizza Jojo 1988
40% She's Having a Baby Girl at Medical Lab 1988


97% American Crime
Anne Blaine Clair Coates Nancy Straumberg
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest Martha Thornhill
  • 2015
38% Hemlock Grove
Lynda Rumancek
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
78% Gotham
  • 2014
69% Almost Human
Capt. Sandra Maldonado
  • 2014
  • 2013
96% The Good Wife
Donna Seabrook
  • 2010
No Score Yet State of Mind
Dr. Ann Bellowes
  • 2007
83% Six Feet Under
Lisa Kimmel Fisher Lisa
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • 2004
90% Farscape
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
74% The X-Files
Marty Glenn
  • 1998
No Score Yet Mad About You
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Younger Marianne
  • 1990