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Lili Taylor



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Mary Cooper
2015
No Score Yet A Woman Like Me
  • Anna Seashell
2015
53% Blood Ties
  • Marie
2014
64% The Cold Lands
  • Nicole
2014
86% The Conjuring
  • Carolyn Perron
2013
92% Future Weather
  • Ms. Markovi
2013
10% About Cherry
  • Phyllis
2012
No Score Yet The Courier
  • Mrs. Capo
2012
51% Being Flynn
  • Joy
2012
No Score Yet The Pier
  • Grace Ross
2011
43% Brooklyn's Finest
  • Angela
2010
68% Public Enemies
  • Sheriff Lillian Holley
2009
No Score Yet Tired of Being Funny
  • Actor
2009
53% The Promotion
  • Laurie
2008
87% Starting Out in the Evening
  • Ariel Schiller
2007
No Score Yet The Secret (Si j'étais toi)
  • Actor
2007
76% Factotum
  • Jan
2006
56% The Notorious Bettie Page
  • Paula Klaw
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
2003
91% The Weather Underground
  • Narrator
2002
100% 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
17% 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
75% Ransom
  • Maris Connor
1996
No Score Yet Things I Never Told You
  • Ann
1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder
  • Sally
1996
77% I Shot Andy Warhol
  • Valerie Solanas
1996
95% Cold Fever
  • Jill
1996
73% The Addiction
  • Kathleen Conklin
1995
88% Girls Town
  • Patti Lucci
  • Screenwriter
1995
26% 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
80% Rudy
  • Sherry
1993
95% Short Cuts
  • Honey Bush
1993
56% Watch It
  • Brenda
1993
87% Arizona Dream
  • Grace
1993
50% Household Saints
  • Teresa
1993
76% Dogfight
  • Rose
1991
80% Bright Angel
  • Lucy
1991
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • Jamie Wilson
1989
98% Say Anything...
  • Corey
1989
77% Mystic Pizza
  • Jojo
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Girl at Medical Lab
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
38% Hemlock Grove
2013-2015
  • Lynda Rumancek
82% Gotham
2014
  • Patti
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Marty Glenn
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Lisa Kimmel Fisher Lisa
69% Almost Human
2013-2014
  • Capt. Sandra Maldonado
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Donna Seabrook
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Martha Thornhill
96% American Crime
2015
  • Anne Blaine Nancy Straumberg

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