Lili Taylor

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Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor 2013.jpg
BornLili Anne Taylor
(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967 (age 47)
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Nick Flynn (m. 2009); 1 child
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Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor 2013.jpg
BornLili Anne Taylor
(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967 (age 47)
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Nick Flynn (m. 2009); 1 child

Lili Anne Taylor (born February 20, 1967) is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza (1988), Say Anything... (1989), Short Cuts (1993) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), as well as the acclaimed TV show Six Feet Under (2002–2005). She has also appeared in several big-budget films such as Ransom (1996), The Haunting (1999) and The Conjuring (2013).

Personal life[edit]

Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois to Marie (née Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator.[1][2] She grew up in a "warm family environment" and has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood.[3] She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1985. Thereafter, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Piven Theatre Workshop.[4] She introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, at a party in Chicago in 1993.[5] She is married to writer Nick Flynn; they have one child.[6]


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 the role of 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 1993, 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 a two-faced caterer working for Mel Gibson's character and who then helps kidnap and hold his son ransom.

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. 1998 saw Taylor teaming with John Waters, in Pecker. The film, co-starring Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci and Mary Kay Place, followed a young Baltimore photographer as he entered the New York art world. Taylor portrayed his art dealer. 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 kicks out 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.[citation needed]

In the Lifetime cable network's hour-long comedy-drama series State of Mind, Taylor starred 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.[citation needed] 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's Save The World.

On November 3, 2014, Taylor was cast in the upcoming The Maze Runner sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers".[7] Filming began at the end of October with a release date set for a September 18, 2015.


In 2006, Lili Taylor was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.


1988She's Having a BabyGirl at Medical Lab
1988Mystic PizzaJojo Barbosa
1989Say Anything...Corey Flood
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyJamie Wilson - Georgia
1990Bright AngelLucyNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1993Arizona DreamGrace Stalker
1993Watch ItBrenda
1993Short CutsHoney BushGolden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Venice Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast
1993Household SaintsTeresa Carmela SantangeloIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1994Touch BaseDarcy WinninghamShort film
1994Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleEdna Ferber
1994Prêt-à-PorterFiona UlrichNational Board of Review for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1995Addiction, TheThe AddictionKathleen ConklinMálaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema: Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1995Cold FeverJillSeattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Girls Town)
1995Four RoomsRavenSegment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1995Killer: A Journal of a MurderWoman in Speakeasy (uncredited)
1996Plain Pleasures
1996Girls TownPatti LucciSeattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Cold Fever)
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1996I Shot Andy WarholValerie Jean SolanasSeattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for Girls Town and Cold Fever)
Stockholm International Film Festival: Best Actress
Sundance Film Festival: Special Recognition
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1996Cosas que nunca te dijeAnnThessaloniki International Film Festival: Best Actress
1996RansomMaris ConnerBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress—Suspense
1997Kicked in the HeadHappy
1998O.K. GarageRachel
1998Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsLily 'Lil'
1998Come toAngelaShort film
1998PeckerRorey Wheeler
1999Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down LifeEvie DeckerIndianapolis International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (shared with Sara Rue)
Newport Beach Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
1999Haunting, TheThe HauntingNell VanceNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Catherine Zeta-Jones)
2000High FidelitySarah Kendrew
2001Julie JohnsonJulie Johnson
2001Gaudi AfternoonBen
2003Casa de los BabysLeslie
2005FactotumJanCopenhagen International Film Festival: Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie PagePaula Klaw
2007Starting Out in the EveningAriel Schiller
2007Secret, TheThe SecretHannah Marris
2008Promotion, TheThe PromotionLori Wehlner
2009Tired of Being FunnyLeeShort film
2009Brooklyn's FinestAngelaNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2009Public EnemiesSheriff Lillian Holley
2011Pier, TheThe PierGrace Ross
2012About CherryPhyllis
2012Being FlynnJoy
2012Courier, TheThe CourierMrs. Capo
2012Future WeatherMs. Markovi
2013Cold Lands, TheThe Cold LandsNicole
2013The ConjuringCarolyn PerronFangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013Blood TiesMarie Pierzynski
2015The Maze Runner: Scorch TrialsDr. Mary CooperFilming
1986Crime StoryWaitressEpisode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1987Night of CourageTV movie
1990MonstersWomanEpisode: "Habitat"
1990American PlayhouseYounger MarianneEpisode: "Sensibility and Sense"
1990Family of SpiesLaura WalkerTV movie
1997SUBWAYStories: Tales from the UndergroundBelindaTV movie
1997–1998Mad About YouArleyEpisodes: "The Magic Pants" & "Nat & Arley"
1998X-Files, TheThe X-FilesMarty GlennEpisode: "Mind's Eye"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2000–2001DeadlineHildy Baker13 episodes
2001Anne Frank: The Whole StoryMiep GiesTV miniseries
2002Live from BaghdadJudy ParkerTV movie
2002–2005Six Feet UnderLisa Kimmel Fisher25 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
2003Penguins Behind BarsDoris Fairfeather (voice)TV movie
2007State of MindAnn Bellows, MD8 episodes
2010Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeDonna SeabrookEpisode: "Poisoned Pill"
2013–2014Hemlock GroveLynda Rumancek11 episodes
2013–2014Almost HumanCaptain Maldonado13 episodes
2014GothamPattiEpisode: "Selina Kyle"
1997Three SistersIrina
2001Dead Eye Boy, TheThe Dead Eye BoyShirley-DianeMCC Theater, New York
2006Landscape of the BodyBettyPeter Norton Space, New York
2009Mourning Becomes ElectraChristine MannonAcorn Theater, New York
2014The LibraryDawn SheridanPublic Theater, New York


  1. ^ Biography at
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Lili Taylor profile, Out Magazine
  4. ^ Lili Taylor profile, Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Jen Yamato (November 3, 2014). "Lili Taylor Joins Fox’s ‘The Maze Runner 2′". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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