Lili Taylor

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Lili Taylor
BornLili Anne Taylor
(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967 (age 45)
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Nick Flynn (2009-present)
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Lili Taylor
BornLili Anne Taylor
(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967 (age 45)
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Nick Flynn (2009-present)

Lili Anne Taylor (born February 20, 1967) is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza, Say Anything..., Short Cuts and I Shot Andy Warhol, and the acclaimed TV show Six Feet Under.


Personal life

Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Marie, a professional babysitter, and Park Taylor, a Black folk artist and hardware store operator.[1] She grew up in a "warm family environment" and has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood.[2] Taylor 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.[3] Lili introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, at a party in Chicago in 1993.[citation needed] She is married to Nick Flynn. They have a daughter together, Maeve Flynn.[citation needed]


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). In Mystic Pizza, she played Jojo, a young woman working in a pizzeria. The film co-starred Annabeth Gish and Julia Roberts.

Taylor then 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 again teamed up 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. The film also featured Jack Lemmon, Tom Waits, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore and Robert Downey Jr.

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.

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. She 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.

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 the Scottish 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's Save The World.


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


Year Title Role Notes
1988 She's Having a BabyGirl at Medical Lab
1988 Mystic PizzaJojo
1989 Say Anything...Corey Flood
1989 Born on the Fourth of JulyJamie Wilson - Georgia
1990 Bright AngelLucy Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1991 DogfightRose
1993 Arizona DreamGrace Stalker
1993 Watch ItBrenda
1993 Short CutsHoney Bush Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Venice Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast
1993 Household SaintsTeresa Carmela Santangelo Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1993 RudySherry
1994 Touch BaseDarcy Winningham Short film
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleEdna Ferber
1994 Prêt-à-PorterFiona Ulrich National Board of Review for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1995 Addiction, TheThe AddictionKathleen Conklin Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema: Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1995 Cold FeverJill Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Girls Town)
1995 Four RoomsRaven Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1995 Killer: A Journal of a MurderWoman in Speakeasy (uncredited)
1996 Plain Pleasures
1996 Girls TownPatti Lucci Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Cold Fever)
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1996 I Shot Andy WarholValerie Jean Solanas Seattle 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 — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1996 Cosas que nunca te dijeAnn Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Best Actress
1996 IlltownMicky
1996 RansomMaris Conner Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense
1997 Kicked in the HeadHappy
1998 O.K. GarageRachel
1998 Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsLily 'Lil'
1998 Come toAngela Short film
1998 PeckerRorey Wheeler
1999 Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down LifeEvie Decker Indianapolis International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (shared with Sara Rue)
Newport Beach Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
1999 Haunting, TheThe HauntingNell Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror
2000 High FidelitySarah Kendrew
2001 Julie JohnsonJulie Johnson
2001 Gaudi AfternoonBen
2003 Casa de los BabysLeslie
2005 FactotumJan Copenhagen 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
2005 Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie PagePaula Klaw
2007 Starting Out in the EveningAriel Schiller
2007 Secret, TheThe SecretHannah Marris
2008 Promotion, TheThe PromotionLori Wehlner
2009 Tired of Being FunnyLee Short film
2009 Brooklyn's FinestAngela Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2009 Public EnemiesSheriff Lillian Holley
2011 Pier, TheThe PierGrace Ross
2012 About CherryPhyllis
2012 Being FlynnJoy
2012 Courier, TheThe CourierMrs. Capo
2012 Future WeatherMs. Markovi
2012 Cold Lands, TheThe Cold LandsNicole Post-production
2013 Conjuring, TheThe ConjuringPost-production
2013 Blood TiesPost-production
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crime StoryWaitress Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1987 Night of CourageTV movie
1990 MonstersWoman Episode: "Habitat"
1990 American PlayhouseYounger Marianne Episode: "Sensibility and Sense"
1990 Family of SpiesLaura Walker TV movie
1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the UndergroundBelinda TV movie
1997 Mad About YouArley Episode: "The Magic Pants"
1998 Mad About YouArley Episode: "Nat & Arley"
1998 X-Files, TheThe X-FilesMarty Glenn Episode: "Mind's Eye"
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2000-2001 DeadlineHildy Baker 13 episodes
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole StoryMiep GiesTV miniseries
2002 Live from BaghdadJudy Parker TV movie
2002-2005 Six Feet UnderLisa 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
2003 Penguins Behind BarsDoris Fairfeather (voice) TV movie
2007 State of MindAnn Bellows, MD 8 episodes
2010 Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeDonna Seabrook Episode: "Poisoned Pill"
2012 Hemlock GroveEpisode: "Jellyfish in the Sky"
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Three SistersIrina
2001 Dead Eye Boy, TheThe Dead Eye BoyShirley-Diane MCC Theater, New York
2006 Landscape of the BodyBetty Peter Norton Space, New York
2009 Mourning Becomes ElectraChristine Mannon Acorn Theater, New York


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