Meg Tilly

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Meg Tilly
BornMargaret Elizabeth Chan
(1960-02-14) February 14, 1960 (age 53)
Long Beach, California, United States
OccupationActress, novelist
Years active1980–1995, 2010–present
Spouse(s)Tim Zinnemann (m. 1983–89)
John Calley (m. 1995–2002)
Don Calame (m. 2002)
Partner(s)Colin Firth (1989–1994)
ChildrenEmily (b. 1984)
David (b. 1986)
Will (b. 1990)
Website
www.officialmegtilly.com
 
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Meg Tilly
BornMargaret Elizabeth Chan
(1960-02-14) February 14, 1960 (age 53)
Long Beach, California, United States
OccupationActress, novelist
Years active1980–1995, 2010–present
Spouse(s)Tim Zinnemann (m. 1983–89)
John Calley (m. 1995–2002)
Don Calame (m. 2002)
Partner(s)Colin Firth (1989–1994)
ChildrenEmily (b. 1984)
David (b. 1986)
Will (b. 1990)
Website
www.officialmegtilly.com

Meg Tilly (born 14 February 1960) is a Canadian-American actress and published novelist.

Early life[edit]

Tilly, the third of four children, was born Margaret Elizabeth Chan in Long Beach, California,[1] the daughter of Patricia (née Tilly), a Canadian schoolteacher, and businessman Harry Chan.[2][3]

Tilly's father was Chinese American, and her mother was of Irish, Finnish, and First Nations descent.[4] Following her parents' divorce when she was three, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, John Ward, on rural Texada Island in British Columbia. She graduated from Esquimalt High School in Victoria, British Columbia. She has a brother, Steve, and two sisters, Rebecca and actress Jennifer.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

She was involved with the Connecticut Ballet Company as a teen, as well as the Throne Dance Theatre. She made her screen debut with Alan Parker's Fame in 1980. When a dance partner dropped her, causing a serious back injury, her dance career came to a shattering halt.

She then became an actress. She played a prostitute in a second season episode of Hill Street Blues before she appeared in films such as The Big Chill and Psycho II before her acclaimed title role in Agnes of God, for which she received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe. Tilly later appeared in Valmont, The Two Jakes with Jack Nicholson and Leaving Normal, as well as the 1993 horror film, Body Snatchers.

Tilly was the first choice for the role of Constanze Mozart in Miloš Forman's film Amadeus, having received glowing appraisals of her rehearsal work by both her would-be costar Tom Hulce and director Forman. However, she sustained a leg injury playing soccer and had to abandon the project. The role later went to Elizabeth Berridge. Tilly portrayed the Blessed Mother, a Pope-like figure in the Caprica episode "Unvanquished".

Tilly returned to acting in 2011 playing Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,[5] presented by the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, B.C.[6]

In January 2012 Global Television in Canada launched the six-part Bomb Girls about women who work in a munitions factory during World War II.[7] Tilly stars as Lorna, the emotionally closed floor matron who blossoms as a leader and an appealing woman.[8] She won the 2013 Lead Actress, Drama Canadian Screen Award for her work on the series.

Writing[edit]

Based to an extent on her own childhood experiences Tilly wrote a novel, Singing Songs, comprising a series of vignettes about a young girl whose stepfather molests her and her sisters.[9] A second novel, Gemma, came out in October 2006. Her third novel, Porcupine, is a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Her novel, First Time, published in 2008.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has three children: Emily (born 1984) and David (born 1986) by her marriage to film producer Tim Zinnemann, which ended in 1989, and a son, Will (born 1990), from her five-year relationship with British actor Colin Firth. Her second husband, John Calley, was 30 years her senior. He is a former president of Sony Pictures; they were married in 1995 and divorced in 2002.[10] She is now married to author Don Calame.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1980FamePrincipal Dancer
1982TexJamie Collins
1983One Dark NightJulie Wells
1983Psycho IIMary Loomis
1983Big Chill, TheThe Big ChillChloe
1984ImpulseJennifer
1985Agnes of GodSister Agnes
1986Off BeatRachel Wareham
1988MasqueradeOlivia Lawrence
1988Girl in a Swing, TheThe Girl in a SwingKarin
1989ValmontMadame de Tourvel
1990Two Jakes, TheThe Two JakesKitty Berman
1992Leaving NormalMarianne
1993Body SnatchersCarol Malone
1994Sleep with MeSarah
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Trouble with Grandpa, TheThe Trouble with GrandpaDorieTV film
1982Hill Street BluesHookerEpisode: "Some Like It Hot-Wired"
1989Nightmare ClassicsCarmillaEpisode: "Carmilla"
1990In the Best Interest of the ChildJennifer ColtonTV film
1993Road to AvonleaEvelyn GrierEpisode: "Evelyn"
1993Fallen Angels'Lois WeldonEpisode: "Dead End for Delia"
1994Winnetka RoadGeorge GraceMain role (6 episodes)
1994Trick of the EyeFaith CrowellTV film
1995JourneyMinTV film
2010CapricaMotherEpisode: "Unvanquished"
Episode: "The Heavens Will Rise"
2012-2013Bomb GirlsLorna CorbettMain role (18 episodes)

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
YearAwardCategoryProductionResult
1984Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressPsycho IINominated
1986OscarBest Actress in a Supporting RoleAgnes of GodNominated
1986Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureAgnes of GodWon
2012LeoBest Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesBomb GirlsWon
2012Golden NymphOutstanding Actress in a Mini-SeriesBomb GirlsNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  2. ^ "Meg Tilly Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meg Tilly Biography". FilmReference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Meg Tilly is Asian Irish". Asiance. March 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2012. "[Meg] is the daughter of Patricia Tilly, an Irish and Native-American schoolteacher and Harry Chan, a Chinese American used car salesman... 'My mother was Irish/Finnish...'" 
    "Bio, Pictures and Videos of Poker Pro: Jennifer Tilly". Bankroll Boost. Retrieved January 31, 2012. "[Jennifer's] father was a Chinese-American stockbroker and her mother an Irish-Canadian." 
    Rose, Tiffany (November 19, 2004). "Jennifer Tilly: Little voice, big talent". The Independent (London). Retrieved January 31, 2012. "[Jennifer] Tilly, who owes her exotic looks to her Chinese/Native American blood..." 
  5. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (July 7, 2011). "Meg Tilly's leap of faith|". Times Colonist (Victoria). Retrieved February 2, 2012.  (subscription required).
  6. ^ "Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 25, 2011). "Meg Tilly Takes Lead in Canadian 'Bomb Girls' Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (December 21, 2011). "From minx to matron – with no regrets". Times Colonist (Victoria). Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
    Chamberlain, Adrian (December 22, 2011). "From Minx to Matron". Times Colonist (Victoria). Retrieved February 2, 2012.  (subscription required).
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000672/bio
  10. ^ "imdb.com". IMDb. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ Boshoff, Alison (January 21, 2011). "The family Colin Firth left behind: How he will always be in debt to the reclusive beauty who bore his first son". MailOnline (London). Retrieved January 30, 2012. 

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