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Also Known As: Chloe Sevigny, Chloe Stevens Sevigny Died:
Born: November 18, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actress, costume designer, model, salesgirl, magazine intern

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Despite lacking any outward pretense of wanting to become an actress, Chloƫ Sevigny generated considerable buzz in her adopted home of New York City even before the independent film world showcased her onscreen allure. Sevigny emerged from her tony Fairfield County background with both the grace of privilege and the awkwardness of an outsider, a duality that shaped her beguiling persona and added dimension to her screen presence in her cinematic debut, "Kids" (1995). Though she continued to challenge herself with offbeat features like "Gummo" (1997) and "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999), Sevigny strangely found herself as something of a fashion maven, thanks to her unique, offbeat style. But instead of allowing herself to become a mere pop-culture star, she delivered an Oscar-caliber performance in the gut-wrenching independent drama, "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). Despite her mainstream success, Sevigny continued along her indie path, appearing in films like "Party Monster" (2003), "Shattered Glass" (2003) and "The Brown Bunny" (2004); the latter of which earned the actress considerable notoriety for an explicit onscreen sexual act. Nonetheless, she landed a surprise regular-series turn on the popular and...

Despite lacking any outward pretense of wanting to become an actress, Chloƫ Sevigny generated considerable buzz in her adopted home of New York City even before the independent film world showcased her onscreen allure. Sevigny emerged from her tony Fairfield County background with both the grace of privilege and the awkwardness of an outsider, a duality that shaped her beguiling persona and added dimension to her screen presence in her cinematic debut, "Kids" (1995). Though she continued to challenge herself with offbeat features like "Gummo" (1997) and "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999), Sevigny strangely found herself as something of a fashion maven, thanks to her unique, offbeat style. But instead of allowing herself to become a mere pop-culture star, she delivered an Oscar-caliber performance in the gut-wrenching independent drama, "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). Despite her mainstream success, Sevigny continued along her indie path, appearing in films like "Party Monster" (2003), "Shattered Glass" (2003) and "The Brown Bunny" (2004); the latter of which earned the actress considerable notoriety for an explicit onscreen sexual act. Nonetheless, she landed a surprise regular-series turn on the popular and acclaimed "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), which allowed the talented actress to display her gifts to a wider audience.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Lovelace (2013)
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 Barry Munday (2010)
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 Mr. Nice (2010)
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 Sisters (2007)
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 Zodiac (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1995:
Made feature debut in "Kids"; written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark
1996:
Starred opposite Steve Buscemi in his feature directorial debut "Trees Lounge"
1997:
Acted in and designed the costumes for Korine's directorial debut "Gummo"
1998:
Stage acting debut in the off-Broadway play "Hazelwood Jr. High"
1998:
Landed a lead role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"
1999:
Received critical acclaim playing Lana Tisdale, the love interest of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) in "Boys Don't Cry"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1999:
Starred in Harmony Korine's ambitious entry into the experimental Dogma '95 genre, "Julien Donkey-Boy"
2000:
Appeared in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel "American Psycho"
2003:
Co-starred in the fact-based crime drama "Party Monster"
2004:
Cast in Lars Von Trier's "Dogville," which starred Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard and Paul Bettany
2004:
Starred in Vincent Gallo's controversial film "The Brown Bunny"; premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival
2006:
Cast as one of three women married to a polygamist (Bill Paxton) on the HBO drama "Big Love"
2006:
Cast as a nurse opposite Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening in the HBO movie "Mrs. Harris"
2007:
Played Jake Gyllenhaal's girlfriend in the David Fincher directed "Zodiac"
2012:
Played a male-to-female transsexual contract killer on the British drama series "Hit & Miss"
2012:
Appeared in a recurring stint on "American Horror Story: Asylum"
2013:
Portrayed supporting character Alexandra on the hit comedy series "Portlandia"
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Notes

"Hopefully I'll get more acting jobs in good films. I feel really lucky that everything just happened by chance or by fate or that combination of accident that you describe. But I worry, too. I remember when I would look at SEVENTEEN or SASSY and I'd think, 'all these girls, they're so beautiful. And look at me. I'm not.' I don't want girls to look at me and compare themselves and have those same kinds of feelings I had. From the very beginning I've been skeptical of all that fame stuff." --Chloe Sevigny in INTERVIEW, August 1995

"Making independent films is not really important to me. But it just happens to be what I've done so far. Was 'Trees Lounge' even independent? No, it was Orion. People can say it's an independent. The same with 'Gummo' [written and directed by Harmony Korine, Sevigny's live-in boyfriend, who also wrote 'Kids'] -- it's Fine Line. That's not really independent. I'm not anti big budget at all. I want to get paid all that money. I haven't gotten paid any money for the films I've done." --Sevigny to DETAILS, February 1997

Chloe Sevigny on her work as costume designer for Harmony Korine's "Gummo": "The costuming was easy; I just threw clothes on people. It wasn't like I could get in trouble. Harmony was my boyfriend." --quoted to USA TODAY, February 20, 1998

"I'll never be a star in America. . . It's fine. I don't wanna be. . . Not in that way. In a Sissy Spacek way. In a Shelley Duvall way. In a Sandy Dennis way. That's how I'd like to be a star. But movies aren't as good now as they were in the '70s." --Chloe Sevigny in TIME OUT NEW YORK, May 7-14, 1998

"I just turn down everything. I don't go in for any auditions. I mean, if I look at a script and I've seem something the director made before that I didn't like, I won't even read it. I'm probably the worst careerist working in movies today, but that's okay." --Sevigny describing her career "secret weapon" to PREMIERE, October 1998

Chloe Sevigny on her performance as Lana Tisdel in "Boys Don't Cry": "I went all out because I felt like before in all of my movies, I was never very emotional. I was kind of stiff. I wanted to try something I'd never done before and go crazy. I looked like shit, I didn't get any sleep, none of us saw the light of day for four weeks because we were shooting everything at night. I just hope it comes across well." --quoted in DETOUR, October 1999

Sevigny on acting in roles portraying real people (like Lana Tisdel): "I hated it. I hate it now. I will hate it forever. It feels very wrong to me. I don't think I'll do it again. It feels just so irresponsible because it's too hard to condense someone's life into two hours and then you take dramatic license to change certain aspects of the story. That's really difficult." --quoted in TNT's ROUGH CUT feature story coverage of "Boys Don't Cry", November 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Harmony Korine. Screenwriter, director. Screenwriter of "Kids"; have on-again, off-again relationship; reportedly remain friends even when not romantically involved.
companion:
Justin Pierce. Actor. Date briefly around the time of the filming of "Kids".
companion:
Jarvis Cocker. Musician. British; frontman and songwriter for band Pulp; dated in 1998 and 1999.
companion:
Matt McAuley. Musician. Reportedly dating as of early 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Janine Sevigny.
brother:
Paul Sevigny. Disc jockey, former investment banker. Born in 1972.

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