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Also Known As: Lili Anne Taylor Died:
Born: February 20, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Glencoe, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, costume designer

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An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor offered soulful performances of outsiders and complicated misfits in films including "Household Saints" (1993) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996), a fact-based biopic of a troubled would-be assassin. Taylor's insistence on only working with fully developed, three-dimensional characters limited her options in mainstream film, though she was occasionally tapped to lend her quiet intensity to supporting roles in Hollywood movies such as "Say Anything" (1989), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Increasingly visible on primetime cable television, Taylor appeared in a recurring role on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and starred in several HBO movies while maintaining her title as an independent film mainstay, known for imbuing a remarkable stillness and vulnerability into her well-chosen roles.

An acclaimed figure in American independent movies of the 1990s, Lili Taylor worked with some of the best filmmakers of the era and went on to align herself with quality productions on HBO. Throughout her career, Taylor offered soulful performances of outsiders and complicated misfits in films including "Household Saints" (1993) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996), a fact-based biopic of a troubled would-be assassin. Taylor's insistence on only working with fully developed, three-dimensional characters limited her options in mainstream film, though she was occasionally tapped to lend her quiet intensity to supporting roles in Hollywood movies such as "Say Anything" (1989), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Increasingly visible on primetime cable television, Taylor appeared in a recurring role on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) and starred in several HBO movies while maintaining her title as an independent film mainstay, known for imbuing a remarkable stillness and vulnerability into her well-chosen roles.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blood Ties (2014)
2.
 Conjuring, The (2013)
3.
 About Cherry (2012)
4.
 Future Weather (2012)
5.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
6.
 Public Enemies (2009)
7.
8.
 Secret, The (2008)
9.
 Promotion, The (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Studied acting at the Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston, IL
1984:
Professional stage debut in the Northlight Theatre production "Bing and Walker"
:
Worked with famed Second City founder Del Close on the locally produced TV special "No Laughing Matter"
1987:
TV debut, "Night of Courage" (ABC)
1988:
First major NYC theater role, "What Did He See?"
1988:
Screen debut, "She's Having a Baby"
1988:
First major role as the ambivalent prospective bride in "Mystic Pizza"
1989:
First film with actor John Cusack, "Say Anything"; cast also included Joan Cusack and Jeremy Piven
1990:
Featured as the widow of a soldier accidentally killed by Tom Cruise's character in "Born on the Fourth of July"
1991:
First film with director Nancy Savoca, "Dogfight"
1992:
Acted in Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dreaming"
1993:
Reteamed with Savoca for "Household Saints"
1993:
Appeared in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" as Honey Bush, the wife of a cheating makeup artist
1993:
Portrayed the hometown girl left behind by Sean Astin's "Rudy"
1993:
Acted in off-Broadway production of "Aven'U Boys"
1994:
Played writer Edna Ferber in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1994:
Reteamed with Altman for "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter," playing a lesbian fashion photographer
1995:
Designed the costumes for "A Candle in the Window," a stage play directed by Michael Imperioli
1995:
Enjoyed a nice change-of-pace as the desperate, androgynous graduate student-vampire of Abel Ferrar's "The Addiction"
1996:
Debut as screenwriter, "Girls Town"; also starred as a single mother trying to improve her lot
1996:
Portrayed the titular character in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"
1996:
Played Gary Sinise's girlfriend in Ron Howard's "Ransom"; first major role in a studio film
1997:
Acted opposite then-boyfriend Michael Rapaport in "The Listeners," a segment of HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"
1997:
Performed in Scott Elliott's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" playing the 20-year-old Irina alongside Amy Irving and Jeanne Tripplehorn
1998:
Earned an Emmy nomination for guest role on "Mind's Eye" episode of "The X-Files" (Fox)
1998:
Joined the ensemble of John Waters' "Pecker" as a very savvy art gallery owner
2000:
Portrayed a broken-hearted manic-depressive who dumped John Cusack in "High Fidelity"
2000:
Had featured role on the NBC fall drama "Deadline"
2001:
Cast as Miep Van Gies in "Anne Frank" (ABC)
2001:
Returned to the NYC stage in "The Dead Eye Boy"
2001:
Played Ophelia to Jared Harris' "Hamlet" at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival
2002:
Landed recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"
2002:
Co-starred with Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter in the HBO original movie "Live from Baghdad"
2003:
Co-starred in "Gaudi Afternoon," directed by Susan Seidelman
2006:
Cast in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model
2006:
Co-starred with Matt Dillon in "Factotum," a film based on the novel by cult author Charles Bukowski
2007:
Played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's "Starting Out in the Evening"
2007:
Starred as a psychiatrist on the short-lived drama series "State of Mind" (Lifetime)
2009:
Portrayed the Indiana sheriff who incarcerates John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies"
2011:
Guest starred on CBS drama series "The Good Wife"
2012:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn," based on boyfriend Nick Flynn's book <i>Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir</i>
2013:
Joined the cast of the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove"
2013:
Appeared in the horror hit "The Conjuring"
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Education

New Trier High School: Winnetka , Illinois -
DePaul University: Chicago , Illinois -
Piven Theatre Workshop: Evanston , Illinois -

Notes

Taylor was a member of NYC's Naked Angels before forming her own theater company, Machine Full, c. 1993. She made her directing debut at the helm of Machine Full's production of "Halcyon Days".

"I'll do interviews and photo sessions, but I don't like them and I don't need them. People recognizing me is OK, because they don't quite know how to place me; they think I'm, like, a neighbor or something. It's not like, Oh, a STAR! . . . My films HAVE been low-budget, and when there's not a lot of money, there's a spirit and a will to it. When you have a lot of money involved, the pressure is so immense that it kills that spirit. But if there's a great film that could make money and have integrity, yeah, I'd do it! I haven't seen one of those yet . . . My agent knows not to even send me on things that are one-dimensional or stupid. People say, 'you've gotta work, you've been out of it too long.' It's OK. There's no rush". --Lili Taylor quoted in Movieline, March 1993

About the state of independent films: "They're not really independents anymore. Budgets are higher. The revovling doors in theaters move faster so they're not as apt to keep small films and let them get good word of mouth. The director has to get a name actor and follow the dictates of the money people, and it's not that independent.

"Actresses who did bigger movies than I have are getting the 'independents'. To get independents, you have to do bigger stuff." --Taylor to the Los Angles Times, January 25, 1998

On the difficulty women have getting good film roles: "Generally speaking, we've got a ways to go in that department because the imbalance is so old. We're dealing with thousands of years. I do feel the movie industry is a really interesting microcosm of the problem. For a long time there's been double the amount of roles for men as women. And we earn much less than men do. When the independents were purer and didn't make so much money, they could take more risks, especially in the kinds of women they could show. But when there's a biger budget there's more of a formula, and the women fit into that formula in a very specific way. Usually a complicated woman is not part of it." --Taylor quoted in Interview, January 1999

"With independent films I felt I'd found my niche. Then, all of a sudden, I found the independent world had disappeared--they're all going by the same rules as Hollywood now--and I was sad. Sad because of the love I have for what I do, for art, and to see commerce affecting it so much. Because I needed the work, I thought I was going to have to go out there and take something that was a bit of a compromise.

"It's been a long time but I'm happy with the way it's worked out because I followed my heart through all of it. I don't think I could ever do something that I didn't believe in. What's really neat is that it happened exactly the way I was hoping. I was able to find integrity within 'The Haunting' as opposed to having to compromise." --Taylor to New York Post, July 26, 1999

"The main thing I try to do is listen. Not just listening to the script, but listening to the character. I let the character guide me; she'll tell me what to do. A lot of times I'll just close my eyes and watch her do things. I don't know what the hell the scene's about, and she'll just take me through it." --Taylor quoted in Out, August 1999

Taylor has long hoped to play Janis Joplin in a film directed by Nancy Savoca, but the project remains on hold.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Eric Stoltz. Actor. Appeared together in "Say Anything" (1989); no longer together.
companion:
Michael Imperioli. Actor. Together from c. 1991 to 1995; acted together in "Household Saints" (1993), "The Addiction" (1995), "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "Girls Town" (both 1996).
companion:
Michael Rapaport. Actor. Dated from summer 1996 to spring 1997; arrested on May 18, 1997 when Taylor complained to police that he was harrassing her; he pleaded guilty in 1998 and agreed to therapy and to have no contact with Taylor for three years in lieu of jail time; acted together in "illtown" (1996) and "Kicked in the Head" (1997).
companion:
Gerard Hurley. Director. Engaged as of 1999.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Park Taylor. Artist. Ran a hardware store.
mother:
Marie Taylor. Professional baby-sitter.
brother:
Duffy Taylor. Younger.

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