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Also Known As: Liv Rundgren Died:
Born: July 1, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Maine, USA Profession: actor, model

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Although her career began in modeling, and early press focused primarily on her relationship with her estranged father, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler gradually earned respect as an actress on her own merits. With only a few supporting roles under her belt, the untrained 19-year-old thespian imbued her character in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1996) with a beguiling luminosity that charmed audiences. Hollywood, however, was hard-pressed to find a niche for the nearly six-foot, ethereal beauty. Underused in mainstream fare like "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and the blockbuster "Armageddon" (1998), she fit more comfortably in smaller, ensemble films like Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). That all changed with Tyler's portrayal of the warrior elf, Arwen, in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), the first installment of the immensely popular fantasy trilogy. More willing to step outside her personal comfort zone after her "Lord of the Rings" experience, the actress went on to star in such diverse projects as the grim thriller "The Strangers" (2008) and the superhero adaptation "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). Independent film would never...

Although her career began in modeling, and early press focused primarily on her relationship with her estranged father, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler gradually earned respect as an actress on her own merits. With only a few supporting roles under her belt, the untrained 19-year-old thespian imbued her character in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1996) with a beguiling luminosity that charmed audiences. Hollywood, however, was hard-pressed to find a niche for the nearly six-foot, ethereal beauty. Underused in mainstream fare like "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and the blockbuster "Armageddon" (1998), she fit more comfortably in smaller, ensemble films like Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). That all changed with Tyler's portrayal of the warrior elf, Arwen, in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), the first installment of the immensely popular fantasy trilogy. More willing to step outside her personal comfort zone after her "Lord of the Rings" experience, the actress went on to star in such diverse projects as the grim thriller "The Strangers" (2008) and the superhero adaptation "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). Independent film would never be far from Tyler's heart, however, as evidenced by her work in smaller projects like "Super" (2010) and "Robot and Frank" (2012). Clearly more interested in taking on roles that challenged her than in achieving stardom, Tyler grew as an actress in ventures both grand and small in scale.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Space Station 76 (2014)
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 Robot & Frank (2012)
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 Ledge, The (2011)
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 Super (2011)
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 Smother (2008)
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 Strangers, The (2008)
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 Reign Over Me (2007)
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 Jersey Girl (2004) Maya
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1977:
Born and raised in Maine
1989:
Moved with mother to NYC's Greenwich Village at age 12
1991:
Received first modeling job with assistance of Paulina Porizkova who took photos that ended up in <i>Interview</i> magazine
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Photographed for <i>Seventeen</i> and <i>Mirabella</i> magazines; also starred in commercials for Pantene shampoo and Bongo jeans
1994:
Appeared in the Aerosmith video "Crazy" with Alicia Silverstone
1994:
Feature film debut, Bruce Beresford's "Silent Fall"
1995:
Played a pizza waitress opposite Shelley Winters and Deborah Harry in the low-budget "Heavy"
1996:
Ceased being managed by mother; replaced with Peter Hoffman (godfather)
1996:
Breakthrough screen role as the virginal Lucy in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
1996:
Nabbed the female lead in Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!"
1996:
Had small role in Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You"; cut from final version
1997:
Starred as the nicest Abbott sister in Pat O'Connor's "Inventing the Abbotts"
1998:
Played Bruce Willis' daughter in the blockbuster, "Armageddon"; Aerosmith provided the film's theme song
1999:
Won raves for her turn as the rebellious tomboy member of an eccentric southern family in Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune"
1999:
Portrayed Tatyana opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Onegin" an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's novel <i>Eugene Onegin</i>; directed by her co-stars' sister, Martha Fiennes'
2000:
Re-teamed with Altman for the ensemble film, "Dr. T & the Women"
2001:
Was the object of infatuation for three men (Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Paul Reiser) in "One Night at McCool's"
2001:
Starred as Arwen in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>; filmed in 1999-2000 and scheduled for successive Christmas releases in 2001 ("The Fellowship of the Ring"), 2002 ("The Two Towers") and 2003 ("The Return of the King")
2004:
Cast opposite Ben Affleck in director Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"
2006:
Starred in Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim" opposite Casey Affleck
2007:
Played a psychiatrist in Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me"
2008:
Costarred with Scott Speedman in the horror thriller "The Strangers"
2008:
Cast as Betty Ross opposite Edward Norton in "The Incredible Hulk"
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Education

York Prepatory School: New York , New York -

Notes

"I have this incredible eagerness to learn everything I can, but I get really mad at myself. I talk to adults so much--they've been around for so much longer than me, and have so much more knowledge. I just don't know anything about great art and literature, and I want to watch as many movies as I can." --Tyler quoted in New York Post, May 21, 1996

About the masturbation scene in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty": "It was always in the script that (Lucy) was restless and couldn't sleep, and she tossed and turned in the bed and ended up on the floor with the pillow between her legs, but I didn't get it at all. Then one night, we were having wine and sitting by the fire, and Bernardo says, 'So, you know this scene tomorrow--you are very uncomfortable, very restless . . .' He couldn't say it. And I was like, 'What, you want me to have a wank?' And he says, 'Well, yes.' And I went, 'Bernardo, you're kidding me.'" Gamely, she did the deed, which was juxtaposed with a scene where the voyeuristic Jeremy Irons character sniffs Lucy's hand when he returns her cigarette lighter. "I never put it together before, because we shot the scenes on completely different days. But I just saw it recently, and I went, 'That fuckin' dirty cunt! He sniffed my finger!'" --Tyler to Lucy Kaylin in GQ, August 1998

On working on the blockbuster "Armageddon": "It was really hard. My first week was all the emotional stuff in mission control while they're in space, and it's like two-second snaps of me reacting to things. I'd never done that kind of acting before. You just never walked away feeling good about it. I don't think I ever really came to terms with who my character was." --Tyler in GQ, August 1998

Regarding her cameo cut from Woody Allen's quasi-musical 'Everyone Says I Love You' "He (Allen) wrote me a letter, which I keep on my desk and look at occasionally, saying that he was really sorry and it was nice to work with me and we would work again. But he's never asked me again. And he wouldn't even hear me sing, and I love to sing. So I guess maybe he doesn't like me so much...I may have to camp out on his doorstep."---Tyler quoted in the London Times April 1, 1999

"It's funny--because of my dad [Aerosmith's Steven Tyler] everybody thinks I grew up in this crazy rock'n'roll world. But I didn't even meet him for the first time until I was eight--and I didn't know then that he was my dad. I met him at one of Todd's concerts. [Todd Rundgren raised Liv as his daughter.] Actually, the biggest rock influence on me was my mother [Bebe Buell], who was in a really great band. But I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I didn't come to New York until I was ten or eleven. I really had a pretty normal childhood. But even if I tell people that, they don't want to believe it." --Tyler to Drew Barrymore in Interview, April 1999

On her decision to do 'Armageddon,' "I turned it down twice. It was a very hard decision. I didn't have it in my heart, but it was a big picture and a six-month shoot and in the end I thought, 'I want to have that experience under my belt.'"---Tyler to the London Times August 12, 1999

"She is sublime and brought something to her performance that wasn't there when I wrote her character. Like that way she put this geeky little chuckle in ever time her character delivers these tepid little zinger lines to Ben. It was insanely charming, made you fall in love with her, and though I am happily married, the whole movie I was saying I'd leave my wife for her."---Kevin Smith on Tyler's performance in "Jersey Girl" Movieline's Hollywood Life March/April 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Joaquin Phoenix. Actor. Met during filming of "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997); broke up in fall 1998.
husband:
Royston Langdon. Musician. With band Spacehog; began dating in fall of 1998; announced engagement in February 2001; married on March 25, 2003 in the Caribbean.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Steven Tyler. Musician. Lead singer with Aerosmith; had eight month romance with Tyler's mother.
mother:
Bebe Buell. Model, talent manager. Had eight month romance with Steven Tyler in the midst of her involvement with rocker Todd Rundgren; lived with Rundgren c. 1971-79; also had relationships with Rod Stewart and Elvis Costello and was the inspiration for Costello's song "Party Girl"; former <i>Playboy</i> centerfold (1974); a Ford model as a teenager.
father:
Todd Rundgren. Musician. Had eight year relationship with Tyler's mother; listed as Tyler's father on her birth certificate; raised her until 1988.
step-father:
Coyote Stevens. Musician. Born c. 1967; Tyler's mother filed for divorce in 1998 after seven years of marriage; co-starred with Tyler in "Empire Records" (1995).
half-sister:
Mia Tyler. Model. Born c. 1978; daughter of Steven Tyler and model Cyrinda Foxe.
half-sister:
Chelsea Tyler. Born c. 1988.
family:
Rex Rundgren. Son of Todd Rundgren; Tyler considered him a brother as they were raised together.
family:
Randy Rundgren. Son of Todd Rundgren; Tyler considered him a brother as they were raised together.
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