Jennifer Tilly Biography:

Jennifer Tilly was born September 16, 1958, in Harbor City, California. The daughter of Harry, a stockbroker, and Pat, a schoolteacher, Jennifer's parents got divorced when she was 6. Pat Tilly remarried and took Jennifer, her 3 siblings, and her 3 stepsiblings to British Columbia, Canada.

Having to relocate constantly with her family, Jennifer had to adjust to each new school, and was a pretty quiet student. At 17, she started out yet again at a new school, this time at St. Stephen's College in Missouri, to study theater. In order to help pay for her tuition, she contributed articles to magazines and earned money by winning Honorable Mentions in writing competitions.

She then decided to head to college in Los Angeles rather than New York, as opposed to her sister Meg (you might remember her from roles in The Big Chill and Body Snatchers, in which Jennifer was Meg's body double). Frustrated at first, Jennifer did land her own parts as well.

Jennifer was making the television rounds, with a role as an extra on Days of Our Lives, to a recurring role on Hill Street Blues in 1984. That year she was cast as Shannon Winters on the short-lived sitcom, Shaping Up, and followed it up with guest appearances on Remington Steele, Cheers, and another recurring role on It's Gary Shandling's Show.

Jennifer was also busy appearing in bit parts, in films such as Moving Violations, Inside Out, Remote Control, He's My Girl, and Rented Lips, one year after the other.

In 1988, in addition to Johnny Be Good (which featured a young Uma Thurman), Jennifer appeared in High Spirits. After roles in Let It Ride and Far From Home, Jennifer was finally recognized for her role as auditioning singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in 1989's The Fabulous Baker Boys.

Then more parts came her way, such as in The Doors, Scorchers and Made in America, but she finally got her big break when she was cast as Olive Neal, the wife of a mobster, in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, in 1994.

The tiny-voiced actress was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, in her convincing portrayal of an untalented aspiring actress. Her past theater experience could have helped make her portrayal of a theater actress (not as an untalented actress) easier, as she has appeared in the theater production of One Shoe Off -- and this role garnered her a Theater World Award in 1993.

In 1996, Jennifer reprised her role as a mobster's girlfriend, only this time as a bisexual girlfriend in the erotic film Bound (the first effort by the Matrix’s writing/directing duo The Wachowski Brothers). She then appeared in the Jim Carrey comedy, Liar Liar, and appeared in 1998's Relax... It's Just Sex and Hoods.

With few substantial film roles coming her way, Jennifer starred yet again as the girlfriend of a criminal, only this time as the wife of a terrorizing doll, Chucky, in 1998's The Bride of Chucky.

In 1999, she lent her voice to The Family Guy and Stuart Little; appeared as herself in The Muse; and had a bit part in Play It to the Bone. Jennifer had to take it off for her role as a stripper in 2000's The Crew, and starred in Inside Job, in 2001. She was next seen in the quirky drama The Cat's Meow, with Kirsten Dunst. She lent her distinctive voice to Pixar flick, Monsters Inc. in 2001. She has a string of projects set to be released in 2003, including Nowhere to Go But Up, Avenue A, Hollywood North, and Second Best.

 



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