Sep. 16th, 1958
Harbor City, California, USA
5' 6 1/2"
Jennifer Tilly's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Imps*
2008 - Inconceivable
2005 - Tideland
2004 - Seed of Chucky
2004 - Home on the Range
2003 - Nowhere to Go But Up
2003 - The Haunted Mansion
2001 - Monsters, Inc.
2000 - Dancing at the Blue Iguana
2000 - Cord
1999 - The Muse
1999 - Do Not Disturb
1999 - Stuart Little
1998 - Bride of Chucky
1998 - Music From Another Room
1997 - The Wrong Guy
1997 - Liar Liar
1996 - Bound
1995 - Embrace of the Vampire
1994 - Bullets Over Broadway
1993 - Made in America
1991 - The Doors
1989 - The Fabulous Baker Boys
1989 - Far From Home
1989 - Let It Ride
1988 - High Spirits
1988 - Johnny Be Good
1985 - Moving Violations
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Sam's Ex-Wife (segment "Dog Nut")
An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, compelling and often all at once.
Her breakthrough movie role tapped into all of those qualities failing singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in Steve Kloves' The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) opposite brothers Jeff Bridges (I) and Beau Bridges (I). A few years later, Jennifer earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the aspiring but hopelessly untalented actress Olive Neal in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994). She has become well-known to filmgoers for both major studio and independent films. In Tom Shadyac's blockbuster Liar Liar (1997) she kept pace with Jim Carrey. Her steamy performance opposite Gina Gershon helped make Larry Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's Bound (1996) a breakout indie success at the Sundance Film Festival and then in theatrical release. It also expanded Jennifer's already significant gay and lesbian following.
She successfully cultivated another fan base with the revitalization of the "Child's Play" horror comedy franchise. For Ronny Yu's Bride of Chucky (1998), the filmmakers turned to Jennifer to create the character who would spark the series in a new direction. She met the challenge and established a new horror icon in Tiffany. This Halloween, in Rogue Pictures' all-new Seed of Chucky (2004), written and directed by series creator Don Mancini (I), Jennifer again takes the popular series to the next level; she stars as Tiffany and as herself, the deadly doll's favorite actress, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess in more ways than one.
Jennifer's pitch-perfect voiceover work as Tiffany is not the only instance of her being able to incarnate a character from the vocal chords out. Families know her distinctive cadences from the recent Disney hits Home on the Range (2004) (in which Jennifer voiced a new-age bovine), directed by Will Finn (I) and John Sanford (I); The Haunted Mansion (2003) (in which Jennifer acted from the neck up only), directed by Rob Minkoff; and the Pixar blockbuster Monsters, Inc. (2001) (voicing Mike's love interest Celia), directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman (I) and Lee Unkrich.
She began her acting career as a teenager, putting herself through the theater program at Stephens College in Missouri by winning writing competitions. She then headed to Los Angeles. While she continued to act on the stage (earning a Dramalogue Award for her performance in "Vanities"), movies and television immediately came calling for the actress with the unique voice and visage.
Over the years Jennifer has made memorable appearances on some of television's best series, including "Hill Street Blues" (1981) (in a recurring dramatic role), "Cheers" (1982), "Moonlighting" (1985), "It's Garry Shandling's Show." (1986) and "Frasier" (1993). In addition, she has been a favored guest on a number of talk shows, from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) to "The Arsenio Hall Show" (1989) to (currently) "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992). Those interview segments have encouraged viewers to expect the unexpected from her interplay with the host and the studio audience.
Her many films over a two-decade span include Neil Jordan (I)'s High Spirits (1988), Oliver Stone (I)'s The Doors (1991), Richard Benjamin (I)'s Made in America (1993), Roger Donaldson's The Getaway (1994), Joe Pytka's Let It Ride (1989), P.J. Castellaneta's Relax... It's Just Sex (1998), Michael Radford's Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000), Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow (2001) (in which she played Louella Parsons).
Jennifer has also continued to act on the stage. She won a Theater World Award for her performance in off-Broadway's "One Shoe Off" and starred on Broadway in the 2001 revival of "The Women" (which was later taped for, and broadcast on, PBS).
- She ranked #23 in Celebrity Sleuth 25 Sexiest Women of 1995
- 'Lenny von Dohlen' (qv), who co-starred with Jennifer in _Bird of Prey (1995)_ (qv) and her sister 'Meg Tilly' (qv) in _Leaving Normal (1992)_ (qv), said, "They have a fountain of emotion that keeps coming, even after someone yells cut, but the fountain comes from different bodies of water," he adds. "Meg is an ocean, Jennifer is a rushing river."
- She has played a hot, ditzy, sexy love interest for 'Kelsey Grammer' (qv)'s Frasier Crane character when he was trying to get over other women on _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv) and again on _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) (though she was not playing the same character).
- Formerly engaged to actor Lou Diamond Phillips.
- In high school, everyone called Jennifer, Meg, and their younger sister Becky the Three Musketeers.
- She has won a Theater World Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her work in 'Tina Howe (I)' (qv)'s play "One Shoe Off" at The Joseph Papp Theater. She also received a Dramalogue Award for her work in the play "Vanities". She won a Gemini Award for Best Actress for her role in Showtime's made-for-TV film _Heads (1993) (TV)_ (qv) and a nomination for a Cable ACE Award for her work on _"It's Garry Shandling's Show." (1986)_ (qv).
- Her real-life boyfriend is professional poker player 'Phil Laak' (qv) (aka "The Unabomber"). They met at a charitable invitational poker tournament.
- Went to high school at Belmont High School, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.