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Chloe Sevigny

Real name: Chloe Sevigny
Birthdate: November 18, 1974
Status: Dating
Partner: Harmony Korine

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More recently, Sevigny has enjoyed success playing Nicki Grant, on the American television series Big Love, as a woman married to a polygamist.

Sevigny was born Chloe Stevens Sevigny in Darien, Connecticut to H. David Sevigny, an accountant turned interior painter, and Janine Malinowski. Sevigny's mother is a Polish American who grew up in Roxborough and her father is from French heritage; he died from cancer in 1996. She has an older sibling, Paul Sevigny, who is now a New York DJ. Sevigny was strictly raised in the Catholic religion and attended Darien High School. While in high school, she babysat Topher Grace on several occasions.

Sevigny then starred in the critically divisive, cult film Gummo (1997), directed and written by Harmony Korine. The film details the destructive, anti-social life of residents of a land-locked, isolated Midwest American town of Xenia, Ohio. The film was heavily targeted by critics, many criticized it for being pretentiously graphic. This followed with roles in other independent films such as Palmetto (1997) and The Last Days of Disco (1998), alongside Kate Beckinsale.

Sevigny rose to prominent attention and heavy critical praise after playing the girlfriend of a young transsexual man in the factual Boys Don't Cry (1999), which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times said: "Lana is played with haunting immediacy by the versatile Chloe Sevigny"., while Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stated "The Lana character is crucial to the movie, and although Hilary Swank deserves all praise for her performance as Brandon, it is Sevigny who provides our entrance into the story.". Sevigny also won an Independent Spirit Award for her role.

After Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst both turned down roles in The Brown Bunny (2003), Sevigny took on the role as Daisy, which involved performing unsimulated fellatio during a scene in the film with co-star and director Vincent Gallo, who was rumoured to be her boyfriend at the time, however Gallo states they were "less than friends". She said about the role, "I knew people would not understand it. It's a shame people write so many things when they haven't seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It's an art film. It should be playing in museums. It's like an Andy Warhol movie." After the film's release, the William Morris Agency dropped her as a client. She quickly signed on with another agency and continues to be successful in both modeling and acting, with roles in Shattered Glass (2003), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Manderlay (2004), Broken Flowers (2005), 3 Needles (2005), Lying (2006), and Sisters (2006).

Sevigny is a favorite of trendy magazines (she first graced the cover of Interview before Kids even came out), and she has modeled for a number of designers and brands, including Miu Miu, H&M, and MAC Cosmetics. But Sevigny is far from fond of her iconic status: “For some reason the public has embraced me as a fashion icon, and I feel like it has diminished me as an actress, or I don’t get as much recognition as an actress, and that upsets me”.

Sevigny has been in a number of cover photo shoots and interviews, such as in the January 2007 issue of "House and Garden" Subversive Spirit which illustrated her sense of style in both personal apparel and interior design of her Eastside New York towhnouse.


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