Real name: Lili Taylor
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
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Taylor, the second youngest of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois to Marie, a professional babysitter, and Park Taylor, a folk artist and hardware store operator. She grew up in a "warm family environment" and has described herself as being a "tomboy" and "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood.
Taylor has been dating author Nick Flynn since 2004. She was previously engaged to Michael Imperioli,, and previously linked to John Cusack, Eric Stoltz, Matthew Broderick, and Michael Rapaport.
Taylor has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza, and Rudy. Her work has mostly been in independent films and theater. She played the role of Lisa Kimmel Fisher (mostly in the second and third seasons) in the HBO drama Six Feet Under.
After making a great impression with smaller roles in the 1988 film, Mystic Pizza and in the 1989 film, Say Anything..., Taylor impressed with her starring role in the 1991 film, Dogfight. She starred opposite River Phoenix as an "ugly" young woman taken to a cruel contest by a Marine under the pretense that it would be a date.
Famed director Robert Altman hired Taylor in 1993 for his epic, Los Angeles drama Short Cuts. Taylor shared scenes with the legendary Lily Tomlin. The film also featured Tom Waits, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore and Robert Downey Jr.
One of Taylor's most memorable roles was her portrayal of Valerie Solanas in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996. Her performance wowed critics and fans and despite being famously snubbed at the Academy Awards has gone down in history. The same year Taylor tackled another intense indie in Girls Town with Bruklin Harris and Aunjanue Ellis, in which three inner-city friends deal with a friend's suicide.
1998 saw Taylor teaming up with another indie-icon, John Waters, in his film Pecker. The film, co-starring Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci and Mary Kay Place, followed a young Baltimore filmmaker as he entered the NYC artworld. Taylor portrayed his art dealer.
Taylor dipped her toes in mainstream in 1999 starring in Jan de Bont's remake of The Haunting. Taylor played lead opposite Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the popcorn ghost flick that while critics weren't impressed, Taylor's performance was a stand-out.
In 2001 Taylor turned another great performance in the small indie-feature Julie Johnson. The film, co-starring Courtney Love, centers around a Long Island mother and housewife who kicks out her husband to pursue her dream of studying science.
In early 2004, Taylor began appearing onstage in New York City in a production of Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon in the role of Lemon. She won the Best Actress award at the 2005 Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum.
Taylor currently stars in Lifetime's hour-long comedy/drama State of Mind. In the show Taylor stars as a therapist in New Haven dealing with a divorce and a parade of quirky clients.