Lili Taylor

Lili Taylor

Born Lili Anne Taylor
(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967
Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
Residence New York City
Alma mater DePaul University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Nick Flynn (m. 2009)
Children 1

Lili Anne Taylor (born February 20, 1967) is an American actress notable for her appearances in such award-winning indie films as Mystic Pizza (1988), Say Anything... (1989), Dogfight (1991), Short Cuts (1993) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), as well as several big-budget films such as Ransom (1996), The Haunting (1999), The Conjuring (2013) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015).

In television, she has starred in Six Feet Under, Hemlock Grove, Almost Human and both seasons of the anthology series American Crime; for the latter, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie nomination.

Personal life

Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to Marie (née Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator.[1][2] She grew up in a "warm family environment", and has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood.[3] She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1985. Thereafter, she attended The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Piven Theatre Workshop.[4] She introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, at a party in Chicago in 1993.[5] She is married to writer Nick Flynn; they have one child.[6]


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 for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Taylor played supporting roles in Mystic Pizza (1988) and Say Anything... (1989). She starred in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca, in which she played an unattractive young woman who is taken to a cruel contest by a Marine (played by River Phoenix) under the pretense of a date. In 1993, she re-teamed with Savoca for Household Saints. Director Robert Altman hired Taylor in 1993 for his epic Los Angeles drama Short Cuts, in which Taylor shared scenes with Lily Tomlin. Taylor portrayed Valerie Solanas in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). The same year, she co-starred in Girls Town with Bruklin Harris and Aunjanue Ellis, where three inner-city friends dealt with a friend's suicide, and later in Ransom, as caterer who helps her corrupt policeman boyfriend kidnap a rich man's son.

In 1998 she appeared in the X-Files episode "Mind's Eye", and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The same year, she appeared in John Waters' film Pecker, alongside Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci and Mary Kay Place. In 1999, Taylor starred in Jan de Bont's remake of The Haunting. In 2001, Taylor appeared in the independent feature Julie Johnson. The film, co-starring Courtney Love, centered on a Long Island mother and housewife who leaves her husband to pursue her dream of studying science. In early 2004, Taylor made her New York City stage debut in Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon in the role of Lemon.

Taylor won the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum. In 2006, Taylor worked again with Mary Harron in The Notorious Bettie Page.[7]

Taylor starred in the Lifetime cable network's hour-long comedy-drama series State of Mind, as a New Haven therapist dealing with a divorce and a parade of quirky clients. She played the daughter of Frank Langella's character in Andrew Wagner's 2007 drama Starting Out in the Evening. In the 2008 film The Promotion, Taylor played Lori Wehlner, the wife of John C. Reilly's character.[8] In 2009, Taylor played Sheriff Lillian Holley of Lake County, Indiana, who incarcerates John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp), in Michael Mann's Public Enemies. In 2011, Fence Books released Taylor's audio recording of poet Ariana Reines' Save The World.

In 2015, Taylor co-starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers".[9] Filming began at the end of October, and the movie was released on September 18, 2015.


In 2006, Taylor was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 She's Having a Baby Girl at Medical Lab
1988 Mystic Pizza Jojo Barbosa
1989 Say Anything... Corey Flood
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Jamie Wilson - Georgia
1990 Bright Angel Lucy Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1991 Dogfight Rose
1993 Arizona Dream Grace Stalker
1993 Watch It Brenda
1993 Short Cuts Honey Bush Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Venice Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast
1993 Household Saints Teresa Carmela Santangelo Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1993 Rudy Sherry
1994 Touch Base Darcy Winningham Short film
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Edna Ferber
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Fiona Ulrich National Board of Review for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1995 Addiction, TheThe Addiction Kathleen Conklin Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema: Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1995 Cold Fever Jill Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Girls Town)
1995 Four Rooms Raven Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"
1995 Killer: A Journal of a Murder Woman in Speakeasy (uncredited)
1996 Plain Pleasures
1996 Girls Town Patti Lucci Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for I Shot Andy Warhol and Cold Fever)
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Valerie Solanas Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress (also for Girls Town and Cold Fever)
Stockholm International Film Festival: Best Actress
Sundance Film Festival: Special Recognition
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1996 Cosas que nunca te dije Ann Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Best Actress
1996 Illtown Micky
1996 Ransom Maris Conner Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress—Suspense
1997 Kicked in the Head Happy
1998 O.K. Garage Rachel
1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Lily 'Lil'
1998 Come to Angela Short film
1998 Pecker Rorey Wheeler
1999 Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down Life Evie Decker Indianapolis International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (shared with Sara Rue)
Newport Beach Film Festival: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
1999 Haunting, TheThe Haunting Nell Vance Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Catherine Zeta-Jones)
2000 High Fidelity Sarah Kendrew
2001 Julie Johnson Julie Johnson
2001 Gaudi Afternoon Ben
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story Miep Gies
2003 Casa de los Babys Leslie
2005 Factotum Jan Copenhagen International Film Festival: Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie Page Paula Klaw
2007 Starting Out in the Evening Ariel Schiller
2007 Secret, TheThe Secret Hannah Marris
2008 Promotion, TheThe Promotion Lori Wehlner
2009 Tired of Being Funny Lee Short film
2009 Brooklyn's Finest Angela Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2009 Public Enemies Sheriff Lillian Holley
2011 Pier, TheThe Pier Grace Ross
2012 About Cherry Phyllis
2012 Being Flynn Joy
2012 Courier, TheThe Courier Mrs. Capo
2012 Future Weather Ms. Markovi
2013 Cold Lands, TheThe Cold Lands Nicole
2013 The Conjuring Carolyn Perron Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
Fright Meter Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2013 Blood Ties Marie Pierzynski
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Dr. Mary Cooper
2017 To the Bone Post-production
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Filming
TBA Leatherface Verna Sawyer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Crime Story Waitress Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1987 Night of Courage TV movie
1990 Monsters Woman Episode: "Habitat"
1990 American Playhouse Younger Marianne Episode: "Sensibility and Sense"
1990 Family of Spies Laura Walker TV movie
1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Belinda TV movie
1997–1998 Mad About You Arley Episodes: "The Magic Pants" & "Nat & Arley"
1998 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Marty Glenn Episode: "Mind's Eye"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1998)
2000–2001 Deadline Hildy Baker 13 episodes
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story Miep Gies TV miniseries
2002 Live from Baghdad Judy Parker TV movie
2002–2005 Six Feet Under Lisa Kimmel Fisher 25 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
2003 Penguins Behind Bars Doris Fairfeather (voice) TV movie
2007 State of Mind Ann Bellows, MD 8 episodes
2010 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Donna Seabrook Episode: "Poisoned Pill"
2013–2014 Hemlock Grove Lynda Rumancek 11 episodes
2013–2014 Almost Human Captain Sandra Maldonado 13 episodes
2014 Gotham Patti Episode: "Selina Kyle"
2015 American Crime Nancy Straumberg 6 episodes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martha Thornhill 2 episodes
2016 American Crime Anne Blaine 10 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Pending—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Three Sisters Irina
2001 Dead Eye Boy, TheThe Dead Eye Boy Shirley-Diane MCC Theater, New York
2006 Landscape of the Body Betty Peter Norton Space, New York
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Christine Mannon Acorn Theater, New York
2014 The Library Dawn Sheridan Public Theater, New York


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