Born: February 20, 1967
Birthplace: Glencoe, Illinois, U.S.
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), Public Enemies (2009) 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 Movie nomination.
Taylor, the fifth of six children, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago, to Marie (née Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator. She grew up in a "warm family environment", and has described herself as being "a bit of a searcher" during her childhood. 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.
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.
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. 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 2014 she starred alongside Chloë Grace Moretz in the off-Broadway play The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh.
In 2015, Taylor co-starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers". Filming began at the end of October, and the movie was released on September 18, 2015.
Taylor is married to writer Nick Flynn; they have one child.
Taylor is an activist for conservation issues, particularly those having to do with birds. She sits on the boards of both the American Birding Association and National Audubon Society. She also introduced Louise Post and Nina Gordon, founding members of 1990s alternative band Veruca Salt, at a party in Chicago in 1993.
Taylor is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Also recognized for her extensive work in American independent film, she has been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, winning Best Supporting Female for her performance in Household Saints (1993). She was nominated for Best Female Lead for Bright Angel (1990) and The Addiction (1995), and again for Best Supporting Female for Girls Town (1996). In 2006, Taylor was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
|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|
|1993||Arizona Dream||Grace Stalker|
|1993||Short Cuts||Honey Bush||Venice Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast|
|1993||Household Saints||Teresa Carmela Santangelo||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|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|
|1995||Four Rooms||Raven||Segment: "The Missing Ingredient"|
|1995||Killer: A Journal of a Murder||Woman in Speakeasy (uncredited)|
|1996||Girls Town||Patti Lucci||Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Valerie Solanas||Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress
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
|1996||Cosas que nunca te dije||Ann||Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Best Actress|
|1996||Ransom||Maris Conner||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress—Suspense|
|1997||Kicked in the Head||Happy|
|1998||Impostors, TheThe Impostors||Lily 'Lil'|
|1998||Come to||Angela||Short film|
|1999||Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down Life||Evie Decker||Indianapolis International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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
|2000||High Fidelity||Sarah Kendrew|
|2001||Julie Johnson||Julie Johnson|
|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||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|
|2015||A Woman Like Me||Anna Seashell|
|2017||To the Bone||Judy|
|2018||The Gettysburg Address||Emily Souder (voice)||Post-production|
|1986||Crime Story||Waitress||Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"|
|1987||Night of Courage||TV movie|
|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||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Martha Thornhill||2 episodes|
|American Crime||Nancy Straumberg
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series
|1997||Three Sisters||Irina||Roundabout Theatre Company, New York|
|2001||Dead Eye Boy, TheThe Dead Eye Boy||Shirley-Diane||MCC Theater, New York|
|2006||Landscape of the Body||Betty||Off-Broadway, Peter Norton Space, New York|
|2009||Mourning Becomes Electra||Christine Mannon||Off-Broadway, Acorn Theatre, New York|
|2014||The Library||Dawn Sheridan||Off-Broadway, Public Theater, New York|
|2017||Marvin's Room||Bessie Wakefield||Broadway, American Airlines Theatre|