Lili Anne Taylor (born 20 February, 1967, in Glencoe, Illinois, USA) portrayed Marty Glenn in "Mind's Eye", an episode of The X-Files' fifth season. Her 1998 performance in the episode was a notable highlight of her career, gaining her a nomination for an Emmy Award. As a television actress, she is perhaps best known for her role in the drama series Six Feet Under. However, she is also recognized for appearing in many independent films.
Early Life & CareerEdit
The fifth of six children, Lili Taylor was born to Marie Taylor (a professional babysitter) and Park Taylor (a folk artist and hardware store operator). She grew up in suburban Illinois. In 1985, she graduated, with Liz Phair, from New Trier High School, an institute from which acting stars Rock Hudson and Ann-Margret had also graduated. Taylor subsequently studied acting at the Goodman Theatre School at Chicago's DePaul University, where she was a classmate of Gillian Anderson, and at the famed Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, Illinois.
Taylor made her first television appearance in 1986, when she appeared as a waitress in an episode of the crime drama mystery series Crime Story (the same episode, entitled "Hide and Go Thief", also featured TLG guest star Anthony John Denison, Millennium recurring cast member Bill Smitrovich as well as TXF guest performers Steve Ryan and Tim Halligan).
Soon thereafter, Taylor moved on to movies, first appearing in a drama television movie called Night of Courage in 1987 before featuring, in 1988, in two romantic comedies - in the very brief role of "Girl at Medical Lab" in She's Having a Baby and then as Jojo in the coming-of-age romance drama Mystic Pizza, which also starred Annabeth Gish (both actresses had main roles, each playing a teenager working in a pizza store) and was the first of many award-winning films to feature Taylor. She appeared in another two movies in 1989, featuring as Corey Flood in the romantic drama Say Anything (whose cast also included TXF guest performer Lisa Picotte as well as two-time Millennium guest star Philip Baker Hall) and as Jamie Wilson-Georgia in the Oscar-Award-winning biographical war drama Born on the Fourth of July (with TXF guest stars Caroline Kava, R.D. Call and Jack McGee, TXF recurring cast member Raymond J. Barry, Millennium guest actor Mike Starr, as well as TXF and Millennium guest star Ed Lauter).
Taylor made many more appearances in the 1990s and returned to television in her first three roles of 1990; in January of that year, she guest-starred as an unnamed female character in an episode of the horror series Monsters and then guest-starred as a younger version of the character Marianne, in the long-running historical drama series American Playhouse (with Jeffrey DeMunn), following these episodic appearances with the role of Laura Walker in the Emmy-award-winning drama television movie Family of Spies in February 1990 (the latter production also featured Millennium guest star Boris Lee Krutonog as well as TXF guest performers Ken Jenkins, Spencer Garrett, Rueben Grundy and John Harnagel). Taylor then featured as Lucy in the road movie Bright Angel, which was released in the US in 1991 and for which, in 1992, she was nominated with an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She made one other appearance in 1991, starring as Rose in the romantic war movie Dogfight, and made no television or movie appearances in 1992.
The next year, however, she continued her variety of film roles, appearing as Grace Stalker in the multi-award-winning film Arizona Dream (a production that combined comedy, drama, fantasy and romance) and then as a character named Brenda in the relationship comedy Watch It. She continued her career with a performance as the character Honey Bush in a segment of the comedy drama Short Cuts for which, in 1994, she was included as a recipient of two awards for Best Ensemble Cast - from the Emmy Awards and the Venice Film Festival, respectively. In the same year, she also appeared as herself in a documentary about the making of Short Cuts, entitled Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country. She would again be rewarded for her next role, that of Teresa Carmela Santangelo in the historical drama Household Saints; Taylor won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, the only award received by the film. She also had a relationship with Michael Imperioli, one of her co-stars in the film; they founded the downtown New York theater company Machine Full together and, at one point, they were even engaged. Taylor made her final appearance of 1993 in the award-winning movie Rudy, in which she played a character named Sherry.
Taylor appeared in three films in 1994 and another three in 1995. Her first appearance in 1994 was as Darcy Winningham, the lead role in the minimalist short film Touch Base, a production whose small cast also included Taylor's spouse, Michael Imperioli. The other two films that featured Taylor in 1994 were both award-winning productions; she played Edna Ferber in the biographical drama movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle before portraying Fiona Ulrich in the comedy drama Prêt-à-Porter, again being included as a recipient of an ensemble award for the latter film (this time, the award was for Best Acting by an Ensemble and was awarded by the National Board of Review, USA). In the same year, she also dated Matthew Broderick, who co-starred with her in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and had previously made an uncredited cameo appearance in 1988's She's Having a Baby.
In 1995, Taylor played Kathleen Conklin, the lead role in the multi-award-winning, black-and-white vampire horror drama The Addiction, in which Michael Imperioli also featured. Taylor would ultimately receive more award success for her role in this film than for any of her previous roles. In 1996, she was nominated for Best Female Lead by the Independent Spirit Awards, for her role in The Addiction. She also received, for her work on the film, a Best Actress award from the Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema in 1997 as well as a Best Foreign Actress award from the Sant Jordi Awards in 1998. Taylor's other two roles of 1995 were both in award-winning comedy films. She portrayed the main character of Jill in the comedy drama Cold Fever and her final film role of 1995 was as Raven in the New Year's Eve comedy Four Rooms.
1996 was a notably busy year for Lili Taylor. Her first appearance in that year was in the obscure film Plain Pleasure. Her second film appearance of 1996, Girls Town, was a successful comedy that not only included her among the cast (playing the supporting role of Patti Lucci for which, in 1997, she was nominated for the Best Supporting Female award of the Independent Spirit Awards) but was also written by her, the only film she has written to date. The film thanked Taylor's spouse, Michael Imperioli, for his "support and inspiration".
Her successful acting career continued with I Shot Andy Warhol, a biographical crime drama in which she played Valerie Jean Solanas, a main character in the movie. The film would be the last in which she co-starred alongside her spouse, Michael Imperioli. For her performance in I Shot Andy Warhol, Taylor won the Stockholm Film Festival's award for Best Actress and was given special recognition for outstanding performance, at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also recognized - for her performances in I Shot Andy Warhol, Girls Town and 1995's Cold Fever - by the Seattle International Film Festival, which presented her with a Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress. In 1997, she was nominated for the Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress, for her role in I Shot Andy Warhol.
Following her appearance in that film, Taylor again appeared in a main character role - this time, as Ann in the romantic comedy drama Cosas que nunca te dije (otherwise known as "Things I Never Told You"); she won a Best Actress award for her role, at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 1996. Taylor thereafter made a minor, uncredited appearance as a woman in a speakeasy in the biographical crime drama thriller film Killer: A Journal of Murder. She subsequently returned to portraying main characters and next featured in the crime drama film Illtown, wherein she portrayed a woman named Micky. However, the film was not as successful as many of the productions that Taylor had recently been involved with and it won no awards. Her final appearance of 1996 was in Ransom, an action crime thriller wherein she played Marris Conner; her performance won her the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in a suspense film.
In 1997, Taylor was much less active in film and television. She appeared as Happy in Kicked in the Head (a comedy that included drama and romance but notably won no awards) and as Belinda in a segment of the television movie drama SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground. She also made her first of two appearances in the long-running romantic comedy series Mad About You (playing Arley in "The Magic Pants", the sixth episode of the sixth season) and voiced a documentary entitled Letters Not About Love.
Taylor's first appearance in 1998 was in the crime comedy drama O.K. Garage, wherein she played a main character named Rachel. It was following this performance that her portrayal in The X-Files came about. The actress' name was first recommended for the role of Marty Glenn by Tim Minear, the eventual writer of the episode "Mind's Eye". Very shortly after his idea for the story had been approved and he was sent away to write the episode's script, Minear was asked by members of the series' regular writing staff who he would like to play the role and he suggested Lili Taylor without hesitation.
Taylor had, up to this point, been primarily known for her work in many well-regarded independent films and she was even thought to be decidedly uninterested in taking television guest star roles. The production staff of The X-Files were unaware, however, that she was a fan of the series, had attended drama school with Scully actress Gillian Anderson and had actually made contact with casting director Rick Millikan about two or three weeks beforehand via her managers, who had called Millikan with news that Taylor would love to feature in an episode. Her performance in the episode "Mind's Eye" was, nevertheless, a rare television appearance for her and she was subsequently nominated, in recognition of her work on the episode, for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series award by the prestigious Emmy Awards.
She continued her career, in 1998, by portraying Lily 'Lil' in The Impostors (a comedy film that notably won no awards). It was thereafter that she returned to Mad About You as her character of Arley, reappearing in "Nat & Arley", the penultimate episode of the series' sixth and penultimate season. Taylor's final two performances of 1998 were as a character called Angela, in the obscure short film Come to, and as Rorey Wheeler in the comedy drama film Pecker. Throughout 1998, she made several appearances as herself, including an episode of two separate talk shows - "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and "The Charlie Rose Show" - as well as a Spanish television special about the Sant Jordi film awards, entitled "42 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia".
Meanwhile, in 1998, Michael Rapaport - who had starred alongside Taylor in 1996's Illtown, as well as in 1997's Kicked in the Head and SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground - pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of Taylor; he was consequently ordered to stay away from her and to undergo counseling for one year.
In 1999, Taylor portrayed Evie Decker, the central character of the musical, romantic drama A Slipping-Down Life, which also included John Hawkes and Veronica Cartwright among its cast. In 2004, Taylor's performance in the film was remembered with two awards; she won the Outstanding Achievement in Acting award at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize award for performance at the Indianapolis International Film Festival, sharing the latter award with fellow cast member Sara Rue. Taylor played one other film role in 1999 - as Nell in The Haunting, a mystery and horror thriller remake for which she was nominated for two awards in 2000, the Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (together with Catherine Zeta-Jones) and the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in a horror film. In addition, Taylor also appeared in two documentaries concerning the creation of the movie The Haunting, one of which was an episode of the long-running behind-the-scenes documentary series "HBO First Look".
In 2000, Taylor played the role of Sarah Kendrew in the music-oriented comedy drama High Fidelity. One of the songs used in the film's soundtrack was written by Taylor's fellow graduate from New Trier High School, Liz Phair, and the film's cast included Jack Black in a central role. Later that year, Taylor began her first substantially recurring television role (following her two episodes of Mad About You), when she started appearing as Hildy Baker in the drama series Deadline; although the series (of which Taylor appeared in every episode) was commissioned for a season of thirteen episodes after its pilot, the show was short-lived and did not continue thereafter, ending in 2001.
In that same year, Taylor appeared in three films - as the title role in the lesbian romance drama Julie Johnson, as Ben in the drama mystery comedy Gaudi Afternoon (another film that, notably, did not pick up any awards) and as Miep Gies in the biographical war-drama television miniseries Anne Frank: The Whole Story.
In February 2002, Taylor appeared in the documentary A Salute to Robert Altman, an American Maverick. Also in that year, Taylor began another recurring role, when she started to feature as Lisa Kimmel Fisher in the mortuary drama Six Feet Under, a television series that had begun in the previous year; Taylor debuted in its second season, in which she featured in a total of five of the season's thirteen episodes, each of which first aired in 2002. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, for her work in the second season of the show. In the same year, she narrated The Weather Underground, an Oscar-nominated documentary regarding a group of radical activists of the 1970s, known as The Weather Underground. Finally, in December of 2002, Taylor appeared as Judy Parker in the Gulf War drama television-movie Live from Baghdad.
In 2003, Taylor voiced Doris Fairfeather in an animated crime drama short film called Penguins Behind Bars and featured in the minor role of Leslie in the partly-Mexican adoption drama Casa de los Babys. Penguins Behind Bars was the first animated production that Taylor had been involved with, but neither of the two films won any awards. 2003 was also Taylor's busiest year on Six Feet Under; she returned for all thirteen episodes of the third season and contributed to the soundtrack of the second episode by singing "Maya Row the Boat Ashore" (a slight alteration of the well-known song "Michael Row the Boat Ashore"). In addition, she was included in two documentaries - Women on Top: Hollywood and Power and Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico, the latter concerning the production of Casa de los Babys - as well as appearing as a guest on the talk-show Five for Dinner, hosted by actor and director Jon Favreau (the other guests on the same episode were Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vanessa Martinez and John Sayles, all of whom had recently finished working on Casa de los Babys and had appeared in Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico.
In 2004, Lili Taylor not only featured in five episodes of Six Feet Under's fourth season but was also, because of her work on the show, included in the winning of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In the same year, Taylor started a relationship with writer Nick Flynn and appeared in another documentary; this time, the feature was an episode of the A&E "Biography" series about the multi-talented film personality John Waters, who had not only made an uncredited cameo appearance in the 1998 film Pecker but had also written and directed the movie.
In 2005, Taylor starred in Factotum, a romantic comedy drama wherein she played the central role of Jan. She won another two awards for this movie - the Golden Swan Award for Best Actress at the Copenhagen International Film Festival and, in 2006, the award for Best Supporting Actress at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. Also in 2005, Taylor featured in two of the twelve episodes in Six Feet Under's fifth and final season, including the series finale, as well as a retrospective documentary entitled Six Feet Under: In Memoriam. She appeared in another movie, portraying photographer Paula Klaw in The Notorious Bettie Page (a film that was nominated for two awards but won none), and took part in The 15th Annual Gotham Awards, where she presented the Breakthrough Actor Award to Amy Adams.
In 2006, Taylor made no movie appearances and, on television, she featured only as herself, with the exception of an uncredited appearance in archive footage from the film Factotum, which was included in the Spanish television documentary Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon, its title referring to the lead actor of Factotum. She made an appearance at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, in March of that year, and was honored with an Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival in June, before going on to win her SDFCS Award of Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Factotum in December.
She also made a very small appearance in an episode of the series That's Kentertainment!, in an episode called "Liza-Palooza Two-za!" wherein she was filmed attending a showing of the restored version of Liza With A "Z"!, a previously obsolete concert film starring Liza Minnelli. In July, Taylor could be heard lending her voice to a televised documentary about road movies, entitled Wanderlust. She was interviewed by Glaswegian comedian Craig Ferguson and appeared on an episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in August. Her final televised appearance in 2006 was in November, when she was included in a six-minute documentary about the production of Factotum, simply titled "The Making of Factotum".
In 2007, Taylor portrayed Ariel Schiller in the romance drama Starting Out in the Evening. Also in that year, she headed the cast of the short-lived, therapist-related, comedy drama series State of Mind, as regular character Dr. Ann Bellowes, and featured in all eight episodes of the series. Taylor also starred in the romantic horror drama Si j'étais toi (also known as The Secret), a French-produced production that received no awards but featured a cast that included Babs Chula as well as David Duchovny, the latter appearing in a main role. In that same year, Taylor was also shown in archive footage, as her character Ann (from the 1996 film Cosas que nunca te dije), that appeared in the fifth episode of the Spanish biographical series Banda sonora and she was thanked in the Spanish romance drama short Silenci, as it was "dedicated with love" to her.
The following year, she gave birth to a daughter, Maeve Taylor-Flynn, whose father is Lili Taylor's boyfriend, Nick Flynn. As she was busy with becoming a mother, Taylor only featured in two filmed productions in 2008; She featured in the minor role of Lori Wehlner in the comedy film The Promotion, which failed to achieve award-winning success, and was included in "The Films of Jan de Bont", an episode of the biographical documentary series The Director that was specifically about the director and executive producer of 1999's The Haunting.
Exactly ten years after having appeared in that film, Taylor appeared in the ninth episode of the biographical spooky series Celebrity Ghost Stories. Taylor also featured in two films in 2009 - as Angela in the dramatic police thriller Brooklyn's Finest (which didn't attain award-winning status) and in the minor role of Sheriff Lillian Holley in the biographical crime thriller Public Enemies.
Most recently, Taylor has completed a short, minimalist drama called Tired of Being Funny as well as a drama television movie entitled Rubicon, although both films are awaiting release. Taylor has also recently taken part in the documentary MindFlux: A Film About Richard Foreman, which is in the post-production stage, and a movie named Hula, which is currently under development. Nowadays, she owns a black pug dog named Gulliver, which she found on the side of the road in upstate New York, and her brother-in-law is well-known New York casting director Daniel Swee.