Lili Taylor

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), Public Enemies (2009), The Conjuring (2013) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015).

Lili Taylor
Taylor in 2013
Lili Anne Taylor

(1967-02-20) February 20, 1967
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materDePaul University
Years active1986–present
Nick Flynn (m. 2009)

In television, she has starred in Six Feet Under, Hemlock Grove, Almost Human and all three 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.

Early life

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.[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]


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 1991, she played Grace, the witty and romantic step-daughter of Faye Dunaway, in the very poetic Arizona Dream (released 1993), directed by Emir Kusturica, co-starring Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis. In 1993 too, 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

In 2015, Taylor co-starred in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as Dr. Mary Cooper, "a doctor who helps Thomas and his fellow Gladers".[10] Filming began at the end of October, and the movie was released on September 18, 2015.

Personal life

Former boyfriend Michael Rapaport was arrested on May 18, 1997, for harassing Taylor and he was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. He then pleaded guilty to the charges in court, and New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg issued a protection order to keep the actor from contacting Taylor, as well as mandating that he undergo counseling sessions.

Taylor is married to writer Nick Flynn, with whom she has one child, Maeve Taylor-Flynn.[11]

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.[12]


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 1996, she received a Special Recognition award from the Sundance Film Festival for her performance in Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol, in which she portrayed Valerie Solanas. Ten years later, in 2006, she 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 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 The 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 The Impostors Lily 'Lil'
1998 Come to Angela Short film
1998 Pecker Rorey Wheeler
1999 A 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 The 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 The Notorious Bettie Page Paula Klaw
2007 Starting Out in the Evening Ariel Schiller
2007 The Secret Hannah Marris
2008 The 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 The Pier Grace Ross
2012 About Cherry Phyllis
2012 Being Flynn Joy
2012 The Courier Mrs. Capo
2012 Future Weather Ms. Markovi
2013 The 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
2017 Leatherface Verna Sawyer
2019 Eli Dr. Isabella Horn
2019 The Gettysburg Address Emily Souder (voice) 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 The 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 The 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
2015–2017 American Crime Nancy Straumberg
Anne Blaine
Claire Coates
21 episodes
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
2019 Chambers Ruth Pezim 7 episodes
TBA Perry Mason Birdy McKeegan Miniseries

Stage credits

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Three Sisters Irina Roundabout Theatre Company, New York
2001 The Dead Eye Boy Shirley-Diane MCC Theater, New York
2006 Landscape of the Body Betty Off-Broadway, Peter Norton Space, New York[13]
2009 Mourning Becomes Electra Christine Mannon Off-Broadway, Acorn Theatre, New York[14]
2014 The Library Dawn Sheridan Off-Broadway, Public Theater, New York[15]
2017 Marvin's Room Bessie Wakefield Broadway, American Airlines Theatre


  1. Biography at
  2. "Obituary: Park Taylor", Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., May 13, 2001
  3. Lili Taylor profile, Out Magazine
  4. Lili Taylor profile, Yahoo! Movies
  5. Jacobs, Evan. "Lili Taylor Talks 'The Notorious Bettie Page'." April 14, 2006.
  6. "'The Promotion' Lili Taylor interview"
  7. "The Library". The Public Theater. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. Healy, Patrick (16 January 2014). "Soderbergh to Direct New Play at Public Theater". The New York Times.
  9. Rooney, David (16 January 2014). "Steven Soderbergh to Direct Off-Broadway Play Starring Chloe Grace Moretz". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. Jen Yamato (November 3, 2014). "Lili Taylor Joins Fox's 'The Maze Runner 2′". Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  11. "Conversation: Love by the Book : An author talks (and writes) about meeting and having a child with his actress dream girl", New York Magazine, Jan 24, 2010
  12. "Grohl schmoll", The Sydney Morning Herald, July 11, 2003
  13. Jnes, Kenneth. " 'Landscape of the Body', Guare's Glimpse of Greenwich Village in the 1970s, Begins at NYC's Signature" Playbill, March 28, 2006
  14. Hernandez, Ernio. "New Group's 'Mourning Becomes Electra' Revival Closes Off-Broadway March 1" Playbill, March 1, 2009
  15. Stewart, Zachary. "Review. 'The Library' ", April 15, 2014
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