Per request on the "My girlfriend is pregnant" thread. (Check it out to see how we got to Lili Taylor.)
I haven't seen her in much, but do remember her from "Dogfight." A very moving film and performance.
Her IMDb bio shows steady, continuing work. She sees like someone happy to fly under the radar and just work.
I Shot Andy Warhol is one of her best movies, playing the radical lesbian who shot Andy. He barely survived and was never the same after.
Adored her as Miep Gies in ANNE FRANK: THE WHOLE STORY. So feisty without being mannered.
OMG I ADORE HER! I got into her after seeing I Shot Andy Warhol. Within the first few minutes she was on the screen she totally won me over. I was sitting there saying to myself, "I know people like this. People like this are crazy"
She does seem to be the sort that doenst need to make a huge splash phoning it in in some insipid blockbuster, but instead will work on small, independent films where she can really put in a great performance.
Damn! I totally forgot "I Shot Andy Warhol." She was excellent in that and could not have been more different than the Dogfight character. I had Dogfight so stuck in my mind (the movie was painful to watch) that I didn't even remember she was Warhol's shooter. I guess that either speaks to my incipient elderdom or her acting ability.
You're welcome, R2.
Thank you, OP!
She is my favorite Contemporary Actress! She was hilarious in Say Anything, the first thing I think I saw her in.
Short Cuts, Household Saints, and her role on 6ft Under, in addition, of course, to everything else already mentioned.
Thank, R4, I was unaware of her work in that film. Will be a treat to see her play that character.
R6, she is the one who is not Julia Roberts or the girl from Shag, who was supposed to get married, but doesn't. She gets a boat named after her.
Ugh. Every time I think I've finally heard the last of this smug, lucky, leaden "actress," someone else hires her out of pity or blackmail or whatever, or posts a thread, and there she is again. She always has that look on her face like she just threw up because of her thyroid medication.
O wow, I forgot about Household Saints. Thank you OP for this thread.
I was annoyed by her in "Six Feet Under," until I realized just how much she was nailing a certain type of passive-aggressive, fake-nice Seattle neo-hippie.
r13, was there actually any likable character in Six Feet Under?
Claire I guess....
Everyone hated Lisa, R13, but I always loved Lili Taylor's complete realization of that character. So unlikeable but so totally REAL and believable. Everyone knows someone just like her in real life, rigid and dogmatic while pretending to be liberal and free-spirited.
Yeah that was the point of the character r13, Nate only married her out of guilt because he got her pregnant. But she was too insufferable to stay with for long. Like "A Place In The Sun" without the murder.
[quote] rigid and dogmatic while pretending to be liberal and free-spirited.
I think she even displayed some homophobia at one point, hippie-dippy her of all people.
She was the photographer in Altman's Pret a Porter.
R10, it's still on YouTube if you want to see it. And Hannah Taylor-Gordon comes eerily close to resembling the real Anne.
Back in the 90s I always used to mix Lily Taylor with Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney.
Another actress who should have had an Oscar a decade ago, but has so far been denied even a nom.
i still can't believe her ex, Michael Rappaport, came on the Stern show years ago and blasted her. Thankfully Stern and all of her fans who called in wouldn't stand for it and let him know that in no uncertain terms.
Both she and Julia were the bright spots in "Mystic Pizza"
[quote] rigid and dogmatic while pretending to be liberal and free-spirited.
Aren't nearly all leftists rigid and dogmatic?
Terrible in the Julie Harris role in The Haunting.
Now bringing home the bacon doing voiceovers in Tylenol ads.
But yes, I liked her in Say Anything, too.
But it wasn't the Julie Harris role, the remake completely changed it. The remake is so ill-conceived it's impossible to judge whether the actors made the best of the terrible script, and who cares anyway. All Lili can really be blamed for is accepting the part to begin with. She sold out, but she isn't the first good actor to do so, people have bills to pay.
She was really good as Lisa in Six Feet Under. I loved her interactions with Catherine O'Hara.
I've never seen any actress that resembles Janis more than Lili Taylor. I'm not surprised that movie studios were toying with the idea of her starring in a Janis Joplin biopic.
As wretched as "The Haunting" was, she was slightly better than any of her Razzie-bait co-stars.
R36 = Helen Keller
Did they ask Lilli, Annabeth, and Julia to gain weight for Mystic Pizza?
I just worked with her this past summer, and she's pretty awesome. Hopefully our film will bring her out in the public's eye again, because she carries the whole damn thing. Projected release date 7/19/14.
"was there actually any likable character in Six Feet Under?
Claire I guess...."
Claire was "likeable?" I thought she was as fucked up and annoying as the rest of them.
Claire was the most likeable. I actually liked Brenda, except when she was in her self destructive phase in season 2, and even then, she was fun to watch.
[quote]Did they ask Lilli, Annabeth, and Julia to gain weight for Mystic Pizza?
I don't think so. Julia was thick back then naturally, and so was Annabeth. I don't think Lili was any bigger than usual.
R43 - You're probably right about Julia. Annabeth and Lili looked heavier than in other roles of the time.
R37 - a pretentious, sniveling, stupid, blind little man-cunt. Who probably can't even give a good reach-around when he cornholes.
R46/Helen Keller is hitting the meth early tonight.
"The Conjuring", [r40]
She was also in Starting Out in the Evening, with Lauren Ambrose.
I don't fault her for "The Haunting." Because given the horrible, wretched screenplay/dialougue she was given, she did the best she could with the material, and wasn't as bad as her costars. Even heavyweights like Mirren, Streep or Weaver couldn't have done justice to her character with that execrable screenplay.
I liked her in The Addiction where she plays a vampire. It was an indie vampire film that aided by her stellar performance.
R50 - I kept expecting her to bring out her guitar and sing 65 songs about Hugh Crain.
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