Bride of Chucky
"Everyone said that if you want to be a real actor, go to New York. If you want to sell out, go to LA. And I thought - I want to sell out!" Jennifer Tilly
Academy Award-nominated Jennifer Tilly received critical acclaim for her role of actress Olive Neal in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway (1994). First catching attention while playing singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in Steven Kloves' The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Tilly also gained recognition for portraying a lesbian lover, opposite Gina Gershon, in the Wachowski brothers’ Bound (1996). She also costarred with Jim Carrey in Tom Shadyac's Liar Liar (1997), and played the title role of Tiffany in Ronny Yu's Bride of Chucky and Don Mancini’s Seed of Chucky (2004).
Also an accomplished stage actress, Tilly won a Theater World Award for Most Promising Newcomer for performing in Tina Howe's play, “One Shoe Off,” at The Joseph Papp Theater and took home a Dramalogue Award for acting in “Vanities.” Additionally, the talented actress is a professional poker player. She recently won the Ladies no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker and became the first celebrity ever to win a bracelet at the famed tournament.
5' 4" tall Jennifer Tilly measures 36C-24-34 and was one of Celebrity Sleuth’s “25 Sexiest Women of 1995.” She reportedly is dating poker professional Phil "Unabomber" Laak, who received the nickname "The Unabombshell" within the poker circuit.
Jennifer E. Chan
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of a car salesman (Harry Tilly) and a schoolteacher (Patricia Tilly), Jennifer E. Chan, who would later be known as Jennifer Tilly (Tilly is her mother's maiden name), was born on September 16, 1958, in Harbor City, California. Her siblings include Margaret Tilly (actress; born on February 14, 1960) and Rebecca. When she was 6, her parents divorced and her mother married John Ward. Afterward, they moved to British Columbia, Canada, where she attended Belmont High School, in Victoria. She then studied theater at St. Stephen's College, in Missouri, and contributed articles to magazines to help pay for her tuition. She also once won an Honorable Mention in a writing competition.
In 1984, Jennifer Tilly married Sam Simon, producer of The Simpsons, but they divorced in 1991. The owner of two cats, Corky and Violet, Tilly is an avid lover of fashion and has 400 pairs of shoes.
Bullets over Broadway
"I love doing theater because of the challenge of it." Jennifer Tilly
Beginning her acting career in Equity-waiver theater productions, Jennifer Tilly won a Dramalogue Award for her performance in "Vanities." She signed up with the Group Repertory Theater and performed in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," "In the Summer House" and "The Bacchae."
Tilly first appeared on TV with a reoccurring role on the series "Boone" (1983, starring Thomas Byrd) and followed it up with a starring role on the short-lived sitcom "Shaping Up" (1984, with Michael Fontaine, Leslie Nielsen and Cathie Shirriff). Also in 1984, Tilly debuted on the wide screen with a bit part in Jerry Schatzberg's romantic comedy movie No Small Affair (starring Jon Cryer and Demi Moore) and performed at the Los Angeles Public Theatre in the play "Baby With the Bathwater."
After playing the reoccurring role of Gina Srignoli (1984-1985) on the series "Hill Street Blues" (starring Daniel J. Travanti), Tilly appeared as a guest in an episode of "Remington Steele" and costarred with John Murray and Sally Kellerman in Neal Israel's low-budget comedy Moving Violations (1985). She had a two-part role on "It's Garry Shandling's Show" in December of 1987 in which she received a Cable ACE Award nomination. On stage, Tilly performed in a Los Angeles Actors Theatre production of Moliere's "Tartuffe."
Tilly spent the rest of the 1980s with roles in films like Remote Control, Inside Out, He's My Girl, Johnny Be Good, Rented Lips, High Spirits, Far from Home and Let It Ride. However, it was writer-director Steven Kloves' Academy Award-nominated musical drama The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) that brought her public notice. In the film, which starred Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer and Beau Bridges, Tilly was cast as auditioning singer Blanche "Monica" Moran. Afterward, Tilly could be seen in such films as The Doors, Scorchers, Shadow of the Wolf, The Webbers, Made in America, Embrace of the Vampire, Double Cross, and The Getaway. She also made her Off-Broadway debut at the New York Public Theater in Tina Howe's "One Shoe Off" (1993), which won her a Theater World Award, and became sister Meg Tilly's body double in 1993's Body Snatchers.
A real breakthrough arrived in 1994 when Woody Allen handed her the supporting role of 1920s Broadway diva Olive Neal, the girlfriend of Joe Viterelli's character, in the classic crime comedy Bullets Over Broadway (1994, also starring John Cusack and Dianne Wiest). Tilly's wonderful, high-squeaking performance received critical acclaim and earned her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. Following the nomination, Tilly landed roles in the films Bird of Prey, Man with a Gun, Edie & Pen, The Pompatus of Love and House Arrest.
In 1996, writer-directors the Wachowski brothers paired Tilly with Gina Gershon, playing bisexual lovers, in the cult hit Bound. The film earned Tilly a Saturn Award nomination and an MTV Movie Award (Best Kiss, shared with Gina Gershon). She also won a Fantasporto: International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actress. After appearing in the films Gun and American Strays, Tilly costarred with master comedian Jim Carrey in Tom Shadyac's Liar Liar (1997, also with Maura Tierney, Swoosie Kurtz and Amanda Donohoe). The film later gave her a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress.
On working with Jim Carrey, Tilly admitted, "Spending time with Jim on a stage is an incredibly weird experience! I found myself unable to act seriously! Hard to shoot with the master of comedy!"
Tilly added to her acting resume films like The Wrong Guy, Bella Mafia (TV), and Relax... It's Just Sex and Hoods. Filmmaker Ronny Yu then handed her the title role of a murderous doll, the bridal gown-clad Tiffany, in the fourth installment of the highly successful Child's Play horror series, Bride of Chucky (1998). The film eventually gave her Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress. Subsequently, Tilly won roles in Music From Another Room, Goosed, Do Not Disturb and lent her voice as Mrs. Camille Stout in Stuart Little. In 1999, Tilly became a semi-regular cast member of the long-running series "Family Guy," voicing Bonnie Swanson, the Griffin family's neighbor.
The new millennium saw Tilly acting in Cord, Bruno, The Crew and Dancing at the Blue Iguana. She portrayed a hooker in actor-writer-director Michael Covert's comedy Dirt (starring Tracy Fraim) and played gossip columnist Louella Parsons in acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich's adaptation of award-winning screenwriter Steven Peros' play, The Cat's Meow (with Kirsten Dunst and Edward Herrmann). She also costarred in the Broadway revival of "The Women" (was later taped for and broadcasted on PBS) and had a featured role in the A&E miniseries version of "The Magnificent Ambersons."
In 2004, Tilly provided her voice for character Grace (The Optimist) in the animated feature Home on the Range and returned with Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) in writer-director Don Mancini's fifth film of the Child's Play series, Seed of Chucky, in which she also played an exaggerated version of herself. Being asked about Seed of Chucky (2004), Tilly said, "It's really gruesome, but it's a heartwarming story."
Tilly guest starred on "Frasier" in April of 2004 and recently on the new CBS sitcom "Out of Practice," playing Crystal, the receptionist for Dr. Stewart Barnes (played by Henry Winkler). About her costume, Tilly described, "I'm wearing an outfit that looks just like a cupcake ... a pink frothy blouse, low cut ... everything a little inappropriately girlie ... Pink, pink, lot of pink."
A professional poker player, in June of 2005, Tilly won a World Series of Poker bracelet (and $158,625) in the Ladies' No-Limit Texas hold 'em event, beating 600 other contestants. Later, in September of that same year, Tilly won a third World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational tournament held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
"That's the great thing about poker. You get jewelry -- stuff you can wear. Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, you can't hang that around your neck. But everywhere you go, you've got your poker gold and diamond bracelet on. Everyone knows you won." Jennifer Tilly
Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy, Liar Liar, 1998
Fantasporto: International Fantasy Film Award - Best Actress, Bound, 1997
Theater World: Most Promising Newcomer, "One Shoe Off," 1993
Gemini Awards: Best Actress, Heads, 1993