Jennifer Tilly


16 Sep 1958


Harbor City, California, USA


Jennifer Ellen Chan


An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, compelling and often all at once. Her breakthrough movie role tapped into all of those qualities failing singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in Steve Kloves' The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) opposite brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges. A few years later, Jennifer earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the aspiring but hopelessly untalented actress Olive Neal in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994). She has become well-known to filmgoers for both major studio and independent films. In Tom Shadyac's blockbuster Liar Liar (1997), she kept pace with Jim Carrey. Her steamy performance opposite Gina Gershon helped make Lana Wachowski's and Lilly Wachowski's Bound (1996) a breakout indie success at the Sundance Film Festival and then in theatrical release. It also expanded Jennifer's already significant gay and lesbian following.

She successfully cultivated another fan base with the revitalization of the "Child's Play" horror comedy franchise. For Ronny Yu's Bride of Chucky (1998), the filmmakers turned to Jennifer to create the character who would spark the series in a new direction. She met the challenge and established a new horror icon in Tiffany. This Halloween, in Rogue Pictures' all-new Seed of Chucky (2004), written and directed by series creator Don Mancini, Jennifer again takes the popular series to the next level; she stars as Tiffany and as herself, the deadly doll's favorite actress, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess in more ways than one.

Jennifer's pitch-perfect voiceover work as Tiffany is not the only instance of her being able to incarnate a character from the vocal chords out. Families know her distinctive cadences from the recent Disney hits Home on the Range (2004) (in which Jennifer voiced a new-age bovine), directed by Will Finn and John Sanford; The Haunted Mansion (2003) (in which Jennifer acted from the neck up only), directed by Rob Minkoff; and the Pixar blockbuster Monsters, Inc. (2001) (voicing Mike's love interest Celia), directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich. She began her acting career as a teenager, putting herself through the theater program at Stephens College in Missouri by winning writing competitions. She then headed to Los Angeles, California. While she continued to act on the stage (earning a Dramalogue Award for her performance in "Vanities"), movies and television immediately came calling for the actress with the unique voice and visage.

Over the years, Jennifer has made memorable appearances on some of television's best series, including Hill Street Blues (1981) (in a recurring dramatic role), Cheers (1982), Moonlighting (1985), It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986) and Frasier (1993). In addition, she has been a favored guest on a number of talk shows, from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) to The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) to (currently) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). Those interview segments have encouraged viewers to expect the unexpected from her interplay with the host and the studio audience. Her many films over a two-decade span include Neil Jordan's High Spirits (1988), Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991), Richard Benjamin's Made in America (1993), Roger Donaldson's The Getaway (1994), Joe Pytka's Let It Ride (1989), P.J. Castellaneta's Relax... It's Just Sex (1998), Michael Radford's Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000), Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow (2001) (in which she played Louella Parsons).

Jennifer Tilly has also continued to act on the stage. She won a Theater World Award for her performance in off-Broadway's "One Shoe Off" and starred on Broadway in the 2001 revival of "The Women" (which was later taped for, and broadcast on, PBS).

Actor ( 143 credits )

Renaissance Girl (2017) Martha
Ray Meets Helen (2016) Ginger
Unity (2015) Narrator (voice)
Spun Out (2014)  Maggie Felgate (1 episode, 2015)
Shark Cage (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013) Ms. Stewart
Curse of Chucky (2013) Tiffany
Return to Babylon (2013) Clara Bow
Amelia's 25th (2013) Miss Celie
Bonus Content (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
30 Beats (2012) The Psychic - Erika
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2012)  Amanda Levay / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Romania (2010) Herself
The Making of Plus One (2010) Amber
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
2010 World Series of Poker (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Empire of Silver (2009) Mrs. Landdeck
Official Rejection (2009) Herself
Imps* (2009) Joni (segment "Sale on Professional Men") (archive foot
Modern Family (2009)  Darlene (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Drop Dead Diva (2009)  Ginny (1 episode, 2011)
The Cleveland Show (2009)  Bonnie Swanson (1 episode, 2009)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)  Herself - Guest Judge / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
2009 World Series of Poker (2009)  Herself (5 episodes, 2009)
Sam's Game (2009)  Herself
Pass the Sugar (2009) Herself
Inconceivable (2008) Salome 'Sally' Marsh
Deal (2008) Karen 'Razor' Jones
Bart Got a Room (2008) Melinda
The Caretaker (2008) Miss Perry
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Intervention (2007) Jane
Poker After Dark (2007)  Herself (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
High Stakes Poker (2006)  Herself (unknown episodes)
National Heads-Up Poker Championship (2006)  Herself
Poker Superstars III (2006)  Herself (5 episodes)
The Poker Movie (2006) Herself
Tideland (2005) Queen Gunhilda
Bailey's Billion$ (2005) Dolores Pennington
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005) Dr. O'Shannon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (7 episodes, 2005-2011)
Out of Practice (2005)  Crystal (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
El padrino (2004) Sebeva
Seed of Chucky (2004) Tiffany / Herself
Love on the Side (2004) Alma
Home on the Range (2004) Grace (voice)
Perfect Opposites (2004) Elyse Steinberg
Second Best (2004) Carole
Saint Ralph (2004) Nurse Alice
The Graham Norton Effect (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Jericho Mansions (2003) Donna Cherry
Hollywood North (2003) Gillian Stevens
Happy End (2003) Edna
The Haunted Mansion (2003) Madame Leota
MythBusters (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tussen de sterren (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
World Poker Tour (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Screen Tests of the Stars (2002) Herself - Interviewee
V Graham Norton (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
The Cat's Meow (2001) Louella Parsons
Monsters, Inc. (2001) Celia (voice)
Fast Sofa (2001) Ginger Quail
Dirt (2001) Hooker
Ball in the House (2001) Aunt Dot
The Chris Isaak Show (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) Jo
The Crew (2000) Ferris 'aka Maureen' Lowenstein
Bruno (2000) Dolores
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)  Terpsie Pratt (1 episode, 2010)
Pigs Next Door (2000) (voice)
Play It to the Bone (1999) Ringside Fan
Stuart Little (1999) Mrs. Camille Stout (voice)
Do Not Disturb (1999) Cathryn
Goosed (1999) Charlene
The Muse (1999) Jennifer Tilly
Family Guy (1999)  Bonnie Swanson (41 episodes, 1999-2014)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Bride of Chucky (1998) Tiffany
Hoods (1998) Mary Crippa
Relax... It's Just Sex (1998) Tara Ricotto
Music from Another Room (1998) Nina
Sin City Spectacular (1998) (1 episode)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
The Wrong Guy (1997) Lynn Holden
Liar Liar (1997) Samantha Cole
The Roseanne Show (1997)  Guest (1 episode, 1998)
Gun (1997)  Phyllis (1 episode, 1997)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Bound (1996) Violet
American Strays (1996) Patty Mae
House Arrest (1996) Cindy Figler
Edie & Pen (1996) Edie
Hey Arnold! (1996)  Lola (1 episode, 2000)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 1996-1998)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 2004)
Bird of Prey (1995) Kily Griffith
Man with a Gun (1995) Rena Rushton / Kathy Payne
Embrace of the Vampire (1995) Marika
The Pompatus of Love (1995) Tarzaan
The Getaway (1994) Fran Carvey
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Olive Neal
Howard Stern (1994)  Herself (2 episodes, 1998-2004)
Made in America (1993) Stacy
Frasier (1993)  Kim (1 episode, 2004)
Key West (1993)  Savannah Sumner / ... (13 episodes, 1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Shadow of the Wolf (1992) Igiyook
Scorchers (1991) Talbot
The Doors (1991) Okie Girl (uncredited)
Dream On (1990)  Ryan (1 episode, 1992)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Monica Moran
Let It Ride (1989) Vicki
Far from Home (1989) Amy
The Simpsons (1989)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
High Spirits (1988) Miranda
Rented Lips (1988) Mona Lisa
Remote Control (1988) Allegra James
Johnny Be Good (1988) Connie Hisler
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
He's My Girl (1987) Lisa
The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
Inside Out (1986) Amy
It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986)  Angelica (2 episodes, 1987)
Moving Violations (1985) Amy Hopkins
Moonlighting (1985)  Nurse Saundra (1 episode, 1989)
Stir Crazy (1985)  Karen (1 episode, 1986)
No Small Affair (1984) Mona
Shaping Up (1984)  Shannon Winters (4 episodes, 1984)
Boone (1983)  Sonia (1 episode, 1983)
Oh Madeline (1983)  Laurie (1 episode, 1983)
Cheers (1982)  Candi Pearson (1 episode, 1986)
Remington Steele (1982)  Blitzen / ... (1 episode, 1985)
Hill Street Blues (1981)  Gina Srignoli (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
60 Minutes (1968)  Herself - Sam's Ex-Wife (segment "Dog Nut") (2 episode
Chucky 7 (0) Tiffany (voice)

Writer ( 2 credits )

Inconceivable (2008) (devised in collaboration with) &
Mary (1985) (1 episode, 1986)