Jennifer Tilly bio: age, net worth, sister, husband, movies

Jennifer Tilly bio: age, net worth, sister, husband, movies

The story of Jennifer Tilly is that of a person who moved from grass to grace. At age five, she suffered from a broken home as her parents divorced and she had to be raised by her mother and stepfather. However, her past has not deterred her from recording significant success in her acting career, as is evident in her biography.

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Apart from the success she has recorded as an actress, Jennifer prides herself as one of the first Hollywood celebrities to be a winner in the world of competitive poker. Her passion for the game started after she played a role in Let It Ride, a gambling comedy film, in 1989.

Jennifer Tilly profile summary

  • Full name: Jennifer Ellen Chan
  • Celebrated name: Jennifer Tilly
  • Date of birth: 16th of September, 1958
  • Nationality: Canadian-American
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Zodiac sign: Virgo
  • Place of birth: Harbor City, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, voice actor, professional poker player, and screenwriter
  • Height: 5 feet and 7 inches (170 cm)
  • Partner: Phil Laak
  • Ex-spouse: Sam Simon
  • Parents: Harry Chan (father) and Patricia (mother)
  • Siblings: Meg, Rebecca, and Steve Tilly
  • Net worth: $25 million

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Jennifer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Harry Chan and Patricia. However, most of her childhood was spent on Texada Island, a rural setting located in British Columbia. Her relocation to this remote area came after her parents divorced when she was only five years of age.

The actress' father was a used car salesman, while her mother was a former stage actress and also a Canadian schoolteacher. Her mom was of Finnish, Irish and Native-American ancestry while her dad was of Chinese descent.

Jennifer's older brother is Steve, and she has two younger sisters: Rebecca and Meg. The Los Angeles-born actress attended Belmont High School.

As a poker player, she won the World Poker Ladies Night III and the World Series' Ladies World Poker Championship in 2005.

During her days in high school, she started shifting her attention to theatre. Consequently, with the assistance of her mother, she took part in plays as an extra.

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With further encouragement from her mother, she moved into performing arts. She ended up receiving a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Moreover, because theatre seemed to be thriving in New York, the actress resolved to become a part of the move, and she relocated there.

How old is Jennifer Tilly?

Jennifer Tilly age is 61 years. The actress was born on the 16th of September, 1958. This means that she will be celebrating her 62nd birthday in September 2020.

Jennifer Tilly measurements

With a height of 5 feet and 7 inches and a weight of 68 kilograms, Jennifer Tilly hot figure is quite a sight. Her body measures 40-28-38 inches.

Acting career

Jennifer Tilly started her acting career in the early 1980s by taking up supporting roles in shows.

She made her acting debut by taking up roles in series like Oh Madeline and Boone. Then, in 1984, her first big-screen appearance was in the movie No Small Affair.

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Although she did not make enough money that was commensurate to the time and effort that she put into playing her roles, she kept at it while looking for better opportunities. Interestingly for her, her significance breakthrough came in 1989 when she played a character in The Fabulous Baker Boys. In the film, she acted as a failing singer.

After she made an appearance in Bullets over Broadway, a satirical comedy-drama film by Woody Allen, she got a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress category at the prestigious Academy Awards. She then landed a role in Bound as a lesbian in 1996, and the film became a hit and further shot her into the limelight.

As a result of that, Jennifer Tilly young acting skills became more pronounced as she received offers from some of the most prominent directors of that time.

A list of some of Jennifer Tilly movies and television shows include the following:

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  • Oh Madeline
  • Boone
  • Shaping Up
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Remington Steele
  • Stir Crazy
  • Cheers
  • It's Garry Shandling's Show
  • Moonlighting
  • Dream On
  • At Home with the Webbers
  • Key West
  • Heads
  • Gun
  • Bella Mafia
  • Family Guy
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Sister Mary Explains It All
  • The Kid
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Stage on Screen: The Women
  • Frasier
  • Out of Practice
  • The Initiation of Sarah
  • The Cleveland Show
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Drop Dead Diva
  • Modern Family
  • The Simpsons
  • Spun Out
  • SuperMansion
  • Monsters at Work
  • No Small Affair
  • Moving Violations
  • Inside Out
  • He's My Girl
  • Remote Control
  • Johnny Be Good
  • Rented Lips
  • High Spirits
  • Far from Home
  • Let It Ride
  • The Doors
  • Scorchers
  • Shadow of the Wolf
  • Made in America
  • The Getaway
  • Double Cross
  • Bullets over Broadway
  • Embrace of the Vampire
  • Bird of Prey
  • Man with a Gun
  • The Pompatus of Love
  • Edie & Pen
  • Bound
  • American Strays
  • House Arrest
  • Liar Liar
  • The Wrong Guy
  • Music from Another Room
  • Relax...It's Just Sex
  • Hoods
  • Bride of Chucky
  • The Muse
  • Bartok the Magnificent
  • Goosed
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Stuart Little
  • Play It to the Bone
  • Bruno
  • The Crew
  • Dancing at the Blue Iguana
  • Dirt Hooker
  • Fast Sofa
  • The Cat's Meow
  • Ball in the House
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Hollywood North
  • Jericho Mansions
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Happy End
  • Second Best Carole
  • Perfect Opposites
  • Home on the Range
  • El Padrino
  • Saint Ralph
  • Love on the Side
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Lil' Pimp
  • The Civilization of Maxwell Bright
  • Bailey's Billion$
  • Tideland
  • The Poker Movie
  • Intervention
  • Deal
  • The Caretaker
  • Bart Got a Room
  • Inconceivable
  • An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
  • Empire of Silver
  • Made in Romania
  • The Making of Plus One
  • 30 Beats
  • Amelia's 25th
  • Curse of Chucky
  • Return to Babylon
  • The Secret Lives of Dorks
  • Unity
  • A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits
  • Cult of Chucky
  • Ray Meets Helen
  • 7 Days to Vegas

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How much is Jennifer Tilly worth?

Jennifer Tilly net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is estimated at $25 million. It is not a surprise that the veteran actress has made this much considering her professionalism as an actress and the various high-paying roles that she has taken up so far.

Who is Jennifer Tilly sister?

Meg and Jennifer Tilly are sisters. Meg is also a Hollywood star. The Canadian-American actress and novelist was born as Margaret Elizabeth Chan. She is a trained dancer based on a scholarship she received to one of the best ballet schools in New York.

When she was seventeen years, she was connected to Connecticut Ballet Company and later Throne Dance Theatre. Unfortunately, she had to give up dancing due to complications that emanated from her back injury.

The first time she appeared on television was when she starred in The Trouble with Grandpa, a half-hour drama that held in 1981. Shortly after her acting debut, it became clear to every fan that she was another gift to the entertainment industry, considering her acting prowess.

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Even though she no longer pursues a career in dancing, her skill is still a plus for her as she has appeared in Psycho II and The Big Chill. Apart from Meg winning a Golden Globe award, Jennifer and Meg Tilly have also received a nomination each for an Oscar before.

Meg's nomination was under the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Who is Jennifer Tilly's boyfriend?

Jennifer Tilly now is in a relationship with Phil Laak, a professional poker player. They started dating in 2004 after their meeting at the World Poker Tour Invitational at Los Angeles’ Commerce Casino.

Although his birth name is Philip Courtney Laak, the Irish-American professional poker player and poker commentator is famously called The Unabomber. He was given this name because of the sunglasses and the hooded sweatshirt that he wore at the table, which made him look like Theodore Kaczynski.

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However, before they started their relationship, Tilly was previously married to Sam Simon. The then Jennifer Tilly husband was an American director, producer, philanthropist, animal rights activist, and writer.

He was also the co-developer of The Simpsons, a television series. They got married in 1984 and divorced in 1991. The veteran actress also dated Lou Diamond Phillips between 1990 and 1994 and had a fling with Dennis Kucinich in 2004.

Life, for Jennifer Tilly, has been full of ups and downs, but the exciting thing about her is that she has maintained focus and a high level of determination. These rare qualities have earned her the success she enjoys in her career today.


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