Tilly, Jennifer 1958(?)–

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TILLY, Jennifer 1958(?)–


Original name, Jennifer E. Chan; born September 16, 1958 (some sources cite 1961 or 1962), in Harbor City (some sources cite Los Angeles), CA; father's name, Harry (in car sales); mother's name, Patricia Tilly (a teacher); sister of Meg Tilly (an actress); married Sam Simon (a producer, director, writer, and actor), c. 1984 (divorced, 1991). Education: Stephens College, graduated, 1979; trained with Stella Adler, Peggy Feury, and Michael Shurtleff in Los Angeles. Avocational Interests: Writing.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Chuck Binder, Binder and Associates, 1465 Lindacrest Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist—Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, 1888 Century Park East, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Career: Actress and voice performer. Group Repertory Theatre, member of the company. Involved with charitable activities.

Awards, Honors: Annual CableACE Award nomination, National Cable Television Association, best actress in a comedy series, 1989, for "It's Garry and Angelica's Show: Parts 1 & 2," It's Garry Shandling's Show; Theatre World Award, most promising newcomer, 1993, for One Shoe Off; Academy Award nomination, 1995, and American Comedy Award nomination, both best supporting actress, for Bullets over Broadway; Gemini Award nomination, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best performance by an actress in a leading role in a dramatic program or miniseries, 1995, for Heads; International Fantasy Film Award, Fantasporto, best actress, and MTV Movie Award nomination (with Gina Gershon), best kiss, 1997, both for Bound; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress—comedy, 1998, and American Comedy Award nomination, best supporting actress, both for Liar Liar; Saturn Award nomination, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, best actress, 1999, for Bride of Chucky; DramaLogue Award, for Vanities.


Film Appearances:

Mona, No Small Affair, Columbia, 1984.

Amy Hopkins, Moving Violations, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

Amy, Inside Out, Beckerman, 1986.

Lisa, He's My Girl, Scotti Bros., 1987.

Life Classes, 1987.

Allegra James, Remote Control, Vista Organization, 1988.

Connie Hisler, Johnny Be Good, Orion, 1988.

Mona Lisa, Rented Lips, Cineworld, 1988.

Amy, Far from Home, Vestron, 1989.

Blanche "Monica" Moran, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.

Miranda, High Spirits, TriStar, 1989.

Vicki, Let It Ride, Paramount, 1989.

"Okie" girl, The Doors, TriStar, 1991.

Talbot, Scorchers, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1991.

Iriook (some sources cite Igiyook), Shadow of the Wolf (also known as Agaguk), Triumph, 1992.

Miranda Webber, At Home with the Webbers (also known as The Webbers and Webber's World), Live Home Video, 1993.

Stacy, Made in America, Warner Bros., 1993.

Fran Carvey, The Getaway, Universal, 1994.

Melissa, Double Cross, Summa Video, 1994.

Olive Neal, Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994.

Kily Griffith, Bird of Prey, Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1995.

Marika, Embrace of the Vampire (also known as The Nosferatu Diaries: Embrace of the Vampire), General Media Entertainment, 1995.

Cindy Figler, House Arrest, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Patty Mae, American Strays, Miramax, 1996.

Tarzaan, The Pompatus of Love, 1996.

Violet, Bound, Gramercy, 1996.

Samantha Cole, Liar Liar, Universal, 1997.

Lynn Holden, The Wrong Guy, Lions Gate Films, 1998.

Nina Swan, Music from Another Room, Orion/Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1998.

Tara Ricotto, Relax ... It's Just Sex, Tour de Fete Films, 1998.

Voice of Tiffany and Tiffany doll, Bride of Chucky (also known as Chucky), Universal, 1998.

Herself, The Muse, October Films/USA Films, 1999.

Ringside fan, Play It to the Bone (also known as Play It), Buena Vista, 1999.

Voice of Camille Stout, Stuart Little, Columbia, 1999.

Voice of Piloff, Bartok the Magnificent (animated), Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 1999.

Dolores, Bruno (also known as The Dress Code), New Angel, 2000.

Ferris "Maureen" Lowenstein, The Crew, Buena Vista, 2000.

Helen, Cord (also known as Hide and Seek and Jeu mortel), Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Dot, Ball in the House, Screen Media Ventures, 2001.

Drug dealer, Joplin: The Movie, 2001.

Ginger Quail, Fast Sofa, Studio Home Entertainment, 2001.

Hooker, Dirt, Mac Releasing, 2001.

Jo, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Lula, Sultans of Africa, 2001.

Voice of Celia Mae, Monsters, Inc. (animated), Buena Vista, 2001.

Louella "Lolly" Parsons, The Cat's Meow, Lions Gate Films, 2002.

Dr. O'Shannon, The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (also known as Sex and Violence), Sneak Preview Entertainment, 2003.

Donna Cherry, Jericho Mansions, Vine International, 2003.

Edna, Nowhere to Go but Up (also known as Happy End), BIM Distribuzione, 2003.

Gillian Stevens, Hollywood North, Franchise Pictures, 2003.

Madame Leota, The Haunted Mansion (also known as Disney's The Haunted Mansion), Buena Vista, 2003.

Rosa, Avenue A, 2003.

Alma Kerns, Deluxe Combo Platter, Liberty International Entertainment, 2004.

Carole, Second Best, Dream Entertainment, 2004.

Clara Bow, Return to Babylon (also known as Babylon Revisited), Ambyth Productions/Babylon Productions, 2004.

Conchita, Inside Job, Inside Job Productions, 2004.

Dolores Pennington, Bailey's Billion$ (also known as Bailey), Odeon Films, 2004.

Elyse Steinberg, A Piece of My Heart (also known as Perfect Opposites), Mac Releasing, 2004.

Herself and voice of Tiffany, Seed of Chucky, Focus Features, 2004.

Nurse Alice, Saint Ralph, Alliance Atlantis Communications, 2004.

Sebeva (some sources cite Rosa), El padrino, Heartless Films, 2004.

Voice of Grace, Home on the Range (animated), Buena Vista, 2004.

Voice of Miss De La Croix, Lil' Pimp, Columbia, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Recurring role, Boone, NBC, 1983–1984.

Shannon Winters, Shaping Up, ABC, 1984.

Gina Srignoli, a recurring role, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984–1985.

Savannah Sumner, Key West, Fox, 1993.

Voice of Bonnie Swanson, Family Guy (animated), Fox, 1999–2001, 2005—.

Voice, Pigs Next Door (animated; also known as Muca Beal Dorais), beginning 2000.

Contestant, World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game, Travel Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Moyra Luciano, Bella Mafia, CBS, 1997.

Aunt Fanny Minafer, The Magnificent Ambersons, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tina Abbott, Heads, Showtime, 1994.

Edie Piper, Edie and Pen (also known as Desert Gamble), HBO, 1996.

Rena Rushton and Kathy Payne, Man with a Gun (also known as Gun for Hire and Hired for Killing), HBO, 1996.

Mary Crippa, Hoods, Starz!, 1998.

Catherine Richmond, Do Not Disturb (also known as Silent Witness and Do Not Disturb—Zwei Augen zu wiel), Starz!, 1999.

Charlene, Goosed, The Movie Channel, 1999.

Philomena Rostovich, Sister Mary Explains It All, Showtime, 2001.

Voice of waitress, The Kid (animated; also known as Gahan Wilson's The Kid), Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1995.

Hollywood Glamour Girls, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Wild on the Beach, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Crystal Allen, Stage on Screen: The Women, PBS, 2002.

Herself, Screen Tests of the Stars, 2002.

Herself, Totally Gayer, VH1, 2004.

(In archive footage) Introducing Graham Norton, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, CBS, 1995.

Presenter, The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995.

Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1996.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1998.

"Hot New Trends," The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1998.

The Fifth Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 1999.

Host, The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (also known as The 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards), Bravo and Independent Film Channel, 2000.

Presenter, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Eva Wilson, "Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Steele," Remington Steele, NBC, 1985.

Candi Pearson, "Second Time Around," Cheers, NBC, 1986.

Karen, "Basic Straining," Stir Crazy, CBS, 1986.

Angelica, "It's Garry and Angelica's Show: Parts 1 & 2," It's Garry Shandling's Show, Showtime and Fox, 1987.

Nurse Saundra, "Plastic Fantastic Lovers," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1989.

Ryan, "What Women Want," Dream On, HBO, 1992, also Fox.

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1993.

Phyllis, "All the President's Women," Gun (also known as Robert Altman's Gun), ABC, 1997.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1997, 2002, 2004.

The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998.

Sin City Spectacular (also known as Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular), 1998.

Guest, The Howard Stern Show, E! Entertainment Television, 1998, 1999.

Voice of Debbie, "Hero Sits Next Door," Family Guy (animated), Fox, 1999.

Voice of Lola, "Suspended/Ernie in Love," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Guest, "Behind the Isaak," The Chris Isaak Show, Showtime, 2001.

Herself, "Jennifer Tilly," Celebrity Profile, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself and Crystal Allen, "The Women," The Isaac Mizrahi Show, Oxygen, 2001.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2001.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Guest, V Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 2002.

Guest, Sharon (also known as The Sharon Osbourne Show), syndicated, 2003.

Guest, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Kim, "Miss Right Now," Frasier, NBC, 2004.

Guest, The Graham Norton Effect, Comedy Central, 2004.

Guest cohost, Sharon (also known as The Sharon Osbourne Show), syndicated, 2004.

Also appeared as a guest in The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated; and appeared in other series, including a program hosted by Dennis Miller.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mobster's girlfriend, Bodyguard, NBC, 1990.

Voice of sexy cheerleader, Clayton, UPN, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

Tartuffe, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, c. 1986–1987.

Clio, One Shoe Off, Second Stage Theatre, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1992–1993.

Crystal Allen, The Women, Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2001–2002.

All about Eve (benefit reading), Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2003.

Appeared in productions of Baby with the Bathwater and The Wool Gatherers, both Los Angeles Public Theatre, Los Angeles; Boy's Life, Los Angeles Theatre Center; and Vanities, Los Angeles production. Also appeared in The Bacchae, Buried Child, In the Summer House, and 900 Oneonta.

Radio Appearances:

Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1998, 1999.


Herself, Liar Liar: Bridging the Comedy Chasm, Universal Studios Home Video, 1999.

Video Games:

Voice of Celia Mae, Monsters, Inc., Disney Interactive, 2002.


Teleplays; Episodic:

"Steppin' Out with Mary Brenner," Mary, CBS, 1986.



Entertainment Weekly, October 11, 1996, p. 73.

Movieline, Volume 7, issue 11, 1996, pp. 42–46, 78, 87.


People Weekly, November 21, 1994, pp. 158–60; December 15, 2003, p. 109.

Premiere, January, 1992, pp. 39–40.