Daryl Hannah was born in Chicago, Illinois to Donald Hannah and Susan; her
parents divorced shortly after her birth and her mother remarried Jerrold
Wexler, a businessman and brother of Haskell Wexler, a noted cinematographer.
Hannah, a vegetarian since age 11, grew up with siblings Don and Page Hannah,
who also became actors, as well as half sister Tanya Wexler, who is now a film
director. Due to a childhood accident, Hannah is missing a part of her left
Daryl Hannah became interested in movies at an early age, due to insomnia. She attended the Francis W. Parker School (where she played on the boys' soccer team) and the University of Southern California, majoring in theatre.
Daryl Hannah made her film debut in 1978, making a brief appearance in Brian De Palma's horror movie The Fury. She subsequently appeared in several early 1980s films, the most notable role of which is probably as the replicate, Pris, in Ridley Scott's 1982 film, Blade Runner. Hannah was cast as a mermaid in Ron Howard's 1984 fantasy, Splash, which was a major financial success, grossing over $62 million and establishing Hannah as a notable actress.
As Pris in Blade RunnerHannah's roles in the remainder of the 1980s ranged from successful (including major roles in Steel Magnolias and the Academy Award-winning Wall Street) to the disappointing, including the 1986 film version of The Clan of the Cave Bear, which received mostly negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. Daryl Hannah also played the title role in Fred Schepisi's 1987 movie Roxanne (a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac), a performance which was described as "sweet" and "gentle" by film critic Roger Ebert.
In the 1990s, Hannah's roles included starring as a giantess in the television movie Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1993), which she also co-produced. She also appeared as the daughter of Jack Lemmon's character in both of the Grumpy Old Men films. In 1995, Hannah was chosen by Empire magazine as #96 of the "100 S--iest Stars in film history".
Of Daryl Hannah's most recent roles, the best-known may be that of the one-eyed assassin Elle Driver in Kill Bill: Volume I and Kill Bill: Volume II, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Her performance in these films, as well as her appearances in other recent films, including Casa de los Babys and Silver City, have been described by some as a sort of cinematic comeback for Hannah, who has not appeared in many widely-seen films through the late 1990s and early 2000s. In late 2004, Hannah was a featured model in Playboy, participating in a revealing set of photographs.
Daryl Hannah and actress Hilary Shepard have co-created a boardgame called "Liebrary". Hannah previewed the game on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show in December 2005.
Daryl Hannah, who now lives in Colorado, is a keen environmentalist and uses solar power, as well as drives a car that runs off of biodiesel.
Daryl Hannah was romantically involved with politician John F. Kennedy, Jr, singers Jackson Browne and Robbie Williams, and actor Val Kilmer. She is the sister-in-law of well-known music producer Lou Adler, who is married to Page, Hannah's sister.
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