Jennifer Tilly was born Jennifer E. Chan to a Chinese
stockbroker and was raised in rural British Columbia, Canada. ("Tilly" is her
mother's maiden name.) She attended Belmont High School along with her two
sisters, Margaret and Rebecca. She began her acting career as a teenager,
putting herself through the theater program at Stephens College in Missouri.
Her breakthrough film role was as a singing waitress in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) in a part that was specially written for her by Steve Kloves. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as a hopelessly bad actress in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994).
Jennifer Tilly gained some additional popularity in recent years for providing voice-over work as killer doll Tiffany for the Child's Play series of movies. In the most recent installment, Seed of Chucky, she plays a dual role, not only providing the voice for Tiffany, but also playing an exaggerated version of herself. She also played the wife of a murdered Italian Mafia son in "Bella Mafia" with Dennis Farina.
Tilly is a semi-regular cast member on Family Guy, voicing the Griffin family's neighbor, Bonnie. She has also done vocal work for the film Monsters, Inc. and the children's series Hey Arnold. She has been active in the theatre, winning a Theater World Award for her performance in the off-Broadway play One Shoe Off.
Jennifer Tilly married The Simpsons producer Sam Simon in 1984, but they divorced in 1991 without children.
Jennifer Tilly is in filming for two new movies for 2006 "The Funny Farm" and "The Poker Movie"
Jennifer Tilly playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker.On June 27, 2005, Tilly won a World Series of Poker bracelet (and $158,625) in the Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em event, outlasting 600 other players. She followed up this accomplishment on September 1, 2005 by also winning the third World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
Tilly is currently dating poker professional Phil "Unabomber" Laak and is nicknamed "The Unabombshell" within the poker circuit.
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