Daryl Hannah

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Daryl Hannah
DH 2013 Global Summit.jpg
Hannah at the WTTC Global Summit in 2013
Born Daryl Christine Hannah
(1960-12-03) December 3, 1960 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Parents Donald Christian Hannah
Susan Jeanne Metzger
Relatives Page Hannah (sister)[1]

Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner (1982), Splash (1984), Roxanne (1987), Wall Street (1987), Steel Magnolias (1989) and Kill Bill (2003/04). She is also an environmental campaigner, who has been arrested for protests against developments that are believed by some groups to threaten sustainability.

Early life[edit]

Daryl Christine Hannah was born in Chicago, Illinois, to tugboat/barge company owner Donald Christian Hannah and producer/former schoolteacher Susan Jeanne Metzger.[2][3][4] Her parents divorced and her mother subsequently married businessman Jerrold Wexler, brother of cinematographer Haskell Wexler. She grew up with siblings Don and Page Hannah and half-sister Tanya Wexler, in Long Grove, Illinois.

Hannah became interested in movies at a young age, partly due to insomnia. She says she was very shy growing up.[5] Hannah attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School (where she played on the soccer team) before enrolling at the University of Southern California. She spent a lot of time studying ballet and acting.

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Hannah made her film debut in 1978 with an appearance in Brian De Palma's horror film The Fury.[1] She turned down many roles early on in her career.

1980s[edit]

Her first notable role came as the acrobatic and violent replicant Pris in Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, in which she performed some of her own gymnastic stunts. That same year she appeared in the summer hit release Summer Lovers. She then was cast as a blonde mermaid in Ron Howard's 1984 fantasy Splash, which starred Tom Hanks and was a major financial success, establishing Hannah as a high-profile film actress.[citation needed]

Hannah's successes in the remainder of the 1980s ranged from 1986's film version of the best seller The Clan of the Cave Bear and also in 1986 Legal Eagles and the Academy Award-winning Wall Street (for which she received her Razzie Award). She starred in the title role of Fred Schepisi's 1987 film Roxanne, a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, a performance described as "sweet" and "gentle" by film critic Roger Ebert,[6] and ended the decade with Crimes and Misdemeanors (alongside Woody Allen) and Steel Magnolias (both 1989).

1990s[edit]

She also appeared in The Pope of Greenwich Village with co-stars Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts and played the daughter of Jack Lemmon's character in both of the Grumpy Old Men comedies. In 1995, Hannah was chosen by Empire magazine as #96 of the "100 Stars in Film History."[citation needed] That year she appeared as homicidal sociopath Leann Netherwood in The Tie That Binds. She also starred in the 1998 direct-to-video film Addams Family Reunion playing Morticia Addams.

2000s[edit]

Of her recent roles, the most memorable may be that of the one-eyed assassin, Elle Driver, in Kill Bill, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Her performance in this film and her appearances in Speedway Junky, Northfork, Michael Radford's Dancing at the Blue Iguana, John Sayles' Casa de los Babys and Silver City, have been described by some as a comeback.[7] After Kill Bill, she appeared in several TV films and miniseries, including the Syfy original film Shark Swarm, Final Days of Planet Earth for the Hallmark Channel, and Kung Fu Killer for Spike. She was in Shannon's Rainbow and The Cycle in 2009.

2010s[edit]

In the 2010s, Hannah released several films, including A Closed Book, A Fonder Heart, and Eldorado. Robert Koehler of Variety wrote of A Closed Book that it allows curious fans to see what Hannah has been up to lately.[8] In 2013, she starred in Zombie Night, a Syfy original film by The Asylum. In 2013, she joined Skin Traffik,[9] and, in 2014, she signed on to Signs of Death.[10]

She will appear in Sense8, a new show from The Wachowski Brothers, creators of The Matrix movies.

Theater[edit]

Hannah also is an accomplished theatre actress, reprising Marilyn Monroe's starring role in The Seven Year Itch in 2000 at London's West End. Reviews of the play commended Hannah's performance, with Lizzie Loveridge of Curtain Up! saying that the play was the "perfect vehicle" for Hannah to "show her talents as a comedienne."[11] She was also in films Cord and First Target in the same year.[12]

Other work[edit]

Hannah wrote, directed and produced a short film, The Last Supper. She directed, produced and was cinematographer for the documentary Strip Notes. It aired on Channel 4 in the UK and on HBO and was about the research Hannah did for her role as a stripper in Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

In 2002, Hannah appeared in Robbie Williams' video for the song "Feel" portraying Williams' love interest.[13]

Hannah and actress Hilary Shepard Turner created two board games, Love It Or Hate It and LIEbrary,[14] with Hannah previewing the latter on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2005.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hannah with Jackson Browne at the Academy Awards, 1988

Hannah had long-term relationships with John F. Kennedy, Jr.[16] and singer Jackson Browne.[17] Music producer Lou Adler is married to Hannah's sister, Page.

Hannah lost the tip of her left index finger in a childhood accident and sometimes wears a prosthetic to mask it.[18]

In September 2013, she revealed that she had been struggling with autism and social anxiety since childhood. Hannah often rocked herself back and forth to soothe herself while in uncomfortable situations. When she was a child, medical professionals recommended that she be institutionalized and medicated.[19]

Political activism[edit]

Hannah, an active environmentalist, has her own weekly video blog called DHLoveLife[20] on sustainable solutions.[21] She is often the sound recordist, camera person and on-screen host for the blog.[22] Her home runs on solar power and is built with green materials. She drives a car that runs on biodiesel.[23] In late 2006, she volunteered to act as a judge for Treehugger.com's[24] "Convenient Truths" contest.[25] On December 4, 2008, Hannah joined Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin, as part of Operation Musashi.[26]

On June 13, 2006, Hannah was arrested, along with actor Taran Noah Smith, for her involvement with over 350 farmers, their families and supporters, confronting authorities trying to bulldoze the largest urban farm in the US, located in South Central Los Angeles. She chained herself to a walnut tree at the South Central Farm for three weeks to protest against the farmers' eviction by the property's new owner, Ralph Horowitz. The farm had been established in the wake of the 1992 LA riots to allow people in the city to grow food for themselves. However, Horowitz, who had paid $5 million for it, sought to evict the farmers to build a warehouse. He had asked for $16 million to sell it but turned down the offer when the activists raised that amount. Hannah was interviewed via cell phone shortly before she was arrested, along with 44 other protesters, and said that she and the others are doing the "morally right thing".[27] She spent some time in jail.[28]

Hannah has also worked to help end sexual slavery and has been traveling around the world to make a documentary.[29]

Hannah was among 31 people arrested on June 23, 2009, in a protest against mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia, part of a wider campaign to stop the practice in the region. The protesters, who also included NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen, were charged with obstructing officers and impeding traffic after they sat in the middle of State Route 3 outside Massey Energy's Goals Coal preparation plant on Tuesday, the The Charleston Gazette reported.[30] In a Democracy Now! phone interview on June 24, 2009, Hannah spoke briefly on why she went to West Virginia and risked arrest.[31]

In 2010 and in 2011, Hannah supported environmental activist Tom Weis' project Ride for Renewables to promote renewable energy.[32]

On May 14, 2011, Hannah and actress Sheryl Lee attended the iMatter March in Denver, Colorado to raise awareness about climate change.[33]

She was arrested on August 30, 2011 in front of The White House as part of a sit-in to protest against the proposed Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.[34] In a Huffington Post piece co-authored with Phil Radford, Hannah explained that the purpose of her action was to "shine the light" on the President's decision on the pipeline for "millions of voters" to see.[35] In October 2011, Hannah and other pipeline opponents rode horses and bicycles and walked from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Rosebud Reservation to protest the project.[36]

In September 2012, Hannah signed environmental activist Tom Weis' open letter calling on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to withdraw their support for the construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, that would transport oil sands from Montana to Texas. Other signatories included climate scientist James Hansen and actors Sheryl Lee, Mariel Hemingway, and Ed Begley, Jr..[37]

On October 4, 2012, Hannah was arrested and jailed in Wood County, Texas, for criminal trespassing. She and a local landowner, 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild, were arrested while protesting against the TransCanada Keystone XL oil sands pipeline by attempting to block heavy construction equipment. Although they were charged with trespassing, they were in fact protesting on Fairchild's land.[38]

On February 13, 2013, Hannah was arrested at the White House along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Conor Kennedy during a climate change protest against the proposed Keystone Pipeline.[39]

She is a member of the World Future Council.[40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Fury Pam
1981 Hard Country Loretta
1982 Blade Runner Pris Stratton
Paper Dolls Taryn Blake
Summer Lovers Cathy Featherstone
1983 The Final Terror Windy
1984 Reckless Tracey Prescott
Splash Madison Saturn Award for Best Actress
The Pope of Greenwich Village Diane
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Ayla
Legal Eagles Chelsea Deardon
1987 Roxanne Roxanne Kowalski
Wall Street Darien Taylor Earned a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress
1988 High Spirits Mary Plunkett Brogan Nominated - Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Lisa Crosley uncredited
Steel Magnolias Annelle Dupuy Desoto
1990 Crazy People Kathy
1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Andy Huben
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Alice Monroe
1993 Grumpy Old Men Melanie Gustafson
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Nancy Archer TV film
1994 The Little Rascals Miss June Crabtree
1995 The Tie That Binds Leann Netherwood
Grumpier Old Men Melanie Gustafson
1996 Two Much Liz Kerner
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly Margaret
1997 The Last Don Athena Aquitane TV Mini-Series
Muppets Tonight Herself Guest star with her sister Page Hannah
1998 The Gingerbread Man Lois Harlan
The Real Blonde Kelly
Addams Family Reunion Morticia Addams direct-to-video
Rear Window Claudia Henderson TV film
The Last Don II Athena Aquitane TV Mini-Series
Hi-Life Maggie
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Maria Althoff TV film
1999 My Favorite Martian Lizzie
Speedway Junky Veronica
Diplomatic Siege Erica Long
2000 Cord Anne White direct-to-video
Wildflowers Sabine
First Target Alex McGregor TV film
2001 Jackpot Bobbi
Dancing at the Blue Iguana Angel
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Thespee TV film
Cowboy Up Celia Jones aka Ring of Fire
2002 A Walk to Remember Cynthia Carter
Searching for Debra Winger Herself
Hard Cash Virginia
2003 Northfork Flower Hercules
The Job CJ March
Casa de los babys Skipper
The Big Empty Stella
Kill Bill, Volume 1 Elle Driver
2004 Kill Bill, Volume 2 Italian Online Movie Award for Best Cast
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Uma Thurman)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Silver City Maddy Pilager
Whore Adriana
Careful What You Wish For Store Patron short film
2006 Love Is the Drug Sandra Brand
Final Days of Planet Earth Liz Quinlan TV film
Keeping Up with the Steins Sacred Feather/Sandy
Olè Maggie Granger
2007 The Poet Marlene Konig
All the Good Ones are Married Alex TV film
2008 Vice Salt
Storm Seekers Leah Kaplan TV film
Kung Fu Killer Jane TV film
The Garden Herself
Shark Swarm Brooke Wilder TV film
The Cycle Carrie aka The Devil's Ground
Dark Honeymoon Jan
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Dr. Rita Baker
2010 A Closed Book Jane Ryder Bahamas Film Award for Best Actress[42]
2011 Every Generation Needs a Revolution Herself short documentary
A Fonder Heart Margaret Boone
2012 Eldorado The Stranger 3-D Film
2013 Garbage Herself
The Hot Flashes Ginger Peabody
Social Nightmare Susan Hardy TV Movie; aka Mother
Zombie Night Birdy TV Movie

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1993 The Last Supper Also writer and co-producer
2001 Strip Notes Video Documentary

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Seven Year Itch The Girl Made famous by Marilyn Monroe
Helped Daryl Hannah overcome stage fright.[43]

Awards[edit]

  • Best Fight—MTV Movie Awards Kill Bill Vol. 2, 2005
  • Best Supporting Actress—Saturn Award Kill Bill Vol. 2, 2004
  • Best Actress—Saturn Award Splash, 1984
  • Influencer Of The Year Award—National Biodiesel Board, 2004
  • Ongoing Commitment Award—Environmental Media Award, 2004
  • Environmental Activism—Water Quality Awards, 2006
  • Environmental Preservation—Artivist Awards, 2006
  • Special golden camera 300—Manaki Brothers Film Festival, 2010

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "Actress Daryl Hannah, Climate Scientist James Hansen Among 30+ Arrested Protesting Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia". Democracy Now!. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  32. ^ "Ride Friends". Ride for Renewables. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
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  34. ^ "Daryl Hannah Arrested". Edmonton Journal.
  35. ^ Radford, Phil; Hannah, Daryl (August 29, 2011). "Shining Light on Obama's Tar Sands Pipeline Decision". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  36. ^ "Protesters, including Daryl Hannah, ride in South Dakota against proposed pipeline". Rapid City Journal. Associated Press. October 27, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Open Letter to President Obama and Governor Romney: Defend America Against Keystone XL Economic, Public Health & National Security Threat". Ride for Renewables. September 26, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
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