Hannah in 2006
|Born||Daryl Christine Hannah
December 3, 1960
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American film actress. After making her screen debut in 1978, Hannah starred in a number of Hollywood films throughout the 1980s, notably Blade Runner, Splash, Wall Street and Roxanne and in 2003 appeared in Kill Bill.
Hannah was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Susan Wexler, a producer, and Don Hannah, a tugboat and barge company owner. Her parents divorced shortly after her birth and her mother subsequently married Jerrold Wexler, a businessman and brother of Haskell Wexler, a cinematographer. She grew up with siblings Don and Page Hannah, as well as half-sister Tanya Wexler, in Long Grove, Illinois.
Hannah became interested in movies at a young age, partly due to insomnia. She was very shy and diagnosed as "borderline autistic, later to be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome." Hannah attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School (where she played on the soccer team) before enrolling at the University of Southern California.
Hannah made her film debut in 1978 with a brief appearance in Brian De Palma's horror film The Fury. She turned down many roles early on in her career, including the role of Emmeline Lestrange for The Blue Lagoon (that ultimately went to Brooke Shields). Her first notable role came as the acrobatic and violent replicant Pris in Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi 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.
Hannah's successes in the remainder of the 1980s ranged from Steel Magnolias and the Academy Award-winning Wall Street (the part for which she received her Razzie Award) to the 1986 film version of the best-seller The Clan of the Cave Bear. 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 which was described as "sweet" and "gentle" by film critic Roger Ebert.
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 Sexiest Stars in Film History". That same year she appeared as homicidal sociopath Leann Netherwood in The Tie That Binds.
Of her most 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, as well as 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.
Hannah wrote, directed and produced a short film, "The Last Supper", which won an award at the Berlin Film Festival. 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. Hannah currently has several projects in post-production, including Shannon's Rainbow and A Closed Book.
Recently she appeared in Robbie Williams' video for the song "Feel", portraying Williams' love interest.
Hannah's career has veered away from acting and towards board games over the last several years. In February 2010 she released her second board game called Liebrary, a board game she conceived 10 years earlier. It is a party game for 3 to 6 players, ages 12 and up in which players listen to the title and a synopsis of a real book, then write down what they think the first line to that book could be. Points are earned when other players believe that a made up first line is the true one.
Hannah, a keen environmentalist, has her own weekly video blog called DHLoveLife on sustainable solutions. She is often the sound recordist, camera person and on-screen host for the blog. Her home runs on solar power and is built with green materials. She drives a car that runs on biodiesel. In late 2006, she volunteered to act as a judge for Treehugger.com's "Convenient Truths" contest. On December 4, 2008, Hannah joined Sea Shepherd's crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin, as part of Operation Musashi.
Hannah has never married, although she had long-term relationships with singer Jackson Browne and John F. Kennedy, Jr. She is the sister-in-law of music producer Lou Adler, who is married to Hannah's sister, Page.
On June 13, 2006, Hannah was arrested, along with Taran Noah Smith, for her involvement with over 350 farmers, their families and supporters, confronting authorities trying to bulldoze the nation's largest urban farm in South Central Los Angeles. She chained herself to a walnut tree at the South Central Farm for three weeks to protest the farmers' eviction by the property's new owner. 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, the land's new owner, 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". She spent some time in jail.
Hannah has also worked to help end sexual slavery and has been traveling around the world to make a documentary.
Daryl 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. In a Democracy Now! phone interview on June 24, 2009, Ms. Hannah spoke briefly on why she went to West Virginia and risked arrest.
|1982||Blade Runner||Pris Stratton|
|Summer Lovers||Cathy Featherstone|
|1983||The Final Terror||Windy|
|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|
|Wall Street||Darien Taylor||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1988||High Spirits||Mary Plunkett Brogan|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Lisa Crosley||uncredited|
|Steel Magnolias||Annelle Dupuy Desoto|
|1991||At Play in the Fields of the Lord||Andy Huben|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Alice Monroe|
|1993||Grumpy Old Men||Melanie|
|Attack of the 50 Foot 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|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Lois Harlan|
|The Real Blonde||Kelly|
|Addams Family Reunion||Morticia Addams||direct-to-video|
|Rear Window||Claudia Henderson||TV film|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Lizzie|
|Diplomatic Siege||Erica Long|
|First Target||Alex McGregor||TV film|
|Ring of Fire||Unknown||Cancelled Movie|
|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|
|The Job||CJ March|
|Casa de los babys||Skipper|
|The Big Empty||Stella|
|Kill Bill, Volume 1||Elle Driver (California Mountain Snake)|
|2004||Kill Bill, Volume 2||Elle Driver (California Mountain Snake)||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
|Silver City||Maddy Pilager|
|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|
|2007||The Poet||Marlene Konig|
|All the Good Ones are Married||Alex||TV film|
|Storm Seekers||Leah Kaplan||TV film|
|Kung Fu Killer||Jane||TV film|
|Shark Swarm||Brooke Wilder||TV film|
|The Cycle||Carrie||aka The Devil's Ground|
|2009||Shannon's Rainbow||Dr. Rita Baker|
|2010||A Closed Book||Jane Ryder|
|A Fonder Heart||Margaret Boone|