There aren’t many women who play poker and are good at it, but where you have Jennifer Tilly, she’s all a winner of the World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet, an actress and voice actress popular for her countless works on screen and mastery of the card game.
Her life and career have been very eventful, with many juicy details that you may not be aware of. Here we serve you the details of all this, including those with whom she enjoyed the best moments of her life.
Jennifer Tilly Bio (Wiki)
In Harbor City, Los Angeles, Jennifer Ellen Chan (later Jennifer Tilly) was born on November 16, 1968, the first daughter of Harry Chan (father) and Patricia (mother). Her father, who was of Chinese descent, worked as a used car salesman, while her mother – of Irish, Canadian and Finnish descent – was a teacher and theater actress in her day. Jennifer’s family includes her older brother Steve and her two younger sisters, Meg and Rebecca.
The actress spent her childhood from the age of 5 on the island of Texada, British Columbia, and later moved to Victoria, British Columbia, when she was about 16 years old. She attended Belmont High School, where she developed a deeper interest in stage performance, having accompanied her mother to stage performances. Since Jennifer Tilly was on the verge of pursuing a career as an actress, she enrolled in theater studies at Stephens College in Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the theater upon graduation.
Immediately after college, she moved to New York, where she began performing at the city theaters to pursue her career in earnest. Things did not go smoothly, however, so she moved again to Los Angeles, where her career prospects were much greener. She later made her television debut with the role of Laurie in Oh Madeline (1983), where she appeared in the episode “Madeline Acts on the Retreat Forward”. This was a good start for Jennifer Tilly because the following year she made her big-screen debut on the big screen with the lead role in No Small Affair as Mona.
During her acting career, she was involved almost continuously in several film and television projects year after year, all of which were most successful. Jennifer starred in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1987) as Angelica, Let It Ride (1990) as Vicki, Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) as Jo, Modern Family (2011-14) as Darlene, Ray Meets Helen (2017) as Ginger, with many other numerous works to her credit.
Jennifer’s biography will definitely not be complete without mentioning her achievements in poker. In June 2005, she beat out 600 players to win the World Series of Poker bracelet and $158,625 in the Ladies’ No-Limit Texas hold ’em event. She retired, however, on the grounds that it is difficult to achieve greatness in poker, but she will continue to play card games as a hobby, as gambling is obviously addictive.
For someone who has been in the showbiz industry since 1983, Jennifer Tilly definitely has a lot of experience that has the advantage of being a good value in the film industry. The American-Canadian actress reportedly has a fortune that comfortably exceeds $30 million.
Family: Sister & Husband
Tilly comes from a family whose matriarch was an actress in her day. Her mother Patricia (née Tilly), a former stage actress who was not very popular in her day because of her acting abilities, did well to pass on the genes to her daughters: Jennifer and Meg, Rebecca, on the other hand, pursued a different career path.
Meg made her television debut in 1981 after her role in Insight as Dorie in the episode “Trouble with Grandfather”. Since then, she has appeared in both movies and television series such as The Two Jakes (1990) as Katherine “Kitty” Berman, Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (2014) as Lorna Corbett, War Machine (2017) as Jeanie McMahon, and many others.
On the other hand, Jennifer has been in a relationship with her poker buddy Phil Laak since 2004. Before Phil, however, she was married to Sam Simon (developer and producer of The Simpsons), from 1984 to 1991, when the two of them were in a relationship. From what we know about that marriage, they had no children together, and Jennifer Tilly had none with her new partner.
Despite her age, Jennifer Tilly is without a doubt a beautiful woman. She has been in the business for a long time and doesn’t seem to age, perhaps this is due to exercise and healthy daily habits that keep her weight of 150 pounds or 68 kg at bay. The actress stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m), has a chest size of 40, a waist size of 28, and hips of 38, all in inches. Her bra size is 36D, while she wears a dress size of 8 (US) and a shoe size of 7.5 (US).