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Fast Facts

  • Took up ballet during her teens.
  • Moved to New York City after high school to pursue a career in dance, eventually joining the Connecticut Ballet Company. She also danced with the Throne Dance Theatre. 
  • Fractured her back when her partner in a dance class dropped her. The injury ended her ballet dreams.
  • Convinced by her sister Jennifer to pursue an acting career.
  • Her first play in L.A. (The Girl on the Via Flamina) turned out to be costar Sean Penn's first, as well.
  • Left acting during her 30s to raise her three children.
  • Writes novels for adults and young adults.
  • Met her husband, fellow writer Don Calame, in a writing workshop.


  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Patricia Ann Tilly — Mother
  • Jennifer Tilly — Sister
  • John Ward — Stepfather
  • Emily — Daughter
  • Tim Zinnemann — Ex-husband
  • Rebecca — Sister
  • Don Calame — Husband
  • Harry Chan — Father
  • Colin Firth — Ex-significant Other
  • John Calley — Ex-husband
  • Steve Chan — Brother
  • William Firth — Son
  • David — Son


  • Birth Name: Margaret Elizabeth Chan
  • Birth Place: Long Beach, CA
  • Profession: Actor, Writer

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