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Meg Tilly Biography

Birth Name:
Margaret Elizabeth Chan
Birth Place:
Long Beach, California, United States
Actor, writer

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
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  • (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


  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1985Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated