There are not many women who play poker and are good at it, but where you have Jennifer Tilly, she is all of a World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet winner, an actress and voice actress who is popular for her myriad of works on screen and mastery of the card game.
Her life and career thereof has been very eventful with many juicy details you might not have been in the know of, here, we will serve you the details of all of it, including those she has savored the best moments of her life with.
Jennifer Tilly Bio (Wiki)
In Harbor City, Los Angeles, on the 16th of November 1968, Jennifer Ellen Chan (later Jennifer Tilly) was born as the first daughter of Harry Chan (dad) and Patricia (mom). Her father who was of Chinese descent worked as a used car salesman while her mother – of Irish, Canadian and Finnish ancestry was a schoolteacher and stage actress in her days. In Jennifer’s family is her elder brother named Steve and her two younger sisters named Meg and Rebecca.
The actress spent her childhood from the age of 5 in Texada Island, British Columbia and later moved to Victoria, British Columbia when she was about 16. She attended Belmont High School where she took a deeper interest in stage performances, she had been accompanying her mother to stage performances. Being poised to pursue a career as an actress, Jennifer Tilly enrolled to study theatre at Stephens College in Missouri where at her graduation, she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.
Straight out of college, she began pursuing her career in earnest following her relocation to New York to perform in city theatres. However, things didn’t move smoothly for which reason she made another move to Los Angeles where her career prospects were a lot greener. She subsequently recorded her television debut with the role of Laurie in Oh Madeline (1983) where she played in the episode “Madeline Acts Forward at the Retreat.” This was a good start for Jennifer Tilly as she made her big screen debut in the following year, starring in No Small Affair as Mona.
Her acting career has seen her go almost consistently, year-in-year-out, involved with a couple of film and television projects which have all been mostly successful. Jennifer has 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 bio will definitely not be complete without a mention of her feats in Poker. She beat 600 players in June 2005 to win the World Series of Poker bracelet and a $158,625 prize money in the Ladies’ No-Limit Texas hold ’em event. She however retired from playing Poker competitively, citing that pursuing greatness in poker is elusive but she will, nonetheless, keep playing the card game as a hobby since gambling is obviously addictive.
For someone who has been active in the showbiz industry since 1983, Jennifer Tilly has definitely packed a lot of experiences which comes with the benefit of commanding a good worth in the movie industry. The American-Canadian actress reportedly has a net worth that seats comfortably above $30 million.
Family: Sister & Husband
Tilly comes from a family whose matriarch in her days was an actress. Her mother Patricia (née Tilly), was a former stage performer who though wasn’t much popular in her time for her acting prowess, did well to pass the genes down to her daughters: Jennifer and Meg, Rebecca, on the other hand, pursued a different career path.
Meg made her television debut in 1981 following her role on Insight as the character Dorie in the episode “The Trouble with Grandpa.” She has since then featured in both films and television series like 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, since the year 2004, has been in a relationship with fellow poker player Phil Laak. However, before Phil, she was married to Sam Simon (developer and producer of The Simpsons) beginning in the year 1984 through 1991 when they called time on their union. From what we know about this marriage, they didn’t have any kids together neither has Jennifer Tilly had any with her new partner.
Jennifer Tilly is no doubt a pretty woman despite her age. She has been in the industry for a long time and seems not to be aging, perhaps, this can be attributed to exercise and healthy daily living habits she uses to keep her 150lbs or 68 kg weight in check. The actress stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70m with a breast size of 40, waist size of 28 and hips measured at 38, all in inches. Her bra size is 36D while she wears a dress size of 8 (US) and shoe size of 7.5 (US).