Liv Tyler

Date of Birth: July 1, 1977
Birth Name:
Born Liv Rundgren
Place of Birth
: Portland, Maine, USA
Eye color: blue
Hair color: brown
Height: 5' 10"
Occupation: actress, model
Sign: Cancer
Career Start:modeling
Relations: Mother: Bebe Buell (former model); biological father: Steven Tyler (musician); spiritual father: Todd Rundgren (musician); ex-companion: Joaquin Phoenix (actor); fiancÚ: Royston Langdon (lead singer and bassist for Spacehog)
Education: High school (graduated in three years)

"I have these slumber parties with my father, and when we can't sleep we stay up all night trading beauty tips. He knows all about the good creams and masks."

Hers is a classic story of an ugly duckling who turned into a swan. Liv Tyler - a former chubby brace-face, by her own account - started modeling at 14 after puberty delivered some decided improvements to her physique and family friend Paulina Porizkova succeeded in coaxing her out of her baggy blue jeans long enough to pose for some portfolio Polaroids. Topping off at over five-foot-ten, and endowed with blazing blue eyes, flawless porcelain skin, and coltish limbs, Liv was a natural at aping sultry sophistication and, within just a few months, began decorating such fashion magazines as Seventeen and Mirabella. article continued below....

Continued Biography

While shooting a commercial on location in the stifling, mosquito-infested Amazon the following year, Liv somehow decided she wanted to act more than anything else. Not long after that, an agent read about the intriguing lass in an article in The New York Times concerning children of the rich and famous, and Liv was officially "discovered." Her first feature role was as the older sister of an autistic boy in the Bruce Beresford straight-to-video drama Silent Fall (1994); Liv went 0-for-2 with her less-than-memorable follow-up film, Empire Records (1995). The film was such a stultifying experience for the neophyte that she nearly abandoned acting altogether. But Liv persevered, and rebounded nicely with a role in the low-budget indie film, Heavy, and a break-out performance in famed Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty.

Liv was the toast of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where Stealing Beauty was entered in competition. French critics ooh-la-laed over the young actress, nicknaming her Liv Taylor in deference to that other nubile young brunette starlet who rocked the Continent decades before. Bertolucci's sentimental opus tells the coming-of-age story of a young American naif summering at a Tuscan villa who attempts to a) lose her virginity, and b) discover the identity of her father. The quest-for-deflowering story line aside, the film's plot most certainly struck a chord with Liv, whose own search for her father's identity is the stuff of a rock ballad.

The love child of an eight-month-long relationship between former Ford model, Playboy Playmate, sometime singer, and rock groupie Bebe Buell and full-lipped Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, little Liv grew up believing that her mother's long-term boyfriend, rock musician Todd Rundgren, was her father. After all, her birth certificate said so. An early backstage introduction to Tyler at a Rundgren show, however, planted a niggling suspicion in her ten-year-old brain, and a subsequent encounter at an Aerosmith concert with Tyler's daughter Mia, who was like a rubber stamp of Liv, prompted the curious young girl to confront her mother about the subject of her paternity. Buell confirmed that the Jagger-esque rocker was indeed her biological father, and Liv subsequently adopted the name Tyler as her own by her twelfth birthday. She has since remarked shruggingly of the whole situation, "It was the '70s."

Liv is most definitely the product of newfangled parenting. A permissive upbringing by Buell, who unashamedly discusses with anyone who will listen her free-wheeling rock-chick love experiences with the likes of Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Page, David Bowie, and Rod Stewart, nevertheless conferred upon Liv a remarkably level head. To give credit where it's due, though, Buell evidenced quite a savvy business head when it came to managing the early stages of Liv's modeling and acting careers. She had the foresight to steer her daughter away from a proffered lead in the sexploitative embarrassment Showgirls, and lapsed in sound judgment only when it came to Liv's appearance with rival teen goddess Alicia Silverstone in her father's now-classic music video for Aerosmith's "Crazy" in 1994. By virtue of her sassy romping about in a silver bra, Liv became an instant sex symbol - a "video vixen" - to a slavering following of what her mother calls "psychos." Who would have guessed? As for Steven Tyler, he and his progeny have become fast friends in the years since their rapprochement - in fact, one of their favorite things to do together is to have "slumber parties" at which they swap beauty tips and give each other facials. Says Tyler of his contribution to Liv's personhood (apart from the obvious legacy of his lip genes and more teeth than nature intended for any creature but a shark to have), "What she inherited from me was just the great art of being herself."

Liv's next acting triumphs came in Tom Hanks's directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, in which she played the groupie-girlfriend of a small-town band circa 1964, and in Pat (Circle of Friends) O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts, in which she played another small-town sweetheart. She gamely entered the big-budget arena in 1998, co-starring with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in Disney's Armageddon. 1999 brought roles in Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, in which she engaged in small-town slapstick romance with Chris O'Donnell, and in Plunkett & MaCleane, which positioned her as the aristocratic inamorata of a highwayman. She finished out the year on a more serious note, playing opposite typically and terrifically brooding romantic Ralph Fiennes in the Alexander Pushkin adaptation Onegin. The year 2000 brought a role in the Robert Altman film Dr. T and the Women. Coming down the pike is her turn as Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • (1995 - November 1998) Dated Joaquin Phoenix
  • (1994-1995) Dated Johnny Whitworth
  • Liv's mother named her after Liv Ullmann because she was on the cover of TV Guide the week Liv was born.
  • Daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steve Tyler and Bibi Buell.
  • (1997) Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
  • A cameo role in Everyone Says I Love You (1996), a musical directed by Woody Allen was cut; Allen was impressed enough by her performance to write a personal letter explaining that her part was cut in editing.
  • Her half-sister, Mia Tyler, is a fashion model for Lane Bryant.
  • Armageddon (1998) opened on her 21st Birthday
  • (April 2001) Engaged to Spacehog bassist/singer Royston Langdon.
  • Is dyslexic.
  • Aerosmith's video for "Crazy", in which Liv co-starred with Alicia Silverstone, was voted #23 in VH1's top 100 music videos of all time.
  • (1996) Has quit modelling to concentrate on her movie career.

Contact Liv Tyler

C/O Creative Artists Agency
9830 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA 90212 USA

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