Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah

Hannah at the WTTC Global Summit in 2013
Born Daryl Christine Hannah
(1960-12-03) December 3, 1960
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Relatives Page Hannah (sister)[1]

Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American film actress. She is known for her performances in the films Blade Runner (1982), Splash (1984), Roxanne (1987), Wall Street (1987), Steel Magnolias (1989) and Kill Bill (2003). She is also an environmental campaigner who has been arrested during direct action protests.

Early life

Hannah was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a producer and former schoolteacher, and Donald Christian Hannah, a tugboat and barge company owner.[2][3][4] Her parents divorced and her mother subsequently married businessman Jerrold Wexler, brother of cinematographer Haskell Wexler. Hannah grew up with siblings Don and Page Hannah and half-sister Tanya Wexler, in Long Grove, Illinois.

Hannah became interested in movies at a young age, partly due to insomnia. She has said that she was very shy growing up.[5] Hannah attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School (where she played on the soccer team) before enrolling at the University of Southern California. She studied ballet and acting.


Early work

Hannah made her film debut in 1978 with an appearance in Brian De Palma's horror film The Fury.[1] She turned down many roles early in her career. She also had an early role along with Rachel Ward in the 1983 horror film The Final Terror. During production, The Final Terror was shot in the Redwood Park in 1981 before the film was later released in 1983 to capitalize on Hannah's blossoming career.


Her first notable role came as the acrobatic and violent replicant Pris in Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, in which she performed some of her own gymnastic stunts. That same year she appeared in the summer hit release Summer Lovers. She then was cast as a blonde mermaid in Ron Howard's 1984 fantasy Splash, which starred Tom Hanks. Also in 1984, she appeared in The Pope of Greenwich Village, with co-stars Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. In 1985, Daryl appeared in and provided backing vocals in the music video "You're a Friend of Mine", performed by Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne. Hannah's roles in the remainder of the 1980s ranged from 1986's film version of the best seller The Clan of the Cave Bear and Legal Eagles. The next year, she appeared in the Academy Award-winning Wall Street, for which she received a Razzie Award.[6] She starred in the title role of Fred Schepisi's 1987 film Roxanne, a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac. Her performance was described as "sweet" and "gentle" by film critic Roger Ebert.[7] She starred in High Spirits (1988) alongside Peter O'Toole and ended the decade with Crimes and Misdemeanors (alongside Woody Allen) and Steel Magnolias (both 1989).


Hannah played the daughter of Jack Lemmon's character in both of the Grumpy Old Men comedies. That same year, she played Nancy Archer in the HBO remake "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993 film)." In 1995, Hannah was chosen by Empire magazine as #96 of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History."[8] That year she appeared as homicidal sociopath Leann Netherwood in The Tie That Binds. She also starred in the 1998 direct-to-video film Addams Family Reunion playing Morticia Addams.


Daryl Hannah at the Farm Gala 2006

Of her recent roles, the most memorable may be that of the one-eyed assassin, Elle Driver, in Kill Bill, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Her performance in this film and her appearances in A Walk to Remember, Speedway Junky, Northfork, Michael Radford's Dancing at the Blue Iguana, John Sayles' Casa de los Babys and Silver City, have been described by some as a comeback.[9] After Kill Bill, she appeared in several TV films and miniseries, including the Syfy original film Shark Swarm, Final Days of Planet Earth for the Hallmark Channel, and Kung Fu Killer for Spike. She was in Shannon's Rainbow and The Cycle in 2009.


In the 2010s, Hannah released several films, including A Closed Book, A Fonder Heart, and Eldorado. Robert Koehler of Variety wrote of A Closed Book that it allows curious fans to see what Hannah has been up to lately.[10] In 2013, she starred in Zombie Night, a Syfy original film by The Asylum as well as in Mother, a thriller by The Asylum about internet bullying. In 2013, she joined Skin Traffik,[11] and, in 2014, she signed on to Signs of Death.[12]

In 2015, she appeared in Sense8, a new show from the Wachowskis, creators of The Matrix movies.


Hannah also is an accomplished theater actress, reprising Marilyn Monroe's starring role in The Seven Year Itch in 2000 at London's West End. Reviews of the play commended Hannah's performance, with Lizzie Loveridge of Curtain Up! saying that the play was the "perfect vehicle" for Hannah to "show her talents as a comedienne."[13] She was also in films Cord and First Target in the same year.[14]

Other work

Hannah wrote, directed and produced a short film, The Last Supper. She directed, produced and was cinematographer for the documentary Strip Notes. It aired on Channel 4 in the UK and on HBO and was about the research Hannah did for her role as a stripper in Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

In 2002, Hannah appeared in Robbie Williams' video for the song "Feel" portraying Williams' love interest.[15]

Hannah and actress Hilary Shepard Turner created two board games, Love It Or Hate It and LIEbrary,[16] with Hannah previewing the latter on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2005.[17]

Personal life

Hannah with Jackson Browne at the Academy Awards, 1988

Hannah had long-term relationships with John F. Kennedy Jr.[18] and singer Jackson Browne.[19] Since July 2014, Hannah has been dating musician Neil Young.[20]

Music producer Lou Adler is married to Hannah's sister, Page.

Hannah lost the tip of her left index finger in a childhood accident and sometimes wears a prosthetic to mask it.[21]

In September 2013, Forbes magazine reported that she had been diagnosed in childhood as autistic or, as reported by Biography.com, "borderline autistic." When she was a child, medical professionals recommended that she be institutionalized and medicated.[21][22]

Political activism

Hannah, an active environmentalist, has her own weekly video blog called DHLoveLife[23] on sustainable solutions.[24] She is often the sound recordist, camera person and on-screen host for the blog.[25] Her home runs on solar power and is built with green materials. She drives a car that runs on biodiesel.[26] She has been vegan since age 11.[27] In late 2006, she volunteered to act as a judge for Treehugger.com's[28] "Convenient Truths" contest.[29] On December 4, 2008, Hannah joined Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin, as part of Operation Musashi.[30]

On June 13, 2006, Hannah was arrested, along with actor Taran Noah Smith, for her involvement with over 350 farmers, their families and supporters, confronting authorities trying to bulldoze the largest urban farm in the U.S., located in South Central Los Angeles. She chained herself to a walnut tree at the South Central Farm for three weeks to protest against the farmers' eviction by the property's new owner, Ralph Horowitz. The farm had been established in the wake of the 1992 L.A. riots to allow people in the city to grow food for themselves. However, Horowitz, who had paid $5 million for it, sought to evict the farmers to build a warehouse. He had asked for $16 million to sell it but turned down the offer when the activists raised that amount after the established deadline. Hannah was interviewed via cell phone shortly before she was arrested, along with 44 other protesters, and said that she and the others are doing the "morally right thing".[31] She spent some time in jail.[32]

Hannah has also worked to help end sexual slavery and has been traveling around the world to make a documentary.[33]

Hannah was among 31 people arrested on June 23, 2009, in a protest against mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia, part of a wider campaign to stop the practice in the region. The protesters, who also included NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen, were charged with obstructing officers and impeding traffic after they sat in the middle of State Route 3 outside Massey Energy's Goals Coal preparation plant, the The Charleston Gazette reported.[34] In a Democracy Now! phone interview on June 24, 2009, Hannah spoke briefly on why she went to West Virginia and risked arrest.[35]

In 2010 and in 2011, Hannah supported environmental activist Tom Weis' project Ride for Renewables to promote renewable energy.[36]

On May 14, 2011, Hannah and actress Sheryl Lee attended the iMatter March in Denver, Colorado to raise awareness about climate change.[37]

She was arrested on August 30, 2011 in front of the White House as part of a sit-in to protest against the proposed Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.[38] In a Huffington Post piece co-authored with Phil Radford, Hannah explained that the purpose of her action was to "shine the light" on the President's decision on the pipeline for "millions of voters" to see.[39] In October 2011, Hannah and other pipeline opponents rode horses and bicycles and walked from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Rosebud Reservation to protest the project.[40]

She was the executive producer of Greedy Lying Bastards, a 2012 documentary about the corporation-led campaign behind climate change denial.[41]

In September 2012, Hannah signed environmental activist Tom Weis' open letter calling on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to withdraw their support for the construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, that would transport oil sands from Montana to Texas. Other signatories included climate scientist James Hansen and actors Sheryl Lee, Mariel Hemingway, and Ed Begley, Jr..[42]

On October 4, 2012, Hannah was arrested and jailed in Wood County, Texas, for criminal trespassing. She and a local landowner, 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild, were arrested while protesting against the TransCanada Keystone XL oil sands pipeline by attempting to block heavy construction equipment. Although they were charged with trespassing, they were in fact protesting on Fairchild's land.[43]

On February 13, 2013, Hannah was arrested at the White House along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Conor Kennedy during a climate change protest against the proposed Keystone Pipeline.[44]

On April 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C., Hannah and Neil Young led a march by the "Cowboy and Indian Alliance" group against the Obama administration to reject the proposed Keystone Pipeline.[45][46][47]

She is a member of the World Future Council.[48][49]



Year Title Role Notes
1978The FuryPam
1981Hard CountryLoretta
1982Blade RunnerPris Stratton
Paper DollsTaryn Blake
Summer LoversCathy Featherstone
1983The Final TerrorWindy Morgan
1984RecklessTracey Prescott
SplashMadisonSaturn Award for Best Actress
The Pope of Greenwich VillageDiane
1986The Clan of the Cave BearAyla
Legal EaglesChelsea Deardon
1987RoxanneRoxanne Kowalski
Wall StreetDarien TaylorEarned a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress
1988High SpiritsMary Plunkett BroganNominated – Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress
1989Crimes and MisdemeanorsLisa CrosleyUncredited
Steel MagnoliasAnnelle Dupuy Desoto
1990Crazy PeopleKathy Burgess
1991At Play in the Fields of the LordAndy Huben
1992Memoirs of an Invisible ManAlice Monroe
1993Grumpy Old MenMelanie Gustafson
Attack of the 50 Ft. WomanNancy ArcherTV film
1994The Little RascalsMiss June Crabtree
1995The Tie That BindsLeann Netherwood
Grumpier Old MenMelanie Gustafson
1996Two MuchLiz Kerner
The Last Days of Frankie the FlyMargaret
1997The Last DonAthena AquitaneTV miniseries
GunJill JohnsonTV miniseries, episode "All the President's Women"
Muppets TonightHerselfGuest star with her sister Page Hannah
1998The Gingerbread ManLois Harlan
The Real BlondeKelly
Addams Family ReunionMorticia AddamsDirect-to-video
Rear WindowClaudia HendersonTV film
The Last Don IIAthena AquitaneTV miniseries
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two FamiliesMaria AlthoffTV film
1999My Favorite MartianLizzie
Speedway JunkyVeronica
Diplomatic SiegeErica Long
2000CordAnne WhiteDirect-to-video
First TargetAlex McGregorTV film
Dancing at the Blue IguanaAngel
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real StoryThespeeTV film
Cowboy UpCelia Jonesaka Ring of Fire
2002A Walk to RememberCynthia Carter
Searching for Debra WingerHerself
Hard CashVirginia
2003NorthforkFlower Hercules
The JobCJ March
Casa de los babysSkipper
The Big EmptyStella
Kill Bill: Volume 1Elle Driver
2004Kill Bill: Volume 2Italian Online Movie Award for Best Cast
MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Uma Thurman)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Silver CityMaddy Pilager
Careful What You Wish ForStore PatronShort film
2006Love Is the DrugSandra Brand
Final Days of Planet EarthLiz QuinlanTV film
Keeping Up with the SteinsSacred Feather/Sandy
OlèMaggie Granger
2007The PoetMarlene Konig
All the Good Ones are MarriedAlexTV film
Storm SeekersLeah KaplanTV film
Kung Fu KillerJaneTV film
The GardenHerself
Shark SwarmBrooke WilderTV film
The CycleCarrieaka The Devil's Ground
Dark HoneymoonJan
2009Shannon's RainbowDr. Rita Baker
2010A Closed BookJane RyderBahamas Film Award for Best Actress[50]
2011Every Generation Needs a RevolutionHerselfShort documentary
A Fonder HeartMargaret Boone
Lovemakers Mimi
2012EldoradoThe Stranger3-D film
The Hot FlashesGinger Peabody
Social NightmareSusan HardyTV movie; aka Mother
Zombie NightBirdyTV movie
2013–2014Hawaii Five-0Cherie Tranton2 episodes
20142047: Sights of DeathMajor Anderson
Father Rupert MasterJoanna Sebastian
2015Sense8Angelica TuringNetflix series
I Am MichaelDeborah
Skin TraffikZhanna
Sicilian VampireCarmelina Trafficante


Year Title Notes
1993The Last SupperAlso writer and co-producer
2001Strip NotesVideo documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2000Seven Year ItchThe GirlMade famous by Marilyn Monroe
Helped Daryl Hannah overcome stage fright.[51]



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