Daryl Hannah Biography

Animal Rights Activist, Environmental Activist, Film Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Actress, Activist (1960–)
Daryl Hannah is an actress with a wide variety of roles under her belt, from that of a mermaid in 'Splash' to an assassin in the two 'Kill Bill' films.

Who Is Daryl Hannah?

Daryl Hannah’s first film role was in 1978, in the horror flick The Fury. She acted in several other films in the early 1980s before she landed her biggest job to date: in 1984’s Splash. Hannah went on to appear in major features like Steel Magnolias and Wall Street, and later resurfaced in Quentin Tarantino's two Kill Bill films. The actress is also known for her efforts as an environmental activist.

Early Life

Daryl Christine Hannah was born on December 3, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother, Susan, was a producer and her father, Don, was the owner of a tugboat and barge company. Susan and Don divorced when Daryl was quite young; her mother went on to remarry Jerrold Wexler. Daryl grew up with siblings Don and Page and half-sister Tanya Wexler. She attended Francis W. Parker private school and then the University of Southern California. 

While still a child, Hannah lost the tip of her left index finger in an accident, and today she sometimes wears a prosthetic fingertip in movies. Hannah traces her interest in movies to her childhood, when she was extremely shy and suffered from insomnia. Hannah was also diagnosed as "borderline autistic."

'Splash' and Rise to Fame

Daryl Hannah's first film role was in 1978, when she had a small part in the horror film The Fury. She acted in several other films in the early 1980s, including a turn as a replicant in Blade Runner, before she landed her biggest job to date: that of the mermaid at the center of 1984's Splash.

Throughout the 1980s, Hannah continued to act, appearing in films such as Steel MagnoliasWall StreetCyrano de BergeracThe Pope of Greenwich Village and The Clan of the Cave Bear.

'Kill Bill' and Later Work

Hannah's most notable recent role was that of a one-eyed assassin in Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2. In addition to her work for other directors, Hannah wrote, directed, and produced The Last Supper, a short film which won an award at the Berlin Film Festival. She also served as director, producer and cinematographer for Strip Notes, a documentary about the research she did for her role in Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

Environmental Work and Other Projects

Daryl Hannah is an ardent protector of the environment. She lives in a green home powered by the sun and drives a car that runs on biodiesel fuel. Hannah hosts her own weekly video blog, concerned with sustainable solutions. For her beliefs, Hannah was arrested in June of 2006 trying to help save the future of a large urban farm in south-central Los Angeles. Also arrested at the same protest were Joan Baez and Julia Butterfly Hill.

Together with her friend, the actress Hilary Shepard, Hannah created the board game Liebrary. She presented the game on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in December 2005. She has also created the game Love It or Hate It.

Love Life

Known for her long-term relationships with John F. Kennedy Jr., Jackson Browne and Val Kilmer, Hannah tied the knot with musician Neil Young in the summer of 2018.

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