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Jennifer Tilly: Academy Award-Nominated Actress and Poker Star

Full Name: Jennifer Elizabeth Chan
Born: September 16, 1958 (age 64) in Harbor City, Los Angeles
Occupation: Actress, Poker Player
Years Active: 1983-Present
Spouse: Sam Simon (1984-1991, divorced)
Children: None
Notable Works: Bullets Over Broadway, Bride of Chucky, Family Guy
Awards: Academy Award Nomination, Golden Globe Nomination, Theatre World Award

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As a loyal fan from her early career days, I‘ve always admired Jennifer Tilly‘s quick wit, unmistakable voice, and show-stopping performances. She first won my heart with her run as a lounge singer opposite Jeff Bridges in The Fabulous Baker Boys, for which she earned a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination. Since then, I‘ve eagerly followed Jennifer‘s varied career across stage, television, film, and beyond.

Humble Beginnings in LA and Breakout Success

Jennifer displayed a knack for performing at a young age alongside her sister, actress Meg Tilly. She honed her craft through theater studies in Missouri and Texas before landing in Los Angeles. Jennifer paid her dues with bit parts in films like The Big Chill before her hilarious turn in The Fabulous Baker Boys put her on the map.

Seeing Jennifer hold her own against the legendary Jeff Bridges cemented her as a star in my book. Her pitch perfect delivery and sultry singing mesmerized both audiences and critics. She went on to earn award nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and more – not bad for an up-and-comer!

A Standout Dramatic Turn in Bullets Over Broadway

While adept at comedy, Jennifer also revealed her dramatic chops in Woody Allen‘s Bullets Over Broadway in 1994. As the feisty yet vulnerable Olive, she lit up the screen opposite Dianne Wiest. Jennifer nabbed a well-earned Academy Award nomination for the role – a testament to her versatility.

I still consider Olive to be one of Jennifer‘s finest performances. The way she balanced sharp wit with emotional depth showed her growing command of the craft. Jennifer later said the experience of working with Woody Allen fuelled her passion for acting even more.

Becoming a Horror Icon as Tiffany Valentine

No conversation about Jennifer Tilly‘s career is complete without mentioning Tiffany Valentine in the Child‘s Play franchise. As the brassy, wise-cracking bride of Chucky, Jennifer injected the films with charm and humor that appealed to even non-horror fans like myself.

I‘ll never forget the first time I heard Jennifer utter Tiffany‘s catchphrase of "Oh, knock it off, God damn it!" in that trademark voice. She clearly relished voicing the killer doll, reprising the role in multiple Chucky sequels and the current SyFy television series. Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany is now permanently cemented in pop culture history.

A Passionate Poker Player is Born

Around 2004, Jennifer discovered a new talent: poker. She took to it like a fish in water, displaying the same competitive spirit seen in her acting performances. Her charisma and skills at the table led her to become a fixture in high profile tournaments.

As with acting, Jennifer excelled in this new pursuit – she‘s racked up impressive winnings of over $900K and even nabbed a coveted World Series of Poker bracelet. I loved seeing Jennifer combine her two passions by starring in the poker film Deal. She‘s living proof that you can succeed at multiple careers!

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Now in her 60s, Jennifer continues to shine in roles that showcase her impeccable timing – both dramatic and comedic. Even after nearly 40 years in the business, her love of performing is still palpable. Though she easily could have rested on her laurels, Jennifer actively seeks out interesting roles with lower-profile directors along with voice work and guest appearances.

I‘m thrilled that younger audiences are now discovering Jennifer‘s talents through her voice work as Bonnie on Family Guy and her return as Tiffany in SyFy‘s Chucky series. She makes every role uniquely her own – no easy feat after such a long career!

In my eyes, Jennifer Tilly is a true Hollywood legend. All these years later, I‘m still endlessly entertained by her quick wit, bold style, and passion for entertainment in all its forms. Jennifer reminds me to follow my passions to the fullest – just like she continues to do. Here‘s to many more memorable performances from the one and only Jennifer Tilly!