Jennifer Ellen Chan was born on 16 September 1958, in Harbor City, California USA, and as Jennifer Tilly – her mother’s maiden name – is a well-known actress and also a successful poker player. She is most famous for her roles in such films as ‘Bullets Over Broadway’, ‘The Wrong Guy’, ‘Bride of Chucky’ among many others. During her career as an actress and poker player she has been nominated for and has won several awards, including American Comedy Award, Academy Award, Card Player Best Celebrity Player of the Year among others, during a career which began in the early 1980s.
So how rich is Jennifer Tilly? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that Jennifer’s net worth is over $30 million, mainly coming from her career as an actress, and as she still continues to appear in movies and televisions shows, – and play poker – there is a high possibility that Tilly’s net worth will continue to grow.
Jennifer Tilly Net Worth $30 Million
Jennifer is the daughter of Harry – a used car salesman of Chinese ancestry – and Irish-Canadian and Finnish descent Patricia Chan, who divorced when Jennifer was five. She then lived in British Columbia, matriculating from Belmont High School, and subsequently graduated from Stephens College, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in theater. In 1983 Tilly began her career as an actress with minor roles in such shows as ‘Hill Street Blues’, ‘Frasier’ and ‘Cheers’, but from that time Jennifer’s net worth began to grow. Later Tilly also appeared in ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’, ‘Key West’, ‘Let it Ride’ among others, having an opportunity to work with such actors as Geoffrey Blake, Molly Cheek, Denise Crosby, Fisher Stevens among many others.
One of Jennifer’s most famous roles was in ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’, directed by Steve Kloves, and another notable film that made Tilly more famous was ‘Bullets Over Broadway’, in which she worked with John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri among others, and which had a significant impact on the growth of Jennifer’s net worth. Recently Jennifer appeared in ‘Curse of Chucky’, ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Simpsons’ adding further fame to fortune.
As mentioned, Jennifer is not only a well-known actress but also a successful poker player. In 2005 she received the World Series of Poker bracelet, and later won a World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament, which added to her net worth. She has been a part of Celebrity Poker Showdown and GSN Poker Royale too, and what is more, Jennifer was also a part of the video game entitled ‘World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions 2007 Edition’, which also had an impact on Tilly’s net worth.
Talking about Jennifer’s personal life, she married Sam Simon in 1984, but they divorced in 1991. Since 2005 she has been in partnership with Phil Laak, a well-known poker player. They are currently based in Los Angeles, California.
Her real-life boyfriend is professional poker player Phil Laak (aka "The Unabomber"). They met at a charitable invitational poker tournament.
Followed up her World Series of Poker win with a victory in the World Poker Tour (2003) Ladies Night, to be broadcast during the fourth season of WPT.
Initially involved in Los Angeles Equity waiver theater, she was a one-time member for several years with Lonny Chapman's Group Repertory Theatre.
In 2005, she won the Ladies-Only No Limit Texas Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker, becoming the first celebrity to win an open (as opposed to celebrity-only) WSOP tournament and earn a World Series bracelet. She beat out exactly 600 other women to take the championship.
Her father was of Chinese descent and her mother's ancestry was Irish, Finnish, and First Nations. Jennifer was raised mostly in British Columbia, Canada.
She has played a ditzy, sexy love interest for Kelsey Grammer's character Frasier Crane when he was trying to get over other women on Cheers (1982) and again on Frasier (1993) (though she was not playing the same character).
Ranked #23 in Celebrity Sleuth magazine's 25 Sexiest Women of 1995.
In high school, everyone called Jennifer, Meg, and their younger sister Becky the Three Musketeers.
Lenny von Dohlen, who co-starred with Jennifer in Bird of Prey (1995) and her sister Meg Tilly in Leaving Normal (1992), said, "They have a fountain of emotion that keeps coming, even after someone yells cut, but the fountain comes from different bodies of water." He adds, "Meg is an ocean, Jennifer is a rushing river.".
Is an avid lover of fashion and has 400 pairs of shoes.
She has won a Theater World Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her work in Tina Howe's play, "One Shoe Off", at The Joseph Papp Theater. She also received a Dramalogue Award for her work in the play "Vanities". She won a Gemini Award for Best Actress for her role in Showtime's made-for-TV film Heads (1994), and a nomination for a Cable ACE Award for her work on It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986).
Has one cat named Corky.
Received her Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Older sister of actress Meg Tilly. She also has an older brother named Steve Tilly, and a younger sister named Rebecca Tilly.
Attended and graduated from Belmont High School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Voluptuous bombshell figure
Cheerful onscreen persona
Breathy, little girl voice
(1996) The first time I met Quentin Tarantino was so funny. He said, "Jennifer, there's something I've always wanted to ask you." And I'm thinking, "Which of my distinguished movies is he going to ask about?". He goes, "Moving Violations (1985)! How did you do that scene in the anti-gravity chamber?". I thought he was making fun of me, but then I realized he was serious. My friend who was with me said, "How come I've never heard you mention Moving Violations?". So I brushed it off and said, "Well, it was like my first movie." Quentin went, "No, no, no, the first movie you ever did was No Small Affair (1984), with Jon Cryer and Demi Moore." And I'm thinking, "If you weren't Quentin Tarantino, I'd think you were a stalker.".
(1996) Meg and I didn't have any connections in Hollywood. I think it's amazing that two girls who grew up really poor in rural Canada came to Hollywood and have successful careers and get nominated for Oscars out of nowhere - out of an idea I had. The thing is, we're tremendously aggressive; we say, "This is what I want, why can't that be me?". I just knew I had to be an actress. I had some vision - this was when I was seven or eight - of myself at 40, a housewife with curlers in her hair, watching TV and crying because I had never followed my dream of being an actress. I always remember having that vision.
That Hollywood thing, where everybody hugs and kisses everybody else - I always stiffen. It's an assumed familiarity. It's phony.
On Madonna: We went to a club once. The doorman opened the rope for me but closed it on Madonna - he didn't recognize her. She wouldn't have gotten in, but I put in a good word for her. (In Style magazine, September 2006)
[on Seed of Chucky (2004)] It's really gruesome, but it's a heartwarming story.
[on her curves and her frequent cleavage baring characters] People are always accusing me of having implants.
I was the most popular person in my family. I was like a celebrity. All my sisters would fight over who got to sleep with me. I was always thinking up all the games, telling all the stories, and had the best clothes. I was the entertainment. We didn't have television and we didn't have movies, and I was always the boss. I'd write these plays and I'd make everybody be in them. Once, I had this idea that we'd put all the beds on top of one another so there would be only one bed, but it would be a really big, tall bed. Then we'd take turns sleeping on that bed while everybody else slept on the floor. Like for a month. Everyone thought that was a great idea. I don't know why. I guess because we grew up way, way out in the country and we never had any neighbors.
If I was like some of the characters I played, I'd probably be dead by now.
I still haven't made a film that defines who I am.
Spending time with Jim on a stage is an incredibly weird experience! I found myself unable to act seriously! Hard to shoot with the master of comedy!
A way you can get really good abs in film is you get your makeup artist to paint shadows -- faux washboard. But if you see me in a movie and I have great abs, it means I have a great body double.
Everyone said that if you want to be a real actor, go to New York. If you want to sell out, go to L.A. And I thought - I want to sell out!