Liv Tyler is an American actress and former model.
Her full name is Liv Rundgren Tyler.
Liv was born on July 1, 1977 in New York City, New York.
She is the only daughter of Bebe Buell, a model, singer, and former Playboy Playmate (Miss November 1974), and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.
Liv has one eighth Italian, one eighth Polish, as well as German, English, Welsh, and more distant Scottish and Irish, ancestry.
Tyler has three half-siblings: Mia Tyler (born 1978), Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born 1989), and Taj Monroe Tallarico (born 1991).
Liv grew up thinking that rock star Todd Rundgren was her father. But as she was growing up, Tyler began dropping by to visit, and Liv noticed that his daughter Mia Tyler looked enough like her to be her twin. She confronted her mother, and was told the truth; by the time she was 12, she had taken her father’s name.
At 14, she and her mother left Portland, Maine, for New York, where she got her start as a model. A year was enough of the modeling grind, and she decided to become an actress.
Tyler first became known to television audiences when she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in the music video for Aerosmith’s 1993 song “Crazy”.
Tyler made her feature film debut in Silent Fall in 1994, where she played the elder sister of a boy with autism.
Then she starred in the comedy drama Empire Records (1995). Tyler has described Empire Records as “one of the best experiences” she has ever had.
Playing a waitress named Callie, she earned praise for her performance in the independent film Heavy (1995).
Tyler had her breakthrough role in the art house film Stealing Beauty (1996), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and co-starring Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, and Rachel Weisz. The film received generally mixed reviews, but Tyler’s performance was regarded favorably by the critics.
She later appeared in That Thing You Do! (1996), a movie about a fictional one-hit wonder rock band called The Wonders, following their whirlwind rise to the top of the pop charts, and just as quickly, their plunge back to obscurity. The film was written and directed by Tom Hanks.
Tyler next appeared in Armageddon (1998), where she played the daughter of Bruce Willis’ character and love interest of Ben Affleck’s character. The film generated mixed reviews, but it was a box office success, earning $553 million worldwide. The movie included the songs “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “What Kind of Love Are You On” by Aerosmith.
In 1999, she starred in the film adaptation of the Russian novel Onegin. The same year, she appeared in the historical comedy Plunkett & Macleane, in the criminal comedy Cookie’s Fortune and in the drama romance Inventing The Abbotts.
In 2000, she appeared in Dr. T & the Women starring with Richard Gere and Kate Hudson.
In 2001, she starred in the crime comedy One Night at McCool’s.
Also in 2001, she starred in the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson. Tyler played the Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel. She learned to speak the fictitious Elvish language that was created by Tolkien.
In 2002 Tyler again starred as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the second installment of the series. She spent months learning sword fighting to be used during the concluding battle scenes in The Two Towers, but her scenes were removed after the script was changed.
In 2003, Tyler featured in the third and last installment of the series, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In the extended cut of the film, the song during the Houses of Healing sequence is sung by Liv Tyler.
Following the success of The Lord of the Rings, she appeared opposite her Armageddon co-star Ben Affleck in writer-director Kevin Smith’s romantic comedy Jersey Girl (2004), playing a woman who meets a widowed father played by Affleck, re-opening his heart to love.
In 2005, she starred in the comedy drama Lonesome Jim directed by Steve Buscemi and co-starring Casey Affleck.
Her next appearance in film was in a supporting role as an insightful therapist who tries to help a once-successful dentist (Adam Sandler) cope with the loss of his family in the September 11th attacks in Reign Over Me (2007).
In 2008, she starred in the horror-mystery-thriller The Strangers with Scott Speedman, a film about a young couple who are terrorized one night by three masked assailants in their remote country house.
Also in 2008, Tyler appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008), in which she played Dr. Betty Ross, the love interest of the title character, played by Edward Norton.
In 2011, she appeared in two films: the superhero black comedy-drama Super and the thriller drama The Ledge.
In 2012, Tyler appeared in the comedy crime drama Robot & Frank.
In 2014, she starred in Space Station 76, a film directed by Jack Plotnick, starring also Matt Bomer and Patrick Wilson.
Also in 2014, Tyler began appearing as a regular in the HBO television series The Leftovers.
In 2016, she starred in the fantasy horror drama Wildling. The film also marks her debut as a producer.
In 2017, Tyler starred in the historical period drama TV Mini-Series Gunpowder.
Liv Tyler has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
In 1998, Tyler began dating British musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog. They became engaged in 2001 and married in Barbados in 2003. On December 14, 2004, she gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon. In 2008, the couple confirmed through representatives that they would be separating.
Is in a relationship with Dave Gardner since the spring 2014 and they became engaged in early 2015. They have two children together, son Sailor Gene (born 11 February 2015) and daughter Lula Rose (born 9 July 2016).
Tyler is an active supporter of the charitable United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States in 2003.
Tyler is celebrity spokesperson for Givenchy Perfume and Cosmetics. In 2005 the brand named a rose after her, which was used in one of its fragrances.
Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, after seeing Ullmann on the cover of the March 5, 1977 issue of TV Guide.
Her name Liv means “life” in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
She was nicknamed Liv Taylor by film critics and the media when she first began acting because her dark hair and striking blue eyes reminded them of Elizabeth Taylor.
During filming for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), she left her pair of prosthetic ears on the dashboard of her car. When she returned, they had melted.
On a TV documentary about the making of the Lord of the Rings movies, she said she really liked delivering her lines when they were in the fictional Elvish language.
Tyler has never taken acting lessons.
She started smoking at age 14 and quit at age 25.
Tyler was formerly a vegan, but later began to eat meat.
She learned transcendental meditation in New York City.
Tyler suffers from combined type ADHD and has been taking Ritalin for it since she was a child.
She is dyslexic.