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Liv Tyler as Arwen

Arwen Liv Tyler

Date of Birth: 1 July 1977
Place: Portland, Maine, USA
5' 10"

Education: High School
Father Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith fame) and Bebe Buell (former model). 
Husband Royston Langdon and son Milo William Langdon born, December 14, 2004

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Liv Tyler was born July 1, 1977, in Portland, Maine. Her unique first name can be traced after her mother, model and former rock groupie Bebe Buell, saw Liv Ullmann on the cover of a TV Guide the week Liv was born. As for the roots of her last name, Liv always believed that her father was musician Todd Rundgren, who her mother had a long-term relationship with and who helped raise her.

Although her birth certificate stated that Rundgren was indeed her father, a 10-year-old Liv became suspicious after meeting Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at a Rundgren concert, and even more suspicious after seeing Tyler's daughter Mia, who could have passed for Liv's twin, at an Aerosmith concert. Liv confronted her mother about the topic, and her mother told her the truth: Steven Tyler was her father (Liv was the product of an 8-month relationship between Tyler and Buell).  Liv made her biological father's name her own at the age of 12, and 2 years later, mother and daughter headed to New York.

While Liv grew into a statuesque, blue-eyed beauty (she had her father's unmistakable pouty, Mick Jagger-like lips), she claims she was chubby and awkward while growing up. But family friend Paulina Porizkova saw the beauty in Liv (as does everyone today), and encouraged her to start modelling. Indeed Liv did, and soon appeared in magazines such as Seventeen, YM and Mirabella. But modelling became boring, and Liv wanted to start acting.

She made her film debut in 1994, as the sister of an autistic boy in Bruce Beresford's Silent Fall, appearing in the mystery alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Linda Hamilton. Following this fairly auspicious debut, Tyler's next project, 1995's Empire Records, proved a disappointment on both commercial and critical levels.

Tyler kept at it, next starring as the unrequited love interest of a reclusive pizza maker (Pruitt Taylor Vince) in James Mangold's Heavy that same year. Her work in the critically hailed film won her wide praise and her career began to take off. Tyler's breakthrough came the following year in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Starring as a 19-year-old who comes to Italy to find her father and lose her virginity, she suddenly became Hollywood's new "It" Girl, appearing on magazine covers and as one of People's "50 Most Beautiful" in 1997.

After a lead as one of the titular Abbott sisters in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and a brief cameo in U-Turn the same year, Tyler stepped into the realm of bloated budgets and even more bloated box-office returns with her role as Bruce Willis' daughter and Ben Affleck's girlfriend in Armageddon (1998). The following year, she returned to the art house circuit with Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune. The film was widely praised, as was its ensemble cast, which included Tyler, Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Charles S. Dutton, Chris O'Donnell, and Ned Beatty. The same year, Tyler lent her talents to the 18th century road movie genre, starring opposite Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller in Plunkett and Macleane. She also had a leading role as the object of Ralph Fiennes' jaded affections in Martha Fiennes' Onegin, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

After taking the role of an irresistibly destructive seductress in the 2001 comedy One Night at McCool's, Tyler took another trip back in time, this time putting her pixyish beauty to ideal use as Arwen, an elf faced with the daunting dilemma of choosing between love and immortality in director Peter Jackson's grandiose, three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolken's Lord of the Rings.

Random Facts

  • Liv's mother named her after Liv Ullmann because she was on the cover of TV Guide the week Liv was born.
  • Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
  • A cameo role in Everyone Says I Love You (1996), a musical directed by Woody Allen was cut; Allen was impressed enough by her performance to write a personal letter explaining that her part was cut in editing.
  • Her half-sister, Mia Tyler, is a fashion model for Lane Bryant.
  • Is dyslexic.
  • Aerosmith's video for "Crazy", in which Liv co-starred with Alicia Silverstone, was voted #23 in VH1's top 100 music videos of all time.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Godmother to Keith Richards's son, Marlon Richards.
  • 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.
  • Wears a size 10 shoe.
  • Hates piercings and tattoos.
  • Quit smoking after starting at age 14 [2002]
  • Voted the 6th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine. September 2002.
  • Measurements: 34B-25-38 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Didn't meet her father until 1988.
  • 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.
  • The decision to cast her in the video for "Crazy" was based on seeing her Pantene commercial, with absolutely no knowledge her father was in the band.
  • Born at 06:08 AM
  • She is a spokesperson for Givenchy Perfume and Cosmetics.
  • Has three half-siblings: Chelsea Anna Tyler, Taj Monroe Tyler and Mia Tyler.
  • She got married in Barbados.
  • Voted #2 in TheAge.com's Top 100: Natural Beauties of all time. (Audrey Hepburn took the top spot)
  • Sister-in-law of Dave Buckner.
  • Gave birth to an 8 lb. son named Milo William Langdon on December 14, 2004 in Manhattan.
  • Her son Milo was born on the same day as the release of the Platinum Series Special Extended Edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (Dec. 14th 2004)
  • She has never taken acting lessons.


Coin Locker Babies (2006)
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Jersey Girl (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 
One Night at McCool's (2001)
Dr. T & the Women (2000)
Onegin (1999)
Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
Armageddon (1998)
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (voice) (uncredited)
U Turn (1997)
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Stealing Beauty (1996)
Empire Records (1995)
Heavy (1995)
Silent Fall (1994)

All letters should be sent to:

Liv Tyler
c/o CAA
9830 Wilshire Blvd.  
Beverly Hills  
CA 90212  

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