Liv Rundgren Tyler (born July 1, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler and Bebe Buell, model and singer. Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14, but after less than a year she decided to focus on acting.
Since 2003, Tyler has served as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for the United States, and as a spokesperson for Givenchy’s line of perfume and cosmetics. Tyler married musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog in 2003; they have one son, Milo, born December 14, 2004. The couple announced their separation in May 2008.

EARLY LIFE
• Tyler was born Liv Rundgren at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York. She is the first-born daughter of Bebe Buell, a model, singer, and former Playboy Playmate (Miss November 1974), and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith. Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann after seeing Ullmann on the cover of the March 5, 1977 issue of TV Guide. She has three half-siblings: Mia Tyler (born 1978), Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born 1989), and Taj Monroe Tallarico (born 1992). Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, founded the Protocol School of Washington.
• At birth, Buell claimed that rock star Todd Rundgren was Tyler’s biological father. Tyler discovered her true parentage at age nine. She discovered that she was Steven Tyler’s daughter after meeting him and noticing a resemblance she shared with his other daughter, Mia. When she asked her mother about the similarity, the secret was revealed. The truth about Tyler’s paternity did not become public until 1991, when she changed her name from Rundgren to Tyler, but kept the former as a middle name. Buell’s alleged reason for the initial decision was that Steven was too heavily addicted to drugs at the time of her birth. Since learning the truth about her paternity, Tyler and Steven have developed a close relationship. They have also worked together professionally, once when she appeared in Aerosmith’s music video for Crazy in 1993 and again when Aerosmith wrote and performed many of the songs in the film Armageddon (1998), in which Tyler starred.
• Tyler attended the Congressional School of Virginia, Breakwater Elementary and Waynflete schools in Portland, Maine, before returning to New York City with her mother at the age of 12. She went to York Prepatory in New York City for junior high and high school, after her mother researched the school to accommodate Tyler’s attention-deficit disorder. She graduated in 1995 and left to continue her acting career. When asked about the way she spent her early life, Tyler said: “For me, I didn’t get much of a childhood in my teen years because I’ve been working since I was 14. But that also kept me out of trouble. When everybody was doing acid and partying like crazy, I was at work on a movie in Tuscany… having my own fun, of course, but it was a different kind of thing. I have no regrets. I love the way my life has gone.”

EARLY WORK
• At the age of 14, Tyler received her first modeling job with assistance of Paulina Porizkova who took photos of her that ended up in Interview magazine. She later starred in television commercials. However, she became bored with her modeling career less than a year after it started, and decided to go into acting. She never took acting lessons. 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 older sister of an autistic boy. In 1995, she starred in the comedy drama Empire Records. Tyler has described Empire Records as “one of the best experiences” she has ever had. Soon after, she landed a supporting role in James Mangold’s 1996 drama Heavy as Callie, a naive young waitress. The film received favorable reviews; critic Janet Maslin noted: “Ms. Tyler… gives a charmingly ingenuous performance, betraying no self-consciousness about her lush good looks. Sweetly girlish yet never coy, she slips effortlessly into the daydreams of a loner like Victor, who still keeps a Farrah Fawcett poster on his bedroom wall.”

CRITICAL SUCCESS
• The breakthrough role in Tyler’s career came in Stealing Beauty (1996), in which she played Lucy Harmon, an innocent, romantic teenager who travels to Italy intent on losing her virginity. The film received generally mixed reviews, but every film critic complimented Tyler’s performance; Variety wrote: “Tyler is the perfect accomplice. At times sweetly awkward, at others composed and serene, the actress appears to respond effortlessly and intuitively to the camera, creating a rich sense of what Lucy is about that often is not explicit in the dialogue.” Empire noted, “Liv Tyler (here radiantly resembling a ganglier young Ava Gardner) with a rare opportunity to enamour, a break she capitalises on with composure.” The film was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Bertolucci chose Tyler for the role after meeting with a number of young girls in Los Angeles, including Tyler’s music video co-star Alicia Silverstone. But Bertolucci claimed “there was something missing in all of them”. He later admitted that what he saw in Tyler was a gravitas he described as “a New York aura”. During promotion of the film, Tyler admitted she wanted to separate herself from the character during production; “I tried my damnedest not to think of my own situation. But at one point, after a take, I just started to cry and cry. I remembered when I found out about my dad and how we just stared at each other from head to toe taking in every nook and cranny.”
• She later appeared in That Thing You Do! (1996), a movie about the story of 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. It grossed over $25 million worldwide, and was met with favorable reviews. The following year, she appeared in Inventing the Abbotts in 1997, in which she played Pamela the daughter of Will Patton and Barbara Williams’ characters. The movie is based on a short story by Sue Miller. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly declared Tyler’s performance as “lovely and pliant”. That same year, Tyler was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.
• 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 mostly critical reviews. Though, the film 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 a 2001 interview with The Guardian, she admitted that she turned down the role in Armageddon; “I really didn’t want to do it at first and I turned it down a couple of times, but the biggest reason I changed my mind was because I was scared of it. I wanted to try it for that very reason. I mean, I’m not really in this to do amazing things in my career – I just want it to be special when I make a movie.”
• She was then cast in Onegin (1999), a film based on the 19th century Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin, in which she portrayed Tatyana Larina and co-starred with Ralph Fiennes. Tyler was required to master an English accent, though Stephen Holden of the New York Times felt that her approximation of an English accent was “inert”. That same year, she appeared in the historical comedy film Plunkett & Macleane.
• She later appeared in two films directed by Robert Altman, Cookie’s Fortune (1999) and Dr. T & the Women (2000). In Cookie’s Fortune, she was part of an ensemble cast that included Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Chris O’Donnell, and Patricia Neal. Her performance well received amongst critics; Charles Taylor of Salon.com wrote: “This is the first time in which Tyler’s acting is a match for her beauty (she’s always been a bit forlorn). Altman helps her find some snap, but a relaxed, silly snap, as in the cartoon sound she makes when she takes a midday swig of bourbon. The lazy geniality of the movie is summed up by the way Emma [Tyler’s character] saunters off to take a swim with her cowboy hat and pint of Wild Turkey.” Entertainment Weekly also noted, “Liv Tyler is sweetly gruff as the tomboy troublemaker”. In the romantic comedy, Dr. T & the Woman, she played Marilyn, a gynecologist patient of Richard Gere’s character.
• In 2001 Tyler played the object of infatuation for three men (Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Paul Reiser) in the black comedy One Night at McCool’s. In discussion of the role, she said: “This was definitely the first part where I had to be so physically aware and have people so aware of me physically. Maybe it’s not hard for anybody else, but it is a bit for me. I mean I love my body and I feel very comfortable in my skin, but this was tough.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: “Tyler, a true beauty, gives the role a valiant try, but her range is too limited to play this amalgam of female perfection.”

WORLDWIDE RECOGNITION
• 2001 marked a significant turning point in Tyler’s career, when she starred in the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson. She depicted Arwen Undómiel the elf princess. The film is based on the similarly titled first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The filmmakers approached Tyler after seeing her performance in Plunkett & Macleane. She learned to speak the fictitious Elvish language that was created by Tolkien. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening weekend takings and was the second highest-grossing film of 2001. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Tyler’s performance was “lovely and earnest”.
• A year later, Tyler again starred as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the second installment of the series. The film, like the first, received favorable reviews. Tyler spent months before filming learning swordfighting, to be used during the concluding battle scenes in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, though her scenes from the battle were removed after the script was changed. The film was an enormous box office success, earning over $926 million worldwide, out grossing its predecessor, which earned over $871 million. In 2003, the third and last installment of the series, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was released.
• 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 re-opens a widowed father’s heart to love, played by Affleck. In an interview with MTV News, she admitted, “I felt scared and vulnerable and almost kind of naked because I was so used to those other elements of the character [Arwen]. On The Lord of the Rings, a lot of things were done in post-production, whereas this was really just about me and Ben sitting there, just shooting off dialogue. It was all what I wanted to do.”
• In 2005 she appeared in Steve Buscemi’s independent drama Lonesome Jim, where she was cast alongside Casey Affleck, as a single mother and nurse who reconnects with an old fling who has returned to their small town of Indiana after a failed run as a novelist in New York. The film was screened at a special presentation at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Tyler’s 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 during the events of the September 11th attacks in Reign Over Me (2007).
• In 2008 she starred in the horror-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. Although the film garnered a mixed reception among critics, it was a box office success. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she notes that The Strangers was the most challenging role of her career. “It was as far as I could push myself in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally.” In another interview, she noted, “(Doing The Strangers) was actually very therapeutic for me, and helped me get over some of my own neuroses and anxieties and fears … because I was so vulnerable. I did feel very scared (wondering) if I would be able to conjure up the emotions that I needed to, and I didn’t really know myself in that way. I’d never been that scared before.”
• She appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008), in which she played Dr. Betty Ross, the love interest of the title-character, played by Edward Norton. Tyler was attracted to the love story in the script, and was a fan of the TV show. She was called about the role while driving to her home, and she accepted the part after a day without reading the script. She said filming the part “was very physical, which was fun”, and compared her performance to “a deer caught in the headlights”. The Incredible Hulk was a box office success, earning $262 million worldwide. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post, in review of the film, wrote: “Tyler gives Betty an appropriately angelic nimbus of ethereal gentleness as the one Beauty who can tame the Beast… during their most pivotal encounters.”

PERSONAL LIFE
• Tyler dated actor Joaquin Phoenix from 1995 to November 1998; The couple met on the set of Inventing the Abbotts. In 1998, she began dating British musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog. The couple became engaged in February 2001, and got married in Barbados on March 25, 2003. On December 14, 2004, she gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon. On May 8, 2008, Tyler and Langdon confirmed through representatives that they would be separating but remain friends. She lives in New York City.
• 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. In November 2004, she hosted the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake in New York City. Tyler also served as spokesperson for the 2004 Givenchy Mother’s Day promotion, in support of UNICEF’s Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) campaign.
• Since 2004, she has donated to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund to support innovative research, education, and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancers. In October 2007, Tyler, along with her mother, Bebe Buell and her grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, helped launch the Emergen-C Pink energy drink, in which the event was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
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• She is good friends with designer Stella McCartney, model Helena Christensen and actresses Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Tyler has also stated that she is a vegan. She was named one of New York magazine’s “Most Beautiful New Yorkers” in 2005. In 2003, Tyler became the spokesperson for Givenchy perfume and cosmetics, in 2005 Givenchy named a rose after her, which was used in one of its fragrances.
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