Jennifer Tilly has been around Hollywood for a long time, but a lot of people may not know her from more than a few roles. Horror fans will know her as Tiffany, the female counterpart of the psychotic slasher doll, Chucky. Others might know her voice from such roles as Celia in Monsters, Inc. or Bonnie Swanson in Family Guy. What you might not realize is that she’s been visible in movies and television since her first role as Laurie in the TV series Oh, Madeline in 1983.

Since her first outing, her roles have run the gamut of horror, drama, and comedy, as well as switching between physical roles and voice acting with regularity. Tilly also takes part in live theater productions.

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She’s been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway, Saturn awards for Best Actress for 1999’s Bride of Chucky, and for 1997’s Bound. Her role in Second Stage’s performance of One Shoe Off at the Joseph Papp Public Theater earned her a Theater World Award in 1993.

Make no mistake, she’s worked hard to get where she is and deserves every accolade (and probably more). She gave herself a start by paying for the theater program at Stephens College in Missouri with awards from writing competitions before moving to Los Angeles.

That kind of drive and range deserves a lot more recognition than she gets, and here’s hoping with several projects in the works, including Cult of Chucky, due out in October and the lead role of Martha in Renaissance Girl which is in pre-production that more big awards are in her future.

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In the meantime, iHorror.com is wishing Jennifer Tilly a very happy birthday, with many more to come!

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Shaun Horton is the author of the sci-fi/horror novels Hannah and Class 5, as well as the cryptid horror Cenote. He writes from the beautiful pacific northwest, crammed between the city of Seattle and the woods of the Olympic National Forest. He's been a life-long fan of Horror, starting with seeing Gremlins at 4 years old. Years later, he discovered the work of Stephen King, keeping himself up at night reading the tome which is IT. Since then, he's continued expanding the interest through authors such as Dean Koontz, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien, and the video game series of Dead Space and Resident Evil.