Liv Rundgren Tyler

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Parents: Steven Tyler and Bebe Buell

- Liv Tyler, born July 1, 1977 is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles of Grace Stamper in Armageddon and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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 of the month Miss November 1974, and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith. Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, founded the Protocol School of Washington. Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann after seeing Ullmann on a recent issue of a TV Guide magazine. At birth, Bebe Buell claimed that rock star Todd Rundgren was Tyler’s biological father. Tyler thus spent most of her childhood living with that understanding, only discovering her true parentage at age nine. Liv discovered that she was Steven Tyler’s daughter after meeting Steven Tyler and noticing that Steven Tyler’s other daughter, Mia, looked very similar to herself. 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 Tyler was too heavily addicted to drugs at the time of Liv’s birth. Since learning the truth about her paternity, Liv and Steven Tyler have developed a close relationship. They have also worked together professionally, once when Liv performed in Aerosmith’s video “Crazy” and again when Aerosmith wrote and performed many of the songs in Liv’s film Armageddon.

Tyler attended the Congressional School of Virginia, Breakwater Elementary and Wayneflete schools (in Portland, Maine) before returning to New York City with her mother at the age of twelve. She went to York Prep in NYC for Junior High and High School, graduating in 1995. One month later Tyler set off for Italy, to star in Stealing Beauty.

Starting a career as a model at the age of fifteen, Tyler appeared on the covers of magazines and starred in commercials for makeup. However, after becoming bored with modeling less than a year after starting to model, she quickly moved into acting. She never took acting lessons. She first became known to TV audiences when she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in the music video for the Aerosmith song “Crazy” in 1993, which was voted #23 in VH1′s top 100 music videos of all time. Between 1993 and 1996, she was in seven films.

She was cast almost simultaneously for Silent Fall in 1994 and Heavy in 1995; the filming of Heavy was delayed until she became available. By the age of twenty, she had already starred in several successful movies, including Stealing Beauty (1996), That Thing You Do!(1996), and Inventing the Abbotts (1997). Her appearance in Armageddon, which was released on her 21st birthday in 1998, brought her to the attention of a wide public. The film included the songs “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “What Kind of Love Are You On” by her father’s band. Tyler has proven herself a capable actress starring in such films as Onegin (1999), based on the 19th century Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin), in which she portrayed the character of Tatyana Larina. She also appeared in two movies directed by Robert Altman, Cookie’s Fortune (1999) and Dr. T & the Women (2000).

Tyler’s most successful role came in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001), in which she played Arwen Undómiel. In 2008, she will star alongside Edward Norton in the upcoming The Incredible Hulk.

Tyler was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997. She was also voted the 6th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine in September 2002, and #2 in TheAge.com’s “Top 100: Natural Beauties of all time” in 2004.

In 2003, Tyler became the spokesperson for Givenchy Perfume and Cosmetics.

Tyler dated actor Joaquin Phoenix from 1995 to November 1998. The couple met on the set of Inventing the Abbotts. On March 25, 2003, Tyler married British musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog in Barbados. On December 14, 2004, she gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon, in a New York hospital.

The Lemonheads’ song “C’mon Daddy” is written about the relationship between Tyler and her father. Lemonheads singer, Evan Dando, played a major supporting role in James Mangold’s film Heavy, in which Tyler starred.

She lives in New York City. – adapted from Wikipedia

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