Meg Tilly

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The famous writer and actress, Margaret Elizabeth Chan (Meg Tilly) was born on February 14, 1960 in Long Beach, California, to Harry Chan and Patricia Ann Tilly. However following her parents’ divorce, her mother relocated to Canada. Tilly along with her siblings was brought up by her mother and step father in British Columbia.

Meg Tilly developed the passion for ballet and started dancing when she turned fourteen. Despite the fact that she started quite late, she proved to be remarkably adept at it; practicing diligently and passionately. Soon, she received a scholarship and it wasn’t long after graduating from high school that she left for New York to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. She received a full scholarship at Madame Darvash’s Ballet School and also appeared in her debut movie, “Fame” as a dancer, in 1980. Following that, she earned another scholarship to study under Melissa Hayden but unfortunately, she fell in class and injured her back quite seriously. She was informed by her doctor that she had to give up dancing or else she would find herself in a wheelchair.

Coping with such a massive blow was difficult but Tilly soon managed to recover and moved to Los Angeles. Knowing that her dancing career was over, she decided to pursue acting. One of the first roles she accepted was that of maid in the play, “The Girl on the Via Flamina”. She studied acting under Peggy Fuery and landed another role, this time as a prostitute, in an episode of “Hill Street Blues”. Soon afterwards in 1982, she got her major role when she was offered to act in the movie, “Tex” opposite to Matt Dillon. After this, the offers started piling up for Tilly and in 1983; she was part of that year’s two most popular movies; “Psycho II” and “The Big Chill”. “The Big Chill” was such a success that it was nominated at the Academy Awards and helped to bolster Meg Tilly’s acting career further.

In 1985, she was offered one of the lead roles in the movie, “Agnes of God” along with Anne Bancroft and Jane Fonda. She played the role of a nun and her performance was critically acclaimed and subsequently earned her a nomination at the Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She then appeared in numerous movies such as; “Valmont” in 1989, “The Two Jakes” in 1990, Leaving Normal” in 1992 and “Body Snatchers” in 1993. She was also offered the movie, “Amadeus” but she suffered another injury and could not continue shooting. Her role was then given to Elizabeth Berridge.

Meg Tilly  started writing “Singing Songs” in 1990 and it was finally published in 1994. During that year, she decided to give up her career in acting and focused on her children and writing. “Singing Songs” was met with mostly positive reviews. She wrote several movie scripts which even though sold, were never made into movies. Her next novel was “Gemma” which was published in 2006 and following in 2007, she published her third novel, “Porcupine”. In 2008, she published her fourth novel, “First Time” and recently, in 2013, her novel, “A Taste of Heaven” was published. Some of her more recent works in acting include her appearance in, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 2011 and “Bomb Girls”, for which she earned the Canadian Screen Award for lead actress in 2013.


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