Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe

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Lily Rabe is an American actress and producer. Lily Rabe is the celebrity daughter as well as a celebrity couple with actor Hamish. She has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and theatre productions. Some notable ones are “American Horror Story”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “Tell Me Your Secrets”, etc.

Early Life and Childhood

Lily Rabe was born on June 29, 1982, and she is currently 38 years old. She is originally from New York City on the Upper West Side but later she grew up in Bedford. At her 7th grade, she again moved to Lakeville, Connecticut where she attended the Hotchkiss School. Talking about her family, her parents are father David Rabe and mother Jill Clayburgh. Her father is a playwright born in 1940 whereas her mother is an actress who lived from 1944 to 2010).

Her birth was announced in the “Milestones” column of the Time Magazine issue dated 12 July 1982. She weighed 3.572100 Kilos or 7 lbs 14 oz at birth on 29 June 1982 in New York City.

Likewise, she has a younger brother named Michael. He is also an actor and playwright. Besides Michael, she also an older paternal half-brother named Jason who is a musician. Their father is Catholic, whereas her maternal grandfather was Jewish. Likewise, her maternal grandmother was Protestant.

Talking about her educational background, she attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and later went on to study dance for 10 long years. She also taught ballet at a summer arts program in Connecticut when she was approached by the program’s acting instructor.

The instructor asked her to perform a monologue in the final production. She then performed a monologue from the play Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. After performing this, she went on to study acting at Northwestern University and she graduated in the year 2004.

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Caption: Lily Rabe photographed with her mother in an event. Source: Getty

Professional Life

Professionally, Lily Rabe is an actress. She played Sister Mary Eunice in the thriller drama American Horror Story: Asylum. For this film, she worked alongside Jessica Lange. She debuted in the 2001 film Never Again as Tess. Likewise, she also played Portia in a production of The Merchant of Venice. For this, she worked alongside Al Pacino in Central Park in New York City. Furthermore, she was also in the film Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts. Besides these, she made her professional theatre debut with Speaking Well of the Dead working alongside her mother, Jill Clayburgh. This was the Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Stage Company’s production. The following season, she returned to perform in Proof in which she worked alongside Jennifer Malloy.

Furthermore, she was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Play”. She received it for her performance in The Merchant of Venice. However, she lost the award to Frances McDormand for her performance in Good People. Also, she is one of only three actors alongside Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters that have appeared in every season of American Horror Story.

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Caption: Lily Rabe with director Julia Hart in a behind-the-scenes shot from the making of Miss Stevens. Source: Los Angeles Times

Career in Detail

Following her graduation, Lily moved to New York and initially focused on theater. She appeared in the play White Jesus by the Naked Angels Theater Company and also participated in a workshop production of the play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Moreover, she made her Broadway debut with the 2005 revival of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling and was nominated for a “Drama Desk Award” for her performance in this film. She was then listed as one of the best breakthroughs of 2005 by Jeremy McCarter in New York Magazine. She then made her TV debut with her appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent the same year.

Likewise, in 2006, she appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of the play Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw. The next year, she appeared in the play Crimes of the Heart at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the romantic comedy movie No Reservations.

For the next two years, she appeared in movies like What Just Happened and The Toe Tactic. She also appeared in the TV shows Medium and Last of the Ninth. She received positive reviews for her portrayal of Lili Adler in the Broadway premiere of Richard Greenberg’s play The American Plan in the year 2009.

2010 and beyond

The following year was a landmark for her, as she appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. Daniel J Sullivan directed this show. She also appeared in the 2010 movie All Good Things. The Merchant of Venice offered her the opportunity to work opposite Al Pacino. The show was transferred to the Broadhurst Theater, where it ran till 2011.

Later that year, she bagged the role of Nora Montgomery in the horror TV series American Horror Story. This was her first regular role. Later, she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for the “Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries”. This was for her performance in the second season of American Horror Story.

She also appeared in the Broadway play Seminar at the Golden Theatre in 2011–2012. Then in 2013, she made her Los Angeles stage debut with the play Miss Julie. She produced the movie We’re Just Married. Her father wrote it while Rodrigo Garcia directed this movie. This movie also featured her in a role.

She appeared in the play Much Ado About Nothing in the 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season and the biopic Pawn Sacrifice. Her other recent TV projects include the serials Legion and Tell Me Your Secrets.

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Caption: Lily Rabe posing for a photo with her lover Hamish Linklater. Source: Theatre Mania

Most Notable Works

Her most notable stage appearances have been for the plays Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, The American Plan, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and Cymbeline.

Some of her most noteworthy films include Never Again, No Reservations, All Good Things, Pawn Sacrifice, The Veil, Golden Exits, and Finding Steve McQueen’. She has appeared in a number of TV serials such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, Saving Grace, The Good Wife, American Horror Story: Asylum, The Whispers, American Horror Story: Roanoke, The Wizard of Lies, and Tell Me Your Secrets. 

Moving on, she has a net worth estimation of approximately $2 million dollars. She earns through her involvement in TV shows, movies, theatre productions, advertisements, endorsements, etc.

Relationship Status

Lily Rabe is in a romantic relationship with actor Hamish Linklater. The lovers have been together since May 2014 and also have a daughter together. The couple gave birth to their first daughter in March 2017. The news about her pregnancy was reported in December 2016. She was 34 years old when she gave birth to her baby. Sadly, there is no news of their possible official wedding anytime soon.

Besides the news of childbirth, the other news concerning her health is that she was injured in a stage accident in the year 2008. It was at the Laura Pels Theatre during the rehearsal of an Off-Broadway production by the Roundabout Theatre Company. Despite sustaining a fractured rib, she still resumed her performance after a week or rest.

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Caption: Lily Rabe photographed with her baby daughter in 2017. Source: Instagram

Body Measurements and Social Media

Lily Rabe stands tall at a height of 1.73 meters or 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 57 kgs. Likewise, she has chest-waist-hip measures of 36-26-34 inches respectively. Other than this, there is no information about her dress size and shoe size. Further, her hair color is dirty blonde and she has beautiful hazel eyes.

Talking about her social media presence, she goes by the username @pillypie22 on Instagram. This account has 668 posts shares and 537k followers at the time of writing this biography.