Sherilyn Fenn Net Worth

Sherilyn Fenn Net Worth is
$500 Thousand

Sherilyn Fenn Biography

A global known Actress, Sherilyn Fenn born in February 01, 1965

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameSherilyn Fenn
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date Of BirthFebruary 1, 1965
Height1.63 m
EducationLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
SpouseToulouse Holliday
ChildrenMyles Holliday, Christian Stewart
ParentsLeo Fenn Sr., Arlene Quatro
SiblingsLeo Fenn
PartnerDylan Stewart
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
MoviesTwo Moon Junction, Boxing Helena, The Wraith, Of Mice and Men, Fatal Instinct, Just One of the Guys, Three of Hearts, Diary of a Hitman, Wild at Heart, Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel, The Wild Life, Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story, Thrashin', Treasure Raiders, The United States of Leland, The Scenesters, Just Write, Lovelife, Crime Zone, Outside Ozona, Novel Romance, Zombie High, The Shadow Men, The Brittany Murphy Story, Backstreet Dreams, Unnatural, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, Nightwaves, Slave of Dreams, Meridian: Kiss of the Beast, Dream Warrior, Cavedweller, Raze, Nightmare Street, Fist of the Warrior, Pop Rocks, Ruby, Darkness Falls, Deadly Isolation, Off Season, A Season in Purgatory, True Blood, Casa Vita, Dillinger, Swindle, Assassin in Blue, Bigfoot, Cement, Scent of Murder, Spring Awakening
TV ShowsRude Awakening, Twin Peaks

Interesting Facts

1 (April 16, 2013) Together with Jennifer Lynch, held a master class at the 2013 International Film Festival of Panama.
2 She was originally considered by Amy Sherman-Palladino for the role of Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (2000), but she was busy working on Rude Awakening (1998) at the time and the role went to Lauren Graham. Sherman-Palladino then brought Fenn back twice in the series: as Sasha in the backdoor pilot episode for a planned spin-off series, and for the recurring part of Anna Nardini.
3 In British Columbia, Canada, filming Off Season (2001). [May 2001]
4 In Los Angeles, California, expecting her second child with boyfriend Dylan Stewart. [May 2007]
5 In the Isle of Man, filming Darkness Falls (1999). [September 1997]
6 In North Bend, Washington, attending the 18th annual Twin Peaks Festival. [August 2010]
7 In California, filming Lovelife (1997). [July 1996]
8 In Los Angeles, California, filming The Scenesters (2009). [July 2008]
9 In California, filming Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995). [January 1995]
10 Filming Ruby (1992) in Dallas, Texas, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, California. [June 1991]
11 In California, filming Fatal Instinct (1993). [November 1992]
12 In Los Angeles, California, filming Just Write (1997). [September 1996]
13 In California, filming Of Mice and Men (1992). [September 1991]
14 In Ouarzazate, Morocco, filming Slave of Dreams (1995). [May 1994]
15 In Vancouver, Canada, filming Psych: Dual Spires (2010) [September 2010]
16 Filming Boxing Helena (1993). [June 1992]
17 In New York, filming Three of Hearts (1993). [February 1992]
18 In Los Angeles, California, filming Novel Romance (2006). [June 2004]
19 In Moscow, Russia, filming Treasure Raiders (2007). [September 2005]
20 In Pennsylvania, filming Diary of a Hitman (1991). [January 1991]
21 In Vancouver, Canada, filming Presumed Dead (2006). [October 2005]
22 In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working as a filmmaker on a documentary about child enrichment program CosmiKids. [July 2006]
23 Comic book artist Jeff Johnson used a photo from her December 1990 Playboy pictorial as a reference to draw the character of Amora the Enchantress for the October 1991 cover of Marvel's "Wonder Man".
24 Good friends with Sheryl Lee.
25 She is featured in make-up artist Paul Starr's 2005 book "Paul Starr on Beauty: Conversations With Thirty Celebrated Women". Starr has worked with Sherilyn and notably made the arch of her eyebrows more extreme as he found that was a good trademark.
26 Younger sister of Leo Fenn.
27 Some of her favorite films are La Vie en Rose (2007), On Golden Pond (1981), and Agnes of God (1985).
28 Illustrator Sean Phillips used her as a reference to draw the character of Felicity for his 2011 crime comic book "Criminal: The Last of the Innocent".
29 Attended the 2011 Twin Peaks Festival. [August 2011]
30 Attended the 2010 Fall Hollywood Show in Burbank, California, which held a Twin Peaks (1990) reunion. [October 2010]
31 Attended the 2010 Twin Peaks Festival. [August 2010]
32 Posed for photographer Douglas Kirkland for the July 1990 issue of New York magazine, where she graced the cover with an American flag draping her nude body.
33 Dita Von Teese said Fenn's Playboy pictorial was the original inspiration for dying her hair from blonde to black.
34 Began filming Tales from the Crypt: You, Murderer (1995) the day after her wedding.
35 Co-starred in The Wild Life (1984) along with then-boyfriend Chris Penn.
36 Created a blog called "Postcards from the Ledge". [January 2009]
37 Director David Lynch said of her: "She's a mysterious girl and I think that actresses like her who have a mystery - where there's something hiding beneath the surface - are the really interesting ones".
38 (March 27, 1993) Attended the 8th Annual Independent Spirit Awards.
39 Appeared as one of the celebrity models in a charity fashion show staged by Thierry Mugler to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. [April 1992]
40 According to Fenn, her acting coach Roy London played a pivotal role in her development as an actress.
41 Originally set to guest star in the Frasier (1993) episode, Frasier: The First Temptation of Daphne (2001), but was unavailable when the episode was rescheduled. [2001]
42 At the beginning of the shooting of the second season of Twin Peaks (1990), came down with a bad case of pneumonia, making headlines that the shooting of the series might be affected or that she might have to leave the show. As writer/producer Harley Peyton said in an interview: "It looked like it could give us some really serious problems. It turned out all right. She was tremendous and recovered rather quickly and came back sooner than she had to. We had different directors shooting each day and two directors shooting in a single day and, in fact, got all of her scenes done".
43 In an episode of VH1's The List (1999) hosted by Johnny Rzeznik, she chose Tommy (1975), Purple Rain (1984) and Spice World (1997) as her top three best rock n' roll films. [December 1999]
44 Took the part of Lulu Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007) in order to work with director Robert Berlinger again. He had previously directed her on Rude Awakening (1998).
45 After starring alongside Jeremy Piven (in Just Write (1997)), Mark Harmon (in Dillinger (1991)), and Virginia Madsen (in Zombie High (1987)), she guest-starred on their TV series Cupid (1998), NCIS (2003), and Smith (2006).
46 Two of her co-stars, Adrian Pasdar (in Slave of Dreams (1995)) and Bruce Davison (in Lovelife (1997)), later cast her in their feature film directorial debuts, Cement (2000) and Off Season (2001).
47 Her Twin Peaks (1990) character Audrey Horne was chosen by as one of the "50 Best TV Character of All Time" (ranked #24). [2008]
48 Involved, along with Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Miranda Richardson and Paul McGann in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by Emma Thompson, and written and directed by Fay Efrosini Lellios. The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal. [1998]
49 Starred in a season three episode of Gilmore Girls (2000), which was the backdoor pilot for a California-set spin-off titled "Windward Circle", that was to have starred Milo Ventimiglia, Rob Estes and Fenn. The network dropped the project citing cost issues due to filming on location in Venice, California. "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted to work with Sherilyn Fenn again and wrote the character of Anna Nardini with Fenn in mind, in order to bring her back in the series. The character of Anna was originally to have a strong enough presence to be a potential threat to the character of Lorelai. However, after Sherman-Palladino left the show, the producers changed the direction originally intended for the character, as they decided to make her a villain in a custody battle.
50 Ranked #32 in AOL's "50 Sexiest Women on TV of All Time" list. [November 2007]
51 Chosen by FHM-Australia as one of the "100 Sexiest Women". [1998]
52 Chosen by FHM magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World" (ranked #62). [1996]
53 Chosen by Wizard magazine as one of the "25 Sexiest Women of TV" (ranked #22). [March 2008]
54 Directed an unfinished documentary film about child enrichment program CosmiKids and its founder Judy Julin. [2006]
55 Cousin of Kristen Glass, Carey Torrice and drummer Michael Glass (of Overscene).
56 Her name is translated in Chinese as "Xuelin Fen", which means "Snow Jade".
57 (Winter 1990-1991) Made the cover of In Fashion magazine alongside Billy Idol.
58 (May 13, 2005) Attended the 3rd Annual "Night With The Friends of El Faro" Benefit.
59 (August 6, 2007) Her second son Christian James was born. Father is boyfriend Dylan Stewart, a professional freelance Macintosh consultant and son of writer/director Douglas Day Stewart.
60 Chosen by men magazine Maxim as one of 'Maxim's Most Wanted Women'. [October 1997]
61 Was originally considered for the role of the femme fatale Lola, eventually played by Sean Young, in Fatal Instinct (1993). Fenn opted for the role of 'Armand Assante''s lovesick secretary Laura and suggested director Carl Reiner cast Young as Lola.
62 Joined the executive team of child enrichment program CosmiKids as executive director of the film and television division. [2007]
63 Inspired writer Sherilyn Connelly who took from Fenn the first name she goes under.
64 Described by writer/director Emily Skopov as an "indie goddess".
65 Auditioned for the Robin Wright role in The Princess Bride (1987).
66 Chosen by The Daily Mirror as one of the World's 100 Most Beautiful Women. [October 1996]
67 Chosen by Australian men magazine Zoo weekly as one of the "Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever". [March 2006]
68 Sherilyn is mentioned in the 1995 song "Razor Burn" by the punk band Lagwagon on their 3rd full length album entitled "Hoss".
69 Rumored to be considered for the title role in Roger Vadim's remake of his own film Barbarella (1968). [1993]
70 Was originally cast as the female lead in ABC's show Three Moons Over Milford (2006), but was replaced by Elizabeth McGovern. Fenn starred in the unaired pilot episode that also featured Jill Shackner as Lydia Davis and a guest appearance by Majandra Delfino.
71 Singer and composer Screamin' Jay Hawkins wrote and recorded in 1993 a song entitled "Sherilyn Fenn", featured on his album "Stone Crazy". The song is an ode to Fenn, who worked with Hawkins in Two Moon Junction (1988).
72 Was originally cast as the female lead in ABC's show Prey (1998), but was replaced by Debra Messing. Fenn starred in the unaired pilot episode.
73 Posed for photographer Steven Meisel for the autumn-winter 1991-1992 Dolce & Gabbana campaign.
74 Involved along with George Katt in the 2003 film project "Gin and the Rumble Within". The film was to be directed by George Katt, who guest-starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn in Rude Awakening (1998), and would have starred Fenn and Katt.
75 Her father Leo Fenn was the personal manager of Alice Cooper for 13 years. He also managed "The Billion Dollar Babies" and Suzi Quatro's "The Pleasure Seekers".
76 Grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
77 Became close friends with Jennifer Lynch while working together in Boxing Helena (1993).
78 When asked why she did cast Fenn for two different roles on Gilmore Girls (2000), creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said: "I love Sherilyn so much and I don't care. One thing about the show is I just want the best people. I've just been looking constantly for a time to work with Sherilyn, and I'm getting very old and I could just get hit by a truck at any minute. I just simply can't put it off that long, so I'd just rather get her in and have her part of my world."
79 In 1992 photographer George Hurrell Sr. took a series of photographs of Sherilyn Fenn, Sharon Stone, Julian Sands, Raquel Welch, Eric Roberts and Sean Penn. In these portraits he recreated his style of the 1930s, with the actors posing in costumes, hairstyle and makeup of the period.
80 Played two different characters (with different hair colors) on Gilmore Girls (2000): Sasha, the girlfriend of Jess's estranged father in California, and Anna Nardini, the mother of Luke's teen-aged daughter, April.
81 Chosen by Femme Fatales magazine as one of the 50 sexiest sci-fi actresses. [1996]
82 Chosen by US magazine as one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in the world. [1990]
83 Chosen by Batman fans as a perfect Selina Kyle/Catwoman in a Batman dream cast.
84 Of Mice and Men (1992) co-star John Malkovich is to her one of the best actors.
85 Starred in an episode of Tales from the Crypt (1989) along with Isabella Rossellini, John Lithgow and "Humphrey Bogart". Director Robert Zemeckis used footage of Bogart he included in the episode. Sherilyn plays Bogart's lover. Fenn and Rossellini had already co- starred in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) and both guest-starred in the third season of Friends (1994).
86 One of her favorite roles in a movie is Jessica Lange in Frances (1982).
87 Inspired Norwegian hard rock band 'Audrey Horne', named after Fenn's character in Twin Peaks (1990).
88 During the shooting of Darkness Falls (1999) in the UK, contemplated moving to London, being tired of Hollywood. Co-star Ray Winstone encouraged her to come to England. So did British director Mike Figgis, who said it would be very positive for her to do that, as England is quite different from Hollywood. He told her she has a great body of work and she could work all the time in Europe. [1997]
89 Her acting coach was Roy London who directed the movie Diary of a Hitman (1991), starring Fenn and Forest Whitaker.
90 Shares with friend/former boyfriend Prince a great interest in silent- screen star Clara Bow, whom Fenn wished to portray.
91 Likes cold and rainy weather.
92 Wears Chanel no.5
93 While filming NBC's Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995), Fenn fought daily to keep integrity in the script. Fenn's priority was to respectfully and accurately portray Elizabeth Taylor.
94 There were plans to spin her Twin Peaks (1990) character Audrey Horne off into her own series, that didn't come off. Apparently, Fenn's character inspired David Lynch for Laura Harring's character in Mulholland Dr. (2001), as Fenn said in an interview in 1997, "David was talking about 'Mulholland Drive', he talked about like 'Audrey goes to Hollywood'. She's driving along Mulholland in this convertible car... But it didn't end up happening."
95 Her car accident scene in Wild at Heart (1990) came from director David Lynch's impression of Fenn as a porcelain doll, and from the idea of seeing a porcelain doll breaking. He kept telling her about that, and that's how the scene was born. Lynch said of the scene, "I just pictured her being able to do this. She's like a broken china doll". Lynch got the same inspiration for the car accident scene in Mulholland Dr. (2001). His direction to actress Laura Harring was to act like a broken porcelain doll.
96 Although actress Elizabeth Taylor fought the unauthorized biography Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995), she found that Fenn aptly portrayed her.
97 Made the cover of Playboy magazine in December 1990.
98 Daughter of keyboard player Arlene Quatro who played in the Suzi Quatro band, that Sherilyn's father managed.
99 Her favorite Elizabeth Taylor movies are A Place in the Sun (1951), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and The Sandpiper (1965).
100 Guest-starred opposite her then-fiancé Johnny Depp in the 21 Jump Street (1987) episode, 21 Jump Street: Blindsided (1987).
101 Her grandfather, Art Quatro, was a jazz band musician. His band was the 'Art Quatro Trio'.
102 Is part Italian and Hungarian on her mother's side (her mother's name Quatro is short for Quatrocchio), and part Irish and French on her father's side.
103 Wished to portray silent-screen star Clara Bow.
104 Practices Kundalini yoga.
105 Starred in Adrian Pasdar's debut feature as director Cement (2000) alongside Chris Penn. Fenn and Pasdar had previously co-starred in Slave of Dreams (1995) and Penn and Fenn had previously co-starred in The Wild Life (1984).
106 Made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, along with Mädchen Amick and Lara Flynn Boyle while promoting Twin Peaks (1990). [October 1990]
107 Director David Lynch described Sherilyn as "Five feet of heaven in a ponytail" and said she makes him think of a porcelain doll.
108 Chose her then-boyfriend photographer Barry Hollywood to photograph her in the December 1990 issue of Playboy magazine.
109 Chosen by FHM magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World" (ranked #10). [1995]
110 Daughter of Arlene Quatro and Leo Fenn Sr.
111 Was originally cast as Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn for the WB show Birds of Prey (2002) in its pilot episode, but was replaced for the rest of the season by Mia Sara. Fenn dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
112 Worked for 2 months as a Playboy bunny in LA when she was 19.
113 (December 15, 1993) Her son Myles Holliday with ex-husband Toulouse Holliday, was born in their home in Los Angeles.
114 Sherilyn's name is scrawled across Johnny Depp's helmet in the movie Platoon (1986).
115 Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
116 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]
117 Niece of 1970s pop singer Suzi Quatro and musicians Patti Quatro, Michael Quatro, and Nancy Quatro.
118 Was engaged to Johnny Depp, whom she met on the set of the 1985 short student film "Dummies". Their relationship lasted three and a half years.


1 Arched eyebrows, beauty mark next to her left eye and porcelain skin
2 Classic beauty of the old Hollywood film stars that led her to be compared to such actresses as Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh.


1 Boxing Helena was... not perfect, but I think for the story that we were trying to tell, it turned out pretty good. What it signified was really powerful to me: how society puts us in boxes one way or another.
2 Society, Hollywood, some men... they want to wrap women up in a neat little package.
3 I was disillusioned with acting after the pilot of Twin Peaks. I'd been doing low-budget films. I didn't want to walk through movies being a pretty ornament. At 25 I didn't know if I had it. I questioned if there was depth, if there was integrity to me. I was longing to go inside, to do deeper work.
4 I don't get considered for a lot of those big fat movies. The studios have their list of five actresses and whether they're right or wrong for a role doesn't matter. It's how much money their last movie made, Not that I necessarily want to do them anyway. Because there's very few that are big budget that have any substance or any depth or any integrity.
5 The difference between working with a man and a woman... is immense.
6 I'm contemplating moving to London for a period of time. I've been in Los Angeles for 15 years and I'm really tired of it. I'm continually uninspired by what's being sent to me. Even by huge films that they're doing there. They're just awful.
7 All are one and yet here we appear to be separate and therefore truth has many faces. And they are all relevant.
8 [in "Haircut & Style", 3/91, on her role in Wild at Heart (1990)] David [David Lynch] told me, "I envisioned this broken China doll, all bloody, and ranting and raving, and it was you".
9 [in "The Boston Herald, 8/1/98, on being categorized] People think, "She's not funny. She's a sex kitten". And they don't sit with you in a room. I spent a lot of time being sort of angry and bitter about that, and now I feel it's people's loss. It's sad. You'd think in a business with so much creativity, people would go beyond what they've heard or what they think they know about somebody, and meet with them. But if they don't, it's not meant to be, in a way. The doors that are open are the doors we walk through.
10 [in "Democrat & Chronicle", 10/29/92, on Kyle MacLachlan's decision to end the Audrey/Cooper romance in Twin Peaks (1990)] Kyle didn't want it to continue. He thought Audrey was too young for Dale; and then they brought in an even younger girl! I think Kyle blew it, because Dale and Audrey were so great together. When I complained, David Lynch asked me if I was falling in love with Kyle. I said, "No! Of course not! But Audrey's in love with Dale Cooper!"
11 [interviw in "The Boston Herald", 4/25/93] I see people giving me looks because I'm so opinionated. That hurts my feelings, but at the end of the day I have to live with me and respect myself. And I've done enough things in my life where I was confused and didn't respect myself that I will not do it any more.
12 People who think they know me would be surprised that my whole life doesn't revolve around sex. [The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 1995]
13 [in "Exposure" magazine, 9/90] I try to keep myself centered. I don't go to parties and all that. I don't think being seen or being in the right place is going to make me a better actress. I care about my work and try to do what's right in my heart.
14 [in "Detour" magazine, 5/95] I don't know why people see the things that they do. I wouldn't pay to see them, they don't touch me or move me in any way.
15 [in "Sky" magazine, 7/92] The world has certain rules - Hollywood has certain rules - but it doesn't mean you have to play by them, and I don't, or I'd be a miserable person.
16 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on Twin Peaks (1990)] I think it's just basically that on the surface things seem all one way, this nice little small town. But underneath there's a lot of dirt and a lot of sadness and deprivation. Two girls in plaid skirts and sweaters, smoking cigarettes and talking about murder in the girl's bathroom! That's my kind of movie; I loved it!
17 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on starring in Darkness Falls (1999)] I loved the script when I read it; it's a wonderful character piece. I saw [Ray Winstone's] work, like Nil by Mouth (1997), and I saw [Tim Dutton's] work, and I just was really excited to be a part of it.
18 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on Boxing Helena (1993)] I liked "Boxing Helena". I think it was an almost impossible story to tell. Although it has some flaws, I think it's neat. I think it's a really neat story; it's a beautiful story.
19 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on guest-starring in Friends (1994)] Matthew Perry was darling and very funny. All my scenes were with Matthew, basically, so it was fun. I like the show. I was happy to be a part of it.
20 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] I think there's an anxiety in life when we automatically tend to look to the next thing or we're complaining about the past; like somebody recently said to me, d"Well, is your show [Rude Awakening (1998)] going to get picked up? Aren't you concerned about that?" I said, "I don't care. I don't want to worry about that because worrying is not going to make it happen or not happen". I want to trust that if it does, then that's what's supposed to happen and if it doesn't get picked up, then that's okay, too. It's just a more peaceful way to live. Right now, in my life, I'm really striving for peace and more of a calm outlook.
21 [on her movie debut] I remember blowing my first scene. I said 'Cut!' I didn't know the director was supposed to say that.
22 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97] My grandpa [jazz musician Art Quatro] would always ask, "What instrument do you hear when you listen to music?" I'm like, "All of it!" He's like, "Well, then you're a singer!" And I love to dance. But I don't like being up in front of tons of people. I didn't have that in me to do it, the desire to be performing in front of a lot of people. If there's a lot of people on a set, I get nervous. So music just wasn't something I ever seriously considered.
23 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] I wanted to be a marine biologist, then I wanted to be a stewardess. Then I met this lady that was really neat, and she cut my hair once; so then I wanted to cut hair! But by far my biggest dream when I was young was to have the perfect home and the picket fence, and babies crawling around, and I'd be cooking food in the kitchen.
24 [on her Playboy bunny experience] I worked there for two months when I was 19. I needed rent money and they were paying more to stand at the gift shop than I'd have got working at a clothing store. And I thought the costumes were cute.
25 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on playing Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men (1992)] I'd never read the book in school or anything. So when I read the screenplay I just cried my eyes out. I couldn't believe - it was just a beautiful story. When I met with Gary Sinise, he just said, "You know, she's always played - and she was written - as this horrible vamp". And he didn't want her to be that way. He said, "I see her as a sad angel, and lonely". She just wants attention, she wants to be loved, she wants people to talk to her: "What's the matter with you? Why can't you talk to me?" So I was glad that he wanted to do that. He actually added a scene that was never written where she's crying because Curley broke all her records. The only thing she has in life is her little records. So that was a wonderful experience for me, making something like that.
26 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99. on playing Billie Frank in Rude Awakening (1998)] I liked the hardcore truth of "Rude Awakening". But when I first read it, I was scared of it. Part of me was, like, "It's so unattractive! Does she have to vomit on herself? Does she then have to fall in it? God, what's going on here?!" But I liked that it didn't glamorize alcohol. And what's admirable about Billie is that she's a straight shooter. She doesn't have a lot of pretense. It's like, "Take me as I am. You like me, fine! You don't, I don't give a damn!" There's something quite empowering about somebody who doesn't care what other people think. Billie is learning about herself. She's recognized that she has a problem with drugs and alcohol, and she's trying to straighten it out.
27 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on the differences between working with David Lynch and Jennifer Lynch] Man, woman. Night, day. It's a really huge difference. It's completely different to work with a woman that is my age, maybe younger. David's encouraged her, through his example of exploring dark places within oneself, but she's less abstract. I was blown away by the script of Boxing Helena (1993). I had heard all the stories and I didn't want to read it. Then my agent said, "It's a dream. Just read it. It's pretty interesting". I was shocked that a 19-year-old girl had that perspective on relationships, that understanding. Then I met with her and we just clicked. Because we didn't really meet - just one or twice, very briefly - on the set of Twin Peaks (1990).
28 [in "Sky" magazine, 6/92, on playing Candy Cane in Ruby (1992)] I always thought it would be fun to play [Marilyn Monroe]. But who could play her, you know? You can't do it right out, you can't do her story without letting yourself in for all kinds of criticism. Candy Cane is like a lot of women were in the '60s when Monroe was a star and a role model. She comes from a small town, she's in a bad relationship, but she's fighting to get out of it, to change, and she enters this fantasy land. She has the bleached blond hair like many women had at that time and she thinks it would be fun to be like Monroe. So she follows the fantasy in her own small way and she finds out, guess what, that glamorous life stinks! She sets herself up to be abused and destroyed like Monroe was.
29 [in "The Face", 12/90, on playing Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks (1990)] I think David Lynch really adored the Fifties - the simplicity, the conservative attitude - and I think the show, though it has a timeless feeling, is kind of Fifties also. The saddle shoes are part of that - Audrey knows she can be daddy's little girl in her saddle shoes, and she puts on her red pumps, smokes cigarettes and sashays down the hall. Maybe it's not her personality so much as the need not to be daddy's little girl.
30 [in "The Face", 12/90, on posing for "Playboy" magazine] Everyone was a little concerned when I announced I was going to do it. But the people who've seen the pictures have said, "That's it?!", as if they were expecting something horrible. It's an actor pictorial; people who want to see girls spreading their legs and doing kind of crude things are gonna go to the centerfold, they're not gonna look at an actor's pictorial. Well, they can look but they're not gonna get what they want. The pictures are really beautiful, but they just make people look at you in a certain way.
31 [interview in "Playboy", 12/90, about playing Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks (1990)] Audrey's been great for me. She has brought out a side of me that's more mischievous and fun that I had suppressed, trying to be an adult. She has made it okay to use the power one has as a woman to be manipulative, to be precocious. She goes after what she wants vehemently and she takes it. I think that's really admirable. I love that about her.
32 I got into acting by a complete fluke. I was 17 and it was like, "I don't wanna go to high school, what will I do? I don't know. Let's see . . . I'll act!" So I was doing films before I had even taken an acting class.
33 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] I was told once that I didn't play the Hollywood game, and that's why I wasn't a big star. What they meant when they said that was that I don't go to parties, and when I go to an audition and I don't like the script, they know it. I don't flirt and I don't play the people that I'm meeting with. In the next breath, this person said to me, "When you're passionate about a role, there's nobody that can touch you, but you have to learn to do this also . . . " But I don't know how to sit there and pretend I love something when I don't!
34 [on silent-era star Clara Bow] Clara Bow's an interesting actress because back then she was real honest. She was this Brooklyn girl who didn't have a whole lot of class, she'd come right out and say what she wanted. And she ended up leaving Hollywood when she was 26 because all of that had transpired. She was fun, she was just who she was and she got badly criticized for that. When she arrived out here she was like the Madonna of the Twenties: people started dressing like her and doing their hair like her and the whole bit. But then the studios did what they do even now, they started making formula movies - the It (1927) girl pictures
  • and never allowed her to do anything else.
35 [[interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on director David Lynch] I'm sure you've heard that description, "Jimmy Stewart from Mars". Yes. Because a part of him is really so sweet and pure and innocent. He'd tell me my take was "Jim-dandy", or "Doggone it, Sherilyn, that was cool". His direction is abstract. He doesn't ever say "Go do this" or "Go do that". He'll just tell you some weird story, or when I did Wild at Heart (1990) David's direction was, "Only think of this: bobby pins, lipstick, wallet, comb, that's it". He's very creative and unafraid of taking chances. We'd sit down and, "Oh, I don't like this scene". In Twin Peaks (1990) he rewrote this entire scene and had me dance in the middle of the room for like three minutes. "Just groove, honey. Just keeeep moving". I was like, "Oh, okay. I feel like an idiot. What am I doing? Okay". Then you see it and with the music, he's set this whole world up, this whole mood. I really respect him, he's wonderful.
36 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] My acting has always been about doing things that I can grow from, that say something, or should be heard.
37 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] When I was a kid I saw Kansas City Bomber (1972), and I remembered thinking how beautiful and how strong Raquel Welch's character was. So I went home and dressed up my Barbie like her character. I borrowed one of my brother's little toy plastic football helmets and I made Barbie a "Kansas City Bomber" outfit.
38 [interviewed by M.J. Simpson, 10/1/97, on portraying Elizabeth Taylor in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995)] I fought to keep the integrity of the story because the producer was bringing in a writer that was making it very soapy. They wanted many scenes of her when she was very overweight. I said, "I'm not doing that. I'll do one. That's not this woman's life". For me it was just, I didn't want to make an impression. I just tried to play the truth of the woman. Not the legend, not the stories that we hear about her. Because even when she was a child, you were seeing a version of her that was manipulated by the studios, so you didn't really see her. I thought the closest she ever came to revealing herself was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and she lost herself in that role. It was cathartic for her to do that in a lot of ways, to let herself be that wild.
39 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] I'm honest. I say what I feel. I try to be tactful, but I can't not say what I feel. I have a really big problem with that.
40 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99] I've never wanted to do the same thing twice. If a script doesn't surprise me in some way, I simply can't commit to the project.
41 [in "Orange Coast", 1/99, on the subtext that attracted her to the role of Helena in Boxing Helena (1993)] Women do feel like they're in a box. Society, Hollywood, some men . . . they want to wrap women up in a neat little package.


All Sherilyn Fenn pictures

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Twin Peaks (1990)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Twin Peaks (1990)



Wish Upon 2017 completed
Something About Her post-production Charlene
Confess 2017 TV Series Lydia
Fatal Defense 2017
Criminal Minds 2016 TV Series Gloria Barker
The Secrets of Emily Blair 2016 Linda Regan
Major Crimes 2016 TV Series Marsha Walker
Shameless 2016 TV Series Queenie
Casa Vita 2016 TV Movie Marlene Lindstrom
Unnatural 2015 Dr. Hanna Lindval
Ray Donovan 2014 TV Series Donna Cochran
The Brittany Murphy Story 2014 Sharon Murphy
Rescuing Madison 2014 TV Movie Bess Kelly
Project: Phoenix 2012-2014 TV Series short Elena Hyland
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 TV Series Madame Suzanne
Magic City 2013 TV Series Madame Renee
Bump 2013/II Short Mother
Raze 2013 Elizabeth
Bigfoot 2012 TV Movie Sheriff Becky Alvarez
Psych 2010 TV Series Maudette Hornsby
The Scenesters 2009 A.D.A. Barbara Dietrichson
In Plain Sight 2009 TV Series Helen Trask / Helen Traylen
House M.D. 2008 TV Series Mrs. Soellner
Fist of the Warrior 2007 Katie Barnes
Treasure Raiders 2007 Lena
Smith 2007 TV Series Debbie Turkenson
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning 2007 TV Movie Lulu Hogg
Gilmore Girls 2003-2007 TV Series Anna Nardini / Sasha
Novel Romance 2006 Liza Normane Stewart
Presumed Dead 2006 TV Movie Det. Mary Anne 'Coop' Cooper
CSI: Miami 2006 TV Series Gwen Creighton
Three Moons Over Milford 2006 TV Series Janet Davis
Whitepaddy 2006 Karen Greenly
Deadly Isolation 2005 TV Movie Susan Mandaway
Officer Down 2005 TV Movie Detective Kathryn Shaunessy
The 4400 2005 TV Series Jean DeLynn Baker
Judging Amy 2005 TV Series Heather Reid
Mr. Ed 2004 TV Movie Carlotta Pope
Pop Rocks 2004 TV Movie Allison Harden
Boston Public 2003-2004 TV Series Violet Montgomery
Cavedweller 2004 M.T.
Century City 2004 TV Series Bree Clemens
NCIS 2004 TV Series Jane Doe / Suzanne McNeil
Dream Warrior 2003 Sterling
Nightwaves 2003 TV Movie Shelby Naylor
The United States of Leland 2003 Mrs. Calderon
Scent of Danger 2002 TV Movie Brenna Shaw
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 TV Series Gloria Stanfield
Birds of Prey 2002 TV Series Dr. Harleen Quinzel Harley Quinn
Dawson's Creek 2002 TV Series Alex Pearl
Watching Ellie 2002 TV Series Vanessa
Swindle 2002 Sophie Zenn
Off Season 2001 TV Movie Patty Winslow
Night Visions 2001 TV Series Charlotte (segment "Used Car")
The Outer Limits 2001 TV Series Nora Griffiths / Nora's Clone
Rude Awakening 1998-2001 TV Series Billie Frank
Blind Men 2001 TV Movie
Cement 2000 Lyndel
Darkness Falls 1999 Sally Driscoll
Love American Style 1999 TV Movie Nancy (segment "Love And The Jealous Lover")
Outside Ozona 1998 Marcy Duggan Rice
Cupid 1998 TV Series Helen Davis
Nightmare Street 1998 TV Movie Joanna Burke / Sarah Randolph
Prey 1998 TV Series Dr. Sloan Larkin
The Shadow Men 1997 Dez Wilson
The Don's Analyst 1997 TV Movie Isabella Leoni
Lovelife 1997 Molly
Just Write 1997 Amanda Clark
Friends 1997 TV Series Ginger
The Assassination File 1996 TV Movie Lauren Jacobs
A Season in Purgatory 1996 TV Movie Kit Bradley
Slave of Dreams 1995 TV Movie Zulaikha
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story 1995 TV Movie Elizabeth Taylor
Tales from the Crypt 1995 TV Series Erika
Spring Awakening 1994 TV Movie Margie
Fatal Instinct 1993 Laura Lincolnberry
Three of Hearts 1993 Ellen Armstrong
Boxing Helena 1993 Helena
Of Mice and Men 1992 Curley's Wife
Ruby 1992 Sheryl Ann DuJean Candy Cane
Diary of a Hitman 1991 Jain
Twin Peaks 1990-1991 TV Series Audrey Horne
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel 1991 Bridey
Dillinger 1991 TV Movie Billie Frechette
Books: Feed Your Head 1991 TV Mini-Series short Woman reading 'Delta of Venus'
Backstreet Dreams 1990 Lucy
Wild at Heart 1990 Girl in Accident
Meridian 1990 Video Catherine
True Blood 1989 Jennifer Scott
Crime Zone 1989 Helen
TV 101 1989 TV Series Robin Zimmer
ABC Afterschool Specials 1988 TV Series Beth
Divided We Stand 1988 TV Movie Lorraine
Two Moon Junction 1988 April Delongpre
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's 1987 TV Movie Betty
Zombie High 1987 Suzi
21 Jump Street 1987 TV Series Diane Nelson
Heart of the City 1986 TV Series Lisa
The Wraith 1986 Keri Johnson
Thrashin' 1986 Velvet
Cheers 1985 TV Series Gabrielle
Out of Control 1985 Katie
Just One of the Guys 1985 Sandy
Dummies 1985 Short
Silence of the Heart 1984 TV Movie Monica
The Wild Life 1984 Penny Harlin


Off Season 2001 TV Movie performer: "It's Always You", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" uncredited
Rude Awakening 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Season in Purgatory 1996 TV Movie writer: "Little pony"
Ruby 1992 performer: "BLUES IN THE NIGHT", "IT HAD TO BE YOU"


Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks 2007 Video documentary special thanks
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt 1995 Documentary short special thanks


Mornings 2017 TV Series Herself
EW Reunites 2017 TV Series documentary Herself - Audrey Horne
KTLA Morning News 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2014 TV Series Herself - The Brittany Murphy Story / Herself / Audrey Horne / ...
Gylne tider 2010 TV Series documentary Herself / Audrey Horne
Whatever Happened To? 2009 TV Series Herself
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks 2007 Video documentary Herself - 'Audrey Horne'
Special Thanks to Roy London 2005 Documentary Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999-2000 TV Series Herself - Guest / Billie Frank
The Martin Short Show 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
Politically Incorrect 2000 TV Series Herself
The List 1999 TV Series Herself
Exclusive 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Herself - Guest
Legends in Light: The Photography of George Hurrell 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Interviewee
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt 1995 Documentary short Herself
Our Hollywood Education 1992 Documentary Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Tv
The Word 1991 TV Series Herself
Books: Feed Your Head 1991 TV Mini-Series short Herself
1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter

Archive Footage

No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series Helena
I Love the 1990s 2001 TV Series documentary Audrey Horne
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Helena
Twin Peaks/Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 TV Movie documentary Audrey Horne
21 Jump Street 1990 TV Series Diane Nelson

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