Biography of Liv Rundgren Tyler
Liv Rundgren Tyler (born July 1, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is
the daughter of Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, and Bebe Buell, model and
singer. Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14, but after less than
a year she decided to focus on acting. She made her film debut in the 1994 film
Silent Fall. She then appeared in supporting roles in Empire Records (1995), Heavy
(1996), and That Thing You Do! (1996). Tyler later achieved critical recognition
in the leading role Stealing Beauty (1996). She followed this by starring in supporting
roles including Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Cookie's Fortune (1999).
Tyler achieved international recognition as a result of her portrayal of Elf
maiden Arwen Undómiel in the The Lord of the Rings films. She has appeared
in an eclectic range of films, including the 2004 comedy Jersey Girl, the indie
film Lonesome Jim (2005), the drama Reign Over Me (2007) and big-budget studio
films such as Armageddon (1998), The Strangers (2008) and The Incredible Hulk
Since 2003, Tyler has served as a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill
Ambassador for the United States, and as a spokesperson for Givenchy's line
of perfume and cosmetics. Tyler married musician Royston Langdon of the band
Spacehog in 2003; they have one son, Milo, born December 14, 2004. The couple
announced their separation in May 2008.
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 (Miss November 1974), and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.
Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann after seeing Ullmann
on the cover of the March 5, 1977, issue of TV Guide. She has three half-siblings:
Mia Tyler (born 1978), Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born 1989), and Taj Monroe Tallarico
(born 1992). Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, founded the Protocol
School of Washington.
At birth, Buell claimed that rock star Todd Rundgren was Tyler's biological
father. Tyler discovered her true parentage at age nine. She discovered that
she was Steven Tyler's daughter after meeting him and noticing a resemblance
she shared with his other daughter, Mia. When she asked her mother about the
similarity, the secret was revealed. The truth about Tyler's paternity did not
become public until five years later, in 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 was too heavily addicted to drugs at
the time of her birth. Since learning the truth about her paternity, Tyler and
Steven have developed a close relationship. They have also worked together professionally,
once when she appeared in Aerosmith's music video for "Crazy" in 1993
and again when Aerosmith performed many of the songs in the film Armageddon
(1998), in which Tyler starred.
Full name: Liv Rundgren Tyler
Born: July 1, 1977
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA