American film, television, and stage actor Lily Rabe is best known for her performance as ‘Portia’ in the ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ production of ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ She is a member of a prominent family in the entertainment industry. She made her big-screen debut in the film ‘Never Again,’ alongside her mother, Jill Clayburgh. Lily made her ‘Broadway’ début in ‘Steel Magnolias’ by Robert Harling and was nominated for a ‘Drama Desk Award.’ Later, she debuted on the Los Angeles stage in ‘Miss Julie.’ Her father, David Rabe, wrote the screenplay for the film, ‘We’re Just Married,’ which she produced. She had a part in it as well. She is one of the three performers who have appeared in the first six seasons of the anthology series ‘American Horror Story.’ She was nominated for a ‘Critics’ Choice Television Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her portrayal in the second season of the series. She received the ‘Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress’ at the ‘SXSW Film Festival Awards for her performance in the film ‘Miss Stevens.’ Long-term relationship with actor HamEtwa Linklater. In 2017, she gave birth to her daughter. Hamish and Lily have not yet tied the knot, however.
Youth and Early Life
Lily was born in New York City, New York, United States, on June 29, 1982, to playwright David Rabe and actor Jill Clayburgh. Michael, her younger sibling, became an actor and playwright as an adult. She also has a musician half-brother from her father’s side. She is a member of a household of mixed European descent. When she was in the seventh grade, her family relocated to Lakeville, Connecticut from Bedford. She attended the ‘Hotchkiss School’ and received dance training.
She took ballet classes as part of a summer arts program and was given the opportunity to perform a monologue from the play “Crimes of the Heart,” which inspired her to pursue a career in acting. Later, she enrolled in acting classes at ‘Northwestern University,’ from which she graduated in 2004. In 2001, she appeared in the film ‘Never Again’ alongside her mother. The following year, she shared the stage with her mother at the ‘Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts. As a youth, her other interest was fiction writing, for which she attended numerous seminars with authors.
A profession Of Lily
She moved to New York after graduation and initially focused on theater. She appeared in the play ‘White Jesus’ by the ‘Naked Angels Theater Company’ and participated in a workshop production of ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ by the ‘Roundabout Theatre Company.’ She was nominated for a “Drama Desk Award” for her portrayal in the 2005 revival of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” on Broadway. Jeremy McCarter of ‘New York Magazine’ cited her as one of the most notable breakthroughs of 2005. In the same year, she made her television debut in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
In 2006, she appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.” The following year, she appeared in the play ‘Crimes of the Heart’ at the ‘Williamstown Theatre Festival’ and in the romantic comedy film ‘No Reservations.’ During the following two years, she appeared in films like ‘What Just Happened’ and ‘The Toe Tactic.’ She also appeared on the television programs Medium and Last of the Ninth. In 2009, her performance as ‘Lili Adler’ in the ‘Broadway’ premiere of Richard Greenberg’s play ‘The American Plan’ garnered favorable reviews.
The following year was a turning point for her, as she appeared in Daniel J. Sullivan’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Merchant of Venice.” She also appeared in the 2010 film ‘All That Is Good’. In ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ she had the chance to act opposite Al Pacino. The performance was moved to the ‘Broadhurst Theater,’ where it ran until 2011. Due to her performance in the play, she was nominated for the Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Play.” Later that year, she landed the role of ‘Nora Montgomery’ on the horror television series ‘American Horror Story.’ This is her first consistent role.
She was nominated for a ‘Critics’ Choice Television Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries’ for her performance in the second season of ‘American Horror Story.’ In 2011–2012, she also appeared in the Broadway play Seminar at the Golden Theatre. She made her Los Angeles stage debut in 2013 with the play ‘Miss Julie.’ The film ‘We’re Just Married,’ written by her father and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, was produced by her. She also played a role in the film. She appeared in the 2014 ‘Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and the biopic ‘Pawn Sacrifice.’ Other recent television endeavors of hers include the series ‘Legion’ and ‘Tell Me Your Secrets.’
Major Opera Of Lily
The plays ‘Steel Magnolias’ (2005), ‘Crimes of the Heart’ (2008), ‘The American Plan’ (2009), ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (2010–2011), ‘As You Like It’ (2012), ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (2014), and ‘Cymbeline’ (2015) were her most notable stage appearances. ‘Never Again’ (2001), ‘No Reservations’ (2007), ‘All Good Things’ (2010), ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (2014), ‘The Veil’ (2016), ‘Golden Exits’ (2017), and ‘Finding Steve McQueen’ (2018) are among her most notable films.
Lily has appeared in a number of television series, including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2005), “Medium” (2008), “Saving Grace” (2010), “The Good Wife” (2011–2015), “American Horror Story: Asylum” (2012–2013), “The Whispers” (2015), “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (2016), and “Tell Me Your Secrets” (2018).
Honors & Accomplishments
In 2016, she received the ‘Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress’ at the ‘SXSW Film Festival Awards for her performance in the film ‘Miss Stevens.’
Personal Facts About Lily
In 2008, she was injured onstage during a rehearsal for an Off-Broadway production by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre. A week after suffering a fractured rib, she resumed her performance.
Since May 2014, Lily has been in a committed relationship with actor Hamish Linklater. In March of 2017, she delivered her daughter. They have not yet married officially.
Estimated Net Worth
American actress Lily Rabe has a net worth of $2 million. 1982 saw the birth of Lily Rabe in New York City, New York. She was an avid dancer and even began teaching ballet during the summer before she was invited to deliver a monologue on-stage. Rabe discovered her passion for acting during this time, and she enrolled at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburbs to pursue it.
She is one of the three actors who have appeared in all six previous seasons of ‘American Horror Story.’