Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress.
Her first major role was the Replicant Pris Stratton in Blade Runner before being catapulted to stardom from her role as Madison in Splash. She was a popular leading lady through the rest of the 1980s and the early 1990s, having major roles in Legal Eagles, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias, Grumpy Old Men and the 1993 remake of Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.
A 1992 incident in which she was found badly beaten, allegedly at the hands of then-boyfriend Jackson Browne, became a media circus in the tabloids, and her career went into a slump afterwards, though not nearly to the same extent that it hurt Browne's. She experienced a resurgence in the early 2000s, culminating in her appearance as Elle Driver in the Quentin Tarantino classic Kill Bill.
She retired from Hollywood shortly afterwards to devote her time to environmentalist activism, though she still acts occasionally, such as in the Netflix series Sense8. She made her directorial debut in 2018 with the surrealist Western film Paradox, which stars her husband Neil Young.
Outside of acting, Hannah is a prominent activist for environmentalist causes. She has appeared in many high profile protests against construction projects (most notably the controversial Keystone XL pipeline), which has led to her being arrested and jailed multiple times.
In 2013, Hannah revealed that she is autistic. She stated that she was diagnosed as a child and did her best to hide the condition during her career, and that it was the reason for her well-known reluctance to appear on talk shows and do promotional appearances for her films, conscious of her social awkwardness. The announcement made a splash, as the autistic community has long decried how autistic girls are consistently overlooked to the point that the condition is believed to primarily affect boys, expressing hope that Hannah's revelation could help change that. Like many autistics, she prefers to live close to the earth, "off the grid" as much as possible, and cherishes her rescued animal companions.
She later came forward as a victim of Harvey Weinstein in 2017, revealing that he sexually harassed her repeatedly during the production of Kill Bill. She later claimed that Weinstein tanked her career in retaliation for refusing his advances and implied that he played a part in her decision to retire.
Filmography with pages on TV Tropes:
- The Fury (1978) as Pam - Daryl’s film debut
- Blade Runner (1982) as Pris Stratton
- The Final Terror (1983) as Windy Morgan
- Splash (1984) as Madison - Daryl’s Star-Making Role
- The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986) as Ayla
- Roxanne (1987) as Roxanne Kowalski
- Wall Street (1987) as Darien Taylor
- High Spirits (1988) as Mary Plunkett Brogan
- Steel Magnolias (1989) as Annelle Dupuy Desoto
- Crazy People (1990) as Kathy Burgess
- At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) as Andy Huben
- Memoirs of an Invisible Man (The Film of the Book, 1992) as Alice Monroe
- Grumpy Old Men (1993) Melanie Gustafson
- Grumpier Old Men (1995)
- Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (remake made for cable, 1993) as Nancy Archer
- The Real Blonde (1997) as Kelly
- ‘’Addams Family Reunion’’ (1998) as Morticia Addams (replacing Anjelica Huston)
- Rescuers: Stories of Courage (1998) as Maria Althoff
- My Favorite Martian (1999) as Lizzie
- A Walk to Remember (2002) as Cynthia Carter
- Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004) as Elle Driver
- Skin Traffik (2015) as Zhanna
- Sense8 (2015-2018) as Angelica Turing
I Trope, Therefore I Am:
- Actor IS the Title Character: Roxanne.
- The Cast Showoff: The gymnastic moves Pris performs throughout Blade Runner were not in the original script, which only implied that Pris had advanced gymnastic abilities as part of her physical enhancements. Hannah's skills as a trained gymnast and ballerina made Ridley Scott add them in, as he now had an actress who was capable of performing them.
- The mermaid tail Daryl Hannah wore in Splash was fully functional. The showoff part is that, ironically enough, Hannah had learned to swim mermaid style (legs together) since childhood due to her fascination with the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. As a result, she swam so fast with the tail that the safety divers couldn't keep up.
- Cool Car: She owns the Pontiac Trans Am that Elle drove in Kill Bill, which has since been converted into an electric car.
- The Danza: "Daryl" in Garbage
- Dark Action Girl: As Pris in Blade Runner and as Elle Driver in Kill Bill
- Family-Friendly Stripper: In Dancing at the Blue Iguana.
- Granola Girl: A very prominent Real Life example, she's as equally well known for being an environmental activist as she is for her acting career.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As Madison in Splash, Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bear, Roxanne Kowalski in Roxanne.
- Lifetime Movie of the Week: Social Nightmare
- Magical Girlfriend: Madison the mermaid in Splash and the ghost Mary in High Spirits.
- Ms. Fanservice: To almost Once per Episode levels. Many of her films involve nudity of some kind. She has claimed that the first thing directors have said to her when she arrived on the set was, "Oh, and about the nude scene."
- She posed nude for Playboy to promote Kill Bill.
- Romantic Comedy: Splash, Roxanne, Summer Lovers, Two Much.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The cover of the March 1998 issue of Gear Magazine is her pointing a gun at the camera.
- Statuesque Stunner:
- Her physique helped her secure the role of Pris in Blade Runner. Out of all the actresses who auditioned for the role, Ridley Scott felt that Hannah could most believably be able to physically overpower Harrison Ford given her unusually tall frame and athletic build. Watching her linger around and hover over the significantly shorter William Sanderson in character as Pris is Nightmare Fuel.
- Despite the film's tepid reception, Hannah's height and build made her a pretty good choice for Ayla in The Clan of the Cave, as in the books she's described as being an athletic, unusually tall and beautiful woman (as an adult Ayla stands nearly six feet tall and even as a adolescent she towers over everyone in the Clan, as Neanderthals are much shorter than Cro-Magnon).
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: This is the Feminist message of her remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman:"You're better than they are. You're smarter than they are. And you know more than you think. We all do."