Jennifer Tilly

by Lil Vacha on October 14, 2009

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Birth Name: Jennifer Ellen Chan

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 16, 1958

*Chinese (father)
*Finnish, Irish (mother)

Jennifer Tilly is an American/Canadian actress and poker player. She is the sister of actress Meg Tilly. Her father, Harry Chan, a car salesman, was of Chinese descent. Her mother, Patricia Ann Tilly, a Canadian teacher and actress, had Irish, Finnish, and possibly First Nations, ancestry. Her birth surname was Chan, but after her parents’ divorce, her name was changed to her mother’s maiden name, Tilly. Jennifer was raised mostly in British Columbia, Canada.

Jennifer’s sister Meg has said:

My mother was Irish/Finnish. Unfortunately, we were not raised to respect our Chinese history and tradition. My mother and father divorced in 1963, when I was three. My mother was quite bitter… We were told that we must never tell anyone that we were half Chinese, because if people knew they wouldn’t let their children play with us… for many years, I had my mother’s warnings echoing in my ears. I didn’t tell anyone. I was grown, but still, I was scared. Thought it would limit me, the roles I would be offered. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I started to tell the people closest to me. When they didn’t run in horror, I got braver and spoke of it more. What a relief it was to finally acknowledge all of me.

Source: The Independent –

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Pegzi November 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Seriously someone delete my fucking account. I’m sick of this site.

madman September 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

Daughter of Patricia Ann Tilly, a teacher and former actress, and Harry Chan, a car salesman. Her mother is Canadian.

Is there a source for her mother’s ancestry?

follers September 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Yes. The Independent was already cited, too.

madman September 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

That article didn’t mention Irish and Finnish.

madman November 3, 2017 at 3:12 am
Pegzi June 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

is her native ancestry documented/varified?

Pegzi May 17, 2017 at 2:19 am

She’s beautiful

phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

Doesn’t look Asian at all?

cwm85 August 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

You definitely blind, she looks really Eurasian

neiltennant November 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

i would agree with phaedra

she could easily pass for other ethnicities

Sigourney Weaver for example looks similar but has no asian

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