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The step-niece of distinguished cinematographer Haskell Wexler, this attractive blonde came to the fore with her enjoyable performance as a mermaid in Ron Howard's comedy hit, "Splash" (1984). Hannah's striking features have been the cornerstone of her career--she was perfectly cast in a supporting role as a beautiful android in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982)--though she has latterly proved herself capable of less glamorous roles, as in "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (1991). "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986), however, was one such experiment which failed all around. Many of Hannah's more recent films, though, while trying to capitalize on her penchant for whimsy, have offered her little but standard leading lady duties ("Crazy People" 1990, "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" 1992).
Hannah branched out in 1994 when she directed, produced, and wrote a 12-minute short, entitled "The Last Supper," which won the Jury Award from the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Short. She also continued with her acting career, starring in the drama "The Ties That Bind" with Keith Carradine in 1995 and the comedy "Too Much" with Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in 1996. Throughout the entire first half of the 1990's, Hannah was mostly in the spotlight for being John F. Kennedy's longtime girlfriend (they dated from 1989 to 1994). She emerged from his shadow as a classic sort of actress but was still largely associated with her her "Splash" role.
Hannah took a variety of low-profile roles for the rest of the decade and appeared on stage in 2000 in the London production of "The Seven Year Itch." She received mixed reviews but continued to work steadily in film for the next several years. Hannah remained an enigmatic actress, at times showing comic genius and serious dramatic ability while still managing to get stuck in dead-end roles, such as playing Mandy Moore's mother in the teen weeper film "A Walk to Remember" (2002). As she aged, Hannah displayed an increasing comfort zone with her still-perfect body, baring much of it as a troubled exotic dancer Angel in "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2002), a film with gritty and serious overtones that still never quite shines beyond its high nudity factor (the actress reportedly also performed live in various Los Angeles-area stip clubs in preparation for the role). Nevertheless, she delivered a strong turn in the Polish brother's entrancing "Northfork" (2003) as the regal, empathetic hermaphrodite Flower Hercules, one of four apparent angels who visit the dreams of the son of a religious zealot who stayes behind in a '50s era Montana town about to be obliterated by a new dam; she was also compelling in writer-director John Sayles' "Casa de Los Babys" (2003) as the athletic, ever-running masseuse Skipper, one of several American woman living temporarily in Mexico while waiting to adopt babies, who is haunted by her three miscarriages.
Following a highly touted nude spread in Playboy magazine at age 43, Hannah appeared in her most high profile role in ages, playing the iconic one-eyed assassin Elle Driver, one of the many killers The Bride (Uma Thurman) hopes to delvier evngeance upon in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's explotation film tribute "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003).
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Made film debut in Brian De Palma's "The Fury"
Moved to Los Angeles, CA at age 19
Played first major role on television in the TV-movie "Paper Dolls" (ABC)
Cast as punk android Pris in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Blade Runner"
Notable career landmark, playing the mermaid heroine in "Splash"
Portrayed the leading cave woman in the film "Clan of the Cave Bear"
Formed her own production company Girlie Pictures
Played title role opposite Steve Martin in "Roxanne,"; a modern update of <i>Cyrano de Bergerac</i>
Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"
Played supporting role in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
Played a wallflower Southerner in ensemble drama "Steel Magnolias"
Acted alongside Aidan Quinn, Tom Berenger, and Kathy Bates in "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"
Starred opposite Chevy Chase in "Memoirs of an Invisible Man"
Cast as Jack Lemmon's daughter in the feature comedy "Grumpy Old Men"
Wrote, produced, and directed short film "The Last Supper"
Played title part in the HBO original "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman"; also co-produced
Offered a change of pace turn as an on-the-run outlaw alongside Keith Carradine in "The Tie That Binds"
Reprised role in the sequel "Grumpier Old Men"
Cast as Melanie Griffith's sister in the comedy "Two Much"
Featured in the CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'"
Took supporting role in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"
Played the Grace Kelly role in the small screen reamke of "Rear Window" (ABC)
Cast ib female lead in the feature film "My Favorite Martian"
Portrayed a stripper in "Dancing at the Blue Iguana"; screened at Toronto Film Festival; released in USA in 2001
Made London stage debut in revival of "The Seven Year Itch"
Played small role as the unhappy wife of an aspiring country singer in "Jackpot"
Played Mandy Moore's mother in teen romance film "A Walk to Remember"
Cast in the feature "Northfolk"
Played assassin Elle Driver opposite Uma Thurman and David Carradine in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill"; film released in two parts, "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol.2" (2004)
Starred in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City"
Cast as Garry Marshall's spacey younger girlfriend in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"
Reunited with Carradine in "Kung Fu Killer" (Spike TV)
Co-starred with "Kill Bill" co-star Michael Madsen in crime drama "Vice"
Appeared in family drama "Shannon's Rainbow"
Appeared in romantic comedy "Lovemakers"
Had a recurring guest role on "Hawaii Five-0"
Co-starred on the Wachowskis' "Sense8"
Appeared in the drama "Papa"