M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory): On this Day, February 1, 1965: actress Sherilyn Fenn born

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It was on this day in M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory),  February 1, 1965,  American actress Sherilyn Fenn was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Born into a family of musicians, her mother is keyboard player Arlene Quatro, her aunt is singer Suzi Quatro, her grandfather Art Quatro was a jazz musician, and her father, Leo Fenn, managed such rock bands as Suzi Quatro’s The Pleasure Seekers, Alice Cooper, and The Billion Dollar Babies, Fenn frequently traveled with her mother and two older brothers before the family settled in Los Angeles when she was 17.

Not wanting to start with a new school again, Fenn soon enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.  She began her career with a number of B-movies including The Wild Life (1984, opposite Chris Penn), the 1986 skater film Thrashin’ (opposite Josh Brolin and Pamela Gidley), the 1986 teen fantasy movie The Wraith (opposite Charlie Sheen and Nick Cassavetes), the 1987 horror film Zombie High (alongside Virginia Madsen), and the Beauty and the Beast-inspired erotic movie Meridian.

She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks for which she was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.

She is also known for her roles in Of Mice and Men, Ruby, Boxing Helena, Rude Awakening, and Two Moon Junction and for portraying actress Elizabeth Taylor in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story.

Again, as it is not polite to talk of a woman’s age,  let it suffice to say, “Happy Birthday, Sherilyn.”


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