In her next project, Steve Buscemi’s well-done but little-seen drama “Lonesome Jim” (2005), she starred opposite Ben’s brother Casey Affleck as a single mom and nurse who reconnects with an old fling who has returned to their small town after a failed run as a novelist in New York.The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival but only received limited theatrical release.After her mother moved her to New York City at the age of 12, the girl, who had already been through a whirlwind childhood, longed for a normal, stable family life.Amidst all the tumult, the preteen had already hit 5’10” and wore a size 10 shoe, ensuring that life in a new junior high school in New York was not about to get any easier.Liv Tyler was born Liv Rundgren on July 1, 1977, in New York City, NY.Her mother, Bebe Buell, had been a Playboy Playmate only three years prior, and was known on the New York scene for dating rock stars, including Rod Stewart, Todd Rundgren (whom she was living with at the time of Tyler’s birth), and Steven Tyler (whom she had an affair with during her relationship with Rundgren, and who ultimately proved to be Tyler’s father).Tyler returned to mainstream drama with a supporting role an insightful therapist who tries to help a once-successful dentist (Adam Sandler) cope with the loss of his family during September 11th in the uneven “Reign Over Me” (2007).
The up-and-coming 19-year-old made her entry into mainstream American films with Tom Hank’s “That Thing You Do!
Anyone who made fun of the early bloomer was no doubt jealous when Tyler made her modeling debut just two years later, appearing first in a photo spread in Interview magazine before going on to teen fashion magazines and TV commercials for Pantene hair products and Bongo jeans.
Her appearance alongside future star Alicia Silverstone in Aerosmith’s hugely popular “Crazy” video in 1994 really put her on the map – albeit in a slightly creepy way, as she played an underage vixen in her father’s video.
In the twisted comedy, written and directed by James Gunn, Tyler played the drug-addicted wife of hopeless sad-sack, Frank (Rainn Wilson), who, in an act of desperation assumes the alter-ego of The Crimson Bolt, a brutal, masked vigilante.
After an appearance in the little-seen, low-budget thriller “The Ledge” (2011), the actress was next seen in the Sundance Film Festival darling “Robot and Frank” (2012), a quirky comedy-drama about an aging ex-jewel thief (Frank Langella) and his growing friendship with his new caregiver, an automaton (Peter Saarsgard).