|Born:||November 18, 1974|
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Bra/cup size:||36C (80C)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||121 lb (55 kg)|
|Shown:||Topless, Bush, Full frontal|
Chloë Stevens Sevigny; pronounced sev-uh-nee; (born November 18, 1974) is an American actress and former model. Sevigny became known for her fashion career and starred in a string of critically acclaimed independent films in the 1990s before her first mainstream role as Brandon Teena's girlfriend, Lana Tisdel, in Boys Don't Cry. For her role, Sevigny received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy and Golden Globe Awards that year.
Sevigny has continued acting in mostly independent, but critically acclaimed roles in art house films and has recently enjoyed success on the American television series Big Love, playing Nicki Grant, a woman married to a polygamist. She is also renowned for performing an act of unsimulated fellatio performed to climax by Sevigny on co-star and director Vincent Gallo, who at the time was rumored to be her boyfriend.
Sevigny was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and raised in Darien, Connecticut, the daughter of Janine (née Malinowski) and H. David Sevigny, an accountant turned interior painter. Sevigny's mother is a Polish American who grew up in Roxborough and her father is of French Canadian heritage; he died from cancer in 1996. She has an older sibling, Paul, who is now a New York DJ. Sevigny was raised in a strict Catholic household, and attended Darien High School. While in high school, she babysat Topher Grace on several occasions.
Sevigny moved into her own apartment at age 18 in Brooklyn. There, in 1993, after hanging out with Manhattan skateboarders, she was spotted on an East Village street by a fashion editor of Sassy Magazine, who was so impressed by Sevigny's style that she asked her to intern at the magazine. She later modeled in the magazine as well as for x-girl, the fashion label of Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. During that time, author Jay McInerney saw her around New York City and wrote a seven-page article about her for The New Yorker, in which he dubbed her the new "it-girl". She appeared on the album cover of The Gigolo Aunts' 1994 recording Flippin Out' and the EP Full-On Bloom.
Early roles: 1995–1999
Sevigny made her film debut in the controversial low-budget independent film Kids (1995), directed by Larry Clark and written by independent filmmaker Harmony Korine. The film was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA for its graphic depiction of sexuality and drug use involving teenagers. Sevigny followed Kids with the independent film Trees Lounge (1996), starring as the object of Steve Buscemi's affection. Sevigny then starred in and worked as a fashion designer on Gummo (1997), directed and written by Harmony Korine. The film details the dysfunctional lives of residents of Xenia, Ohio. She then starred in the 1998 neo-noir thriller Palmetto, directed by Volker Schlöndorff. She then had a leading role in The Last Days of Disco (1998), alongside Kate Beckinsale.
Sevigny rose to prominence after playing Lana Tisdel in Boys Don't Cry (1999), a biopic of transman Brandon Teena, who was raped and murdered in 1993. The role won Sevigny Best Supporting Actress nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Sevigny also won an Independent Spirit Award, a Satellite Award, and a Sierra Award for her performance.
Later roles and success: 2000–2006
Sevigny then had a supporting role in American Psycho (2000) as Patrick Bateman's (Christian Bale) office assistant, as well as teaming up with Kids writer and Gummo director Harmony Korine once again for the experimental piece Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) and A Map of the World (1999). Afterward she co-starred in one of the three stories in the Emmy Award-winning television movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), pairing up with Michelle Williams as unlikely young lovers. Sevigny here plays a butch lesbian who struggles to fit in the feminist scene in the 1970s. Following this appearance, she had a small role in Demonlover (2002) and Death of a Dynasty (2003), followed by a semi-large role in Party Monster (2003), playing a friend and fellow club kid of Michael Alig (played by Macauly Culkin).
Sevigny then obtained a role in Lars von Trier's philosophical parable film Dogville (2003), playing one of the various residents of a small mountain town, alongside Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, and Paul Bettany. She also had a small role in the sequel to Dogville, titled Manderlay (2005), which featured Bryce Dallas Howard in Nicole Kidman's role, and took place after the events in Dogville. Her character in Manderlay, however, was unrelated to her character in Dogville.
After Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Jason Leigh turned down roles in The Brown Bunny (2003), Sevigny took on the lead female role. The film is controversial for its final scene, which involves an act of unsimulated fellatio performed to climax by Sevigny on co-star and director Vincent Gallo, who was rumored to be her boyfriend at the time, though Gallo states they were "less than friends". She said about the role:
It's a shame people write so many things when they haven't seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It's an art film. It should be playing in museums. It's like an Andy Warhol movie. 
After the film's release, the William Morris Agency dropped Sevigny as a client.
Following the stint surrounding The Brown Bunny, Sevigny had a bit part in Broken Flowers with Bill Murray, played a nun dealing with AIDS in Africa in the film 3 Needles, and starred as the lead character in the 2006 independent art house film Lying with Jena Malone and Leelee Sobieski. She also played a lead character in the 2006 Canadian remake of Brian DePalma's horror film Sisters.
2006 to the present
In 2006, Sevigny co-starred in the HBO television series Big Love, about a family of polygamists. She plays the conniving, shopaholic daughter of a cult leader and second wife to a polygamist husband. As of 2009, she is still actively working on the television series. She also had roles in Peter and Catherine, scheduled for release in 2009, and played Jake Gyllenhaal's wife in David Fincher's critically-acclaimed true-crime thriller film Zodiac, which was released in early 2007.
The controversy surrounding The Brown Bunny followed Sevigny for some time: while promoting the new HBO television series Big Love in 2006, Joy Behar of The View brought up the scene from The Brown Bunny in an interview with Sevigny and Big Love co-star Bill Paxton. Sevigny and Paxton were described as going "ballistic" off camera, and although Sevigny had openly talked about the film prior, Paxton didn't want her to "have to relive it" and purportedly vowed to never appear on the daytime talk show again.
In October 2007 the French fashion house Chloé announced that she would be one of the spokesmodels for their new fragrance. In addition, she has been in a number of cover photo shoots and interviews, such as in the January 2007 issue of House and Garden titled "Subversive Spirit". Sevigny is currently releasing a clothing line in conjunction with downtown New York City boutique Opening Ceremony, which is expected to open in mid 2008. She also starred in Smog's 2006 film clip for "Mother of the World". Sevigny also has several film projects that are currently in post-production, including two comedy films: Barry Munday and Mr. Nice; as well as My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, a true-crime/horror film based on murderer Mark Yarovsky, produced by David Lynch.
More recently Sevigny starred in the video to Beck's 'Gamma Ray'.
She also is featured in the new Coconut Records video 'Any Fun' alongside legendary skateboarder Mark Gonzales.
A former fashion model herself, Sevigny has expressed interest in fashion design and has released several collections designed by herself, first in 2007. She currently has a new line of unisex/men's clothing slated for release in fall 2009.
While she has pursued relationships with men throughout her life (she notably dated director Harmony Korine for a number of years, as well as starred in some of his films), she stated in an interview with Genre Magazine that she has had "lesbian tendencies her whole life", and that she was "teased in school by the other kids" who would call her a lesbian, but that she "has never had a full-on relationship [with a woman]". Sevigny has accumulated a fairly large gay fanbase due to her appearances in many LGBT-themed films. Because of this, she has been referenced by some as a gay icon.
Although her father passed away when she was in her early 20s, Sevigny stated in a 2006 interview with Selma Blair that she came from a "close-knit" family, that she speaks to her mother "everyday", and that her brother lives three blocks away from her Manhattan apartment.
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