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Chloe Sevigny Biography

Chloe Sevigny was born on November 18, 1974, in Darien, Connecticut. Born into a wealthy family, Chloe spent her childhood surrounded by the best that money has to offer. By the time she was a teenager, however, Chloe had had enough of her stuffy surroundings and began taking weekend trips to nearby New York City. It was there, at the tender age of 18, that Chloe was discovered by an editor for the established fashion magazine Sassy. Impressed by her street smarts and unique fashion sense, the magazine hired her on as an intern -- a gig that necessitated a move to Brooklyn and even led to the occasional modeling job.
chloe sevigny in kids
During her off hours, Chloe spent a lot of time at Tompkins Square Park just hanging out and watching the plethora of skateboarders. It was around that time that Chloe met aspiring filmmaker Harmony Korine, who was in the process of getting financing for his debut screenplay, 1995’s Kids. Chloe and Harmony became fast friends, and it wasn’t long before Harmony -- along with Kids director Larry Clark -- offered Chloe the pivotal role of Jennie in the film. Chloe’s indelible performance cemented her status as a naturally gifted actress, and the budding superstar even found herself nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.

chloe sevigny in boys don’t cry
Chloe followed up her star-making role in Kids with appearances in several similarly low-budget efforts, including Steve Buscemi’s 1996 film Trees Lounge and Harmony Korine’s 1997 directorial debut, Gummo. But it was her role in the controversial 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry that brought Chloe the most acclaim of her career. Starring opposite Hilary Swank, Chloe more than held her own and wound up with an Oscar nomination (she lost to Angelina Jolie).

chloe sevigny in the brown bunny
Though Chloe spent the turn of the century appearing in one oddball movie after another -- including Mary Harron’s divisive 2000 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho and Lars von Trier’s 2003 epic Dogville -- the actress found herself at the center of an unprecedented controversy following her turn as the enigmatic Daisy in Vincent Gallo’s 2003 film The Brown Bunny. The film, which culminates with a sequence featuring a genuine act of oral sex between Vincent and Chloe, quickly proved to be the most notorious production of Chloe’s career, and even threatened to hinder her ability to find work in the business.

Fortunately, Chloe managed to bounce back thanks to roles in relatively mainstream films like 2003’s Shattered Glass and 2004’s Woody Allen comedy Melinda and Melinda, along with a one-off appearance on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

chloe sevigny in big love
Following a year of eclectic choices in 2005 -- including Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers and Lars von Trier’s Dogville sequel, Manderlay -- Chloe accepted a role on the HBO television show Big Love. The series, which also stars Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn, revolves around the exploits of a polygamist and his three wives (Chloe plays wife No. 2).

With her 2007 role in David Fincher’s Zodiac, there’s little doubt that Chloe Sevigny has established herself as one of the hottest actresses of her generation, as she stars alongside such notable names as Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr.


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