Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn (born February 1, 1965) is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-nominated American actress. She came to international attention for her performance on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks. She is also known for her roles in Of Mice and Men, Ruby, Boxing Helena and Rude Awakening, and for portraying actress Elizabeth Taylor in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story.
Fenn was born Sheryl Ann Fenn[1] in Detroit, Michigan. She comes from 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 is of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother's side and of Irish and French descent on her father's. She frequently traveled with her mother and two older brothers before the family settled in Los Angeles when she was 17.[2] Fenn, who claims to be demure,[2][3] didn't want to start with a new school again, and soon enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Sherilyn Fenn 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 had a memorable part in the 1985 cult teen-comedy Just One of the Guys in which she tries to seduce a teenage girl disguised as a boy, played by Joyce Hyser. Sherilyn starred alongside Johnny Depp in the 1985 short student film Dummies, directed by Laurie Frank for the American Film Institute. Fenn and Depp dated for three and a half years, subsequently getting engaged. In 1987, she joined Depp in a season one episode of 21 Jump Street called "Blindsided".

Fenn is the first to admit that she has appeared in many films that are worth forgetting, and that turned into sexploitation films "where directors tried to convince [her] to appear naked after the contract was signed."[4] "Still, I did a lot of movies instead of waitressing or that kind of thing at the beginning, and it wasn't as if I even took acting very seriously when I started," she says. "I was in California for the first time. I was going to clubs, I was going here, I was going there, I was skipping acting classes when I could. Luckily, I had an agent who really believed in me and she just kept pushing me, thinking something would happen."[5]

Fenn landed her first starring role, as an engaged heiress to an old Southern family who falls for carnival worker Richard Tyson in Zalman King's erotic drama film Two Moon Junction, after which she said she wanted to hide for a year.[6] "I was so embarrassed about how it turned out that I went into a cocoon for a year afterwards," she said. Junction was meant to be Fenn’s big break, but the film turned into another sexploitation film. "A lot of people said some really bad things about me for doing such a sexy movie. But I decided to do it because I wasn't comfortable with the material.[8] I didn't want to make choices that would always put me in a place that was comfortable and secure. I thought interesting things would happen and I would grow. Interesting things did happen. I cried at the end of all my love scenes."

After these film experiences, Fenn decided to take control of her career. "I decided to be more myself and not to be pushed into what other people wanted me to be. It’s scary how little imagination many people in this business have."

Sherilyn Fenn

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