Date of Birth : Dec 3rd 1960
Android, Mermaid, Cave girl, Pretty Woman’s friend, Giant… as a little girl, Daryl liked to fantasize– little did she dream she would play all these roles in movies, and more!
Hannah became interested in movies at a young age, due to insomnia. She was very shy and was diagnosed as ‘borderline autistic’. Hannah attended the private Francis W. Parker School (where she played on the boys’ soccer team) and the University of Southern California.
In her twenties she played keyboard and sang backup for Jackson Browne. This tall (5’10”) blond beauty, with the haunting blue-green eyes, was a natural for show biz.
She started with small roles, as in “The Fury,” and in 1981 she landed the role of Kim Basinger’s little sister in the movie “Hard Country.” Daryl’s breakout role was as the acrobatic, semi-mute android Pris in “Blade Runner” (1982); Pris was the vixen who wanted to live beyond her allotted years and risked the wrath of the title character. Showing her versatility, from there she portrayed a mermaid in the zany comedy “Splash” (1984), and a Cro-Magnon in “The Clan of the Cave Bear” (1986).
She also appeared as the daughter of Jack Lemmon’s character in both of the Grumpy Old Men films. In 1995, Hannah was chosen by Empire magazine as #96 of the “100 Sexiest Stars in film history”. That same year, Hannah anticipated (by a decade) her Kill Bill role when she appeared as homicidal sociopath Leann Netherwood in The Tie That Binds.
Of Hannah’s most recent roles, the better-known may be that of the one-eyed assassin Elle Driver in Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Her performance in these films, as well as her appearances in other recent films, including Northfork, Micheal Radfords’ Dancing at the Blue Iguana, John Sayles’ Casa de los Babys and Silver City, have been described as a cinematic comeback.
Hannah wrote, directed and produced a short film, The Last Supper which won an award at the Berlin Film Festival. She directed, produced and was the cinematographer for the documentary Strip Notes. The documentary, which aired on Channel 4 London and HBO, was about the research she did for her role in the Michael Radford film Dancing at the Blue Iguana.