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She is a mix of Italian, German, Polish and English ancestry.
When Liv was born, her mother claimed that Todd Rundgren was her biological father. It was only at age eight, when Liv met Steven Tyler and noticed a resemblance and discovered he was the biological father. The truth didnt go public until 1991 when Liv changed her name from Rundgren to Tyler.
Livs mother said she withheld the truth because Steven Tyler was in the throes of addiction. Since learning the truth, Liv and Steven have formed a relationship. Liv told People, Todds my spiritual father. I love him. She added in a later interview, What an amazing thing Todd did for meluckily, it just made me feel more loved. It meant that I had two dads instead of one.
As a teen, she took Ritalin because of ADHD, a drug she still takes as an adult.
Liv Tyler became a model at fourteen, but got bored and decided to focus on acting. She starred with Alicia Silverstone in the music video for the Aerosmith song Crazy as a schoolgirl who ditches class to hang out at a strip club.
Liv made her film debut in Silent Fall, and later landed roles in Empire Records, Heavy, Stealing Beauty, and That Thing You Do, among others. Her first onscreen kiss was with Silent Fall costar Richard Dreyfuss who is almost 30 years her senior. I was nervous. But I think he was, too. I mean, there is quite an age difference (USA Today). The kiss was edited out of the final cut.
Liv said of her role in One Night at McCools, This was definitely the first part where I had to be so physically aware and have people so aware of me physically. Maybe its not hard for anybody else, but it is a bit for me. I mean, I love my body and I feel very comfortable in my skin, but this was tough (people.com).
But Liv Tyler is probably best known for her role in Armageddon and Lord of the Rings. Of her experience on Lord of the Rings, Liv Tyler said, We were in a bubble in New Zealand. Dwarfs walking around and little people and huge people. And that was my normal life. And suddenly I came homeand I realized how big it was going to be.
More roles followed, including parts in Lonesome Jim, The Strangers, The Incredible Hulk and The Ledge.
She was a spokesperson for Givenchy perfume and cosmetics.
Liv Tyler supports the United Nations Childrens Fund.
Liv Tyler gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon, from her relationship with Royston Langdon. She told the Daily News, Maybe its because I was an only child. Ive always had incredibly motherly instincts.