What the Hell Happened to Daryl Hannah?

Looking over Daryl Hannah’s filmopgraphy, it’s surprisingly impressive.  Hannah rose to prominence in the early 80’s and then was kind of forgotten about.  Moreso than a lot of other actresses I have covered.  She’s worked with top directors like Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone and co-starred alongside Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas.  What the hell happened?

hannah - the fury

Hannah’s first appearance on the big screen was a small role in Brian de Palma’s supernatural thriller, The Fury in 1978.

hananh - hard country

In 1981, she had another small role opposite Kim Basinger in Hard Country.

Hannah - Blade Runner

In 1982, Hannah landed a small but significant role in Rideley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner.

Hannah played Pris, one of four artificial life forms (“replicants”) hunted down by Harrison Ford.  Pris was “a basic pleasure model” which meant she was the most vulnerable of the replicants.  Hannah’s shy, waifish performance would be the template for many roles to follow.

At the time of its release, Blade Runner got mixed reviews and was a disappointment at the box office.  But it went on to develop a strong cult following.  It is now generally considered a great movie released ahead of its time.

hannah - summer lovers

Later that summer, Hannah appeared opposite a young Peter Gallagher in the three-way love story, Summer Lovers.

Just to clarify, when I refered to Summer Lovers as a three-way love story, I don’t mean that it is about a love triangle.  It’s about a threesome.

In spite of the titillating  subject matter, a gorgeous Greek setting and a beautiful cast, Summer Lovers didn’t attract much attention from critics or audiences.

hannah - the final terror

In 1983, Hannah appeared in a B-grade slasher film, The Final Terror.

Despite the title, The Final Terror was not a sequel to anything.  It was actually directed by Andrew Davis who would go on to direct The Fugitive and Under Siege.

hannah -reckless

1984 was a big year for Hannah.  But it started off very small with the low-budget love story, Reckless co-starring Aiden Quinn.

Quinn starred as a teenage rebel who falls for a cheerleader played by Hannah.  Hannah’s character comes from a well-to-do family and has a steady boyfriend played by Adam Baldwin.  But she’s drawn to the broody bad boy.  Grey appeared as one of their classmates.

Critics compared the movie unfavorably to teen rebel movies like The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause.  It opened in third place at the box office behind Silkwood which had been in theaters for 8 weeks.

Next: Splash and Legal Eagles


Posted on September 23, 2012, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 119 Comments.

  1. Thanks for another impressive entry in the series, although my head’s spinning slightly after reading about some of the films that Daryl Hannah has appeared in recently; some of those remakes sound absolutely appalling!
    Even though I lost interest in her career somewhere in the early 90’s I’ve realised I must have been a fan at one time, because I vaguely remember watching The Clan of the Cave Bear, and I still own Legal Eagles on DVD, although the only thing I remember about the film is the bizarre performance art her character Chelsea performs for Robert Redford.

    By the way, I was looking forward to your Melanie Griffith article, so I think you should cut yourself some slack over Two Much.
    Watching Antonio Banderas play Art/Bart would definitely be too much, even in the name of research!


    • I think I probably qualified as a Hannah fan to a limited extent. I loved Splash when I was a teen. I remember liking Roxanne. She was never in the hallowed halls of Ryan and Pfeiffer or even Sean Young for that matter. But I liked her well enough.

      I have not seen Legal Eagles, but I’m going to try to watch it before the Debra Winger article.

      Art/Bart. Sounds like twins? Was I right? Were there twins in it? If Two Much comes on between now and the Griffith article, I’ll watch it. I have subjected myself to all kinds of awful movies recently. Committed was a low point. But I won’t hold off writing up Griffith for that movie.


    • The outcome of Melanie Griffith’s career was predictable. She was the daughter of an actress, started acting as a child in the late 60s, spent years paying her dues before achieving stardom in the late 80s (Working Girl). She had a star career throughout the 90s, but none of her movies were hits.

      The question that frequently comes up is:

      Why has Griffith’s career been dead (and I mean REALLY dead–she makes Sharon Stone look like a superstar) since 2000? An actress doesn’t have to be a box-office draw to still get respectable roles after 40. So what’s the deal?

      Griffith was never a big time beauty (she couldn’t compete with Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Demi Moore, Meg Ryan), but because of her free-spirited sexy personality she can’t re-invent herself as a character actress either. In addition, she has returned to rehab in 2000 and 2009 which for a woman of her age is just embarassing, and she looks awful because all the years of drinking and drugging have taken their toll on her appearance. There aren’t any roles that would fit her.


      • That a pretty comprehensive analysis. Usually the devil’s in the details with these articles. Even when we know the career arc going in, it’s fun to trace the rise and fall picture by picture.


      • Mention of Melanie Griffith’s mother prompted me to look at Tippi Hedren’s filmography and I was surprised to find that she’s still working. In fact she’s getting more film work and from photographs seems to have aged more naturally than her daughter.

        It’s strange that this Darryl Hannah article has turned into an analysis of Melanie’s career. Leads me to think she could turn out to be one of your best WTHHT’s.

        I agree with Reggie that even in her peak years she” was never a big time beauty”, but very few actresses in that period could look and sound the sexy bimbo as well as Melanie Griffith.
        Watch Something Wild if you don’t believe me.


        • I use to watch Something Wild pretty regularily. Great movie. I haven’t seen it in years. But it is sitting on my DVR along with Body Double (which I’m about halfway through) as research for the Griffith article. I also have something called Forever Lulu which I have never seen before. It didn’t get good reviews, but it stars Griffith and Penelope Anne Miller. So I am going to try to subject myself to it if I have time.


      • Tippi has been working constantly during the last 20 years (31 roles since 2000 alone) but almost all of it is low-budget stuff barely anyone has seen or heard of. She has admitted that she takes so many roles because she struggles to get the funds to keep that animal preserve of hers running. She’s an admirable person.


      • Forever Lulu is good. Also make sure you see Pacific Heights, Another Day in Paradise, and Crazy in Alabama. Milk Money is a stupid film but she is good in it.


      • Definately track down Another Day in Paradise. I saw it on cable a couple years ago, probably her best performance.

        Crazy in Alabama is kind of like Milk Money—not a great piece of work, but worth it just for her performance, and overall it’s a very heartwarming film.


      • Have either of you guys seen Mulholland Falls?
        It never received the critical acclaim that “L.A. Confidential” did and I was wondering if it’s worth checking out.
        It certainly has a top drawer cast; as well as Melanie Griffith there’s Nick Nolte, Chazz Palmentieri,Jennifer Connelly, Michael Madsen, Treat Williams, Bruce Dern, and John Malkovich,


        • I remember the movie. I remember wanting to see it. I think it got mixed reviews. I can’t remember if I watched it or not.

          My Griffith backlog is getting longer.


      • This is becoming a bit of a problem for the most recent WTHHT subject, Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay’s substance abuse issues and the compounding cosmetic surgery have taken a drastic toll (for the worse) on Lindsay’s appearance. All of the roles that Lindsay arguably would’ve or could’ve played had she remained on the “straight” and “narrow” are going to other actresses like Emma Stone. Therefore, Lindsay can no longer play the “every girl” roles (even if she wanted to) that she had in “Mean Girls” for instance, because of her negative public image. It seems apparent that Lindsay’s acting skills (like for example, the “Liz & Dick” TV movie and even her most recent hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live”) have deteriorated or stagnated in the process.


      • Melanie Griffith even during her post-“Working Girl” prime, never really demonstrated that she had a lot of range. It was hard to put her in a very serious, dramatic role (no matter how heartfelt or hard she tried) for example due to her distinctive, baby-ish, ditsy sounding voice.



      It is a major flaw in this retrospective to leave out “Dancing at the
      Blue Iguana,” which got a good review from Ebert and Roeper, and which
      tells a story with some meat, unlike her early hits. She capitalizes
      on her wispy voice, by playing a dumb girl, with all the problems that
      being dumb can bring. She also isn’t shy about advertising her
      overdeveloped physique, which reveals that she has the psychological
      illness, body dysmorphia, which causes people to lift weights
      obsessively, to achieve an excessive degree of physical fitness.


  2. Great article! I find it distressing that Crazy People isn’t well remembered. It is one of my favorite movies, not because it was good…just damn funny.


    • I have to admit Crazy People is another one I have never seen. I remember critics tearing it apart. But I think by that point they just hated Dudely Moore.


      • Please give it a chance. Dudley plays an ad exec that goes nuts and starts being truthful.

        “Volvo – they’re boxy but good.”

        “Jaguar – for men who want hand-jobs from women they barely know.”

        “Metamucil – if you you don’t take Metamucil, you will get cancer and die.”

        “New York – there were fewer homicides this year.”

        “AT@T – if it wasn’t for us, you’d have no damn phones.”

        Plus, it has everybody’s favorite…Paul Reiser. Yayyy!


  3. Great read. Why no summary at the end though? You know – the kind where you say “she made a lot of bad decisions” or something like that


    • Glad you liked it.

      I skipped the summary for a few reasons. 1. She really didn’t flame out like some of the others. She just kind of quietly faded away. But she still works quite a bit. She’s thrown herself into causes as a lot of my subjects have. 2. I was exhausted! This is one of the few articles I have written in one sitting. 3. It’s hard to top the plastic surgery/Travolta in drag conclussion.

      I seriously considered a summary and I didn’t think anyone would miss it. Especially in this case. But here you go:

      So, what the hell happened?

      Hannah was barely ever really A-list to begin with. She was never really critically acclaimed for her work. Many considered her a pretty face with regards to her acting. She definitely made some bad choices late in her career. But also, she seemed content to play small roles in movies like Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. Which works for her, but doesn’t keep you in the public eye. And of the stars I have profiled, she has taken up a lot of causes. To the point where she was actually arrested once while protesting. As opposed to Christian Slater who was arrested repeatedly for being a drunk asshole.

      Oh also, she got plastic surgery until she looked like John Travolta in drag.


      • Thanks, man!

        @As opposed to Christian Slater who was arrested repeatedly for being a drunk asshole – this sentence made me laugh out loud!


      • Daryl Hannah seemed to want to function as a character actress of sorts (in this case, one that’s hardly ever the lead/headliner) but wasn’t talented or versatile enough to be such a thing. As a result, it was easy for her to get kind of lost in the shuffle. I guess, “Splash” is the closest Daryl Hannah movie that I can immediately think of (even though I suppose, Tom Hanks had to do a lot of the heavy lifting) in which she was the central female character throughout.


      • Daryl Hannah kind of fails in-between. She never truly became a mega star (during her ’80s peak, she was a fixture and maybe if Daryl a was more driven and had better luck things would’ve turned out differently) or A-list but her career never imploded either. I get the feeling that Daryl has some self-awareness about her limitations as an actress and was never super into the “fame game”.


  4. I think you’re right in that she never qualified as A list. She did a lot of work in supporting roles and early on was a pretty face. Best and most notable films were prob. Splash, Wall Street and Kill Bill. She was only featured in one of these (Splash). The rest are mostly forgettable throw away roles though Blade Runner is a great flick and she did alright in that.

    I have never seen that post surgery pic and damn…not good. Reminds me of that deformed plastic look a la Joan Rivers. Hideous. What gets me most is I assume they think it’s a win. Uggg.


    • Prior to doing these articles, I had never looked at plastic surgery picks. Even now, I don’t seek them out. When I look for current pictures of actresses, I have to pick through all the p/s pics out there. The search engines positively hit me upside the head with them.

      What I have discovered is that 9 times out of 10, the actress in question looks like the picture at the top of the article. But if someone catches a picture right after the surgery, you end up with Meg Ryan looking like the Joker.

      My wife watches all those Real Housewives shows. I can’t stand the shows, but I get some of them like second-hand smoke. Last night, I was struck by how almost every woman on the show (I think it was Miami) had ruined her face. They were hideous. One was an out-and-out botch job. But even the ones that went down like they were supposed to looked slightly freakish.


    • Perhaps with the case of Daryl Hannah, her better movies were good despite of her and not necessarily because of her. It was more or less, a case of being at the right place and the right time. But just being lucky and having a good physical look can only get so so far for so long.


  5. I’ve always felt that At Play in the Fields of the Lord was grossly under-appreciated.


  6. Hey Lebeau,
    I got a question for you. I hope it won’t seem inappropriate. Basically I’m looking to start my own site with reviews and all kinds of movie-related stuff. I’m a big fan your writing and my question is are you making any money at all off this thing? If you pumped some ads in here – would that get you some decent income? I would call 50 bucks per day decent by the way.


    • $50/day would be much better than decent. Most blogs would kill for that kind of traffic.

      I just made the switch to include ads a few weeks ago and haven’t gotten any earnings report yet. But my understanding is that the WordAds program gets you $1 for every 1,000 hits. At the time I made the switch, I was pulling in about 1,500 hits a day on average.

      Unfortunately, making the switch included changing the address of the site from to First up, that costs $18/year. Small change in the grand scheme of things. But it appears to have impacted my standing with the search engines. I used to get hundreds of hits a day from search engines and now I’m down to less than half of that.

      I’m still averaging somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 hits a day which should net me a $1/day. That will pay off that $18/year fee at least and maybe pay for dinner and a movie. And the thing is, I’m actually pretty fortunate. Most bloggers I know would kill for the kind of traffic we get here.

      My suggestion would be not to do it if you are doing it for money. But if you want to have fun and maybe make a couple bucks on the side, then it’s definitely worth doing. I have been surprised by how much fun it has been hanging out with like-minded movie buffs around here the last couple of years.

      Hope that helps.


  7. That’s sound advice about the enjoyment element of blogging,
    I think anyone starting a site like this for any other reason is going to end up disappointed.
    I also agree about those traffic figures for leBlog.
    I’m sure 99% of bloggers would kill for those figures, and it’s even more impressive that you’ve achieved those stats purely on the quality of your content, rather than the “follow mine and I’ll follow yours” routine that a lot of bloggers use.
    Some of those phoney comments used to drive me crazy!


    • I like to think I’m pretty honest with myself. So in the interest of honesty, the driving force here has always been celebrity train wrecks. Those Fat Val Kilmer pictures have been the engine that has been making things hum for the last several months. For a while, if you did a search for Fat Val Kilmer or Crazy Sean Young, WTHH was right at the top of the search results. And you would be surprised by how many people search for some variation of those two things per day.

      Apparently with the domain change, I’m no longer topping out the search engines like I once was. Which is a bit of a catch-22 since I had to change domains to qualify for the program. But in theory, it will ramp back up over time.

      Which I think is a key take-away. Building traffic takes a lot of time for most blogs. If you’re in it for the long haul, you’ll find an audience. If you are doing it for anything but fun, odds are you’ll get discouraged and quit long before that happens. I can make a lot more money doing just about anything other than blogging.

      However, this is a blast.

      Whatever you choose to do, good luck. If you start up a blog, be sure to give me a link. I’m always happy to send traffic to friendly sites.


  8. A pretty face with no acting abilities. Apart from “Splash” all her other famous roles have been supporting roles in cult movies of the 80s but surely the succes of “Wall Street” and the cult status “Blade Runner” doesn’t rely on her performance.

    Nothing more than a pretty doll and actually she’s never been an “A-List” star. Well, probably she wasn’t even a “B-List”

    Essentially a forgettable actress.


    • I had sort of dismissed her myself. But going through her career, I came away with a little more respect. I agree she was never quite A-list. But I think she was close for a little while. If she had made more rom coms like Roxanne, I think she could have had more success. But I give her credit for going a different route.

      I’m not arguing that she was ever more than a pretty face as an actress. But she was more than I gave her credit for before writing the article. Also, she seems like a great person. So, that’s got to count for something.


      • I sorta agree. Hannah wasn’t bad, and she’s capable of poking fun of herself. Maybe she got typecast as a ditz after Splash?


      • Thanks for the answer and sorry if my comment look too nasty 🙂 Your work is absolutely awesome

        What about Daryl? Well I got to say, I’m european and maybe that’s why I see her this way. In the US she’s probabily still famous, despite not being anymore a star, but here in old Europe is really hard to find somebody who know who she is. Here she’s been quickly forgotten by the mainstream audiences.

        If you ask somebody on the street “Do you know Meg Ryan/Michelle Pfeiffer/Sharon Stone/Kim Basinger/Demi Morre/Winona Rider?” you’ll have a 90% of chance he’ll answer “yes”. If you ask somebody “Do you know Daryl Hanna?” you’ll have a 90% of chance he’ll answer “no”.

        That’s why i used the word “forgettable” because here in Europe the public has almost completely forgotten her


        • No reason to apologize. To a large degree, I agree with you.

          I wouldn’t say Hannah is still famous here in the states. My mother-in-law had no idea who she was. Most audiences here have forgotten her as well. I bet her recognition factor is higher tha 90%, but she definitely isn’t in the same category as Ryan, Pfeiffer, etc. She never was.

          So, yeah, by that reasoning you could definitely say Hannah was “forgettable”. (Oliver Stone certainly thought so.) But I do give her credit for having done some things that your average Hollywood pretty face wouldn’t have done. I mean, she was in Blade Runner and Kill Bill. That’s gotta count for something, right?

          And thanks for the kind words! Feedback like that keeps me going!


        • She was probably never a household name- but I think most straight males in their 40’s remember her for Splash, Wall Street, Blade Runner, etc-

          Women might know her from Splash and Steel Magnolias-


        • Don’t forget Roxanne. I think in the 80’s she was a household name. She was on the lower end of the A-list, but I think she qualified.


        • My definition of “household name ” is does your mom know them? I think Hannah would fail that.

          Horny male teen circa 1986? Sure- they knew her-


        • That’s a tough one for me. My mom was a teenage girl during Beatlemania and yet should couldn’t name all four Beatles if her life depended on it. Heck, she has a hard time remembering her kids’ names.

          My Dad is a big fan of Dana Carvey. That’s how up to date he is in terms of pop culture. And yet he still hasn’t learned that his name isn’t Dana Garvey.

          Collectively, they they may be able to name two actors who aren’t Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks.

          I probably have a looser definition of household name. Does the average person who goes to the movies 6 times a year or more know them? I think Hannah met that requirement around the time of Wall Street.


    • I think that Daryl’s problem in part was that she came about in an era in which she had to compete w/ various other “pretty blonde women” (i.e. Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan) but had little of her own to offer or bring to the table. It’s as if you would call Daryl Hannah if the others were too expensive or unavailable. She’s for the most part, somewhat of a charisma black-hole as evidence as her performance in “Wall Street” for example.


  9. I must confess that I enjoyed “Memoirs” a lot more than “Hollow Man,” but its main problem was that it did not know whether it wanted to be a comedy or a straight thriller. The original 1933 “Invisible Man” managed a great balance between the two, which is one reason it’s a classic.


  10. Hannah comes from money. Her dad was some kind of tycoon and he named a ship after her. So my guess is that she does all these low-budget movies just because she likes to be working.


  11. Ive always followed Daryl Hannah, i had a huge crush on her as a child after seeing Splash.

    The real reason she isnt a major star anymore is that she was backlisted by the movie industry in 90’s (yes it happens). The truth is she suffers from a type of aspergers syndrome that makes her incredibly shy to the point where she was unable to do promo. She was never really in it for the fame game and you can kind of tell, she’s never really tried to ‘save’ her career and is very private. i think shes happier making small independent movies and her eco causes.

    see this interview while promoting in the uk in 1988

    just look at her body language, and she essentially needed an escort in the vein of the scriptwriter. A leading A list hollywood career could never have happened for unfortunately.


    • Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing.


    • I feel kind of bad for Daryl in that regard because (and not to get to personal) I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or Autism spectrum disorder about 20 years ago. Like Daryl, it’s sometimes difficult for me conduct myself out in public and have to deal with other people. It’s therefore, much easier to express myself on say a computer.

      With that being said, what probably got Daryl in trouble is that because she didn’t want to do promos for her movies it gave off the notion that she wasn’t too passionate about her work an an actress. It was just a paycheck and mild exercise for her. There’s a reason why it’s called “Show BUSINESS”, and Daryl Hannah didn’t seem to completely get a grasp of the latter aspect. Part of the job in being an actor or actress is to sell yourself so to speak. It becomes much harder to attract the general public to your work and build a fan base if you can’t make yourself visible and get people to “like you”. At the end of the day, she simply wasn’t ambitious or had enough of a killer instinct.

      Daryl Hannah in a way, was a poor woman’s Kim Basinger. Like Daryl, Basinger was an attractive blonde woman who broke out during the ’80s and was known to be incredibly shy and sensitive to the point in which it seemed like the idea of having to do publicity and do promotional work made her extremely distressful. The key difference is that Daryl Hannah didn’t seem to have much of a history (outside of maybe her clashes/disagreements w/ Oliver Stone) of being a demanding, egocentric diva like Kim Basinger at the height of her fame.


    • Daryl Hannah doesn’t strike me as somebody who was super ambitious to go up the Hollywood food chain. To give you a better idea, when she was making “Wall Street”, Sean Young wanted to switch characters with her. Young went as far as to barge into Daryl’s trailer to tell her upfront about her displeasure. But Daryl being such a timid and shy individual, literally felt intimidated by Young and was actually willing, hand over fist to switch roles right then and there.


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  13. FRC’s Fallen Icon #3 – Daryl Hannah:

    Her often turbulent private life achieved an even keel with her long-term relationship with lawyer/ publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. Sadly, their relationship was doomed from the start due to Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ disapproval of her son marrying an actor, the two eventually parted ways. In 1996 Kennedy wed Carolyn Besette, and the rest of their story is history. Despite public perception that Hannah withdrew from acting in the later 1990s, it was simply an unfortunate series of career missteps that kept the enigmatic actress out of the multiplexes and in such mediocre fare as The Last Days of Frankie the Fly and Gun (both 1997). Of course not all was lost during the 1990s, and audiences could indeed catch memorable performances by Hannah in Grumpy Old Men (1993) (as well as that film’s 1995 sequel), the Emmy-nominated mini-series The Last Don and the Robert Altman thriller The Gingerbread Man.

    As the millennium turned Hannah was still stuck in a sort of celluloid limbo, though such edgy efforts as Cord and Dancing at the Blue Iguana (both 2000) showed the actress had a fearless side that had been left virtually unexplored since her days in The Fury and Blade Runner. Of course Hannah still had a soft spot, and following a supporting performance in Mark and Michael Polish’s quirky 2001 drama Jackpot she went family friendly with the mini-series Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story and the comparatively earnest and innocent teen drama A Walk to Remember (2002). Having formed a friendly working relationship with the Polish brothers with Jackpot, Hannah returned to the screen for the filmmakers in their acclaimed 2003 drama Northfork. The critical success of Northfork marked the beginning of a critical year for the veteran actress. A turn as a contract killer with a conscience followed with The Job, and after a trip to the middle of nowhere in The Big Empty Hannah aspired to adopt a Mexican orphan in John Sayles Casa de los Babys. Teamed with a powerhouse cast that included Lili Taylor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden, the critically acclaimed drama cemented the comeback that would continue with Kill Bill Vol. 1 just a few short months later. Cast as deadly assassin Elle Driver (Codename: California Mountain Snake), Hannah’s eye-patch wearing killer was inspired by the exploitation roughie Thriller (also known as They Call Her One Eye). Though Hannah was still breathing at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 1, audiences held their breath to discover the ultimate fate of her viscous character until the release of Kill Bill Vol. 2 four months later.

    Where is she now?

    With one look at her IMDb page she is still working heavily. Although I haven’t seen, heck heard of most of the productions. I am surprised. Her role in Kill Bill was great and I thought this may have been the time for her to come back to the fore front and get some good supporting roles. Unfortunately Hollywood seems a little less kind on A-List Ladies than it is on its men. Often feeling forced to undergo plastic surgery to hold back the years and keep the money coming in.


  14. I like Darryl Hannah and thought that (apparently in the minority here) she did very well in her role in the iconic “Wall Street.” That’s not to say Sean Young also would not have nailed it, sometimes there is more than one right answer! I also thought “Roxanne” was very clever and entertaining, even for audiences not familar with Cyrano, although that does add an element. The shyness thing was well known and she didn’t have the drive to go out and promote movies, but you know, that just makes me like her more. And poor JFK Jr, he looked so much happier when he was with her than he ever did after they broke up.


    • I was never really a fan of Wall Street. I haven’t watched it in years and can’t really remember thinking one way or the other about Hannah’s performance in it. I thought she was great in Roxanne. It’s a shame there aren’t more rom coms like it.


    • Clash of the Egos: On-Set Drama and Feuds:

      Decades later, Oliver Stone finally admitted that Sean Young was right. Daryl Hannah was such a poor casting choice for the part. Her line readings were so atrocious. I bet Sean Young would’ve been amazing in that part.

      As someone who still wonders why the hell Daryl Hannah was in Steel Magnolias, I’d like to have seen Sean Young in the role as well. Sean’s got her issues, or had them at least, but at least she can believably portray a human being.


    • Terrible Performances In Otherwise Good Films (worst film, theater, script, Hollywood)

      Daryl Hannah’s wooden performance failed to ruin “Wallstreet.” I also would bestow a lifetime achievement award for Richard Jaeckel who was lousy in everything in which he ever appeared. He had an incredibly long career of turning in blah performances, (1943-1994) and the most famous flick he failed to screw up was “The Dirty Dozen.”


    • Great movies almost ruined by one bad performance

      Wall Street – Daryl Hannah

      Daryl Hannah has been one of the more hit or miss actors of recent decades. When she’s good—Roxanne, Kill Bill—not many actors are as charming or as intimidating. When she’s not—Crazy People, Wall Street—she’s downright grating. Though it’s almost unfair to single out Daryl Hannah for Wall Street, mostly because she’s tasked with playing the film’s least developed character. Factor in that she’s sharing the screen with a never-better Charlie Sheen, an absolutely iconic Michael Douglas and, well, let’s just say that Hannah wasn’t exactly set up for success.  

      Still, great actors always rise to the occasion, especially when actors around them are working at such a high level. While Hannah’s role in Oliver Stone’s corporate drama is hardly the stuff of Shakespeare, there was certainly enough going on with her social-climbing interior decorator for the actor to bring a little depth to the part. Hannah never really finds her footing in the role. Rather than coming off as strong-willed and calculating, Hannah’s hammy, melodramatic turn dooms the character to the level of icy and dimwitted. With Douglas and Sheen bringing their A-games to the film, Hannah appears out classed and out of place—and while her costars were winning Oscars and other accolades, Hannah took home the 1988 Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress. 


  15. I’m not sure most movie goers are even aware of Hannah or Silverstone’s crusading. I think they got more active after their careers were already done.


  16. The 50 Hottest Bad Actresses Of All Time:

    44. Daryl Hannah
    Worst Performances: Wall Street (1987), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)

    Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to resurrect a forgotten career and coax an all-time best performance out of the performer. That’s exactly what he did with Daryl Hannah in both installments of his Kill Bill saga, giving the once-prominent actress the ruthless, flashy role of Elle Driver, which Hannah, pun intended, killed.

    Her work as the eye-patch-wearing assassin was leaps and bounds better than anything Hannah had done prior, which, when encapsulated, equals a string of hollow turns in stacked ensemble pieces (Wall Street, Steel Magnolias) and schlocky genre fare (Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman).


  17. Daryl Hannah: Unreachably Insane:

    When Daryl Hannah’s preposterous crusade to prevent Mexican squatters from getting thrown off someone else’s property by climbing up a tree and refusing to come down resulted in her arrest, some might have assumed it was just a cheap publicity stunt intended to revive interest in a flagging acting career. But Hannah is a moonbat’s moonbat — so flaky that when she recites kooky progressive rhetoric, she actually means it.

    Her career in moonbattery began at age 11, when she became a vegan after a prolonged kissing session with a calf. At 12, she argued with her father, who insisted on paying taxes, even though some of the money might be used to defend the United States. As an adult, she has taken green ideology to absurd extremes, reusing bathwater to irrigate her garden and driving a vehicle that runs on recycled grease from fast food restaurants.

    Hannah’s acting career has been less impressive — leaving plenty of time to make what she calls “sustainable video-logs” about “inspirational and cutting-edge developments in green culture and lifestyle.” You can check them out here. For your keyboard’s sake, don’t be drinking coffee while you watch the videos.

    To someone as far out there as Hannah, it must make perfect sense that probable illegal aliens should use someone else’s property to grow a farm in the middle of a major city.

    Environmental activist John Quigley enabled Hannah’s principled stand in the owner’s walnut tree by training Hannah and fellow moonbat Joan Baez on the finer points of climbing trees. Quigley recounts what happened when the law finally came around:

    On the morning the sheriff showed up, I spotted them and called out. She was on the rope and up the tree in about three minutes. It was an amazing athletic feat.

    Hannah was proud to have been “laying my body down on the line” with her misdemeanor arrest. As she blissfully recounts:

    I knew what I was doing was taking a principled stand. In fact, there was a very strange and unexpected sense of calm that came to me while I was coming down. It made me more confident that I was doing the right thing. … If you take a principled stand, the Sheriff’s Department will treat you with a lot of respect. They don’t treat you like a criminal who just held up a 7-Eleven. They treated us with a lot of respect and courtesy.

    Incredibly, Hannah takes the professionalism and courtesy of law officers as an endorsement of her criminal behavior. Her ridiculous “urban farm” is a violation of property rights, just as holding up a 7-Eleven would be. In essence, they are the same crime.


    • re: In essence, they are the same crime.

      Uh, WRONG – not the same. A holdup guy just wants to steal $ for himself — Hannah, as goofy as she might seem (or be), wants to see a better world. Did you say “HOORAY!” when people that marched for civil rights in the South in the 1960s got arrested? Assuming you were alive then, but you know what I mean…I hope.

      My point, Hannah may be nutty but at least it’s coming from a good place — she may be a “lawbreaker” (and who among us isn’t?) but is she a thug-type criminal? No.


  18. Daryl Hannah Blacklisted by Hollywood due to Asperger’s:

    Actress Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) claims that at the beginning of her career she was “blacklisted” by Hollywood studios because she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.

    The illness limited social interaction and made it very difficult for her to do film promotions since it required talking to lots of people.

    She said: “I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I’d almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted.”

    “Studio executives would call me but I’d be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted.”

    Despite first starring in films like “Splash,” “Roxanne,” “Wall Street” and “Steel Magnolias,” she eventually had to settle for many straight to video projects.

    Source: PA Entertainment


    • I find it intriguing that Daryl Hannah way, early in her career, co-starred w/ Kim Basinger, because I recently started suspecting that Basinger was on the Autism spectrum/has Asperger’s too, hence why she doesn’t get a lot of desirable movie offers any more. Basinger obviously, has had a much more successful career than Hannah (although like Basigner w/ “LA Confidential”, you can argue that Daryl Hannah also made a pseudo comeback to relevancy w/ “Kill Bill”)

      It also seems like both women are more interested in their activism than their film careers, but maybe that’s jumping the gun a bit.


  19. Daryl Hannah’s Arrest: When Actors Commit Too Much to Their Roles:

    ​Poor Daryl Hannah. Not only is her first name a boy’s name, but she just got arrested at an environmental White House protest. Cut her some slack, guys. Clearly she’s confused her real life with her life as a mermaid in Ron Howard’s 1984 film Splash and was just trying to save what she presumed was her natural habitat.

    Unfortunately, actors confusing their film roles with their real life is a very serious affliction for many stars and often the results are worse than Daryl Hannah’s run in with the law. We’ve tracked down some of the most notorious Hollywood role confusion.


  20. ARe you kidding…. have you seen her lately.. Just saw her last night on lifetime.. I cannot believe she can’t see how distorted she looks. If I would her my head would be in the sand 24/7.. She looks like a man trying to be a woman. Over filled face. A good old fashioned face lift would have been better. Too bad.. she’s not that old. And I thought she was an aunatural hippie girl.. She looks like an alien now.. Get a recent pic of her.. or watch her newest lifetime movie called… “Social Nightmare”..


  21. Even though she’s just 52 she looked if she was twice that,IMO!!!!


    • When I pick the photo for the top, I generally try to avoid anything that is a clearly posed studio shot. Since the series is called “What the Hell Happened” I like to get a candid shot where the star looks a little surprised. Open mouths are awesome. I want it to look a little like the subject is asking themself “What the hell happened?” Sometimes, I get exactly what I want. Sometimes I don’t. I do try to avoid clearly unflattering photos. As with most things, I try for the middle ground.

      This pic is a little more posed than I would like. I could replace it, but I really don’t think it’s unflattering. I’ll see what I can dig up. If you want to post a suggested photo, I’m open to changing it. I do update them periodically.


  22. I did not know that. Interesting.


    • A number of different actresses and singers have posed for Playboy over the years, hoping it will advance their career/make them famous again. Honestly, has that ever helped anyone? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anyone that got back on the A list or back on Top 40 radio because of it.


      • It won’t put you back on the A-list. But it has given certain actresses a bit of heat when they needed it. It helped prolong Lindsay Lohan’s ongoing trainwreck.


  23. I watched Daryl Hannah in ‘The Pope Of Greenwich Village’ this past weekend, and almost thirty years after the film’s release I couldn’t but help wonder, what the hell happened to Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts?
    I haven’t followed their careers, but this movie sees them both at their peak, and I thought they were GREAT! Some people find the film too rambling and anecdotal, but I loved it. It’s a superior character driven movie and Rourke and Roberts are dynamite together. I would recommend this movie for them alone, but the supporting cast includes a credible turn from Daryl Hannah, and an ensemble of great character actors – Geraldine Page, M. Emmett Walsh, Burt Young, Val Avery, Jack Kehoe, and Kenneth McMillan, who also appeared with Roberts in another great, forgotten 1980s movie Runaway Train.
    The Pope Of Greenwich Village deserves to be rediscovered, and anybody who hasn’t seen Mickey Rourke pre-The Wrestler, or who regards Eric Roberts as little more than a joke should watch it and be amazed.


    • If I remember correctly, The Pope is on my DVR waiting to be watched. Roberts and Rourke have both been requested for WTHH. And really, it’s just a matter of time. How I wish I had more of that! Your recommendation has motivated me. I need to find some time to sit down and watch that movie!


  24. The “Rear Window” remake was obviously inferior to the original version & (as an actress) Hannah is as inferior to Grace Kelly as Star Trek: Voyager is to the original Star Trek. But I still have to give Reeve credit for putting in an actual performance in that film, despite the obvious physical challenges he had to contend with on a daily basis by that point in his life. His work kept the “Rear Window” remake from being as awful as the “Psycho” remake.


  25. Daryl will forever be in my heart. Growing up, Splash was, and still is, one of my favorite movies. It wasn’t until I watched KBV2 again a few months ago that I realized that she is a legit good actress. Her monologue to Budd was amazing.


    • I love Splash. I actually bought it on DVD recently to watch it again, after so many years. It remains a very charming, funny, heartwarming film. Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks were so terriffic together. John Candy and Eugene Levy were great too. Definately worth a watch, even now.


  26. it still hold up its good to show that movie shows hNKS FUNNY side


  27. Did you go back and edit this article to include the gratuitous slams on Chevy Chase, or did I not catch them the first time?


  28. Blockbuster Buster: My Favorite Martian

    Is there intelligent life out there? Not according to THIS movie!


  29. Daryl Hannah Says She’s Been Offered ‘Mostly Crap’ Roles Since Kill Bill:

    September 7, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee

    In an interview with The Sunday Times (via NME), Daryl Hannah revealed that she hasn’t had that many big roles after Kill Bill in 2003/2004 because the roles she were offered were “mostly crap”.

    When asked if it bothered her, she added: “Not really, because I’ve been working for a long time and, to a certain extent, I’m satiated. I’m not ambitious or desperate to be working all the time, because I have a lot of other interests and creative outlets. But, at the same time, it’s insulting when you read a piece of crap and you’re like, ‘Is this really what it’s come down to? Thanks a lot.’“


  30. Netflix Continues Southern Europe Tour with Glamorous Italian Launch

    Stars including Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Will Arnett (Bojack Horseman), Daredevil producer Steven DeKnight, Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Daryl Hannah (Sense8) and Pierfrancesco Favino (Marco Polo) all made the trek to Milan to help tout the new streaming service in Italy.


  31. Actors who blew their second chances

    Hannah didn’t have a leading woman career really. Memoirs of an Invisible Man? Bringing her up reminded me of Melanie Griffith because they were both in the bomb Two Much. Griffith was given so many leads after Working Girl and that didn’t work out. Bonfire of The Vanities, A Stranger Among Us, Born Yesterday, etc. Supporting roles in Nobody’s Fool and Another Day in Paradise received praise. Maybe Crazy In Alabama was the end.


  32. Daryl Hannah on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Inspirational People with Autism and Asperger Syndrome


  33. Daryl Hannah had a plenty decent ’80s. She told us all about it for #80sMonth:


  34. Splash Remake In Early Development

    Producer Brian Glazer announces that a remake of 1980s comedy/romance Splash, with a ‘twist’, is in the works and is ready to begin casting.


  35. Lebeau, I have an interesting fact about “Splash”. Dudley Moore (who is best known for starring in “Arthur” and for his comedy partnership with Peter Cook) turned down the lead role in “Splash”. It’s interesting because he would star with Daryl Hannah in “Crazy People” six years later.


  36. Blind Items Revealed #7

    July 5, 2016

    Just as I predicted, this flash in the pan A list mostly movie actress who has lived off that one film for three decades not only got herself on the title of her permanent A+ list celebrity boyfriend’s house but also got him to overpay for her house and give her all the money.

    Daryl Hannah/Neil Young


    • Blind Item #11

      November 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm
      Hannah’s so called ranking always confuses me. For example – which role is she known for – the replicant in Blade Runner, or the mermaid in Splash, or Elle Driver in Kill Bill? Both are iconic, and loved (but by very different audiences). And she has had a solid, if full of peaks and valleys, career that has now gone on for 30 years – she has 3 films currently wrapping. No way is she a has been. I do not understand the way she is rated at all, i indeed this is her.


  37. The crazy story behind the third Addams Family film that went straight-to-VHS


    While the internet suggests Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd from the main films’ cast were approached to star and turned it down, Payne doubts it. “That was never part of a casting conversation I had,” he says.

    Instead Tim Curry took over as Gomez and Daryl Hannah was his wife Morticia.

    “Tim and I both thought Gomez should be kind of weird and not the lothario that Raul Julia created,” says Payne. Meanwhile, Hannah was apparently “excited about the idea of trying to play a character and not being ‘Daryl’.”


  38. Where r u Darryl hanna?


    • Actors whose careers were saved by Netflix

      Daryl Hannah

      Thanks to early ’80s pics like Blade Runner and Splash, Daryl Hannah was definitely a household name who earned prominent placement in buzzy pics for quite a few years. But in the early aughts, her status as a top biller was all but history, and even her most high-profile roles seemed a little like a throwback (see also: Kill Bill and Death Proof). 

      Before Netflix’s Sense8 gave her a headlining role as the mother of a telepathic cluster of kids, you’d be hard pressed to even watch half the projects she’d done in the prior decade, but now the sky’s the limit for her once again, with several projects currently in the works. 


  39. 5 Breakout 80s Movies of Daryl Hannah

    Tall, statuesque and blonde, Daryl Hannah stands out on screen and had everyone’s attention in her early film career, and though her striking beauty caught people’s eyes, it was her lasting appeal as a gifted actress that won her fans. Refusing to fall into typecasting, her diverse roles were some of the most iconic in the 1980s and are still remembered as some of the best. Here are 5 movies that have shaped the career of Daryl Hannah and made her a breakout star.


  40. Re: RIP John F Kennedy Jr (JFK JR) Who died in Plane Crash, along with Wife and Sister in law, 17 years ago today

    I liked John and Daryl’s relationship the best. I bought all the mags/tabloids they were in together. She was like the damsel in distress (with Jackson Browne) and then he rescued her, etc. They seemed in love and had fun together. (I loved the pictures of them in Central Park). I was really disappointed when he left her for Carolyn.


  41. Death does suck – but you know there’s a new David Carradine movie coming out this year called THE AMERICAN CONNECTION


  42. Annabella Sciorra Claims Harvey Weinstein Raped Her as Daryl Hannah and Ellen Barkin Recall Scary Incidents in New Expose

    Three more actresses have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, joining the long line of more than 50 women who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual assault and harassment. Annabella Sciorra, Daryl Hannah and Ellen Barkin spoke to The New Yorker in a new expose, released Friday, about their harrowing encounters with Weinstein.


    • Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein

      The actress Daryl Hannah told me this week about two incidents that occurred, during the early aughts, in which Weinstein pounded on her hotel-room door until she, in one case, escaped out a back entrance. When it happened again the following day, she barricaded herself in her room using furniture. Another time, Weinstein asked her if he could touch her breasts. She believes that, after she refused, Weinstein retaliated against her professionally. “I am a private person, with a rule of speaking to the press only for professional reasons,” she told me. Hannah said that she had decided to speak publicly about her experiences for the first time, more than a decade after they occurred, because “I feel a moral obligation to support the women who have suffered much more egregious transgressions.” She, like many women who have come forward, still had doubts about the trade-offs she would have to make for speaking openly. “It’s one of those things your body has to adjust to. You get dragged into the gutter of nastiness and pettiness and shame and all of these things, and it sometimes seems healthier and wiser to just move on with your life and not allow yourself to be re-victimized.”

      Unlike Sciorra, Daryl Hannah, who is known for her roles in “Splash,” “Wall Street,” and many other films, told colleagues about what had happened to her. “I did tell people about it,” she told me. “And it didn’t matter.” Hannah first met Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival, in the early aughts, before she appeared in “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” which Weinstein produced. She was returning to her room at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the same hotel where Sciorra said Weinstein harassed her. She saw Weinstein, who was at a reception in the hotel bar nearby. He called her over, and told her that he loved her work. Then he asked for her room number so that he could call her to schedule a meeting.

      “That seemed pretty normal to me, you know, how people talk in business, and I didn’t know his reputation or anything,” Hannah said. She was in her room, already in her pajamas and getting ready for bed, when the phone calls started. “It felt like it was too late to have a meeting. I didn’t want to answer.” Though she didn’t pick up, she guessed that it was Weinstein. “And then, shortly thereafter, the knocking on the door began,” she told me. “It was sort of incessant, and then it started turning into pounding on my door,” she said. She was certain that it was Weinstein—as she recalls, she saw him through the peephole in the door. The pounding became so frightening that Hannah, who was staying on the ground floor, left her room via an exterior door. She spent the night in her makeup artist’s room. The following evening, Hannah was in her room with the makeup artist, packing her things ahead of their departure the next morning, when the pounding on the door began again. “The knocking started again and again. And I was like, ‘Oh, s***,’ ” Hannah recalled. “We actually pushed a dresser in front of the door and just kind of huddled in the room.” The next morning, as they left, Weinstein was standing outside the hotel, and appeared, she felt, to be waiting for her. She left quickly and went to the airport.

      Several years later, while she was promoting “Kill Bill: Volume 2,” Hannah was in Rome for the film’s Italian première. She and the rest of the cast were scheduled to depart the following morning on a private plane belonging to Miramax. The premiere was followed by a reception, after which Hannah was in her suite at the Hassler Roma hotel with another hair-and-makeup artist, Steeve Daviault. The two had changed into their pajamas and were sitting on Hannah’s bed with an order of room-service spaghetti, watching a Sophia Loren movie, when Weinstein entered the bedroom. “He had a key,” Hannah recalled. “He came through the living room and into the bedroom. He just burst in like a raging bull. And I know with every fiber of my being that if my male makeup artist was not in that room, things would not have gone well. It was scary.” Daviault remembered the incident vividly. “I was there to keep her safe,” he told me.

      When Hannah asked Weinstein what he was doing, he became flustered and angry, she said. Weinstein demanded that she get dressed and attend a party downstairs. Hannah pointed out that no one had ever mentioned a party. Weinstein stormed out, and she quickly took off her glasses and pajamas, donned a dress, and headed downstairs. When she arrived at the reception room Weinstein had mentioned, it was “completely empty,” Hannah recalled. “And it wasn’t even like there had been a party there. I didn’t see drinks around.” As she turned to leave, Weinstein was standing by the elevator. Hannah asked him what was happening and Weinstein replied, “Are your tits real?” Then he asked if he could feel them. “I said, ‘No, you can’t!’ And then he said, ‘At least flash me, then.’ And I said, ‘Fuck off, Harvey.’ ” She took the elevator back to her room and went to sleep.

      “I experienced instant repercussions,” she told me. The next morning, the Miramax private plane left without Hannah on it. Her flights for a trip to Cannes for the film’s French premiere were cancelled, as were her hotel room in Cannes and her hair-and-makeup artist for the festival. “I called everybody,” she recalled, including her manager, a producer on the film, and its director, Quentin Tarantino, who has since told the Times that he knew enough, from his years collaborating with Weinstein, to have done more to stop him, and regrets his failure to do so. “I called all the powers that be and told them what had happened,” Hannah said. “And that I thought that was the repercussion, you know, the backlash from my experience.”

      “And it didn’t matter,” Hannah said. “I think that it doesn’t matter if you’re a well-known actress, it doesn’t matter if you’re twenty or if you’re forty, it doesn’t matter if you report or if you don’t, because we are not believed. We are more than not believed—we are berated and criticized and blamed.”

      Other women told me that Hannah’s fear of retaliation was well-founded. The actress Ellen Barkin told me that, though she was never a victim of Weinstein’s sexual advances, he frequently verbally abused her, calling her a “c” and “c b****” during the filming of “Into the West,” which he produced. “The repercussions are real,” she said. “I was terrified Harvey was going to make it impossible to go back to work, with those tentacles of his.” She continued, “This fear of losing your career is not losing your ticket to a borrowed dress and earrings someone paid you to wear. It’s losing your ability to support yourself, to support your family, and this is fucking real whether you are the biggest movie star or the lowest-pay-grade assistant.”


  43. Maybe for a future What the Hell Happened to.. article there can be one on Lori Singer. I’m bringing this up because Lori Singer kind of looks like Daryl Hannah and they rose to prominence (Daryl with “Splash” and Lori with “Footloose”) around the same time. And yet, Lori Singer never really became a huge star. Incidentally, Daryl Hannah was up for Lori Singer’s part in “Footloose” but she ultimately chose to do “Splash” instead.


  44. Wow, this Harvey Weinstein business has really gotten rough; I will say I liked Lori Singer in the otherwise mediocre film “The Man With One Red Shoe” (when Tom Hanks did 1986’s “Nothing in Common”, with Jackie Gleason as the dad, I fell in movie love with Tom Hanks. Oh, and I thought Sela Ward was fun there in her role; then again, I’m a sucker for southern women:-)


  45. Good Bad Flicks: The Final Terror (1983)


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