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’s first appearance on the big screen was a small role in Brian de Palma’s supernatural thriller, The Fury in 1978.
In 1981, she had another small role opposite Kim Basinger in Hard Country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Posted on September 23, 2012, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged blade runner, Daryl Hannah, roxanne, Splash, steel magnolias, wall street. Bookmark the permalink. 119 Comments.