Lily Rabe is an American actress. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice. She is best known for her role as Claire Bennigan on the ABC science fiction series The Whispers.
About Lily Rabe in brief
Lily Rabe is an American actress. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice. She is best known for her multiple roles on the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story, and her lead role as Claire Bennigan on the ABC science fiction series The Whispers. Rabe was born in New York City on the Upper West Side, the daughter of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh. She has a younger brother, Michael, an actor and playwright, and an older paternal half-brother, Jason, a musician. Her father is Catholic, her maternal grandfather was Jewish and her maternal grandmother was Protestant. She was raised in Bedford, and moved to Lakeville, Connecticut when she was in the seventh grade. She attended the Hotchkiss School and studied dance for ten years. She then went on to study acting at Northwestern University, from which she graduated in 2004.
In 2001, Rabe made her screen debut opposite her mother in the film Never Again. In 2002, she made her professional stage debut, again alongside her mother, at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts. She starred in two one-act plays: Speaking Well of the Dead by Israel Horovitz, and The Crazy Girl by Frank Pugliese. In 2005, she took part in a workshop production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Roundabout Theatre Company, which was directed by Joe Mantello. She made her Broadway debut as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto in the 2005 revival of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Jason Moore. In 2007, she appeared in theFilm No Reservations. In August 2008, she played a plain cop in the HBO pilot Last of the Ninth, a drama set in the 1970s. In December 2008, it was reported that HBO had decided not to pick up the pilot.