Daryl Christine Hannah is an
American film actress. Best known for her performances in Splash, Blade
Runner, and Steel Magnolias, Daryl is also one of the few Hollywood
stars to speak openly about having Asperger’s Syndrome.
Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 1960, Hannah was diagnosed as being
borderline autistic as a child. Shy and reserved due to Asperger’s,
Hannah became interested in movies at a young age and joined the soccer
team in high school before enrolling at USC.
Daryl Hannah | 1960 - Present
Making her film debut in 1978, she turned down many roles early in her career. Her first notable role came in 1982 in Blade Runner. That same year she performed in the summer hit Summer Lovers, before being cast in her break-out film, Splash. Co-starring with Tom Hanks, the film was a major success, and it established her as a high-profile film actress. Her success continued throughout the 80s, which included Wall Street, Roxanne, Cyrano de Bergerac, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Steel Magnolias.
With success came popularity, which frightened Hannah, as she frequently refused to return calls or participate in promotional work. Later discussing how Asperger’s got her blacklisted from Hollywood, Hannah 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.” She would later make her return in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill in 2003.
Outside of acting, Hannah is an active environmentalist. Living, in her own words, “off the grid” on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains, she raises livestock, snowboards, rides horses, and scuba-dives. She runs her own website, and is also very involved in several charities.