Liv Rundgren Tyler (born Liv Rundgren; July 1, 1977) is an American actress and former child model. She is the daughter of Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, and model Bebe Buell. Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14 but, after less than a year, she decided to focus on acting. After her film debut Silent Fall (1994), she appeared in supporting roles in Empire Records (1995), Heavy (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996). Tyler later achieved critical recognition in the leading role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty (1996), playing a teenage girl visiting her deceased mother’s artist friends in Italy. She followed this by appearing in supporting roles including Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Robert Altman’s black comedy Cookie’s Fortune (1999).
Tyler achieved international recognition as a result of her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003). She has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the 2004 comedy Jersey Girl, the indie film Lonesome Jim (2005), the drama Reign Over Me (2007) and big-budget studio films such as Armageddon (1998), the home invasion horror film The Strangers (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).
In 2014, Tyler made her television debut on the HBO series The Leftovers in a recurring role.
She has served as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for the United States in 2003, and as a spokesperson for Givenchy’s line of perfume and cosmetics.
Tyler was born Liv Rundgren at Mount Sinai Hospital in East Harlem, New York She is the only daughter of Bebe Buell, a model, singer, and former Playboy Playmate (Miss November 1974), and Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith. Her mother named her after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, after seeing Ullmann on the cover of the March 5, 1977 issue of TV Guide. She is of Italian, German, Polish, and English ancestry on her father’s side and German ancestry on her mother’s side. Tyler has three half-siblings: Mia Tyler (born 1978) Chelsea Anna Tallarico (born 1989), and Taj Monroe Tallarico (born 1992). Her maternal grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, founded the Protocol School of Washington.
From 1972 to 1979, Liv’s mother Bebe Buell lived with rock musician Todd Rundgren. In 1976, Buell became unexpectedly pregnant from a brief relationship with Steven Tyler. On July 1, 1977, Buell gave birth, naming the daughter Liv Rundgren and claiming that Todd Rundgren was the biological father. Rundgren and Buell ended their romantic relationship but Rundgren put his heart and soul into the “white lie”. At age eight Liv met Steven Tyler and noticed a resemblance she shared with his other daughter, Mai. When she asked her mother about the similarity, the secret was revealed. The truth about Tyler’s paternity did not become public until six years later in 1991, when she changed her name from Rundgren to Tyler but kept the former as a middle name. Buell’s stated reason for the initial decision was that Steven was too heavily addicted to drugs at the time of her birth Since learning the truth about her paternity, Liv and Steven have developed a close relationship They also have worked together professionally, once when she appeared in Aerosmith’s music video for “Crazy” in 1993, and again when Aerosmith performed many of the songs in the film Armageddon (1998) in which Tyler starred.
According to Tyler “… Todd basically decided when I was born that I needed a father so he signed my birth certificate. He knew that there was a chance that I might not be his but ….” He paid to put her through private school, and she visited him several times a year.
Tyler maintains a close relationship with Rundgren. “I’m so grateful to him, I have so much love for him. You know, when he holds me it feels like Daddy. And he’s very protective and strong.
Tyler attended the Congressional Schools of Virginia, Breakwater School, and Waynflete School in Portland, before returning to New York City with her mother at age 12. She went to York Preparatory in New York City for junior high and high school after her mother researched the school to accommodate Tyler’s ADHD She graduated in 1995 and left to continue her acting career When asked about the way she spent her youth, Tyler said: “For me, I didn’t get much of a childhood in my teen years because I’ve been working since I was 14. But that also kept me out of trouble. When everybody was doing acid and partying like crazy, I was at work on a movie in Tuscany … having my own fun, of course, but it was a different kind of thing. I have no regrets. I love the way my life has gone.
In 1998, Tyler began dating British musician Royston Langdon of the band Spacehog. She and Langdon became engaged in February 2001 and married in Barbados on March 25, 2003. On December 14, 2004, she gave birth to a son, Milo William Langdon. On May 8, 2008, the couple confirmed through representatives that they would be separating but remain friends In an interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph, Tyler revealed that her separation from Langdon led her to move to Los Angeles, explaining that it was hard to be in the Manhattan home that they had shared. In June 2010, Tyler stated she was “far too sensitive” for casual dates, adding “I fall in love once in a blue moon. In September 2014, Tyler confirmed she was pregnant with her second child; the father is sports and entertainment manager David Gardner. On February 11, 2015 Tyler had her second son, Sailor Gene Gardner, who was born six weeks early.
Tyler is an active supporter of the charitable United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States in 2003. In November 2004, she hosted the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake in New York City. Tyler also served as spokesperson for the 2004 Givenchy Mother’s Day promotion, in support of UNICEF’s Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) campaign.
Since 2004, she has donated to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund to support innovative research, education, and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancers. In October 2007, Tyler, along with her mother, Bebe Buell and her grandmother, Dorothea Johnson, helped launch the Emergen-C Pink energy drink, in which the event was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
She is a friend of designer Stella McCartney, model Helena Christensen, and actresses Kate Hudson, Chloë Sevigny, and Gwyneth Paltrow. She was formerly a vegan, but later began to eat meat. In 2003, she became the spokesperson for Givenchy perfume and cosmetics; in 2005 the brand named a rose after her, which was used in one of its fragrances. In 2009, Tyler signed on for two more years as Givenchy spokesperson. On December 8, 2011, Givenchy announced a collaboration between Givenchy perfumes and Sony Music. In the video released on February 7, 2012, Liv Tyler covered the INXS song “Need You Tonight”.
Tyler learned Transcendental Meditation in New York City In December 2012 she participated in a charity gala for the David Lynch Foundation to provide Transcendental Meditation to disadvantaged sections of society. At the event she said, “it helps me make better decisions and be a better mother, and just deal with the daily stress of the modern world that we live in. It helps with everything.