Lily Rabe (born June 29, 1982) is a stage and film actress that has been an integral member of the American Horror Story ensemble with her roles as Nora Montgomery in Murder House, Sister Mary Eunice in Asylum and Freak Show, Misty Day in Coven, Aileen Wuornos in Hotel, and Shelby Miller in Roanoke.


Rabe was born in 1982 in New York City, New York in the Upper West Side. She is the daughter of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh. She has a younger brother, Michael Rabe, an actor and playwright, and an older half-brother, Jason Rabe, a musician.


On stage, she has appeared in the Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias, and as Portia in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice.

She guest starred on the Ryan Murphy-created "Nip/Tuck" and on three shows in the L&O franchise in unrelated roles; "Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU, and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent". She was also in two episodes each of "Medium" and "The Good Wife".

She has two films in development, biopic The First she will play silent film actress and pioneer businesswoman, Mary Pickford[1] and the Phil Joanou directed horror mockumentary The Veil. She returned to TV to star in the ABC sci-fi drama series "The Whispers" in 2015. Unfortunately, it was not picked up for a second season.




  1. Cannes 2012: Lily Rabe to Play Silent Film Star Mary Pickford on Screen.
  2. 'Hunger Games' meets 'Game of Thrones': Gwendoline Christie replacing Lily Rabe in 'Mockingjay - Part 2'.

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