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. She first appeared as ghostly socialite Nora Montgomery in Murder House. Rabe returned as Sister Mary Eunice, a shy nun possessed by the Devil in Asylum and Freak Show. In Coven and Apocalypse, she portrayed hippie witch Misty Day and the ghost of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Hotel. In Roanoke, she portrayed Shelby Miller, a victim of a colonial haunted house and the vengeful ghost of Lavinia Richter in 1984. In February, Ryan Murphy confirmed her return for Season 10.


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 of "Medium" and three episodes of "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. In 2016, she starred in the comedy-drama film, "Miss Stevens" as the title character.


  • All of Lily Rabe's characters have killed at least one person.
    • Nora Montgomery killed Charles Montgomery; Sister Mary Eunice killed many inhabitants of Briarcliff Manor (including The Mexican); Misty Day was responsible for the deaths of two gator hunters and killed The Axeman; Aileen Wuornos killed seven men; Shelby Miller killed Matt Miller and Lavinia Richter killed many Camp Golden Star staff members.
    • Both Nora and Shelby killed their husbands and then, themselves.
    • Both Nora and Lavinia killed the people they blamed for their children's death.


Murder House



Freak Show







  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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