Although her career began in modeling, Liv Tyler earned respect as an actress on her own merits. With only a few supporting roles under her belt, the untrained 19-year-old thespian imbued her character in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1996) with a beguiling luminosity that charmed audiences. Hollywood, however, was hard-pressed to find a niche for the nearly six-foot, ethereal beauty. Underused in mainstream fare like "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and the blockbuster "Armageddon" (1998), she fit more comfortably in smaller, ensemble films like Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). That all changed with Tyler's portrayal of the warrior elf Arwen in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), the first installment of the immensely popular fantasy trilogy. The actress went on to star in such diverse projects as the grim thriller "The Strangers" (2008) and the superhero adaptation "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). Independent film would never be far from Tyler's heart, however, as evidenced by her work in smaller projects like "Super" (2010) and "Robot and Frank" (2012). Clearly more interested in taking on roles that challenged her than in achieving stardom, Tyler grew as an actress in ventures both grand and small in scale.