A third generation of Miners in show business, Rachel Miner has began acting at the age of 10, playing the young version of Alice (1990) in Woody Allen’s film with the same name, and portraying troubled young heroine Michelle Bert Bauer (1990-1995) on CBS' long-running series "Guiding Light." She was critically applauded for starring in the 2001 true-story-based drama Bully and recently could be seen as Hilary Swank’s little sister in Brian De Palma’s newly-released crime-drama The Black Dahlia, alongside Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson and Aaron Eckhart. She will star in the upcoming films Penny Dreadful and Hide.
Miner was also credited in several theatrical productions, including in Laura Cahill's Naked Faith: The Way at Naked Angels (1994) in New York, Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank (1996/1997; opposite Natalie Portman), Donald Margulies' adaptation of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance (2000) in Seattle, as well as Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge (2001; in Chicago; 2002 in New York City).
In the late 1990s, Miner became media attention for her 2-year marriage with former kid star Macaulay Culkin. The relatively young couple married in 1998 and divorced in 2000.
Childhood and Family:
The third generation of Miners to take to the theatre, film and television, Rachel Miner was born on July 29, 1980, in New York City, New York, and grew up on Upper West Side. Her father, Peter Miner, is an Emmy winning director (best known for his work on the ABC soap "One Life to Live") and a noted NYC acting and directing teacher, while her mother is a writer and an Off Broadway director. Her grandparents were producer/director Worthington Miner and actress Frances Fuller. Former actor Peter Miner is her brother.
Rachel attended Professional Children's School in New York City, where she first met fellow child actor, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin (born on August 26, 1980). The relatively young couple announced their engagement on March 30, 1998, and got married on June 21, 1998. The marriage of the two teenagers was short-lived. It ended in divorce on August 5, 2000.
Under The Guiding Light
Born into a show business family, Rachel Miner wanted to be an actress since age 2. She began working with an acting coach at 8 and got her first agent at age 9. By the age of 10, she had worked with distinguished director Woody Allen, who handed her first film role in his drama comedy Alice (1990), in which she played the title role at age 12 (the adult version was played by Mia Farrow).
Before Alice was released, Miner has landed a role in the longest-running soap opera "The Guiding Light" (1952), playing troubled young heroine Michelle Bert Bauer. She stayed on the CBS drama from 1990 to 1995 and received three Young Artist Awards and an Emmy nomination.
During her “Guiding Light” years, Miner appeared in the TV movie Shining Time Station Christmas: 'Tis a Gift (1990; with Ringo Starr) and lent her voice in a November 1995 documentary "The American Experience," the latter of which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination.
On stage, 14-year-old Miner appeared in Laura Cahill's Naked Faith: The Way at Naked Angels in New York (1994) before making her Broadway debut at seventeen, in Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank (1996/1997). In the James Lapine-directed play, she played older sister Margo Frank to the title role (played by Natalie Portman).
Back on screen, moviegoers could catch her in Hal Hartley’s drama comedy Henry Fool (1997; starring James Urbaniak and Thomas Jay Ryan) and in Frank Whaley's directorial debut, the crime drama Joe the King (1999; starring Noah Fleiss and Karen Young). She was also spotted as a guest in a September 1999 episode of HBO’s popular drama comedy "Sex and the City."
2001 saw Miner with her breakthrough screen role as Lisa Connelly, a young teenager who convinces her boyfriend (played by Brad Renfro) to kill his abusive best friend (played by Nick Stahl), in Bully. The true-story based film was adapted from the book Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze and directed by Larry Clark. Her brilliant performance later was awarded Best Actress Award at the Stockholm Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Miner continued her theatrical works. She originated the role of Rivkele in Donald Margulies' adaptation of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance (2000), directed by Gordon Edelstein at ACT in Seattle. She also originated the role of a prostitute named Sandy in Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge (2001), directed by Robert Falls at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and later reprised it in 2002 at The Public Theatre in New York City.
The following years, Miner added to her film-acting resume with 2004’s Haven and 2005’s Thanks to Gravity, Guy in Row Five, The Still Life, Man of God, Little Athens, and Circadian Rhythm. In April 2006, she guest starred in an episode of CBS popular crime drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." She was also seen in 2006 films The Memory Thief, Cult, Fatwa, and the newly-released The Black Dahlia, a Brian De Palma's take on James Ellroy's novel about the unsolved murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short (better known as the Black Dahlia). In the film, which also stars Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson and Aaron Eckhart, Miner portrayed the pointlessly weird little sister of Hilary Swank's character.
Miner is currently filming two horror films: Richard Brandes' Penny Dreadful, starring as the title role opposite Mimi Rogers, and K.C. Bascombe's Hide, alongside Christian Kane, Polly Shannon and Beth Grant. She will also star opposite James Franco in writer-director Eric Kmetz' short drama Grasshopper.