Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Laura Elizabeth Dern is an award-winning American actress, known for her riveting performances in TV series and movies. has displayed her acting skillsin movies like ‘Rambling Rose’, ‘Wild’, ‘Mask’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Citizen Ruth’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. For her performance in ‘Rambling Rose’, she was nominated for an Academy Award. She appeared as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in the film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. She has also played major roles in TV series like ‘Ellen’, ‘F Is for Family’, ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Twin Peaks’. The actress has won on three occasions at the Golden Globe Awards for her outstanding performances in ‘Afterburn’, ‘Recount’ and ‘Enlightened’. She has even bagged a few awards at the Primetime Emmy Awards for her acting in the HBO series, ‘Big Little Lies’. Like many stars, Laura too, has been very vocal against sexual assaults on female movie stars in the industry.
Also Known As: Laura Elizabeth Dern
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Norwegian American
Notable Alumni: Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
education: Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute
Laura Elizabeth Dernwas born on February 10, 1967, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She is the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, who were actors themselves. Her great grandfather, George Dern, was the former Governor of Utah and Secretary of War.
Laura’s parents divorced in 1969, and hence she lost touch with her father at a very young age. She was then brought up by her mother and grandmother who were ardent Roman Catholics.
At the tender age of 9, Dern started attending the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Instituteto study acting. She emancipated from her mother at the age of thirteen, when Diane Ladd objected to her being cast in ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’.
Her first acting role was in the 1973 movie, ‘White Lightning’. But success came to her only when she played one of the lead characters in the 1980 movie, ‘Foxes’. The movie premiered on February 29, and her performance was praised.
1986, was the year that saw Dern team up with the legendary director David Lynch for the first time. She portrayed the role of Sandy Williams in the crime-thriller, ‘Blue Velvet’. She would go on to work with Lynch in four other movies throughout her career.
In spite of being praised for her acting, Dern only enjoyed moderate success from 1988 to 1990. During this phase, she starred in movies like ‘Haunted Summer’ and ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’, and in the TV series, ‘Nightmare Classics’. She also played small roles in ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted’.
By 1993, Laura was already an established star in Hollywood and this led to her being cast in the lead role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, alongside Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in the groundbreaking blockbuster, ‘Jurassic Park’. She was also cast by Clint Eastwood in ‘A Perfect World’, the same year.
Laura Dern appeared in the role of Susan in the TV series,‘Ellen’. Her character was seen in two episodes. In ‘The Puppy Episode’, aired on April 30, 1997, she played a lesbian who goads Ellen to come out. The episode was famous because it was the actual coming out of Ellen DeGeneres as a lesbian and that caused a huge controversy.
2004, saw the actress playing the role of Terry Linden in the award-winning movie, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’. She was nominated for the second best performing actress at the Seattle Film Critics Awards.
Laura Dern was married to musician Ben Harper until their divorce on September 2013. The couple had two children. She was also engaged to Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton for some time after her divorce. In 2017, she was romantically linked to Baron Davis.
On October 18, 2017, she admitted that she was sexually assaulted at the age of fourteen.
Laura Dern Movies
(Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure)
(Comedy, Short, Music)
(Mystery, Thriller, Drama)
(Family, Drama, Biography)
(Thriller, Crime, Drama)
|2020||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Marriage Story (2019)|
|2020||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture||Marriage Story (2019)|
|2018||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Big Little Lies (2017)|
|2012||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical||Enlightened (2011)|
|2009||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Recount (2008)|
|1993||Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Afterburn (1992)|
|2017||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie||Big Little Lies (2017)|
|2020||Best Supporting Actress||Marriage Story (2019)|
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