Lin Shaye Biography

(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Elise Rainier’ in the ‘Insidious' Film Series)

Birthday: October 12, 1943 (Libra)

Born In: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Lin Shaye is an American actress, most recognized for her role as Elise Rainier in the ‘Insidious’ movie series. After graduating with a degree in acting from the University of Michigan, Shaye moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre. She started off by performing in off-Broadway shows and later moved to the greener pastures of films and television. She shifted her base to Los Angeles and made her debut with a minor role in the 1975 film ‘Hester Street’. Her initial career is dotted with several minor roles in various genres of films. Her most famous films of her early days include ‘There’s Something about Mary’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber’. She has starred in over 100 movies, and her most acclaimed performance until date remains her portrayal of the medium in the 2010 horror film ‘Insidious’. The movie was among the highest-grossing films of the year, and Shaye was unanimously praised by critics. She even bagged the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for her performance. Since then, she has reprised her role in many ‘Insidious’ sequels and chosen similar roles in a slew of horror films. Her latest releases include ‘Killing Winston Jones’ and ‘Bayou Tales’. She has several movies lined up for release in the coming months.
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Also Known As: Linda Shaye

Age: 80 Years, 80 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Clayton Landey (m. 1988–2003), Marshall Rubinoff (m. ?–1968)

father: Max Mendle Shaye

mother: Dorothy

children: Lee J. Landey

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Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females

Ancestry: Romanian American, Russian American

City: Detroit, Michigan

U.S. State: Michigan

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education: University Of Michigan

Childhood & Early Life
Lin Shaye was born on October 12, 1943 to Dorothy and Max Mendle Shaye in Detroit, Michigan. Her father was a painter. She has a brother named Robert Shaye who works as a film executive. Shaye studied at the University of Michigan, from where she graduated with a degree in acting.
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Lin Shaye began her acting career by appearing in local theatre productions in New York. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to try her luck in films and TV. She started off with small roles in movies, including ‘Goin South’, ‘The Triangle Factory Scandal’, and ‘Eight is Enough’.
She continued making minor appearances in hit movies, such as ‘The Long Riders’ (1980), ‘Alone in the Dark’ (1982), ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984), ‘Brewster’s Millionaire’ (1985), ‘Critters’ (1986), ‘Slam Dance’ (1987) and ‘Book of Love’ (1990).
Shayne became famous in 1994 after starring in the popular comedy ‘Dumb and Dumber’ as Mrs. Neugeboren. The movie and her character became cult favorites, and she was cast in similar roles in comedies like ‘Kingpin’ (1996) and ‘Last Man Standing’ (1996).
In 1998, she starred as Magda in ‘There’s Something about Mary’ alongside Cameron Diaz. Her performance fetched her a nomination at the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in Comedy.
Her success as a supporting actress landed her more roles in the 2000s. She was seen in ‘Wish You Were Dead’ (2002), ‘Dumb and Dumberer’ (2003), ‘Dead End’ (2003), ‘Cellular’ (2004), ‘Unbeatable Harold’ (2006), ‘Snakes on a Plane’ (2006), and My Sister’s Keeper’, among other movies.
While Shaye has worked in more movies than TV series, she has done some notable TV roles as a guest star, including ‘Who’s the Boss?’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Frasier’, ‘Becker’, ‘ER’, and ‘Still the King’.
In 2010, she starred in ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ and ‘Killer by Nature’ before she finally received her first lead role as Elise Rainer in ‘Insidious’. The horror movie was a hit, and she won a Fangoria Chainsaw award and was also nominated for a Saturn award.
After ‘Insidious’, Shaye began appearing in more prominent roles. She was seen playing Dody in ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy’ (2011), Jill in ‘Take Me Home’, and Mrs. Hawthorne in ‘Rosewood Lane’. In the second instalment of ‘Insidious’ titled ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’, she returned to play the role of Elise in 2012. The movie also became a hit.
In 2013, she was cast as Denise Mack in ‘Crazy Kind of Love’. When Shaye’s popularity grew in the horror genre, she started choosing similar roles. Her horror movies from that period include ‘Ouija’ (2014) and ‘Tales of Halloween’ (2015).
In 2015, she returned as Elise for the third instalment of ‘Insidious’ titled ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’. The film opened with mixed reviews, but Shaye’s performance was praised by many. She played the same role in ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ in 2018.
Since 2016, Shaye has been part of many forgettable movies of the horror genre. She was seen in ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ (2016), The Black Room’ (2017), and ‘Grow House’ (2017). She also appeared as Glenda in four episodes of the series ‘Grip and Electric’. Her latest releases include ‘Gothic Harvest’ and ‘Killing Winston Jones’ in 2018.
Despite not being a lead actor, Shaye’s love for acting and her powerful performances have kept her relevant in the film industry since her debut in 1997. Her upcoming releases include ‘Jackson’s Hole’, ‘Grudge’, ‘Room for Rent’, and ‘Bayou Tales’.
Family & Personal Life
Lin Shaye was married to Marshall Rubinoff until his death in 1968. She later married Clayton Landey, her co-actor from ‘Wish You Were Dead’, in 1988. They separated and filed for a divorce in 2003. The couple has one child.

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