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Laura Dern

Highest Rated:   100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)
Lowest Rated:   10% Little Fockers (2010)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
Playing characters ranging from wide-eyed virgins to willful sirens to drug-addicted losers, Laura Dern (born February 10, 1967) is among the screen's most interesting modern actresses. Her parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, are both successful actors but initially discouraged her from becoming involved in the profession. Still, acting was Dern's childhood goal, and after her parents divorced, she made her film debut at the age of six in White Lightning (1973).The following year, Dern played a bit part in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She got her first major role in 1980, playing a teenager in Adrian Lyne's Foxes. By 1983, she had appeared in more films, and in defiance of her parents' wishes, decided to get some formal dramatic training at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where she studied Method acting. She went on to appear in films such as Teachers (1984) and Mask (1985) and gained a reputation for realistic portrayals of goodhearted innocents. Dern could have easily been typecast into such roles had Joyce Chopra not cast her as a rebellious teen anxious to experience a sexual awakening in Smooth Talk (1986). The young actress' portrayal earned her a New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics. That same year, Dern became an even more marketable actress when she played a fresh-faced young sleuth in David Lynch's disturbing, groundbreaking Blue Velvet. She again worked with Lynch in the flamboyantly bizarre Wild at Heart (1990), in which she played an oversexed 20-year-old on the run with her lover (Nicholas Cage). The film proved to be a family affair, as Ladd played her villainous mother. The two appeared together again the following year in the beautifully wrought Rambling Rose. Dern's naturalistic performance as a troubled 19-year-old who wants love, but has confused it with sex, won her considerable acclaim that culminated in an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Ladd was also nominated, making it the first time a mother-daughter team had been so honored in the same year.In 1993, Dern became a bigger star portraying a courageous paleo-botanist in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park. Three years later, she played one of her most offbeat roles as a paint-huffing, spiteful, pregnant, and dumb as a box-of-doorknobs homeless girl who finds herself caught in the middle of a battle royale between pro- and anti-abortion groups in the black comedy Citizen Ruth. In 1999, she took on two very diverse roles, first playing a supportive high school teacher in October Sky and then returning to the realm of eccentricity -- and to sharing the screen with her mother -- as part of an unconventional Alabama family in Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy and Them. Though audiences were no doubt eager to see what Slingblade director Thornton had up his sleeve for the eagerly anticipated feature, Daddy and Them did recieve stateside release into a full two-years after production wrapped - and when it finally did find it's way into theaters critical and popular response was lukewarm at best.The disappointment was more than counterbalanced that year however when Dern and boyfriend Ben Harper gave birth to their first baby boy Ellery, and in addition to also returning to the land of dinosaurs with Jurassic Park III in 2001. Dern essayed memorable supporting performances in a number of films including Novcaine, Focus and I Am Sam. Stepping back into the lead for her role as true life HMO whistle-blower Linda Peeno in the made-for-HBO film Damaged Goods, many found Dern's performance so moving that whispers of an Emmy nomination began to circulate. That wasn't in the cards however, and the following year Dern returned to feature work with the adulterous drama We Don't Live Here Anymore.In addition to her film career, Dern has appeared on stage and television. In 1992, she won an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award for performing in the HBO docudrama Afterb

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Actor
2017
42% Wilson
  • Pippi
2017
82% The Founder
  • Ethel Kroc
2017
90% Certain Women
  • Laura
2016
92% 99 Homes
  • Lynn Nash
2015
No Score Yet Gridiron Heroes
  • Actor
2015
20% Bravetown
  • Annie
2015
90% Wild
  • Bobbi
2014
17% When The Game Stands Tall
  • Bev Ladouceur
2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars
  • Frannie
2014
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
86% The Master
  • Helen Sullivan
2012
75% Everything Must Go
  • Delilah
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Cafe Patron
2011
10% Little Fockers
  • Prudence
2010
40% Tenderness
  • Aunt Teresa
2008
76% Recount
  • Katherine Harris
2008
No Score Yet Corduroy...And More Stories About Caring
  • Actor
2008
70% Year of the Dog
  • Bret
2007
60% Lynch
  • Actor
2007
48% Lonely Hearts
  • Rene Fodie
2006
72% Inland Empire
  • Producer
  • Nikki Grace/Susan Blue
2006
No Score Yet Jumbo Box of Storybook Classics 2
  • Actor
2006
58% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
  • Dortha Schaefer
2005
54% Happy Endings
  • Pam
2005
No Score Yet Is Your Mama a Llama?... and More Stories About Growing Up
  • Actor
2004
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore
  • Terry Linden
2004
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Mysteries of Love
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Le prix de la santé
  • Linda Peeno
2002
34% I Am Sam
  • Randy Carpenter
2001
38% Novocaine
  • Jean Noble
2001
56% Focus
  • Gertrude Hart
2001
No Score Yet Within These Walls
  • Sister Pauline Quinn
2001
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Dr. Ellie Sattler
2001
86% Daddy and Them
  • Ruby Montgomery
2001
57% Dr. T and the Women
  • Peggy
2000
No Score Yet A Season for Miracles
  • Berry
1999
90% October Sky
  • Miss Riley
1999
No Score Yet The Baby Dance
  • Wanda LeFauve
1998
No Score Yet Real Ellen Story
  • Actor
1998
100% Bastard out of Carolina
  • Narrator
1996
80% Citizen Ruth
  • Ruth Stoops
1996
No Score Yet Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy
  • Vicki Weaver
1996
No Score Yet Down Came a Blackbird
  • Helen
1995
81% A Perfect World
  • Sally Gerber
1993
93% Jurassic Park
  • Ellie Sattler
1993
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Song of Sacajawea
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Afterburn
  • Janet Harduvel
1992
100% Rambling Rose
  • Rose
1991
65% Wild At Heart
  • Lula Pace Fortune
1990
No Score Yet Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted
  • Actor
1990
50% Fat Man and Little Boy
  • Kathleen Robinson
1989
No Score Yet Haunted Summer
  • Claire Clairmont
1988
94% Blue Velvet
  • Sandy Williams
1986
No Score Yet Almost You
  • Actor
1985
93% Mask
  • Diana
1985
78% Smooth Talk
  • Connie
1985
62% Teachers
  • Diane
1984
No Score Yet Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • Jessica McNeil
1981
67% Foxes
  • Debbie
1980
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
1974
83% White Lightning
  • Maggie's daughter
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
82% F Is for Family
2015
  • Voice
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
86% Enlightened
2011-2013
  • Creator
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Amy Jellicoe
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Tabatha Fortis
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
  • Voice
86% Big Little Lies
2017
  • Renata Klein
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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