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Sheryl Lee

Highest Rated:   94% Winter's Bone (2010)
Lowest Rated:   36% Texas Killing Fields (2011)
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Birthplace:   Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
American actress Sheryl Lee has come a long way since her screen debut as the enigmatic, beautiful corpse of Laura Palmer, a murdered homecoming queen in David Lynch's surreal TV soap Twin Peaks (1990-1992). Later in the series, Lee got to play Laura's twin cousin, Madeleine Ferguson, until she too was slain. Though playing a dead girl may not have been the most ideal role, it earned Lee considerable fame, though she claims passerby recognizing her on the street would "look startled and look at me as if I were a ghost." She made her feature-film debut playing a supporting role in Lawrence Kasden's I Love You to Death (1990) and then played Glinda the Good Witch in Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990). Lee got to play an alive Laura Palmer in Lynch's panned feature-film prequel to his series, Twin Peaks: Firewalk With Me (1992). She has gone on to play the swinging German photographer who caused the "fifth Beatle" to leave the group in Back Beat (1994) and as Helga Noth in the screen adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night (1996). Though she has appeared in these and other relatively mainstream films, Lee is perhaps best known for appearing in American independent features such as Fall Time (1995) and Notes From the Underground (1996). In addition to her filmwork, Lee also performs in television movies and on-stage. One of her more famous stage roles was that of the title role in the New York production of Salome in which she starred opposite Al Pacino. As her career progresses, Lee has gained a reputation for appearing nude on stage, screen, and television. Though she claims she hates it, the nudity she displays is never exploitative, rather she imbues it with an ethereal quality that defies tawdriness. In 1997, she appeared in the sexually frank drama Bliss as a frustrated wife who visits a tantric sex therapist to learn how to find fulfillment with her spouse.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Café Society
  • Karen Stern
$11.1M 2016
No Score Yet Rebirth
  • Air
2016
62% Jackie & Ryan
  • Miriam
2015
57% White Bird in a Blizzard
  • May
2014
36% Texas Killing Fields
  • Lucie Sliger
$45.8k 2011
94% Winter's Bone
  • April
$6.2M 2010
No Score Yet Paradise Texas
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Secrets of Comfort House
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Paradise, Texas
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Kingpin
  • Marlene McDillon Cadena
2003
No Score Yet Children on Their Birthdays
  • Elinore
2002
No Score Yet Hitched
  • Eve Robbins
2002
No Score Yet Blood Oranges
  • Fiona
1999
No Score Yet Kiss the Sky
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Angel's Dance
  • Angelica Chaste
1999
37% John Carpenter's Vampires
  • Katrina
1998
No Score Yet Notes From Underground
  • Liza
1998
No Score Yet Dante's View
  • Sam
1998
43% This World, Then the Fireworks
  • Lois Archer
1997
46% Bliss
  • Maria
1997
No Score Yet David
  • Bathsheba
1997
64% Mother Night
  • Helga Noth
1996
No Score Yet Homage
  • Lucy Samuel
1996
No Score Yet Follow the River
  • Mary Ingles
1995
No Score Yet Notes From the Underground
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Guinevere
  • Guinevere
1994
74% Backbeat
  • Astrid
1994
No Score Yet Don't Do It
  • Michelle
1994
46% Mr. Jones
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Jersey Girl
  • Tara
1993
No Score Yet Fall Time
  • Patty
1993
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Laura Palmer
1992
No Score Yet Love, Lies and Murder
  • Patti
1991
65% Wild At Heart
  • Good Witch
1990
56% I Love You to Death
  • Actor
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
9% Rosewood
2015
  • Brenda Downs
  • 2016
No Score Yet Perception
2012-2015
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Janet Brooks
  • 2010
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Dr. Donna Gooden
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Ellen Garner
  • 2006
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Stephanie
  • 2006
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
  • Ellie Harp Elizabeth `Ellie' Harp
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Tina Hodges
  • 2003
93% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Laura Palmer/Madeleine `Maddy' Ferguson Laura Palmer Laura Palmer/Madeline Ferguson
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
  • Elizabeth `Ellie' Harp

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