Laura Innes

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  • Birth Name: Laura Elizabeth Innes
  • Birth Place: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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Biography

This charismatic, stage-trained player was so convincing as the dedicated but difficult Dr. Weaver on ER, it's hard to imagine her in other roles, let alone in real life. But rest assured, Innes---who has two children with her actor husband, David Brisbin---isn't so abrasive off screen. Although she was still in college when she made her film debut in 1978's The Fury, Innes spent the next decade in Chicago theater. After moving to Hollywood, she did guest spots and small parts in TV-movies before landing a recurring role as Thomas Hayden Church's sex-crazed ex-wife in Wings. In 1995, Innes signed on to ER for 14 episodes, and her deeply flawed character proved so popular that she became a regular during the medical drama's third season. Over the years, her TV alter ago grappled with a physical handicap and her sexual orientation, and continually locked horns with her colleagues. Innes earned two Emmy nods for her on-camera work and, after launching a concurrent career as a small-screen director, also picked up a nomination for helming an episode of The West Wing. In 2010, Innes was cast in the NBC action drama The Event.

Fast Facts

  • Played Stella in a Chicago production of A Streetcar Named Desire, with John Malkovich as Mitch.
  • Made her film debut while still in college, in Brian DePalma's The Fury (1978).
  • Originally auditioned for ER in 1994 as one of George Clooney's girlfriends.
  • Directed episodes of ER, Brothers and Sisters and House; was nominated for an Emmy for directing an episode of The West Wing.
  • Was the first female celebrity to become a champion on Jeopardy!
  • Close friends with college classmate Megan Mullally.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Laurette Innes — Mother
  • David Brisbin — Husband
  • Kathy Innes — Sister
  • Robert Innes — Father
  • Mia — Daughter
  • Cal — Son

College

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BA in Communication, 1979)

Details

  • Birth Name: Laura Elizabeth Innes
  • Birth Place: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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