Fast Facts

  • Her father, Romulus Linney, was a writing teacher who authored over 30 plays.
  • Roomed with actress Jeanne Tripplehorn while attending a graduate program at Juilliard.
  • Recreated the character Mary Ann Singleton for the miniseries Tales of the City and its sequels based on the books by Armistead Maupin, with whom she maintains a close friendship.
  • After seeing her breakout performance in Primal Fear, Clint Eastwood picked her to portray his daughter in 1997's Absolute Power.
  • Played wife to actor Liam Neeson's John Proctor on Broadway in a 2002 revival of The Crucible and again onscreen as the wife of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey (2004).
  • Portrayed a matchmaker and the last of Dr. Frasier Crane's loves during the final season of Frasier.
  • Met her second husband while attending the Telluride film festival and was given away at the marriage ceremony by Neeson.
  • Drawn to the part of a woman dealing with a cancer diagnosis on the comedy-drama The Big C, accepted the lead role when made an executive producer.

Awards

  • 2006, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actress: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee

Relationships

  • Bennett Armistead Schauer — Son
  • Laura Callahan — Stepmother
  • Marc Schauer — Husband
  • Miriam Anderson Leggett Perse — Mother
  • Romulus Linney — Father
  • David Adkins — Ex-husband
  • Susan Linney — Half Sister

College

  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BFA in Theater Arts, 1986); The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (Drama, 1990)

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  • Birth Name: Laura Leggett Linney
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Birthday: February 5, 1964, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor
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