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Laura Dern Biography

Birth Name:
Laura Elizabeth Dern
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States
Profession
Actor, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • The great-granddaughter of a former Utah governor and the great-cousin of Tennessee Williams
  • At age 7 she had an uncredited cameo in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) as a child eating an ice-cream cone (she ate 26 cones for 26 takes)
  • David Lynch, who directed her in two films, nicknamed the statuesque actress "Tidbit
  • " Once shared an apartment with lecturer, author and New Age guru Marianne Williamson
  • Both she and her mother, Diane Ladd, were nominated for Oscars for their performances in 1991's Rambling Rose, the first time in Academy Award history that a mother and daughter were nominated in the same year
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2010, the same day both of her parents were presented with theirs; the Derns are the first acting family in history to be honored at the same time
  • Has served as a spokesperson for the non-profit organization Healthy Child Healthy World, which is dedicated to protecting children from harmful chemicals

Awards

  • 2020BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: winner
  • 2014Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: winner
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2004Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1991Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1986Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated