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Laura Linney Biography

Birth Name:
Laura Leggett Linney
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: winner
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2007Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2006Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actress: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2004National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2004National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2001Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2000New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2000National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2000Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships

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