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Laurie Metcalf Biography

Birth Place:
Carbondale, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Originally majored in German in college before switching to theatre
  • A founding member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater (along with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise)
  • Was a short-lived feature player on Saturday Night Live in 1981
  • Won an Obie Award for playing a prostitute in the stage play Balm in Gilead in 1983
  • Made film debut in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Starred with daughter Zoe Perry in the stage play Pot Mom
  • Plays the recurring role of Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, reuniting her with her former Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki

Awards

  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2018Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner

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