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Laura Dern

Laura Dern

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1967-02-10

85 Movies · 12 TV Series

Biography

Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress and filmmaker. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five Golden Globe Awards. Born to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern embarked on an acting career in the 1980s and rose to prominence for her performances in Mask (1985) and David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of the titular orphan in the drama film Rambling Rose (1991). She achieved international recognition for her role in Steven Spielberg's adventure film Jurassic Park (1993), after which she guest starred in the "Puppy Episode" of the sitcom Ellen in 1997, during which Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out. After winning two Golden Globe Awards for her performances as Katherine Harris in the television film Recount (2008) and Amy Jellicoe in the comedy-drama series Enlightened (2011–2013), Dern garnered her second Academy Award nomination for her work in the biopic Wild (2014). In 2017, she began starring as Renata Klein in the drama series Big Little Lies, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, and reunited with David Lynch for Twin Peaks: The Return. She has since played supporting roles in the films Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Marriage Story (2019), and Little Women (2019). Her performance in Marriage Story won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.

Personal Life

Relationships and family. Dern began dating musician Ben Harper after they met at one of his concerts in fall 2000. Harper and Dern married on December 23, 2005, at their home in Los Angeles. They have two children together, son Ellery Walker (born August 21, 2001) and daughter Jaya (born November 2004). Through this marriage, Dern also became a stepmother to Harper's children from his first marriage, his son Charles and daughter Harris. The two divorced in 2013.On October 18, 2017, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, Dern appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed that she had been sexually assaulted at age 14. Political views and activism. During the 66th Golden Globe Awards, on January 11, 2009, Dern expressed support for the incoming administration of Barack Obama during her acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film win, stating: "I will cherish this as a reminder of the extraordinary, incredible outpouring of people who demanded their voice be heard in this last election so we can look forward to amazing change in this country. Thank you so much!"An activist and supporter of various charities, Dern advocated for Down syndrome awareness in a cover story for Ability Magazine. In 2018, Dern brought activist Mónica Ramírez to the 75th Golden Globe Awards as a guest. In the same year, she attended a Families Belong Together event and expressed her support for immigrants' rights. She is also an advocate for women's rights, gender pay parity, as well as combating gun violence and climate change. In 2019, she became a board member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Early Life

Laura Elizabeth Dern was born on February 10, 1967, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, and great-granddaughter of former Utah governor and Secretary of War, George Dern, she was conceived while her parents were filming The Wild Angels. The poet, writer, and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish was her great-great-uncle. After her parents divorced when she was two years old, Dern was largely brought up by her mother and grandmother of Norwegian ancestry (Oslo). She was raised as a Catholic. Her godmother was actress Shelley Winters. She developed scoliosis as a child.Her first film foray was an appearance as an extra in White Lightning (1973), a film in which her mother starred. Her official film debut was an appearance in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), opposite her mother. In 1982, Dern served as Miss Golden Globe at 15 years old. In the same year, she portrayed a rebellious rock band member in the cult film Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. At 16, she sought for and attained emancipation, which allowed her to work the amount of hours of an adult on films.

Movies & TV Series

2017.

11 Movies · 1 TV Series
Spielberg

Spielberg

2017
A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.
The Words That Built America

The Words That Built America

2017
In this 4th of July special, politicians, celebrities and young people lend their voices to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair

The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair

2017
Behind the scenes of TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, with a focus on the work of David Lynch directing the actors.
The Number of Completion

The Number of Completion

2017
Short documentary about Twin Peaks: The Return.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

6.5
2017
Rey learns how to use her powers under the guidance of Skywalker, who is concerned about the strength of her powers. The First Order is about to be attacked by the Resistance.
The Good Time Girls

The Good Time Girls

2017
The Good Time Girls is Courtney Hoffman's take on the classic Western. But unlike the films of Sergio Leone and John Ford, women are at the heart of the film.
A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth

A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth

2017
A short documentary about the making of Twin Peaks: The Return. This time focused in the planing and technical execution of some particular scenes.
The Black Ghiandola

The Black Ghiandola

2017
The Black Ghiandola is a story about a young man risking his life to save a young girl he has grown to love, after his family has been killed in the Apocalyptic world of Zombies.
Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene

2017
A love story, portraying the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. It is a film about a woman's fight for independence, a woman trying to succeed with her own art in the extremely competit...
Wilson

Wilson

1
2017
Middle-aged and divorced, Wilson finds himself lonely, smug and obsessed with his past.
Downsizing

Downsizing

5.78
2017
A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.
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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

5.83
2017
The tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
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