Laura Dern
American actor, director, producer
Laura Dern
Laura Elizabeth Dern is an American actress, film director and producer. Dern has acted in such films as Smooth Talk (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Fat Man and Little Boy (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), October Sky (1999) and I Am Sam (2001). She has won awards for her performance in the 1991 film Rambling Rose, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
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Sunday Conversation: Laura Dern on fame, feminism and subversive roles
LATimes - 11 days
The theme of luck and the sound of laughter recur with frequency when talking with Laura Dern. The Oscar-nominated actress, who has toggled between film and television throughout her nearly 40-year career, is in Pasadena to chat about HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 bestseller “Big Little...
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The cast of 'Little Big Lies' talk women and politics at the HBO show's premiere.
Reuters.com - 18 days
Nicole Kidman, Reese Whiterspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley talk women and politics 'Little Big Lies' premiere. Simon Thompson reports.
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Pregnant Natalie Portman Just Wore Topshop To An Oscars Lunch
Huffington Post - 20 days
Thanks to Natalie Portman’s widely acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” we’ve been blessed with numerous red carpet sightings over the course of her second pregnancy. Portman previously seemed to take inspiration from Kennedy, giving us chic ‘60s vibes in long-sleeve gowns with big, bold details. But for an Oscars luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, the 35-year-old went casual chic in flats and a belted black Topshop dress that was on sale for $30 before it sold out.  She looked absolutely radiant (and comfortable!) for the star-studded affair, which also reunited the impeccably dressed cast of “The Help.” Behold Octavia Spencer... Viola Davis in Bottega Veneta... ... and Emma Stone in Stella McCartney: In fact, there was a bevy of well-dressed celebs. Check out more of our favorite looks from the event below.  Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton:  Naomie Harris in Bottega Veneta: Ruth Negga in Miu Miu: Laura Dern in Roksanda: ...
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Hope Permeates Sundance As Celebrities Join Thousands For Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); It’s Golden Globe weekend! Here’s everything you need to know. How do I watch? Catch the Golden Globes live at 8 p.m. EST on NBC Sunday. E!’s red-carpet special, hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest, begins at 6 p.m. NBC’s airs at 7 p.m. The awards take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Who is hosting? Jimmy Fallon, who has teased potential Donald Trump cracks despite rustling the president-elect’s hair like an old chum during Trump’s ...
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Reese Witherspoon Teases The 'Scary' Finale Of 'Big Little Lies'
Huffington Post - 2 months
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Following the success of programs like “American Horror Story,” “Fargo” and “True Detective,” more and more networks have taken to airing limited series, miniseries or feature-length films.  HBO is gearing up to release its latest limited series, “Big Little Lies,” which is already gaining attention after the trailer ran during “Westworld” showings this fall. And, according to Reese Witherspoon ― who stars in the series alongside Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodle ...
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Fran Lebowitz, Laura Dern and More on Manners
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
WSJ. asks six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Manners.
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A NEW BREED OF STRONG WOMEN
Huffington Post - 4 months
I was going to start my post, "The election of Hillary marks the ascendancy of the Strong Woman." That was before November 8 around 10:30 P.M. Trump may have triumphed, but the figure of the Strong Woman with the steely resolve exemplified by Hillary stands un-vanquished. Cause for celebration. As someone who came of age in the 50s, I had few or no models of strong women. The three badass women rebels of my current novel, "Wild Girls" disdain the roles assigned women in the hidebound 50s, yet in fact, most women were helpmates, subservient, dilletantes. Today, reflecting the new reality, strong, saber-wielding women woman have powered their way into popular culture. "Star Wars" offers the indomitable super-heroines Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, and Hera Syndulla. In "Rogue One" actress Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso embodies the newest female powerhouse. The strong woman also dominates art and crossover films. In the triptych "Certain Women" by Kelly Reichardt, she's be ...
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Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern anchor Kelly Reichardt's remarkable 'Certain Women'
LATimes - 5 months
The first of the three stories in “Certain Women,” Kelly Reichardt’s remarkably quiet and quietly remarkable new movie, follows a Montana small-town lawyer named Laura (played by Laura Dern) and her relationship with an unusually stubborn client, Fuller (Jared Harris). For eight months, she has...
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'20th Century Women' Is Poignant And Vibrant
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s ladies’ night at the New York Film Festival. Last week, Ava DuVernay’s searing race examination “13th” became the first documentary to open the fest. Elsewhere, Isabelle Huppert headlines a dark satire about a rape victim, Pedro Almodóvar’s mother-daughter drama “Julieta” adapts three of Alice Munro’s short stories, and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” features Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart in a triptych about the banality haunting, well, certain women in small-town Montana. The best of these, “20th Century Women,” which premieres at NYFF this weekend, captures the pliability of life’s expectations at a moment when generations collided and America evolved. That moment is 1979. California’s halcyon hippie days have faded into Jimmy Carter’s proverbial “crisis of confidence.” Second-wave feminism and punk-rock turf wars are enveloped in clouds of cigarette smoke, the nation’s moral morass deciding whether it can still stomach, as the Talking Heads would say ...
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F Is for Family (among other words) in NSFW trailer for the Netflix original series
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Don’t expect “family” to be the only F-word being thrown around in the new trailer for  F Is for Family . As we can see in the preview, released on November 16 by Netflix, the Bill Burr animated comedy is neither G-rated nor politically correct. The upcoming series is set in 1973 and follows the dysfunctional Murphy family. Burr co-creates the series with  Simpsons writer Michael Price, so naturally, it will be more raunchy than heart-warming, and the latest trailer certainly proves this to be the case. With the series appearing on Netflix rather than a traditional TV network, it’s clear the show’s writers were given more leeway in terms of language and content. Related:  Netflix releases first F Is for Family trailer, Bill Burr shares premiere date As we’ve seen in every look at the series so far, the ’70s was a very different time. The new trailer kicks off with the youngest Murphy son, Bill (voiced by Haley Reinhart), watching TV as an ad promotes White House Draft beer (“the one dr ...
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"99 Homes": Shelter Skelter
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It's painful to watch. Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home in the opening scenes of "99 Homes." The sheriffs knock so loudly at the front door that it is clear that it is no longer his house. When he answers, they serve the eviction notice, running over his meaningless excuses with the force of law that was written for those who don't live from paycheck to paycheck. Right behind the sheriffs are real estate operative Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) and his cold hearted close out crew, cutting utilities and wrenching out appliances. Personal belongings are pulled. The intimate artifacts of daily life are stacked and strewn across the front yard, the internal organs of a family bleeding out of the wound of poverty. Nash has no job to pay his mortgage. He has nowhere to go but a seedy motel full of displaced evictees and the hardcore, angry poor. His mother Lynn (Laura Dern) is in shock, losing her home from which she has been able to run a small beauty shop. Nash's ...
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Inside The World Of Uncomfortable Celebrity Interviews
Huffington Post - over 1 year
There is an unspoken social contract between celebrities and the journalists who write about them that goes something like this: The all-powerful bearer of fame and fortune, tasked with hawking their latest project, deigns to lower themselves to Earth and speak with a dutiful reporter who will whip up a charming article that explores this new work and the star's passion for it, perhaps with a harmless-yet-illuminating personal anecdote thrown in as a cherry on top. But lately, the disruption of this unstated arrangement has become the news. In the last six months alone, Robert De Niro, Tom Hardy and Robert Downey Jr. have all taken action against what they considered to be presumptuous or disrespectful journalists, effectively drawing even more attention to the questions that made them uncomfortable. It happened again just last week, when Nicki Minaj banished a reporter she deemed a "troublemaker" from her hotel room. Torpedoed conversations have made news often enough that The Ho ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laura Dern
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    On February 15, 2016, it was announced that Dern would appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
    More Details Hide Details Dern is known as an activist and supporter of many charities, such as Healthy Child Healthy World, which aims to raise awareness about toxic substances that can affect a child's health. She has shared her support for Down Syndrome awareness in a cover story for ABILITY Magazine. 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 the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her work on the film Recount. She is quoted as saying, "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!" Dern has had romances with Kyle MacLachlan, Nicolas Cage, Renny Harlin, Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    They briefly reconciled and attended the 2012 Golden Globe Awards together, but Dern reactivated the divorce by filing a legal response in July 2012. The divorce was finalized in September 2013.
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    Dern appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, along with Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    In October 2011, Dern starred in a new HBO television series called Enlightened.
    More Details Hide Details Dern plays Amy Jellicoe, "a health and beauty executive who returns from a post-meltdown retreat to pick up the pieces of her broken life" with, among others, her mother, played by her real-life mother Ladd. Dern brought screenwriter Mike White back into television work after he had had an on-the-job meltdown of his own. Jellicoe's Hawaiian retreat included introduction to meditation and the character tries to continue the discipline as she resumes her working life. Dern received her third Golden Globe for her role in the series.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    On November 1, 2010, she received the 2,420th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, were also presented with stars.
    In October 2010, Harper filed for divorce from Dern, citing irreconcilable differences.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    In 2008 Dern starred in Recount for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, Dern was seen in the independent 2009 drama Tenderness and, in 2010, she appeared in Little Fockers, playing an advanced school principal who dated Owen Wilson's character Kevin Rawley. Dern has done much work on television, most notably Afterburn, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie. She guest-starred on The West Wing, was a voice on King of the Hill, and was a lesbian who coaxes Ellen DeGeneres out of the closet in the famous 1997 "The Puppy Episode" of the television series Ellen. On the April 24, 2007 airing of DeGeneres's talk show, Dern revealed she did not work for more than a year following her appearance in that episode because of resulting backlash, but nevertheless called it an "extraordinary experience and opportunity." Dern has been acknowledged with several awards from the independent film industry including the Sundance Institute and was the subject of an aggressive media campaign by David Lynch to win her an Academy Award nomination for her work in Inland Empire.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Mike White, known for writing School of Rock and The Good Girl, hired Dern for his directorial debut in 2007, the comedy titled Year of the Dog and starring Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, and Peter Sarsgaard.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    In 2006, David Lynch and Dern reunited for Inland Empire and, also in 2006, Dern had a supporting role in Lonely Hearts.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    Harper and Dern married on December 23, 2005 at their home in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children together, son Ellery Walker (born August 21, 2001) and daughter Jaya (born November 28, 2004). Through this marriage, Dern also became a stepmother to Harper's children from his first marriage, his son Charles and daughter Harris.
    Dern starred in the 2005 film Happy Endings, and in the same year, she appeared in the film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    She starred in the 2002 film Damaged Care and the 2004 film We Don't Live Here Anymore.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    Dern began dating musician Ben Harper after they met at one of his concerts in fall 2000.
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    Robert Altman called upon Dern's talents to play a Champagne-loving Aunt in his Texas-based comedy Dr. T & the Women in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She co-starred in Within These Walls and Arthur Miller's Focus. She had a minor role in Jurassic Park III, and was a supporting actress in the film I Am Sam.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    While dating Thornton in 1999, she was cast as his love interest in his film Daddy and Them, which also includes Diane Ladd.
    More Details Hide Details Dern also appeared in Joe Johnston's film October Sky.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    In 1998, Dern co-starred in Jodie Foster's film The Baby Dance.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    In 1997, Dern was featured in Widespread Panic's music video for their song, "Aunt Avis", which was directed by Dern's then boyfriend and future fiancé, Billy Bob Thornton.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    She also starred as Ruth in the 1996 film Citizen Ruth, the directorial debut of Alexander Payne.
    More Details Hide Details Dern's mother makes a cameo appearance, playing Dern's character's mother, with Dern's character screaming a torrent of abuse at her.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    Dern starred as Dr. Ellie Sattler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Clint Eastwood contacted the actress for his film A Perfect World.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    In 1992, Dern and her mother became the first mother and daughter to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in the same film in Rambling Rose although, unlike in Wild at Heart, they did not play mother and daughter in the film.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 17
    Between 1985 and 1990, Dern gained critical acclaim for roles in Mask, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart.
    More Details Hide Details Dern's starring role in Blue Velvet was a breakthrough though her next notable film, Wild at Heart, took almost four years to be released. Dern's affiliation with David Lynch has continued with her role in Inland Empire.
  • 1984
    Age 16
    Dern began working with acting coach Sandra Seacat in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Dern would later attribute Seacat with a dramatic transformation in her life and work. Speaking with Back Stage West again in 2004, Dern would expand upon her earlier comments; most recently, Dern thanked Seacat in her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Television Series at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012.
  • 1982
    Age 14
    In 1982, she became the youngest-ever winner of Miss Golden Globe.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on February 10, 1967.
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