Laura Linney
American actress
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney is an American actress of film, television, and theatre. She is most well known for her performances in films such as The Truman Show, Mystic River and Kinsey, among others. As of 2012 she is playing the lead role of Cathy Jamison in the Showtime series The Big C, which has recently been renewed for a fourth and final season. Throughout her career she has received three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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Get Ready For A 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
Huffington Post - 10 days
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My Bookshelf, Myself: My 10 Favorite Books: Laura Linney
NYTimes - 3 months
The actress shares the titles she’d most want with her on a desert island.
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Tom Ford, Newly Enlightened
Huffington Post - 3 months
Tom Ford is not the same person he was 10 years ago.  Recovering from an acrimonious split with Gucci after a decade as the brand’s creative director, Ford had just launched his eponymous line. “I knew I wanted to go back into fashion, but I also still want to do a film — I don’t even want to get into it, because everybody will laugh at me and I’m sick of it, but I am really serious about making movies and I will get one made,” Ford told New York magazine in 2007. Two years later, he self-financed the tender, surreal “A Single Man,” which won enthusiastic reviews and an Oscar nomination for Colin Firth. He has since dressed Michelle Obama for dinner at Buckingham Palace, inspired a Jay Z song and welcomed a son with his husband.  No one is laughing at Ford anymore. His second directorial effort, “Nocturnal Animals,” opens this weekend. The layered melodrama has proven more divisive than “A Single Man,” and that’s a good thing. People pay attention to Ford’s films.  Based ...
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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Film Clip: 'Sully'
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Watch a film clip from "Sully," starring Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, and Laura Linney. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
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Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon Are to Trade Roles in ‘The Little Foxes’
NYTimes - 9 months
The show, set to begin previews on March 29, will have the actresses alternating roles, much like the actors in the 2000 Broadway production of “True West.”
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I Just Picked My Dream Oscar Nominations (And They Are Glorious)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This year's awards season has been a gleeful treat for all the film junkies worldwide thanks to its ability not to self-predict itself. What a ride it has been! With Spotlight winning big at the Gotham Awards, many film major studios and producers were betting it would also take the "Best Picture" award in Golden Globes. Spoiler: It didn't. The Revenant divided and conquered with three awards among these being Leonardo's powerful victory for "Best Actor" in Drama. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Every year I read dozens of "Oscar Predictions" articles from film critics who do their best to play clairvoyant for a month or two. And that's okay. Granted, these articles start to look identical after a while but it always makes me smile when I spot a tiny new addition in these prediction articles. It gives me a sense of fresh air, even if they turn out to be out of scope later. What truly makes me a happy monkey though is when Oscar voters go out on a limb and hand out a nomination to so ...
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Cooper's Ten Best Movies of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What a year it has been! From beginning to end 2015 produced enough movies to sate the most energetic moviegoer, and did it with finesse. To get the top of the crop you have to look at the entire year and not just the films let loose in the final days of the year, and that is a good thing. So let's take a look backward and see what was the best the year had to offer. 10. THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL - The original film introduced a superb cast of mostly "senior" actors, and the sequel brought back most of the survivors. Who can't enjoy watching dueling dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith sparking a story of love and fulfillment. You also had the addition of Richard Gere to the mix and he fit in perfectly. This is a movie that entertained when it was first released and gets better with each successive viewing. 9. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD - Thomas Hardy's classic novel was once again used as the basis for a potent love story. Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts were the ...
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Top Ten 2015 L.A. Theatre Productions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
1. Reborning (Fountain Theatre) Zayd Dohrn begins his play with a strange peek into a little-known world, that of making realistic baby dolls. Simon Levy expertly directs an amazing trio: Joanna Strapp as the doll-maker, with a horrific past, Ryan Doucette as the boyfriend who thinks she's weird, despite his making sex toys for a living and Kristin Carey as the woman who orders the doll made, for tragic personal reasons of her own. 2. Switzerland (Geffen Playhouse) Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith again strikes theatrical gold, this time with her version of the last days of combative, tortured suspense writer Patricia Highsmith, captured with great fire by Laura Linney. Seth Numrich plays a New York publishing character who seems to be demanding Highsmith's latest book from her Swiss home but Murray-Smith's play, directed by Mark Brokaw with aplomb, calls into question reality in a most fascinating manner. 3. L'Espace du Temps (Ford Theatres/Valley Performing Arts Cente ...
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DVDs: "The Great American Dream Machine" Turned TV "Inside Out"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ok, the holidays are approaching. So we've got repackaged holiday TV classics slapped together so they can be restocked in the big box stores. We've got complete sets of "classic" (or just popular or just cult-y enough) TV shows in cheaper than ever sets. We've got some hit films. We'e got pirates fighting over treasure in "Black Sails" and thank God we have Criterion and their Eclipse label to uncover some treasures from the cinematic past. Arghhhh! THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE ($39.98 DVD; Entertainment One) BEST OF ENEMIES ($29.98 BluRay; Magnolia) BLACK SAILS SEASON TWO ($59.99 BluRay; Anchor Bay) BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON ONE ($65.99 BluRay; Sony) Great television has been produced since they started broadcasting in the 1940s. (The Nazis delayed the spread of TV, actually, or it would have been dominant even sooner.) The decline of TV began at just about the same time.Sometimes, strangely, both happen at the same moment. Certainly The Great American Dream ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies, Part II
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise... 1. Devil's Advocate (1997) Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can't refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton (Al Pacino). Soon Kevin's wife (Charlize Theron) is plagued by demonic visions and he realizes he's literally so ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, causing the already-divided town's racial tensions to boil over. Through it all, ...
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Laura Linney to play Patricia Highsmith at Geffen Playhouse
LATimes - about 2 years
Laura Linney will play the role of American novelist Patricia Highsmith in the new stage drama "Switzerland" at the Geffen Playhouse, the company will announce Tuesday. The two-person cast will include up-and-coming actor Seth Numrich as the young man who visits the cantankerous mystery...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Filmography Shined With 'Capote,' 'Happiness'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — In a medium that prizes glamor and flash, Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the opposite in film: untidy, imperfect, shy, awkward and eminently real people. Despite his outsized talent, he was relentlessly humble. Bennett Miller, his longtime friend and "Capote" director, once called him "a shaman-like actor." It's no surprise that he eventually made his way to that greatest loser of all, Willy Loman. In a career peopled by sad sacks, "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway was a pinnacle. Choosing five great performances from Hoffman's prolific but too-brief lifespan — ranging from his passionate rock critic Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous" to his nasty rich kid in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" — is an impossibility. He was good in everything. Here, nevertheless, are a few highlights: — "Hard Eight": Hoffman's least known performance for director Paul Thomas Anderson was also his first. In 1996's "Hard Eight," also titled "Sydney," Hoffman plays a loud-mouthed, mullet-haired ...
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Laura Linney Gives Birth To Baby Boy At 49
Access Hollywood - about 3 years
Laura Linney knows how to keep a secret! The 49-year-old star has been keeping a pregnancy under wraps.
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Laura Linney Gives Birth to a Baby Boy at Age 49 and the Question Remains, Should You Ever Give Up Your Dream to Conceive?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It is hard to imagine that a 49-year-old woman could give birth to a HEALTHY baby boy without any medical intervention -- and while it was reported that Laura Linney was pregnant and just had a baby, well we can all only speculate that the act of getting pregnant was probably done with much assistance from reproductive specialists. And the question remains: should you ever give up your dream to conceive? With my daughter, my husband and I were like, hmm... it would be great to get pregnant and literally nine months later, without even really trying, we got pregnant. With my son, it was a completely different experience. At the time, like many other women, I just assumed that as an early thirties mom, as soon as my husband and I started "trying" to get pregnant, we'd be blessed with another little fetus. Suffice it to say, we spent months trying. Very much like Halle Berry's recent admission that she kept her negative pregnancy test result sticks in a drawer, I too, would hold onto ...
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Laura Linney gives birth to son
News Briefs - about 3 years
The Big C star Laura Linney just entered the Big M — Motherhood — at age 49.The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laura Linney
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 52
    In June, 2016, Laura Linney was asked whether she would make another Tales series if she were asked, to which she answered yes and then revealed that talks were in progress about a new series of Tales of the City set in modern-day San Francisco.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 50
    On January 8, 2014, Linney gave birth to a son, Bennett Armistead Schauer.
    More Details Hide Details Linney was a guest and presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    She was nominated for a 2010 Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.
    More Details Hide Details The play returned to Broadway with most of the original cast in September 2010 and closed on January 30, 2011.
    Linney had a three-month run on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, from January 28, 2010, through March 27, 2010.
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    Linney returned to series television as actress and executive producer in Showtime's half-hour series about cancer, The Big C, which debuted in mid-2010.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as a suburban wife and mother who explores the emotional ups and downs of suffering cancer, and the changes it brings to her life and her sense of who she is. She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in January 2011. Since 2009, Linney has served as host of the PBS television series Masterpiece Classic.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    On her wedding day in May 2009, actor Liam Neeson walked her down the aisle.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    In 2008, she won an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for her portrayal of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, in the HBO miniseries John Adams.
    More Details Hide Details In October 1994, Linney guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order (episode "Blue Bamboo") as Martha Bowen. She played a blonde American singer who successfully claimed "battered woman syndrome" as a defense to the murder of a Japanese businessman.
    In 2008, Linney starred in The Other Man, opposite Liam Neeson, with whom she had starred in Kinsey and Love Actually, and Antonio Banderas.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, she starred opposite Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson. In the late 1980s, Linney did a stint on ABC's General Hospital portraying the character Louise Knotts. She was a counselor at the community center where Tom Hardy, the son of Audrey and Steve Hardy, worked. Linney starred as Mary Ann Singleton in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books (1993, 1998, and 2001). She won her first Emmy Award in 2002 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Wild Iris. In 2004, she won her second Emmy as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series," for her recurring role as the final love interest of Frasier Crane in the television series Frasier.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In 2007, she became engaged to Marc Schauer, a real estate agent from Telluride, Colorado.
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    In 2007, Linney appeared in the spy thriller Breach, the comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, and based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details She received a third Academy Award nomination for The Savages, this time for Best Actress.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year, the comedy Driving Lessons (starring Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame), and the Australian drama Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence.
    More Details Hide Details Jindabyne was based on Raymond Carver's short story So Much Water so Close to Home.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    In 2005, Linney starred in the horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale.
    More Details Hide Details For the latter role, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Her 2004 performance in Kinsey, again as the title character's wife, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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  • 2003
    Age 39
    In 2003, Linney appeared in several notable films, including The Life of David Gale, Love Actually, and Mystic River.
    More Details Hide Details The latter film earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 2000
    Age 36
    Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2000 film You Can Count on Me.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she also appeared in the role of an artist's model in the low-budget film Maze with Rob Morrow.
  • 1998
    Age 34
    She made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show, for which she received critical acclaim.
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  • 1995
    Age 31
    Linney married David Adkins in 1995; they divorced in 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    Linney first appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and Dave (1993), before coming to prominence in the public television miniseries Tales of the City in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details She was then cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including Congo (1995), Primal Fear (1996) and Absolute Power (1997).
  • 1992
    Age 28
    She made her screen debut in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil, and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for You Can Count on Me (2000), Kinsey (2004) and The Savages (2007).
    More Details Hide Details Her other films include Primal Fear (1996), The Truman Show (1998), Mystic River (2003), Love Actually (2003) and The Squid and the Whale (2005). Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother, Miriam Anderson "Ann" Perse (née Leggett), was a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and her father, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV (1930-2011), was a well-known playwright and professor. Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney. Linney grew up in modest circumstances, living with her mother in a small one-bedroom apartment. She has a half-sister, Susan, from her father's second marriage.
  • 1990
    Age 26
    Linney made her Broadway debut in 1990, before going on to receive Tony Award nominations for the 2002 revival of The Crucible and the original Broadway productions of Sight Unseen (2004) and Time Stands Still (2010).
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Linney graduated from Brown in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Jeanne Tripplehorn. Linney later received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 18
    She is a 1982 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England, for which she currently serves as the chair of the Arts Advisory Council.
    More Details Hide Details She then attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and served on the board of Production Workshop, the university's student theatre group. During her senior year at Brown, she performed in one of her father's plays as Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Childe Byron, a drama in which Ada's father, the poet Lord Byron, mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1964.
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