Piper Laurie

Born Jan 22, 1932

Piper Laurie is an American actress of stage and screen known for her roles in the television series Twin Peaks and the films The Hustler, Carrie, and Children of a Lesser God, all of which brought her Academy Award nominations. In 1991, she won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Piper Laurie.


1932 Birth Piper Laurie was born as Rosetta Jacobs on January 22, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan. … Read More
1938 6 Years Old Alfred Jacobs moved the family to Los Angeles, California in 1938, where she attended Hebrew school. … Read More


1949 17 Years Old In 1949, Rosetta Jacobs signed a contract with Universal Studios, and changed her screen name to Piper Laurie which she has used since then. … Read More


1958 26 Years Old She appeared in Twelfth Night, produced by Hallmark Hall of Fame; in Days of Wine and Roses with Cliff Robertson, presented by Playhouse 90 on October 2, 1958 (in the film version, their roles were taken over by Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick); and in Winterset, presented by Playhouse 90 in 1959.
1961 29 Years Old She was again lured to Hollywood by the offer to co-star with Paul Newman in The Hustler, which was released in 1961. … Read More


1962 30 Years Old …  They soon began dating, and nine months after the interview, they were married on January 21, 1962. … Read More
1964 32 Years Old In 1964, she appeared in two medical dramas — as Alicia Carter in The Eleventh Hour episode "My Door Is Locked and Bolted", and as Alice Marin in the Breaking Point episode "The Summer House".
1965 33 Years Old In 1965, she starred in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, opposite Maureen Stapleton, Pat Hingle and George Grizzard. … Read More


1979 47 Years Old In 1979 she appeared as Mary Horton in the Australian movie Tim opposite Mel Gibson.
1981 49 Years Old After her 1981 divorce, Laurie relocated to California. … Read More


1982 50 Years Old In 1982, the couple divorced, after which she relocated to the Hollywood area and continued working in films and television.


1996 64 Years Old She was Harvard’s "Woman of the Year" and in 1996 Tucson University conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.).
2000 68 Years Old In 2000 received "The Spirit of Hope Award" in Korea for her service during the Korean War. … Read More
2010 78 Years Old As of 2010, she still resides in southern California; her daughter is in New York. … Read More
2011 79 Years Old She was delivered, according to her 2011 autobiography Learning to Live Out Loud that she has lived in a one-bedroom walk-up on Tyler Street in Detroit.
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