Piper Laurie
Actress
Piper Laurie
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.
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Remember Mediation? I Do
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This is an excerpt from my book, There's Been A Change of Plans, A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife. It is available on Amazon. The day had come for my final meeting with my beloved divorce attorney, Madison Pierce. This would be when we would sit down and go over my financial settlement, which, frankly, I was looking forward to because I had been thinking of investing in a new energy bar for dogs that I had heard about through some very hush-hush channels. Okay, it was a weird lady who owns four chihuahuas that I met in the vet's office. Also, I had decided that I would go ahead and build an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven on my lanai. I mean, just because I'm divorced doesn't mean I don't love eating pizza outside. Yes, I was definitely ready to become fiscally responsible and start a portfolio, whatever that is. So, this is how the beginning of my financial independence went down: MP: "You will be receiving an alimony check every two weeks in this amoun ...
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Take A Look At These Vintage Photos Of The Best Actor And Actress Oscar Nominees
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Without a doubt, the 10 actors and actresses nominated for Academy Awards in 2014 have plenty experience in front of the camera. A few of them (Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep) embraced instant fame upon their screen debuts, while others (Judi Dench, Chiwetel Ejiofor) broke through after years of hard work. But all of them were once fledgling stars whose appearances at movie premieres and award shows didn't elicit the mania it does now. We've combed through vintage photos of from the early red-carpet days of this year's Oscar honorees. Some of the glamour shots come from their debut movies, but all of them are within the first few years of their respective careers. Ahead of the 86th annual Academy Awards, take a gander at these old-school red-carpet captures, along with some details about the movie each actor or actress was promoting around the time the photo was snapped. Christian Bale (Best Actor, "American Hustle") Year: 1987 (age 13) Movie: "Empire of the Sun" (directed by Ste ...
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'Carrie' Gets Gay Tribute: 'The Meeting' Honors Stephen King's Tale For Halloween At NYC's 54 Below
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stephen King's "Carrie" has been scaring audiences in literary, cinematic and stage incarnations since 1974. It's no surprise, then, that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audiences have embraced King's revenge tale about a telekinetic misfit teen who turns her senior prom into a fiery holocaust after she's made the butt of a vicious practical joke. "I think 'Carrie' is a beautiful story about coming-of-age, and the acceptance of our gifts," gay writer-actor Justin Sayre said. Brian DePalma's original 1976 version of King's story in particular, Sayre added, is often overlooked as a camp classic, but thanks in part to Piper Laurie's indelible turn as Carrie's fanatically religious mother Margaret White, "Carrie" is "the ultimate metaphor for growing up gay." Sayre loves "Carrie" so much, in fact, that he's giving King's story the ultimate gay tribute as the focus of the Halloween edition of his acclaimed variety show "The Meeting," which plays New York's 54 Below nightc ...
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'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On
NPR - over 3 years
Stephen King's novel Carrie gets a big-screen update, complete with prom pranks, buckets of blood and a mother you might not want to take anybody home to meet. NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at a character she remembers being terrified by when Piper Laurie played her in the 1976 film. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Fred Waitzkin: 'I Hired An Actress To Play A Character In My Novel'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I have a very wise friend who is in his mid-eighties. I love my talks with Max because he always seems refreshed with new discoveries and the spirit of youth. He is a wonderful role model for a guy who has always feared old age and death. I often ask him how he retains such energy and optimism. He works at it. He refuses to allow himself to become mired. One day he told me this story: He was in his late sixties and feeling depressed. He had no energy. When he went to the gym and looked in the mirror he saw a tired old man. What is the point in working out? That's what the image in the mirror said to him. Then one afternoon when he stepped into his elevator, there was a young woman he knew, waiting to go up. She had worked part time for him in the past and now worked for other tenants in the building. But she was wearing different clothes, a fitted skirt and tight sweater that revealed her shapely body. She was looking at my friend differently than during afternoons when sh ...
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'Carrie' Trailer: Good Girl Gone Bad... Really Bad (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Who's that covered in all that blood? Oh, it's just Carrie. Again. If you're like us, you've been anxiously awaiting the trailer for the talent-packed (Julianne Moore! Chloe Grace Moretz!) remake of "Carrie." Brian De Palma's 1976, Sissy Spacek-starring horror flick (based on the Stephen King novel) may not have been perfect, but it certainly had enough going on (Piper Laurie's appropriately over-the-top performance, for one) to warrant the question How're you going to top that? More...
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Taylor Cole Miller: The Deliciously Queer World of American Horror Story
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Wrapped in the "bucket of blood" theme from Brian De Palma's Carrie, intrepid young reporter, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), ascends a large wooden winding staircase at Briarcliff Manor, a stereotypical Catholic criminal mental institution in the early 1960s, hoping to get a story on a new inmate, a serial killer named Bloody Face. As she climbs level after level in a spinning, dizzy sequence, she's surrounded by an outcast of "crazies" pulling her into a queerer world -- like Dorothy sucked up into a vortex and dropped into Oz. For those of us familiar with the song's use in Carrie, it feels detached hearing the music without Piper Laurie's haunting words, "they're all gonna laugh at you" underscoring the slow-motion insidiousness of Carrie's classmates. The tension is so tight -- like stretching back a rubber band -- that anticipating the moment in which everything snaps becomes exhausting. But even if you're unfamiliar with Carrie, living in this music and scene alone is ...
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Confirmed: Julianne Moore to Play the Mother of Carrie
Dread Central - almost 5 years
More great news coming in for the upcoming remake of Carrie! Everyone's favorite revenge-driven teenager finally has someone to look up to. And then nail to the nearest doorway via sharp implements! Read on! Deadline reports that MGM and Screen Gems have closed a deal with Julianne Moore to play the iconic Margaret White in Carrie, the remake that is being directed by Kimberly Peirce. In other news, the studio has also set Gabriella Wilde for the the role of Sue Snell, the role originated by Amy Irving. Look for Kimberly Peirce's take on Carrie to be in theatres on March 15, 2013. In the story shy high school student Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother (Moore) and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying. Sissy Spacek played the ...
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Julianne Moore May Be the Domineering, Fundamentalist Mom in ‘Carrie’ [Updated]
Film - almost 5 years
One of the great pleasures of Brian De Palma’s original film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel Carrie is the ravenous scenery chewing by Piper Laurie as the sex-fearing, fundamentalist mother of young telekinetic Carrie White. Sissy Spacek played Carrie in the original, and Chloe Grace Moretz will incarnate the character in a new film version to be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop Loss). We’ve heard a few possible names under consideration to play Carrie’s overbearing mom, but if the current report is correct we’ll see Julianne Moore imploring her daughter to reject her burgeoning sexuality and psychic powers. Update: In addition to today’s news that parts of Carrie will use a found-footage approach, Deadline says that MGM has formally offered this role to Moore. Bloody Disgusting says Moore is in talks to play Margaret White. Moore is no stranger to the horror/thriller, having been in films such as Hannibal and the strange shot-for-shot recreation of Psyc ...
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This Post Is Not About Beads
BlogHer - Life Well Said - almost 5 years
I lied. Look…beads! On Esme! I can't even look at you, I'm so ashamed of my actions. Want to know a secret? You don’t have to flash anyone to get beads. Beads just rain down upon you…even when it’s not Mardi Gras. But New Orleans isn’t just about beads. It’s not just about food and desserts. It’s not just about ghosts. It’s about music.  It’s about Tennessee Williams. It’s about guys and gals screaming “Stella!” in the streets. Yes, we saw that. The lady in the hat above the first "N" in "Tennessee" is Piper Laurie. It’s also about shirtless guys…who break dance and do flips.   I swear this guy danced and did flips. I just didn’t get any good pics with my camera.
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This week in L.A.: Olympian Amanda Beard, Piper Laurie and more
LATimes - almost 5 years
Swimming gave Olympian Amanda Beard a sense of belonging. "With the sun shining, my sisters as teammates, and my parents as cheerleaders," she writes in her memoir "In the Water They Can't See You Cry," "I would have been happy to stay in the water forever. Life would always be like this, because why change what's perfect?" But when success arrived -- in the form of seven Olympic medals and her camera-ready good looks -- everything in her life did change, and her memoir describes how she responded with self-destructive behavior. Beard visits the L.A. area this week, specifically Vroman's in Pasadena and at the Barnes & Noble at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, to discuss her new book and what finally saved her life. Vroman's also welcomes another author of a swimming-related book: Lynn Sherr, who looks at the activity as both sport and social experience in "Swim: Why We Love the Water." H2O also seems to trickle through Lynell George's conversation with poets Wanda Colem ...
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Huntington Notebook: Tax Exemptions Available; Piper Laurie Honored
Huntington - about 5 years
Town Board member Mark Cuthbertson urges residents to apply.
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Actress Piper Laurie writes absorbing memoir
Yahoo News - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-223125" href="/piper+laurie">Piper Laurie</a> — did the quiet girl from Detroit begin to find the strength to speak up.
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'Hesher' offers star-studded cast, dark plot - The Independent Florida Alligator
Google News - over 5 years
Paul becomes a pill-popping vegetable, TJ takes beatings from a bully, and both rely on the fragile grandmother (Piper Laurie) to take care of them. In a burst of frustration, TJ tosses a rock through a window of an abandoned house, unaware that an
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The Best and Worst Stephen King TV Movies, in Honor of Showtime's Under the Dome - TV.com
Google News - over 5 years
Even with Patricia Clarkson doing the heavy lifting in the Piper Laurie role as Carrie&#39;s bible-thumping mom, this remake was stillborn on arrival and left for dead in a dumpster. Watch the climactic prom scenes from both versions for comparison&#39;s sake
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Wilmington on Movies: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Movie City News
Google News - over 5 years
That frightening event took place when he was a little boy under the highly Catholic influence of his grandmother, a woman he describes as being a lot like Piper Laurie, when she played Sissy Spacek&#39;s religious fanatic mother in Carrie
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More Drama Than a High School Homeroom Class - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Piper Laurie turns in a riveting performance as a young handicapped woman who vies for Eddie&#39;s attention, and George C. Scott plays Jackie Gleason&#39;s manager. Murray Hamilton and Michael Constantine also co-star, and Vincent Gardenia has an early bit
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Piper Laurie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 79
    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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  • 2010
    Age 78
    As of 2010, she still resides in southern California; her daughter is in New York.
    More Details Hide Details The actress appeared at the September 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Laurie won an Emmy Award, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special, for her role in the 1986 TV movie, Promise opposite James Garner, and James Woods. In addition, she received several Emmy nominations, including one for playing Magda Goebbels, wife of Joseph Goebbels, in The Bunker, opposite Anthony Hopkins as Hitler; and for her role in the miniseries, The Thorn Birds, two nominations for her work in Twin Peaks, as Catherine Martell, and a nomination for her guest appearance on Frasier. She has been nominated for an Academy Award for her performances in three films.
  • 2000
    Age 68
    In 2000 received "The Spirit of Hope Award" in Korea for her service during the Korean War.
    More Details Hide Details Laurie is a sculptor working in marble and clay and exhibits her work.
  • 1996
    Age 64
    She was Harvard’s "Woman of the Year" and in 1996 Tucson University conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 50
    In 1982, the couple divorced, after which she relocated to the Hollywood area and continued working in films and television.
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  • 1981
    Age 49
    After her 1981 divorce, Laurie relocated to California.
    More Details Hide Details She received a third Oscar nomination for her portrayal of "Mrs. Norman" in Children of a Lesser God (1986). That same year, she was awarded an Emmy for her performance in Promise, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" television movie, co-starring James Garner and James Woods. She had a featured role in the Off-Broadway production of The Destiny of Me in 1992, and returned to Broadway for Lincoln Center's acclaimed 2002 revival of Paul Osborn's Morning's at Seven, with Julie Hagerty, Buck Henry, Frances Sternhagen and Estelle Parsons.
  • 1979
    Age 47
    In 1979 she appeared as Mary Horton in the Australian movie Tim opposite Mel Gibson.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 33
    In 1965, she starred in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, opposite Maureen Stapleton, Pat Hingle and George Grizzard.
    More Details Hide Details Laurie did not appear in another feature film again until she accepted the role of Margaret White in the horror film Carrie (1976). She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in that role, and it, along with the commercial success of the film, relaunched her career.
  • 1964
    Age 32
    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".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 30
    They soon began dating, and nine months after the interview, they were married on January 21, 1962.
    More Details Hide Details When no substantial roles came her way after The Hustler, she and Morgenstern relocated to Woodstock, New York. In 1971, they had a daughter, Anne Grace Morgenstern.
  • 1961
    Age 29
    She was again lured to Hollywood by the offer to co-star with Paul Newman in The Hustler, which was released in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details She played Newman's girlfriend, Sarah Packard, and for her performance she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Substantial movie roles did not come her way after The Hustler, so she and her husband moved to New York State.
  • 1958
    Age 26
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 17
    In 1949, Rosetta Jacobs signed a contract with Universal Studios, and changed her screen name to Piper Laurie which she has used since then.
    More Details Hide Details At Universal, she met other unfamiliar actors Julie Adams and Rock Hudson. Her breakout role was in Louisa, with Ronald Reagan whom she dated a few times before his marriage to Nancy Davis. In her autobiography she claimed that she lost her virginity to him. Several other roles followed: Francis Goes to the Races (1951, co-starring Donald O'Connor); Son of Ali Baba (1951, co-starring Tony Curtis); and Ain't Misbehavin' (1955, co-starring Rory Calhoun). To enhance her image, Universal Studios told gossip columnists that Laurie bathed in milk and ate flower petals to protect her luminous skin. Discouraged by the lack of substantial film roles, she moved to New York to study acting and to seek work on the stage and in television.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Age 6
    Alfred Jacobs moved the family to Los Angeles, California in 1938, where she attended Hebrew school.
    More Details Hide Details To combat her shyness, her parents provided her with weekly elocution lessons; this activity eventually led her to minor roles at nearby Universal Studios. For a large chunk of her early childhood, her parents placed Laurie and her older sister in a children's home, which they both despised.
  • 1932
    Age 0
    Piper Laurie was born as Rosetta Jacobs on January 22, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan.
    More Details Hide Details She was the younger daughter of Charlotte Sadie (née Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland on her father's side and Russia on her mother's.
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