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LAURA DERN (Miss Riley) received both an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as "Rose" in the critically-acclaimed film, Rambling Rose, directed by Martha Coolidge.

In 1997, Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest starring role in the controversial "Puppy Episode" for the ABC comedy, Ellen.

She was recently seen starring in Miramax Films' black comedy Citizen Ruth, directed by Alexander Payne, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the 1996 Montreal Film Festival. She was most recently seen in Jane Anderson's The Baby Dance for Showtime which also stars Stockard Channing and Richard Lineback.

Dern made her directorial debut with a short film called The Gift, which aired as part of Showtime's "Directed By" series in October, 1994. The cast includes her mother, Diane Ladd, Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place and Peter Horton.

In 1993, Dern starred in Steven Spielberg's box office smash, Jurassic Park based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Later that same year, she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in the film, A Perfect World, which Eastwood also directed.

She made her screen debut at the age of seven in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She began to study acting two years later at the Lee Strasberg Institute. At the age of eleven, she co-starred in Foxes with Jodie Foster.

The daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Ladd, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' New Generation Award for her performance in the coming-of-age story, Smooth Talk. She has starred in two films for director David Lynch: Blue Velvet in 1986 and Wild At Heart, winner of the Palm d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, which co-starred her mother. She and Ladd also worked together on Rambling Rose. Her other film credits include Mask, Fat Man and Little Boy, Haunted Summer, Teachers, Ladies and Gentleman and The Fabulous Stains.

Dern received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm, Afterburn. Also for cable, she starred opposite Alan Rickman and Diane Lane in an episode of Showtime's acclaimed film noir series, Fallen Angeles, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and the original film for Showtime, Down Came a Blackbird, opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia.

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