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