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Few actresses today have made an indelible impression on Hollywood as quickly as LAURA LINNEY. Most recently, she earned an Academy Award® nomination for her starring role as Sammy Prescott in Kenneth Lonergan's "You Can Count On Me" opposite Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo and Jon Tenney. She was also seen in Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century novel "The House of Mirth" opposite Gillian Anderson.

The critically acclaimed film, "The Truman Show," directed by Peter Weir, gave Linney a chance to shine brightly as she co-starred opposite Jim Carrey. Her motion picture debut was also her first starring film role - Paramount's jungle action picture, "Congo."

Linney starred opposite Clint Eastwood in "Absolute Power," directed by Eastwood and based on the best-selling novel by David Baldacci. "Absolute Power" is not Linney's first match with a legendary leading man. Previously, she teamed up with Richard Gere in Paramount's hit suspense thriller, "Primal Fear" directed by Gregory Hoblit. Linney garnered critical acclaim for her role as a tough attorney prosecuting the case of a grisly murder of a priest. Gere played her opponent, the defense attorney.

Linney's other screen credits include supporting roles in "Lorenzo's Oil," "Dave," "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "A Simple Twist of Fate." Her television appearances include the leading role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS's award-winning "Tales of the City" based on the novels by Armistead Maupin; she reprised her role as Mary Ann Singleton in "More Tales of the City" for Showtime. She also starred opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Blind Spot." She was last seen on the small screen in "Love Letters" opposite Steven Weber, and directed by Stanley Donen.

Linney, a graduate of the Julliard School and an accomplished theatre actress was last seen on Broadway starring in Gerald Gutierrez's "Honor" opposite Jane Alexander. She won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in "Sight Unseen." Her theatre credits also include roles in the Broadway presentations of "Six Degrees of Separation," "The Seagull" and "Hedda Gabler," the latter earning her a 1994 Calloway Award. Last year she returned to Broadway, starring in Phillip Barry's "Holiday," a comedy of manners, opposite Tony Goldwyn and in John Guare's "Landscape of the Body" at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

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