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LAURA LINNEY (Erin Bruner) Few actresses in the entertainment world today have made a lasting impression on Hollywood as Laura Linney. She was last seen on the big screen starring in Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson and directed by Bill Condon which garnered her Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In addition, she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review. Last spring, Linney starred in Donald Margulies' Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play she did 12 years ago. Her role as Patricia earned her a Tony nomination as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critic Circle for Outstanding Actress in a play. Coming out this fall is The Squid and the Whale in which she stars opposite Jeff Daniels. Linney just completed production on Jindabyne, a modern day adult ghost story shot entirely on location in the outback of Australia; as well as Driving Lessons, which is directed by Jeremy Brock.

Linney earned her first Oscar® nomination for her starring role as Sammy Prescott in Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me. In addition, this role garnered her nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe® Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She was awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. In 2003, she graced the screen in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis and Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination in a Drama by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her first starring film role was in Paramount's jungle action picture, Congo. Linney starred in Absolute Power, directed by Eastwood. Previously, she teamed up with Richard Gere in Paramount's hit suspense thriller, Primal Fear, directed by Gregory Hoblit. Linney's other screen credits include co-starring opposite Jim Carrey in The Truman Show; Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century novel, The House of Mirth; Lorenzo's Oil; Dave; Searching for Bobby Fischer; A Simple Twist of Fate; The Mothman Prophecies; The Life of David Gale; and P.S.

Last year, Linney returned to television to appear in the NBC hit comedy "Frasier.” She starred in four episodes as Dr. Frasier Crane's love interest, Charlotte. For this role, she earned a 2004 Emmy® Award for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She previously won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for Showtime's "Wild Iris” opposite Gena Rowlands.

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 and she also reprised her role as Mary Ann Singleton in "More Tales of the City” for Showtime. In addition, she starred opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Blind Spot” and opposite Steven Weber in "Love Letters” directed by Stanley Donen.

Linney, a graduate of Juilliard and an accomplished theatre actress, was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Richard Eyre's The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. Her theatre credits also include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees of Separation; The Seagull; Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; Phillip Barry's Holiday, a comedy of manners, opposite Tony® Goldwyn; John Guare's Landscape of the Body at the Yale Repertory Theatre; Gerald Gutierrez's Honour on Broadway and Sight Unseen, for which she earned a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination.


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