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LAURA DERN has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation proving that she is capable of great depth and range, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances.

Currently, Dern is in production on the new HBO comedy series ENLIGHTENTED, in which she serves as the star, Executive Producer and co-creator alongside prolific writer and director Mike White. Dern portrays ‘Amy Jelicoe,' who is introduced to viewers while she is in the midst of experiencing an emotional breakdown at work that forces her to seek treatment. She comes out of treatment "enlightened” and ready to make peace with her mother, ex-husband and former employees and confront her ‘demons' with a newfound perspective. The show will premiere on HBO in January 2011.

Dern was most recently seen starring in HBO's movie RECOUNT, directed by Jay Roach, which revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. For her performance as ‘Katherine Harris,' Dern earned a Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Emmy® Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.

On the big screen, Dern most recently starred as three characters in the epic David Lynch masterpiece INLAND EMPIRE, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival IN WHAT YEAR and garnered reviews and accolades from critics and film organizations worldwide. Dern also delivered poignant supporting performances in TENDERNESS alongside Russell Crowe, Mike White's YEAR OF THE DOG alongside Molly Shannon and Peter Sarsgaard. Feature film credits also include Don Roos' dark comedy, HAPPY ENDINGS, THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANT OHIO, with Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, which received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for director John Curran and co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts and a cameo in the drama LONELY HEARTS.

Dern received both an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance in RAMBLING ROSE, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd. She has starred in two films for director David Lynch: BLUE VELVET and WILD AT HEART, winner of the Palme d' Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, which co-starred her Nicolas Cage. Dern starred in the critically acclaimed black comedy CITIZEN RUTH, which screened at the Montreal Film Festival garnered Dern the "Best Actress” award.

Dern's other film credits include Robert Altman's DR. T AND THE WOMEN, SMOOTH SMOOTH TALK, OCTOBER SKY, MASK, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, HAUNTED SUMMER, TEACHERS, FOXES and LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS, I AM SAM alongside Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer, the dark comedy, NOVOCAINE and FOCUS, opposite William H. Macy. Dern starred opposite Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's worldwide phenomenon and record-breaking box office success, JURASSIC PARK and starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in the Eastwood directed A PERFECT WORLD.

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 included Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place, Peter Horton and her mother, Diane Ladd.

On television, Dern delivered a captivating performance in Showtime's DAMAGED CARE. Dern also served as a producer on this project. She also appeared in Lifetime Television's WITHIN THESE WALLS opposite Ellen Burstyn and Showtime Television's quirky romantic comedy, DADDY AND THEM, a film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.

In 1997 Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award and won an American Comedy Award for her guest-starring role in the controversial Puppy Episode of the ABC comedy, ELLEN. She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's THE BABY DANCE produced by Jodie Foster's Egg Productions for Showtime. THE BABY DANCE was also awarded with two 1998 Peabody Awards.

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. Her other work on television includes Showtime's critically acclaimed film noir series, FALLEN ANGELS, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and Showtime's original film, "DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD, which she also produced, opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia.

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