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LAURA LINNEY (Sarah Shaw) is an American actress of film, television and theater.
Linney has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, for her performances in Kenneth Lonergan's
"You Can Count on Me," alongside Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick; in Bill Condon's "Kinsey," opposite Liam
Neeson; and in Tamara Jenkins' "The Savages," with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Her performance in "You Can Count on Me" also earned her Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and
Independent Spirit Award nominations; and Best Actress Awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the
National Society of Film Critics. Her performance in "Kinsey" garnered her Golden Globe and Screen Actors
Guild Award nominations as well as the National Board of Review's Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her
performance in "The Savages" additionally brought her a London Critics Circle Film Award nomination for Actress
of the Year, among other honors.
Linney has won a Golden Globe and received an Emmy Award nomination for her starring role as Cathy Jamison
on the television series "The Big C," on which she also served as an executive producer. She starred opposite Paul
Giamatti as Abigail Adams in the critically acclaimed miniseries "John Adams," directed by Tom Hooper, for which
she won Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. She has also won Emmy Awards for her guest
role on the final season of "Frasier," opposite Kelsey Grammer, and for her performance in the telefilm "Wild
Iris," in which she starred with Gena Rowlands and Emile Hirsch for director Daniel Petrie.
Among Linney's other feature credits are Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson"; Noah Baumbach's "The Squid
and the Whale," opposite Jeff Daniels, for which she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award
nominations; Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination, and "Absolute
Power"; Peter Weir's "The Truman Show," with Jim Carrey; Gregory Hoblit's "Primal Fear" and Mark Pellington's
"The Mothman Prophecies," both opposite Richard Gere; Richard Curtis' "Love Actually"; George Miller's
"Lorenzo's Oil"; Ivan Reitman's "Dave"; Steven Zaillian's "Searching for Bobby Fischer"; Gillies MacKinnon's "A
Simple Twist of Fate"; Frank Marshall's "Congo"; Terence Davies' "The House of Mirth"; "Blind Spot" for Hallmark
Hall of Fame opposite Joanne Woodward; and Stanley Donen's telefilm "Love Letters," opposite Steven Weber.
She memorably starred as Mary Ann Singleton in three miniseries based on the "Tales of the City" novels by
Armistead Maupin, directed by Alastair Reid and Pierre Gang.
The Juilliard graduate was recently a Drama Desk and Tony Award nominee for "Time Stands Still," written by
Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan. She previously starred on Broadway in, among other shows,
the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" with Ben
Daniels, directed by Rufus Norris; Richard Eyre's staging of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," opposite Liam Neeson,
for which she was a Tony Award nominee; Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," staged by Sarah Anderson, for which
she won a 1994 Calloway Award; and Donald Margulies' "Sight Unseen," staged by Daniel Sullivan, for which
26she received her first Tony Award nomination. She had starred off-Broadway in the latter play over a decade
earlier, earning her first Drama Desk Award nomination as well as Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award
nominations and a Theatre World Award.
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