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Two-time Academy Award nominee LAURA DERN (Lynn Nash) has touched many audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. For her Oscar nominated performance in RAMBLING ROSE, Critic Peter Travers explained that Dern "ranks among the best actresses of her generation." Recently, Dern co-starred in WILD for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, is Nick Hornby's adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling 2012 memoir. In 2014, Dern was seen in Fox 2000's film adaptation of John Green's bestselling novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, starring alongside Shailene Woodley. In 2010, in celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother Diane Ladd and father Bruce Dern were awarded with the first ever "Family Star Ceremony" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition to her two Oscar nominations, Dern has received 4 Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards. She received her 2013 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance in Season 2 of HBO's critically acclaimed original series "Enlightened." Dern earned the 2012 Golden Globe Award on behalf of her performance in Season 1, and the series also garnered a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Television Comedy." Dern also served as the executive producer and co-creator. The show reunited her with HBO where she starred in the 2008 Emmy award-winning "Recount."

For her performance as Katherine Harris, Dern earned a 2008 Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. In September 2012, Dern was seen in THE MASTER, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. In 2010, Dern was seen in a poignant role in the indie film EVERYTHING MUST GO with Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall and in LITTLE FOCKERS with Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.

In 2007, Dern starred in Mike White's YEAR OF THE DOG alongside Molly Shannon, Peter Sarsgaard and Regina King. In 2006, Dern was seen starring as three different characters in David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE. At the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent gave their Special Distinction Award to David Lynch and Laura Dern for their collaborative work on this movie, as well as BLUE VELVET and WILD AT HEART.

In 2005, Dern filmed the Todd Robinson-directed drama LONELY HEARTS alongside John Travolta. Also in 2005, Dern appeared in a supporting role in the Don Roos directed dark comedy, HAPPY ENDINGS; and she appeared with Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO directed by Jane Anderson. In 2004, Dern starred as the complex and conflicted Terry Linden opposite Mark Ruffalo in WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE.

Dern appeared in a diverse selection of roles in 2001. She starred alongside Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in I AM SAM, as Steve Martin's suspicious dental hygienist girlfriend in NOVOCAINE and opposite William H. Macy in FOCUS for first time director Neil Slavin. Dern also had a cameo that year in JURASSIC PARK III, which re-teamed her with director Joe Johnston and actor Sam Neill. On television in 2001, Dern delivered a captivating performance in Showtime's "Damaged Care" as real-life Dr. Linda Peeno, a whistleblower against HMO's managed care practices.

Dern also served as a producer on this project. Earlier that year, Dern appeared in Lifetime Television's "Within These Walls," opposite Ellen Burstyn. Dern also starred in Showtime's "Daddy and Them," written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.

In January of 1999 the Sundance Institute presented Dern with the Piper Heidseick Award for Independent Vision, following in the footsteps of previous honorees such as Nicolas Cage, Tim Robbins, Kevin Spacey, Benecio Del Toro and Julianne Moore.

In 1996, Dern starred in the critically acclaimed black comedy CITIZEN RUTH, directed by Alexander Payne, garnering the Best Actress award at the Montreal Film Festival. In 1993, she starred opposite Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's record-breaking box office success JURASSIC PARK. Later that year, she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in A PERFECT WORLD, which Eastwood directed. Dern received both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as 'Rose' in the acclaimed RAMBLING ROSE, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd. This film holds a place in history as the first time that a mother/daughter team has earned Academy Award nominations for the same project.

In 1985, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' New Generation Award for her performances in SMOOTH TALK and MASK. Other film credits include Robert Altman's DR. T AND THE WOMEN, OCTOBER SKY, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, HAUNTED SUMMER, TEACHERS, FOXES and LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, THE FABULOUS STAINS. Dern made her directorial debut with the short film THE GIFT which aired as part of Showtime's "Directed By" series in 1994.

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 "Ellen." She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's "The Baby Dance" for Showtime. 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." Other work on television includes Showtime's 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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