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
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
nomination for her performance in Season 2 of HBO's critically acclaimed
"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
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,
Hoffman and Amy Adams. In 2010, Dern was seen in a poignant role in the indie
MUST GO with Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall and in LITTLE FOCKERS with Robert
Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.
In 2007, Dern starred in Mike White's YEAR OF THE DOG alongside Molly
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
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
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
WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO directed by Jane Anderson. In 2004, Dern starred as the
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
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
"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
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,
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
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
Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as 'Rose' in the acclaimed RAMBLING
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
in SMOOTH TALK and MASK. Other film credits include Robert Altman's DR. T AND
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
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
film, "Down Came a Blackbird," which she also produced, opposite Vanessa
Redgrave and Raul Julia.
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