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38 Facts About Laura Dern
Laura Dern's received her first Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the titular orphan in the drama film Rambling Rose, and achieved international recognition for her role as Ellie Sattler in Steven Spielberg's adventure film Jurassic Park, a role that she reprised in the sequels Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World Dominion .
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Laura Dern got her first credited role, Debbie, appearing alongside Jodie Foster in the 1980 coming-of-age film Foxes.
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Laura Dern auditioned for the iconic role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, but lost the role due to studio's skepticism about her level of fame at the time.
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Laura Dern, who had been more focused on independent films prior to the film, was Spielberg's first choice for the role of Ellie Sattler after having been impressed with her work in Smooth Talk and Rambling Rose.
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In 1997, Laura Dern was asked by Ellen DeGeneres to guest star as Susan Richmond, a lesbian who helps Degeneres' character, Ellen Morgan, come out of the closet in "The Puppy Episode" of the sitcom Ellen, while DeGeneres herself came out at the same time offscreen.
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The following year, Laura Dern co-starred in the television film The Baby Dance, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.
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Originally hesitant to return for a cameo, Laura Dern was later convinced when it was suggested by executive producer Steven Spielberg to the writers, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor who had previously collaborated with Laura Dern for Citizen Ruth, to have the character play an important role by saving the other characters.
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Laura Dern's starred in the film I Am Sam as Randy Carpenter, a woman running a foster home.
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Laura Dern starred in the 2005 film Happy Endings, and in the same year, she appeared in the film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.
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Laura Dern portrays an actress, Nikki Grace, who starts to take on the personality of the character she plays.
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The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival to polarizing reviews, majority being positive, where Laura Dern admitted that she was not sure what the film was about, but has said she would sign up for any project with Lynch.
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The following year, Laura Dern was seen in the independent drama Tenderness, and in 2010, she appeared in Little Fockers, portraying Prudence, an elementary school principal.
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Laura Dern received her third Golden Globe Award and fifth nomination, her first in the Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy category for her performance.
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Laura Dern's portrayed Lynn Nash, a widowed mother and grandmother who gets evicted with her family, in 2014's 99 Homes alongside Andrew Garfield.
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In 2018, Laura Dern starred as the real life professor and documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Fox, recalling her traumatic past in the autobiographical feature film The Tale, written and directed by Fox herself.
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In 2019, Laura Dern reprised her role of Renata Klein in Big Little Lies after the series was renewed for a second season where she received critical acclaim and received her eighth Primetime Emmy Award nomination, her first in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.
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Laura Dern will serve as executive producer and is expected to star in the upcoming AppleTV+ comedy series Mrs American Pie.
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Laura Dern began dating musician Ben Harper after they met at one of his concerts in fall 2000.
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An activist and supporter of various charities, Laura Dern advocated Down syndrome awareness in a cover story for Ability Magazine.
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In 2018, Laura Dern brought activist Monica Ramirez to the 75th Golden Globe Awards as a guest.
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Laura Dern's is an advocate for women's rights, gender pay parity, as well as combating gun violence and climate change.
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Laura Dern is an ambassador for the American Lung Association and serves as an Advisor to the group's National Board of Directors.
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