38 Facts About Laura Dern


Laura Dern's is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and five Golden Globe Awards.

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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's has since played supporting roles in the films Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marriage Story, and Little Women .

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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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Between 1985 and 1990, Laura Dern gained critical acclaim for her performances in Mask, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart–the latter two of which were directed by David Lynch–which began a longstanding collaboration between Laura Dern and Lynch.

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At the age of 16, Laura Dern was cast as Sandy Williams, one of the starring roles alongside Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rossellini in the critically successful mystery thriller film Blue Velvet.

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In 1990, Laura Dern collaborated with Lynch, starring as Lula Fortune alongside Nicolas Cage in the black comedy crime film Wild At Heart, where she portrays a vastly different character from her previous role in Blue Velvet.

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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 starred as Dr Ellie Sattler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park, achieving international recognition with the role.

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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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In 2001, Laura Dern reprised her role as Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park III, which was directed by Joe Johnston whom she had worked with in October Sky.

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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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In 2006, Laura Dern reunited with director David Lynch for the third time after Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart in the experimental film Inland Empire which was largely shot on a hand-held Sony DSR-PD150 by Lynch himself and without a complete screenplay.

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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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In 2008, Laura Dern starred as Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in Recount, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

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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 was nominated for her fifth Primetime Emmy Award, her first in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category.

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In 2012, Laura Dern starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's psychological drama film The Master, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.

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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 2017, Laura Dern reteamed with both Witherspoon and Vallee from Wild and The Fault In Our Stars co-star Shailene Woodley for the 2017 HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, the latter who Laura Dern had helped convince to join the cast.

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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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Laura Dern received her seventh Primetime Emmy nomination for the role in the category Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie.

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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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In 2022, Laura Dern reprised her role as Dr Ellie Sattler for the first time since 2001's Jurassic Park III alongside former co-stars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic World Dominion.

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Laura Dern's is set to star in the Netflix film Lonely Planet with Liam Hemsworth.

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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 is set to reunite with Wild author Cheryl Strayed and co-star Reese Witherspoon as executive producers for the upcoming Hulu television series Tiny Beautiful Things based on Strayed's book.

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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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