|Real Name: Laura Dern|
|Birthday: February 10|
Biography And Filmography:
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 into a show business family - her father is Bruce Dern and her mother is Diane Ladd.
She was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from
an early age, and won several small parts as a child actress. Her parents divorced when
she was only three and lost contact with her father for many years afterwards.
The first success came in 1980, with a role in "Foxes" (1980), a young teen movie starring Jodie Foster about a group of friends who come of age in San Fernando Valley set to a hot soundtrack and endless partying, drugs and sex. Dern followed with several small parts such as "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains" (1981), and "Teachers" (1984) with Morgan Freeman, as a student who has an affair with an older teacher. Her mother opposed her working on movie sets which required her to sue for emancipation so she could play her role in "The Fabulous Stains".
Her next roles, as the blind girl who makes friends with the deformed boy in
"Mask" (1985) starring Cher and Eric Stoltz, and as a teen age girl whose sexual awakening
introduces her to a mysterious older man in "Smooth Talk" (1985), gave her career
Laura Dern next took a leading role in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986), where after finding a severed
human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying
just beneath his tranquil suburban home town. But it was four years before
her next role in "Wild at Heart" (1990) starring Nicolas
Cage and directed by Lynch.
Dern continued to accept roles, often in smaller dramas such as "October Sky" (1999) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, about the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. Next was "I Am Sam" (2001) with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfieffer, about a mentally retarded man who fights for custody of his 8-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his lawyer the value of love and family. She was then cast in the romantic drama "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004).
Laura Dern is most widely known for her role as Ellie Sattler in the summer adventure movies "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Jurassic Park III" (2001), or for her guest performance on "Ellen" (1994), as the woman to whom Ellen finally comes out as a lesbian. She also starred in the thriller "A Perfect World" (1993) starring Kevin Costner, and "Citizen Ruth" (1996), about a poor indigent drug-user whose existence is complicated by becoming pregnant.
Laura then had a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Dr T and the Women" (2000) working along an all-star cast that included Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler, about a wealthy Dallas gynecologist to some of the wealthiest women in Texas who finds his idealist life beginning to fall apart starting when his wife, Kate, suffers a nervous breakdown and is committed to the state mental hospital.
Dern then worked opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the comedy "Daddy And Them" (2004), written by Thornton with a star studded cast including Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck, a dark comedy where a married couple come to the aid of a jailed uncle (Jim Varney). More comedy followed with a role next to Steve Martin in the comedy "Novocaine", where a dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs. She then appeared in a story that weaved multiple stories to create a funny look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself in "Happy Endings" (2005).
Laura Dern was now a Hollywood movie star.
The following year, she had a supporting role in the blockbuster romantic crime thriller "Lonely Hearts" (2005)
starring John Travolta,
Jared Leto and Salma Hayek,
based on the true story, where two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and
Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely
Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.
Dern then switched gears and appeared in an independent comedy "Year Of The Dog" (2007) starring Molly Shannon, where a secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies. She wrapped her year next to Russell Crowe in the dramatic "Tenderness" (2008), about a policeman (Crowe) who works to figure out whether a violent teen murdered his family.
Next was a role as Katherine Harris, in a chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida in "Recount" (2008) starring Kevin Spacey. Laura appeared in another sequel to the smash hit "Jurassic Park" franchise in "Jurassic Park IV" (2009).
Dern has made numerous special guest appearances on television sitcoms and shows including "Fallen Angels", "Frasier", "Ellen", "The West Wing" and "King of the Hill".
Having previously dated such Hollywood talent as Treat Williams, Renny
Harlin, Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton, Dern
eventually married musician Ben Harper in 2005.
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