Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie (born Rosetta Jacobs; January 22, 1932 - October 14, 2023) was an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976), and Children of a Lesser God (1986), and received various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award. She was also known for her performances as Kirsten Arnesen in the original TV production of Days of Wine and Roses, and as Catherine Martell in the television series Twin Peaks.

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Appointment with Death (1988)

Emily Boynton, the stepmother to three children, blackmails the family lawyer into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence. She takes herself, the children, and her daughter-in-law on holiday to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Carrie Fisher  •  John Gielgud

Emily Boynton, the stepmother to three children, blackmails the family lawyer into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence. She takes herself, the children, and her daughter-in-law on holiday to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Carrie Fisher  •  John Gielgud

Carrie (1976)

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Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Sissy Spacek  •  Piper Laurie  •  Amy Irving  •  William Katt

Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Sissy Spacek  •  Piper Laurie  •  Amy Irving  •  William Katt

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds meets Sarah Norman, a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. In spite of Sarah's withdrawn emotional state, a romance slowly develops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randa Haines
CAST:  Marlee Matlin  •  William Hurt  •  Philip Bosco  •  John Limnidis

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds meets Sarah Norman, a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. In spite of Sarah's withdrawn emotional state, a romance slowly develops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randa Haines
CAST:  Marlee Matlin  •  William Hurt  •  Philip Bosco  •  John Limnidis

Dream a Little Dream (1989)

Bobby Kellar has a crush on Lainie Diamond, girlfriend of school jerk Joel. Coleman is working on an experiment which will help him move into a place where Dreams are reality. When an accident occurs Coleman finds himself in Bobby's body and can only contact Bobby ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Rocco
CAST:  Corey Feldman  •  Corey Haim  •  Jason Robards  •  Meredith Salenger

Bobby Kellar has a crush on Lainie Diamond, girlfriend of school jerk Joel. Coleman is working on an experiment which will help him move into a place where Dreams are reality. When an accident occurs Coleman finds himself in Bobby's body and can only contact Bobby ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Rocco
CAST:  Corey Feldman  •  Corey Haim  •  Jason Robards  •  Meredith Salenger

Eulogy (2004)

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Clancy
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Jesse Bradford  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Glenne Headly

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Clancy
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Jesse Bradford  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Glenne Headly

Other People's Money (1991)

When a corporate raider threatens a hostile takeover of a 'mom and pop' company, the patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's attractive daughter—who is a lawyer—to stop the takeover. However, the raider soon becomes infatuated with her, and enjoys ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Gregory Peck  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Piper Laurie

When a corporate raider threatens a hostile takeover of a 'mom and pop' company, the patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's attractive daughter—who is a lawyer—to stop the takeover. However, the raider soon becomes infatuated with her, and enjoys ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Gregory Peck  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Piper Laurie

Possessed (2000)

An 11 year old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't remember any of it. After giving up on the protestants, the boy's parents turn ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven E. de Souza
CAST:  Timothy Dalton  •  Henry Czerny  •  Jonathan Malen  •  Michael Rhoades

An 11 year old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't remember any of it. After giving up on the protestants, the boy's parents turn ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven E. de Souza
CAST:  Timothy Dalton  •  Henry Czerny  •  Jonathan Malen  •  Michael Rhoades

Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Murch
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Jean Marsh

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Murch
CAST:  Fairuza Balk  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Jean Marsh

The Faculty (1998)

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make the chilling discovery that their faculty is being controlled by body-snatching aliens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Jordana Brewster  •  Elijah Wood  •  Clea DuVall  •  Laura Harris

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make the chilling discovery that their faculty is being controlled by body-snatching aliens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Jordana Brewster  •  Elijah Wood  •  Clea DuVall  •  Laura Harris

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

After the suicide of her only friend, Rachel has never felt more on the outside. The one person who reached out to her, Jessie, also happens to be part of the popular crowd that lives to torment outsiders like her. But Rachel has something else that separates her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katt Shea
CAST:  Emily Bergl  •  Jason London  •  Amy Irving  •  J. Smith-Cameron

After the suicide of her only friend, Rachel has never felt more on the outside. The one person who reached out to her, Jessie, also happens to be part of the popular crowd that lives to torment outsiders like her. But Rachel has something else that separates her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katt Shea
CAST:  Emily Bergl  •  Jason London  •  Amy Irving  •  J. Smith-Cameron

Trauma (1993)

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

The Crossing Guard (1995)

After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  David Morse  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Robin Wright

After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  David Morse  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Robin Wright

Hounddog (2007)

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A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deborah Kampmeier
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Oliver Clayton-Luce  •  Isabelle Fuhrman  •  Cody Hanford

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deborah Kampmeier
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Oliver Clayton-Luce  •  Isabelle Fuhrman  •  Cody Hanford

The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Piper Laurie  •  Julie Adams  •  John McIntire

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Piper Laurie  •  Julie Adams  •  John McIntire

Another Harvest Moon (2010)

Another Harvest Moon is a tender drama about four elderly Americans coping with life in a nursing home. FRANK, ELLA, ALICE and JUNE gather each morning for a game of cards. They have become a family to one another, offering unyielding support, constant bickering ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Swartz
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Piper Laurie  •  Anne Meara  •  Doris Roberts

Another Harvest Moon is a tender drama about four elderly Americans coping with life in a nursing home. FRANK, ELLA, ALICE and JUNE gather each morning for a game of cards. They have become a family to one another, offering unyielding support, constant bickering ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Swartz
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Piper Laurie  •  Anne Meara  •  Doris Roberts

The Milkman (1950)

A dairy owner's son takes a job as milkman with a rival company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Barton
CAST:  Donald O'Connor  •  Jimmy Durante  •  Piper Laurie  •  Joyce Holden

A dairy owner's son takes a job as milkman with a rival company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Barton
CAST:  Donald O'Connor  •  Jimmy Durante  •  Piper Laurie  •  Joyce Holden

Kelly and Me (1957)

Failing vaudeville performer, Len, is taken under the wing of the German Shepherd wonder dog, Kelly, and a new act is born. Len hopes all his dreams are coming true when he finds himself in Hollywood ... but Kelly is the one in demand on the big screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Van Johnson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Martha Hyer  •  Onslow Stevens

Failing vaudeville performer, Len, is taken under the wing of the German Shepherd wonder dog, Kelly, and a new act is born. Len hopes all his dreams are coming true when he finds himself in Hollywood ... but Kelly is the one in demand on the big screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Van Johnson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Martha Hyer  •  Onslow Stevens

Dawn at Socorro (1954)

Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Rory Calhoun  •  Piper Laurie  •  David Brian  •  Kathleen Hughes

Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Rory Calhoun  •  Piper Laurie  •  David Brian  •  Kathleen Hughes

The Last Brickmaker in America (2001)

A man must cope with the loss of his wife and the obsolescence of his job before finding redemption by becoming a role model to an equally lost 13-year-old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Champion
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Cody Newton  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Piper Laurie

A man must cope with the loss of his wife and the obsolescence of his job before finding redemption by becoming a role model to an equally lost 13-year-old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Champion
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Cody Newton  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Piper Laurie

The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)

An Arabian prince, kidnapped at birth and raised as a thief, plots to regain his throne from his evil uncle in this colorful costume adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Piper Laurie  •  Everett Sloane  •  Jeff Corey

An Arabian prince, kidnapped at birth and raised as a thief, plots to regain his throne from his evil uncle in this colorful costume adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Piper Laurie  •  Everett Sloane  •  Jeff Corey
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