Laura Dern

Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress and filmmaker. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five Golden Globe Awards. Born to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern embarked on an acting career in the 1980s and rose to some prominence for her performances in Mask (1985) and David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990). She received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the titular orphan in the drama film Rambling Rose (1991) and achieved international recognition for her role in Steven Spielberg's adventure film Jurassic Park (1993), a role that she reprised in the 2001 sequel Jurassic Park III. After winning two Golden Globe Awards for her performances as Katherine Harris in the television film Recount (2008) and Amy Jellicoe in the comedy-drama series Enlightened (2011–2013), Dern garnered her second Academy Award nomination for her work in the biopic Wild (2014). In 2017, she began starring as Renata Klein in the drama series Big Little Lies, winning a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award, and reunited with David Lynch for Twin Peaks: The Return. She has since played supporting roles in the films Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Marriage Story (2019), and Little Women (2019). Her performance in Marriage Story won her an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, both for Best Supporting Actress. Description above from the Wikipedia article Laura ...

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Jurassic Park (1993)

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A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Laura Dern  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Richard Attenborough

A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Laura Dern  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Richard Attenborough

Blue Velvet (1986)

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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

Searching for Debra Winger (2002)

Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosanna Arquette
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Rosanna Arquette  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Katrin Cartlidge

Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosanna Arquette
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Rosanna Arquette  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Katrin Cartlidge

Trespassing Bergman (2013)

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, eighty nautical miles off the east coast of Sweden. He left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, eighty nautical miles off the east coast of Sweden. He left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

A Perfect World (1993)

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A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Clint Eastwood  •  Laura Dern  •  T.J. Lowther

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Clint Eastwood  •  Laura Dern  •  T.J. Lowther

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

After her husband dies, Alice and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make a new life for herself as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Alfred Lutter  •  Harvey Keitel

After her husband dies, Alice and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make a new life for herself as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Alfred Lutter  •  Harvey Keitel

Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

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A poor, struggling South Carolinian mother and daughter face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anjelica Huston
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Christina Ricci  •  Jena Malone

A poor, struggling South Carolinian mother and daughter face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anjelica Huston
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Lyle Lovett  •  Christina Ricci  •  Jena Malone

Foxes (1980)

A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Cherie Currie  •  Scott Baio  •  Marilyn Kagan

A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrian Lyne
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Cherie Currie  •  Scott Baio  •  Marilyn Kagan

Happy Endings (2005)

Filmmaker Nicky offers to track down the son that Mamie gave up for adoption nearly two decades before. Meanwhile, Mamie's stepbrother (and the father of her child), Charley, along with his boyfriend, Gil, try to find out what became of the sperm Gil donated to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Roos
CAST:  Lisa Kudrow  •  Steve Coogan  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jesse Bradford

Filmmaker Nicky offers to track down the son that Mamie gave up for adoption nearly two decades before. Meanwhile, Mamie's stepbrother (and the father of her child), Charley, along with his boyfriend, Gil, try to find out what became of the sperm Gil donated to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Roos
CAST:  Lisa Kudrow  •  Steve Coogan  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jesse Bradford

I Am Sam (2001)

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Sam, a neurodivergent man, has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations as a parent start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jessie Nelson
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Dianne Wiest

Sam, a neurodivergent man, has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations as a parent start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jessie Nelson
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Dianne Wiest

Inland Empire (2006)

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An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Justin Theroux  •  Harry Dean Stanton

An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Justin Theroux  •  Harry Dean Stanton

Jurassic Park III (2001)

In need of funds for research, Dr. Alan Grant accepts a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby on an aerial tour of the infamous Isla Sorna. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and the stranded wayfarers must fight for survival as a host of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  William H. Macy  •  Téa Leoni  •  Trevor Morgan

In need of funds for research, Dr. Alan Grant accepts a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby on an aerial tour of the infamous Isla Sorna. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and the stranded wayfarers must fight for survival as a host of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  William H. Macy  •  Téa Leoni  •  Trevor Morgan

Novocaine (2001)

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Atkins
CAST:  Chelcie Ross  •  Steve Martin  •  Laura Dern  •  Lynne Thigpen

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Atkins
CAST:  Chelcie Ross  •  Steve Martin  •  Laura Dern  •  Lynne Thigpen

October Sky (1999)

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Based on 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, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Based on 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, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Laura Dern  •  Trevor Morgan

Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Laura Dern  •  Trevor Morgan

We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. Learning of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Curran
CAST:  Mark Ruffalo  •  Laura Dern  •  Peter Krause  •  Naomi Watts

Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. Learning of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Curran
CAST:  Mark Ruffalo  •  Laura Dern  •  Peter Krause  •  Naomi Watts

Wild at Heart (1990)

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After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Laura Dern  •  Willem Dafoe  •  J.E. Freeman

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Laura Dern  •  Willem Dafoe  •  J.E. Freeman

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Adler
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Ray Winstone  •  Peter Donat  •  David Clennon

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Adler
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Ray Winstone  •  Peter Donat  •  David Clennon

Mask (1985)

A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Sam Elliott  •  Eric Stoltz  •  Estelle Getty  •  Laura Dern

A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Sam Elliott  •  Eric Stoltz  •  Estelle Getty  •  Laura Dern

Dr. T & the Women (2000)

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A successful Texas gynecologist finds himself amid a bevy of women and their problems – his wife’s breakdown, his daughter's fake marriage, his other daughter’s conspiracy theories, and his secretary’s crush. Craving time for himself, he finds solace in a kind outsider.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Helen Hunt  •  Farrah Fawcett  •  Laura Dern

A successful Texas gynecologist finds himself amid a bevy of women and their problems – his wife’s breakdown, his daughter's fake marriage, his other daughter’s conspiracy theories, and his secretary’s crush. Craving time for himself, he finds solace in a kind outsider.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Helen Hunt  •  Farrah Fawcett  •  Laura Dern
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