Laura Linney

Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards and five Tony Awards.

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Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. Tanny's a wild boy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillies MacKinnon
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Laura Linney  •  Catherine O'Hara

When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. Tanny's a wild boy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillies MacKinnon
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Laura Linney  •  Catherine O'Hara

Absolute Power (1997)

A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder—in which the President of The United States is involved—occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run, while holding evidence that could convict the President.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Gene Hackman  •  Ed Harris  •  Scott Glenn

A master thief coincidentally is robbing a house where a murder—in which the President of The United States is involved—occurs in front of his eyes. He is forced to run, while holding evidence that could convict the President.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Gene Hackman  •  Ed Harris  •  Scott Glenn

Dave (1993)

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A sweet-natured Temp Agency operator and amateur Presidential look-alike is recruited by the Secret Service to become a temporary stand-in for the President of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Frank Langella  •  Kevin Dunn

A sweet-natured Temp Agency operator and amateur Presidential look-alike is recruited by the Secret Service to become a temporary stand-in for the President of the United States.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Frank Langella  •  Kevin Dunn

Kinsey (2004)

Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into the mystery of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  Peter Sarsgaard

Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into the mystery of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  Peter Sarsgaard

Love Actually (2003)

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'Love Actually' follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives, in various loosely and interrelated tales, all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

'Love Actually' follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives, in various loosely and interrelated tales, all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

Mystic River (2003)

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The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Tim Robbins  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Marcia Gay Harden

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Tim Robbins  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Marcia Gay Harden

P.S. (2004)

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Thirty-nine-year old divorcé Louise Harrington (Linney) works in the admissions office at Columbia University School of the Arts. She is unnerved when she receives an application from F. Scott Feinstadt, the same name of her high school sweetheart who was killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dylan Kidd
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lois Smith  •  Paul Rudd

Thirty-nine-year old divorcé Louise Harrington (Linney) works in the admissions office at Columbia University School of the Arts. She is unnerved when she receives an application from F. Scott Feinstadt, the same name of her high school sweetheart who was killed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dylan Kidd
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Lois Smith  •  Paul Rudd

Primal Fear (1996)

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An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a third ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Hoblit
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  John Mahoney  •  Frances McDormand

An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a third ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Hoblit
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  John Mahoney  •  Frances McDormand

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Derrickson
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Campbell Scott  •  Jennifer Carpenter

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Derrickson
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Campbell Scott  •  Jennifer Carpenter

The Life of David Gale (2003)

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A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  Will Patton  •  Bob Tracey

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Pellington
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Laura Linney  •  Will Patton  •  Bob Tracey

The Nanny Diaries (2007)

A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shari Springer Berman  •  Robert Pulcini
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris Evans  •  Paul Giamatti

A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shari Springer Berman  •  Robert Pulcini
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris Evans  •  Paul Giamatti

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  Laura Linney  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Owen Kline

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  Laura Linney  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Owen Kline

The Truman Show (1998)

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An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

You Can Count on Me (2000)

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A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

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Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7, until he started experiencing blackouts, memory lapses and other strange mental phenomena. Eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD—an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorders—his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Nick Nolte  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Ann Hearn

Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7, until he started experiencing blackouts, memory lapses and other strange mental phenomena. Eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD—an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorders—his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Nick Nolte  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Ann Hearn

Congo (1995)

Eight people embark on an expedition into the Congo, a mysterious expanse of unexplored Africa where human greed and the laws of nature have gone berserk. When the thrill-seekers -- some with ulterior motives -- stumble across a race of killer apes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Dylan Walsh  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Tim Curry

Eight people embark on an expedition into the Congo, a mysterious expanse of unexplored Africa where human greed and the laws of nature have gone berserk. When the thrill-seekers -- some with ulterior motives -- stumble across a race of killer apes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Marshall
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Dylan Walsh  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Tim Curry

Driving Lessons (2006)

A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Brock
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Rupert Grint  •  Julie Walters  •  Michelle Duncan

A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Brock
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Rupert Grint  •  Julie Walters  •  Michelle Duncan

Wild Iris (2001)

A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  Laura Linney  •  Emile Hirsch  •  Fred Ward

A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Gena Rowlands  •  Laura Linney  •  Emile Hirsch  •  Fred Ward
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