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Laura Dern

Laura DernBorn: 10-Feb-1967
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Blue Velvet

Laura Dern's parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, are both film actors. Her godmother is Shelley Winters. At 13 she was in Foxes with Jodie Foster and Scott Baio. At 15 she played a punk rocker in Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. At 17 she was the blind girl a disfigured Eric Stoltz fell for in Mask.

In 1986, Dern starred in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. The movie, with Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, and Dean Stockwell lip-synching the title tune, was disturbing but mesmerizing, and Dern was a howl as the innocent virgin learning the horrors hidden in her home town. Blue Velvet made Dern a star, at least at art houses and midnight shows. For multiplex mall moviegoers, her signature role was as one of the scientists in 1993's Jurassic Park. Her other films include the abortion comedy Citizen Ruth, Lynch's Wild at Heart, the wayward orphan's drama Ramblin' Rose, and the rocket science melodrama October Sky. On TV, Dern was the woman who lured Ellen DeGeneres to become a lesbian on Ellen.

A liberal, Dern has long been outspoken for the homeless, the pro-choice movement, and women's rights in Afghanistan. She was a vegetarian for six years, until the diet made her anemic.

Father: Bruce Dern (actor)
Mother: Diane Ladd (actress)
Mother: Andrea Beckett (stepmother, m. Bruce Dern, 1969)
Sister: Diane Elizabeth Dern (b. 29-Nov-1960, d. 18-May-1962 drowned)
Boyfriend: Treat Williams (actor; dated 1984)
Boyfriend: Kyle MacLachlan (actor, together 1985-89)
Boyfriend: Renny Harlin (director, dated 1991)
Boyfriend: Vincent Spano (actor, dated 1992)
Boyfriend: Jeff Goldblum (actor, together 1994-96, broken engagement)
Boyfriend: Billy Bob Thornton (actor, together 1997-99, broken engagement)
Husband: Ben Harper (musician, dated 2000-05, m. 23-Dec-2005, sep. 2010, div. 2013, one son, one daughter)
Son: Ellery Walker Harper (b. 21-Aug-2001)
Daughter: Jaya (b. 28-Nov-2004)

    High School: The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6270 Hollywood Blvd. (2010)
    Golden Globe 2012, Best Actress in a Comedy, for Enlightened
    Environmental Media Association Board of Directors
    Healthy Child Healthy World Advisory Board
    Hollywood Women's Political Committee
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Yoga

    F is for Family Sue Murphy (voice, 2015-)
    Enlightened Amy Jellicoe (2011-13)

    Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (20-Apr-2013)

    Cold Pursuit (7-Feb-2019)
    The Tale (20-Jan-2018)
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (9-Dec-2017)
    Downsizing (30-Aug-2017)
    Wilson (22-Jan-2017)
    The Founder (24-Nov-2016)
    Certain Women (24-Jan-2016)
    99 Homes (29-Aug-2014)
    Wild (29-Aug-2014)
    When the Game Stands Tall (4-Aug-2014)
    The Fault in Our Stars (16-May-2014)
    The Master (1-Sep-2012)
    Little Fockers (22-Dec-2010) · Prudence
    Everything Must Go (10-Sep-2010)
    Tenderness (15-Jan-2009) · Aunt Teresa
    Recount (25-May-2008) · Katherine Harris
    Year of the Dog (20-Jan-2007) · Bret
    Inland Empire (6-Sep-2006)
    Lonely Hearts (30-Apr-2006) · Rene Fodie
    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (28-Sep-2005)
    Happy Endings (20-Jan-2005)
    We Don't Live Here Anymore (20-Jan-2004) · Terry Linden
    Searching for Debra Winger (16-May-2002) · Herself
    I Am Sam (3-Dec-2001)
    Focus (9-Sep-2001)
    Novocaine (8-Sep-2001)
    Jurassic Park III (16-Jul-2001) · Ellie
    Daddy and Them (6-Jun-2001)
    Dr. T & the Women (12-Sep-2000) · Peggy
    A Season for Miracles (12-Dec-1999)
    October Sky (19-Feb-1999) · Miss Riley
    The Baby Dance (23-Aug-1998) · Wanda
    Bastard Out of Carolina (24-Aug-1996) · Narrator [VOICE]
    The Siege at Ruby Ridge (19-May-1996)
    Citizen Ruth (Jan-1996) · Ruth Stoops
    Down Came a Blackbird (22-Oct-1995)
    A Perfect World (24-Nov-1993) · Sally Gerber
    Jurassic Park (11-Jun-1993) · Ellie
    Afterburn (30-May-1992)
    Rambling Rose (10-Sep-1991)
    Wild at Heart (17-Aug-1990) · Lula
    Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990)
    Fat Man and Little Boy (20-Oct-1989) · Kathleen Robinson
    Haunted Summer (Dec-1988) · Claire Clairmont
    Blue Velvet (19-Sep-1986) · Sandy Williams
    Smooth Talk (10-Sep-1985)
    Mask (8-Mar-1985) · Diana
    The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (1-Nov-1984) · Crissy
    Teachers (5-Oct-1984)
    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981) · Jessica McNeil
    Foxes (29-Feb-1980)

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