Two time Academy Award nominee LAURA DERN (Pippi) has proven to
be one of the great actresses of her generation, touching audiences and critics
alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. Critic Peter Travers explained
that Dern "ranks among the best actresses of her generation." In celebration of
their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother, Diane Ladd, and
her father, Bruce Dern, were awarded with the first ever 'Family Star Ceremony'
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the 'Hollywood Legacy Award' from the
Hollywood Entertainment Museum.
In addition to her extensive film and television credits, Dern has been prolific
in her producing career with three upcoming projects for HBO including "Tiny
Beautiful Things," "Untitled Alex Gibney Project" and "Untitled Brownie Wise
Project." In 2016, she was also selected to serve on The Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors.
In 2017, Dern will be seen reuniting with director Jean-Marc Vallee (WILD) in
HBO's upcoming series "Big Little Lies" based on the book of the same name by
Liane Moriarty. The series, which follows three mothers whose apparently perfect
lives unravel to the point of murder, also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Reese
Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz.
Dern will also be seen in the highly-anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII
alongside Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o and Benicio Del Toro. The film will
release in December 2017. Additionally, Dern completed production on Showtime's
revival of the cult hit crime, mystery series "Twin Peaks." Reuniting with
director David Lynch, Dern will star alongside Kyle MacLauchlan and Amanda
Additionally, Dern can be seen in The Weinstein Company's biographical drama THE
FOUNDER, which recounts the story of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc played by
Michael Keaton. Dern plays Keaton's wife Ethel Kroc.
In 2016, Dern was seen starring alongside Michelle Williams and Kirsten Steward
in Kelly Reichardt's drama CERTAIN WOMAN, which premiered at Sundance to rave
In 2015, Dern co-starred in Fox Searchlight's WILD for which she earned her
second Academy Award nomination for. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, is
Nick Hornby's-scripted adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling 2012 memoir
and tells the inspiring story of Cheryl Strayed.
Also in 2015, Dern was seen in Ramin Bahrani's 99 HOMES, opposite Andrew
Garfield and Michael Shannon.
Dern appeared in the film adaptation of John Green's novel, THE FAULT IN OUR
STARS. Starring alongside Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, Dern
plays the mother of 'Hazel Grace,' a young girl who falls in love as she battles
For her lead role as 'Amy Jellicoe' in the critically acclaimed series
"Enlightened," which she also executive produced and co-created, alongside
writer and director Mike White, Dern received the Golden Globe Award for 'Best
Actress in a Television Series' in 2012 and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination
for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series' in 2013. The series also
garnered a Golden Globe nomination for 'Best Television Comedy' in 2012 as well.
In September 2012, Dern was seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER, which
also starred Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, and in
2010, she was featured in Dan Rush's EVERYTHING MUST GO, with Will Ferrell and
Rebecca Hall. Also in 2010, Dern appeared in Universal Pictures' LITTLE FOCKERS,
which starred Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbra Streisand.
In 2008, HBO's "Recount," which was directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny
Strong, revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. Dern
starred alongside Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., John Hurt, Denis
Leary, Bruce McGill, and Tom Wilkinson. For her performance as 'Katherine
Harris,' she earned a 2008 Golden Globe Award for 'Best Performance by an
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for
Television,' as well as nominations for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild
In 2007, Dern starred in Mike White's YEAR OF THE DOG, alongside Molly Shannon,
Peter Sarsgaard and Regina King, and in 2006, she starred as three different
characters in David Lynch's feature film INLAND EMPIRE, which received a
"Special Distinction Award" at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2005, Dern filmed Todd Robinson's LONELY HEARTS and appeared in a supporting
role in the Don Roos' HAPPY ENDINGS, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Tom
Arnold, Jason Ritter, and Bobby Cannavale.
Dern also appeared with Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in the 2005
Dreamworks film THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO, directed by Jane Anderson,
and in 2004, Dern starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE.
Dern appeared in a diverse selection of roles in three very different films in
2001. She starred alongside Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in I AM SAM, as
Steve Martin's suspicious dental hygienist girlfriend in NOVOCAINE and opposite
William H. Macy in Neal Slavin's FOCUS. That same year, Dern also had a cameo
appearance in Universal Pictures' JURASSIC PARK III.
On television in 2001, Dern starred and produced Showtime's "Damaged Care."
Earlier that year, Dern appeared in Lifetime Television's "Within These Walls,"
opposite Ellen Burstyn. She also starred in Showtime's "Daddy and Them," a film
written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.
In January of 1999, the Sundance Institute presented Dern with the 'Piper
Heidseick Award for Independent Vision' in recognition of the original voice and
vision of an actor whose work reveals commitment to independent spirit and
In 1996, she starred in Miramax Films' critically acclaimed black comedy CITIZEN
RUTH, directed by Alexander Payne. CITIZEN RUTH was screened at the Montreal
Film Festival, where Dern was awarded 'Best Actress' for her role.
In 1993, she starred opposite Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's
worldwide phenomenon and record-breaking box office success JURASSIC PARK. Later
that year, she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in A PERFECT
WORLD, which Eastwood also directed.
In 1992, Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe
nomination for her performance as 'Rose' in the acclaimed film RAMBLING ROSE,
directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring Dern's mother, Diane Ladd. RAMBLING
ROSE was the first and only film that a mother and daughter team earned Academy
Award nominations for the same project.
In 1985, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' 'New Generation Award' for her
performances in SMOOTH TALK and MASK. In 1986, she starred in David Lynch's BLUE
VELVET, and in 1990, she played the lead role opposite Nicolas Cage in Lynch's
WILD AT HEART, which won the Palme d' Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Dern's other film credits include Robert Altman's DR. T AND THE WOMEN, OCTOBER
SKY, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, HAUNTED SUMMER, TEACHERS, FOXES, and LADIES AND
GENTLEMAN, THE FABULOUS STAINS.
Dern made her directorial debut with a short film called "The Gift," which aired
as part of Showtime's "Directed By" series in October 1994. The cast included
Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place, Peter
Horton and Diane Ladd.
In 1997, Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award and won an American Comedy Award
for her guest-starring role on "Ellen." She received a 1998 Golden Globe
nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's Peabody Award winning film, "The Baby
Dern received the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a
Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,' as well as Emmy and Cable
ACE nominations, for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm "Afterburn." Her
other work on television includes Showtime's critically acclaimed film noir
series "Fallen Angels," for which she received an Emmy nomination, and
Showtime's original film "Down Came a Blackbird," which she also produced and
starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia.
Dern resides in Los Angeles with her two children.
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