Laura Linney

Laura Linney

Feb. 5th, 1964
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 7

Laura Linney's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Big C TV Show
The Big C
John Adams TV Show
John Adams
Sunday Morning Shootout TV Show
Sunday Morning Shootout

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Genius
2015 - Mr. Holmes
2013 - The Fifth Estate
2013 - Morning
2012 - The Details
2012 - Hyde Park on Hudson
2011 - Arthur Christmas
2011 - Sympathy for Delicious
2008 - The Other Man
2007 - The Savages
2007 - The Nanny Diaries
2007 - Breach
2006 - Man of the Year
2006 - Driving Lessons
2005 - The Exorcism of Emily Rose
2005 - The Squid and the Whale
2004 - Kinsey
2003 - Mystic River
2003 - The Life of David Gale
2003 - Love Actually
2002 - The Mothman Prophecies
2000 - You Can Count on Me
2000 - The House of Mirth
1998 - The Truman Show
1998 - The Truman Show
1997 - Absolute Power
1996 - Primal Fear
1995 - Congo
1994 - A Simple Twist of Fate
1993 - Searching for Bobby Fischer
1993 - Dave
1992 - Lorenzo's Oil

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Herself - Guest
Laura Linney
Martha Bowen
Marlene (Voiced)
Doctor Gupta (Voiced)
Herself - Winner: Best Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Herself - Guest
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Laura Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father is the prominent playwright Romulus Linney. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant), Linney's world revolved, in part, around his profession from the earliest age. She graduated from Brown University in 1986 and studied acting at Julliard and the Arts Theatre School in Moscow and, thereafter, embarked on a career on the Broadway stage receiving favorable notices for her work in such plays as "Hedda Gabler" and "Six Degrees of Separation".

Linney's film career began in the early 1990s with small roles in Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and Dave (1993). She landed the role of Mary Anne Singleton in the PBS film adaptations of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" series, playing her in "Tales of the City" (1993), "More Tales of the City" (1998) and "Further Tales of the City" (2001). Linney's first substantial big-screen role was as the ex-girlfriend of Richard Gere's character in Primal Fear (1996) and her superb performance brought her praise and a better selection of roles. Clint Eastwood chose Linney to play his daughter, another prominent role, in 1997's Absolute Power (1997), followed by another second billing in the following year's The Truman Show (1998).

Always a strong performer, Linney truly came into her own after 2000, starting the decade auspiciously with her widely-praised, arguably flawless performance in You Can Count on Me (2000). She found herself nominated for an Academy Award for this, her first lead role, for which her salary had been $10,000. Linney won numerous critics' awards for her role as Sammy, a single mother whose life is complicated by a new boss and the arrival in town of her aimless brother. On the heels of this success came her marvelous turn as Bertha Dorset in The House of Mirth (2000), clearly the best performance in a film of strong performances. Since then, Linney has frequently been offered challenging dramatic roles, and always rises to the occasion, such as in Mystic River (2003), in which she worked again with Clint Eastwood, and Kinsey (2004), for which she received another Academy Award nomination.

Though not by any means typecast, Linney often plays a woman whose wholesome beauty is deceiving and whose character is ultimately more complex than it seems. Linney is divorced and lives in Connecticut. Although her career now focuses on movies, she continues to appear on the Broadway stage on occasion.

  • Her mother is a nurse.
  • Won the 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award, for Best Performance in a Classic Drama, for her performance as Thea Elvsted in "Hedda Gabler".
  • Nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for "Sight Unseen" (Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play).
  • Gained about 20 pounds for her role in _Kinsey (2004)_ (qv), mainly by eating Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
  • At 14 she spent the summer at the New London Barn Playhouse, summer stock theater in New London, NH and loved it - sometimes doing 14 hour days.
  • Her father is respected Off-Broadway playwright 'Romulus Linney' (qv).
  • Was at Northwestern University for one year before transferring to Brown University.
  • 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) picked her for the part of Kate Whitney in his new movie _Absolute Power (1997)_ (qv) after he saw her performance in _Primal Fear (1996)_ (qv).

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