Apr. 08, 1990
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Twin Peaks

The series follows the investigation, headed by Special Agent Dale Cooper, of the brutal murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. Its set in a small fictional Washington town. Twin Peaks became one of 1990s' top-rated shows, a critical success both nationally and internationally. Reflecting its devoted cult fan base, the series became a part of popular culture.

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Her childhood was filled with change. Sheryl Ann (later "Sherilyn") was the youngest of 3 kids. ...

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Audrey Horne is a character from the television series Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. She was played by Sherilyn Fenn.

Born August 24, 1972, Audrey is 18 years old during the action of the series. She fits the image of a poor little rich girl, able to have anything she wants except for her father's love. She eventually discovers that her father, Benjamin Horne, the town's business magnate, gave his love to the deceased Laura Palmer, both physically and emotionally.

Audrey is labelled a troublemaker and she initially lives up to that expectation. In a memorable scene in the Twin Peaks pilot, she derails one of her father's business deals, worth millions of dollars, by interrupting a meeting of Norwegian investors and telling them about Laura's murder.

Although Audrey and Laura were not friends, Audrey says she "kind of loved Laura" because Laura tutored Audrey's mentally retarded brother Johnny.

During the first season of Twin Peaks, Audrey develops a crush on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. She tries to help him investigate Laura's murder by infiltrating a Canadian brothel, One-Eyed Jack's, as a hostess. She remains at the brothel for several episodes that bridge the series' first and second seasons, in danger of her life, while she makes some profoundly disturbing discoveries.

In the show's second season, writers planned a serious relationship between Cooper and Audrey, but actor Kyle MacLachlan, who played Cooper, vetoed the plan. He argued that Cooper would not become involved with a high school-age woman. Cooper did, however, become involved with another young woman (Annie Blackburn, about 20 years old) toward the end of the season. Cooper admits to Audrey during their last significant conversation that the real reason why he would not pursue her was for her own safety. In a previous FBI case, he fell in love with a young woman who was then murdered, perhaps because of Cooper's own carelessness. Later in the second season, Audrey flirts with Bobby Briggs and then has a romantic affair with one of her father's business associates, John Justice Wheeler (played by Billy Zane).

Audrey's character develops considerably during the series. In the beginning she is portrayed as salacious and deceiving. She seems intent on pulling pranks to put her father's business in jeopardy. Midway through the second season she reverses course and becomes a key participant in his financial ventures, displaying a fierce loyalty despite Benjamin Horne's past deceptions. Her change of heart is attributed to a desire to do good, inspired by Agent Cooper.

She finds evidence to relieve Cooper of legal charges that were pressed as a result of Cooper's extrajurisdictional raid on One-Eyed Jack's. Later, at her father's request, she frequently places business ahead of romance. She also lets Benjamin Horne pressure her into entering the Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, for which she delivers an impassioned speech in favor of saving endangered species.

In sharp contrast to Laura Palmer, as well as to the sultry image that Audrey herself projects at One-Eyed Jack's, Audrey is actually quite chaste. In one of the last episodes she reveals that she is a virgin. Subsequent events then suggest an abrupt and completely voluntary change in her status.

In the series finale, Audrey is engaged in an act of civil disobedience at the local bank to save the local forest. While she is chained to the door of the bank vault, a bomb explodes inside the vault. This was a booby trap left as an ironic reward in a long treasure hunt, planted by the late Thomas Eckhardt. Andrew Packard, Pete Martell, and an elderly banker are the ones closest to the blast, and Audrey's fate is left ambiguous. Sherilyn Fenn stated in an interactive chat on America Online that, if there had been a third season of the show, her character was slated to have survived the explosion.

Also in the finale, it is suggested that Audrey is actually the half-sister of Donna Hayward, whose real father turns out to be Benjamin Horne. Audrey and Donna were on polite terms but never close friends.

In a deleted scene, available on the Twin Peaks Gold Box DVD set, it is revealed that Audrey's mother holds Audrey responsible for her brother Johnny's mental condition, citing an incident when Audrey, as a toddler, pushed a nine-year-old Johnny down the stairs, in a bitter speech that obviously upsets Audrey greatly. However, Dr. Jacoby insists that Johnny's condition is self-induced, a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma. It is not known if this story element was deliberately dropped or if there were plans to explore it further had the show not been cancelled.

It is rumored that Lynch's Mulholland Drive (film), which was originally conceived as a television series, was also envisioned as a spin-off centered around Audrey in which she goes to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

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03x09 - This Is the Chair
Season 3, Episode 09
02x21 - Miss Twin Peaks
Season 2, Episode 21
03x15 - There's Some Fear in Letting Go
Season 3, Episode 15
03x13 - What Story Is That, Charlie?
Season 3, Episode 13
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