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  • Laura Linney

    Born on February 5, 1964 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

The Big C: Hereafter (2013)

After learning her cancer is no longer in remission, Cathy Jamison tries to tie up loose ends.

Emmy (Primetime) (2013) Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

The Big C (2010)

Laura Linney as "Cathy Jamison"

Acclaimed actress Laura Linney stars in this comedy-drama as Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison, whose reserved, structured way of life is turned upside down after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Gone are the days of pleasing everyone else; now, for the first time in her life, she is going to choose the path that most suits her needs. And that means, in part, telling her immature husband, spoiled son and outspoken brother to grow up. Cathy, meanwhile, wants to act up ... and along the way she forms new bonds with some unexpected people.

Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (2011) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (2011) Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

John Adams (2008)

Laura Linney as "Abigail Adams"

Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.

Golden Globe (2009) Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

The Savages (2007)

Laura Linney as "Wendy Savage"

Wendy Savage (Laura Linney), a struggling playwright, has little to do with her brother, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a college professor and author. However, the siblings must find a way to work together when their father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), slides into senility and must be placed in a nursing home.

Academy Award (2007) Nominated Best Actress

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Laura Linney as "Joan Berkman"

A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Older sibling Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) sides with dad and acts out at school, while younger brother Frank (Owen Kline) quietly backs up mom. The household tension rises further when Joan's writing career takes off and surpasses the failed ambitions of her professor ex-husband.

Golden Globe (2005) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Kinsey (2004)

Laura Linney as "Clara McMillen"

Biology professor Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) has a perfectly respectable life teaching and doing research at Indiana University along with a happy home life with his wife (Laura Linney). When he realizes that his students, many of them married and with children, still come to him with personal questions about human sexuality, he fights to begin teaching sex education courses and conducts extensive interviews about the sexual history of volunteers despite high-profile opposition.

Academy Award (2004) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2004) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Mystic River (2003)

Laura Linney as "Annabeth Markum"

When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case. As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

You Can Count on Me (2000)

Laura Linney as "Sammy Prescott"

Sammy is a single mother who is extremely protective of her 8-year old son. She is satisfied with living in the small town she grew up in and working in a local bank. When her brother Terry visits he fits the void in the life of both her and her son. Temporarily free of the constraints of single motherhood she begins to break free of her normal routine. In a string of traumatic events Sammy is torn between helping her brother and her maternal instinct to protect her son from getting hurt.

Academy Award (2000) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (2000) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

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