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  • Piper Laurie

    Born on January 22, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan

awards & nominations

Twin Peaks (1990)

Piper Laurie as "Catherine Martell"

A crime drama mixed with healthy doses of the surreal, this series is about FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who travels to the small logging town of Twin Peaks to solve the murder of seemingly innocent high schooler Laura Palmer. Almost nothing is as it seems, however, and the show's sometimes eerie visuals, oddball characters and wild dream sequences drive the point home.

Emmy (Primetime) (1991) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (1991) Won Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (1990) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Piper Laurie as "Mrs. Norman"

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds (William Hurt) meets Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin), a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. A romance slowly develops between the pair in spite of Sarah's withdrawn emotional state due in part to her difficult relationship with her mother (Piper Laurie). Matlin, who is deaf in real life, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this, her first film role.

Academy Award (1986) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

The Thorn Birds (1983)

Piper Laurie as "Anne Mueller"

Richard Chamberlain stars as a priest forced to make a choice between his feelings and his ambitions in this sweeping adaptation of Colleen McCullough's novel. Set in the early 1900s on a sheep station in the Australian outback, the 1983 miniseries follows members of the Cleary family, whose move to the sheep station leads to a pivotal relationship between young Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph. When the attraction between Meggie and Father Ralph becomes obvious, Meggie's wealthy aunt forces Father Ralph to choose between Meggie and his ambition to rise within the Catholic Church. Though he chooses the church, as decades pass he continues to be drawn back to Meggie, with sometimes disastrous consequences.

Golden Globe (1984) Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

St. Elsewhere (1982)

The staff of St. Eligius Hospital in Boston doesn't pull off the kind of miracles seen in other medical dramas. Instead, they deal with the day-to-day realities of working at a big-city hospital. Amid the inherent drama of saving patients' lives, the show mixes in a healthy dose of dark humor, which the doctors use to cope with various situations.

Emmy (Primetime) (1984) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Carrie (1976)

Piper Laurie as "Margaret White"

In this chilling adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother (Piper Laurie) at home. When strange occurrences start happening around Carrie, she begins to suspect that she has supernatural powers. Invited to the prom by the empathetic Tommy Ross (William Katt), Carrie tries to let her guard down, but things eventually take a dark and violent turn.

Academy Award (1976) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

The Hustler (1961)

Piper Laurie as "Sarah Packard"

Story Fast Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and his adventures in the world of professional pool. Fast Eddie is a young hopeful on his way to challenging Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) for his world title. When he starts getting feelings for a woman he gets into a dilemma.

Academy Award (1961) Nominated Best Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961) Nominated Foreign Actress

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