Lara Flynn Boyle

Actor
An old-style Hollywood star who made her name both in film and on television, actress Lara Flynn Boyle cultivated an image that was confident and sometimes crass, harkening back to the strong independent women of ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1970 in Davenport, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Joe Head Goes Hollywood 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Lucky Dog 2014 (Movie)

Ms. Donley (Actor)

Hansel & Gretel Get Baked 2013 (Movie)

Witch (Actor)

Baby on Board 2009 (Movie)

Mary Radcliffe (Actor)

Life is Hot in Cracktown 2009 (Movie)

Betty McBain (Actor)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

A West Texas Children's Story 2006 (Movie)

Ben's Mom (Actor)

Land of the Blind 2006 (Movie)

First Lady (Actor)

Las Vegas 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Serleena (Actor)

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 ESPY Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chain of Fools 2000 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Speaking of Sex 2000 (Movie)

Dr. Emily Paige (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan's Plan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Helen Jordan (Actor)

Red Meat 1998 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Afterglow 1997 (Movie)

Marianne Byron (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Farmer and Chase 1997 (Movie)

Hillary (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Big Squeeze 1996 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

Laraine (Actor)

Red Rock West 1994 (Movie)

Suzanne (Actor)

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Ida Muntz (Actor)

Threesome 1994 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Beverly Franks (Actor)

The Temp 1993 (Movie)

Kris Bolin (Actor)

Wayne's World 1992 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

Where the Day Takes You 1992 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Eye of the Storm 1991 (Movie)

Sandra Gladstone (Actor)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Mara Motes (Actor)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

Rosarita (Actor)

May Wine 1990 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

The Rookie 1990 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Ginny Danburry (Actor)

How I Got Into College 1989 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Poltergeist III 1988 (Movie)

Donna Gardner (Actor)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Cafe Society (TV Show)

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Gang of Four (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob (TV Show)

Actor

Past Tense (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on Highway 91 (TV Show)

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The House Next Door (TV Show)

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The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

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Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An old-style Hollywood star who made her name both in film and on television, actress Lara Flynn Boyle cultivated an image that was confident and sometimes crass, harkening back to the strong independent women of cinema from yesteryear like Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford. Much like the stars of old, Boyle also exuded glamour and class even while playing wholesome characters like she did in her first major role as a series regular on "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). She managed to shed that good girl persona with a turn as a sultry seductress in the neo-noir "Red Rock West" (1993) before returning to the small screen for David E. Kelley's "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), playing a determined assistant district attorney willing to violate ethics to see justice done. While that role helped turn her into a household name, Boyle continued making interesting choices on the big screen with noted supporting roles in the indie black comedy "Happiness" (1998) and the blockbuster sequel "Men in Black II" (2002). Her on-and-off relationship with a much older Jack Nicholson also garnered its share of attention, as did her fashion choices, including a pink tutu dress she infamously wore to the Golden Globes. Following two noted returns to television with "Huff" (HBO, 2004-06) and "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08), Boyle remained one of the more dynamic actresses working in Hollywood who never failed to fascinate.

Relationships

Richard Dean Anderson Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated no longer together

Sally Boyle

Mother
handles her daughter's career divorced Boyle's father c. 1976

Charles Boyle

Grandfather
was US representative from Illinois

Eric Dane Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 2001 No longer together

John Dee

Husband
married on August 11, 1996 in Las Vegas divorced in 1998 while Flynn refuses to confirm this marriage, Talk magazine in October 2001 reported it

Jaron Lowenstein Actor

Companion
half of the identical-twin pop duo Evan and Jaron reportedly dated in 2004 no longer together

Kyle MacLachlan Actor

Companion
Met on set of ABC's "Twin Peaks" c. 1990 split c. 1991-92

Jack Nicholson Actor

Companion
Had on-again, off-again relationship; went public with their relationship at the 1999 Emmy Awards Dated until the end of 2000

Jay Penske

Companion
the heir to the Penske automotive empire nine years younger than Boyle dated summer 2003 no longer together

David Spade Actor

Companion
Began dating 1998 Broke up 1999 after six months

Donald Thomas

Husband
married on December 18, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas

EDUCATION

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago , Illinois
attended on scholarship

studied acting at the Piven Theater workshop for actors

Milestones

2006

Appeared opposite Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland in "Land of the Blind"

2005

Joined the cast of "Las Vegas," (NBC) as the new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino

2004

Returned to television as a manic-depressive patient in the Showtime drama "Huff"

2002

Played the chief villainess in "Men in Black 2"; replaced Famke Janssen who withdrew because of family illness

1997

Had supporting role in the quadrangular drama "Afterglow", directed by Alan Rudolph

1997

Cast as assistant district attorney Helen Gamble on the ABC legal drama "The Practice"

1996

Played a call girl in the 1950s in the noirish "Cafe Society" (premiered on Showtime before its theatrical release)

1994

Starred opposite Matthew Modine in the TNT biblical miniseries "Jacob"

1993

Had title role in the thriller "The Temp"

1993

Garnered critical praise for her turn as the target of a hit man in John Dahl's "Red Rock West" (aired on HBO)

1992

Reprised her TV role in David Lynch's feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

1992

First collaboration with Alan Rudolph, "Equinox", opposite Matthew Modine

1991

Cast opposite Judd Nelson in "The Dark Backward"

1990

Portrayed Donna Hayward in the ABC drama series "Twin Peaks"

1989

Played homicide victim Jennifer Levin in the ABC TV-movie "The Preppie Murder"

1989

Had supporting role in "Dead Poets Society"

1988

Feature acting debut, "Poltergeist III"

1987

Made TV acting debut as Robert Urich's daughter in the ABC miniseries "Amerika"

Wrote and acted in local Chicago-area theater productions

Moved to Los Angeles with her mother

Moved to Chicago suburb when she was an infant

Diagnosed with integration disorder, a learning disability; attended workshops at Loyola University and was enrolled at the Piven Workshop for treatment

Bonus Trivia

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"The movies are my truest passion. I'm not going to lie to you and say it's the theater. I don't feel as challenged by it as I do by the camera. There's nothing in life so threatening for an actor than a camera. It's right there at your nose. You can't lie. If you do, the secrets are told. There's less you can get away with, in terms of honesty, in films." --Boyle quoted in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, October 5, 1997

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"Moviemaking isn't rocket science. You just learn your lines, show up on time and get into character. And I know my limits. I took a bad stunt fall 2-1/2 years ago. My neck's been weird ever since. It's not worth it. I've got a life after the movie." --Lara Flynn Boyle quoted in THE NEW YORK POST, September 5, 1996.

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On fame..."The only downside is, I can't got to the grocery store anymore. But the truth is I never did go to the grocery store."--Boyle US Weekly Septmeber 2, 2002

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