Piper Laurie

Actor, Sculptor
One of the most celebrated and formidable actresses of the last half-century, Piper Laurie was an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee who gave full-blooded performances as flawed, often ferocious women in "The Hustler" ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1932 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Saving Grace B. Jones 2012 (Movie)

Marta Shrank (Actor)

Another Harvest Moon 2011 (Movie)

June (Actor)

Hesher 2011 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Hounddog 2008 (Movie)

Grammie (Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Arden's Mother (Actor)

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Like Me 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Charlotte "Grandma" Collins (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Possessed 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brother's Keeper 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

St. Patrick's Day 1999 (Movie)

Mary Pat (Actor)

A Christmas Memory 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Palmer's Pick-Up 1998 (Movie)

Evangelist (Actor)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Olson (Actor)

The Mao Game 1998 (Movie)

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Touched By an Angel 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dean Koontz's Intensity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyrone Power: The Last Idol 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Dolly Talbo (Actor)

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

Helen Booth (Actor)

Traps 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

Vera Delmage (Actor)

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)

Georgia (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Storyville 1992 (Movie)

Constance Fowler (Actor)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

Adriana Petrescu (Actor)

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

Bea Sullivan (Actor)

Dream A Little Dream 1989 (Movie)

Gena Ettinger (Actor)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

Emily Boynton (Actor)

Mother, Mother 1988 (Movie)

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Tiger Warsaw 1988 (Movie)

Frances Warsaw (Actor)

Children of A Lesser God 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Norman (Actor)

Distortions 1986 (Movie)

Margot (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

Aunt Em (Actor)

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bunker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim 1979 (Movie)

Mary Horton (Actor)

Ruby 1977 (Movie)

Ruby Claire (Actor)

The Boss' Son 1977 (Movie)

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Carrie 1976 (Movie)

Margaret White (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

Sarah Packard (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

Delia Leslie (Actor)

Ain't Misbehavin' 1955 (Movie)

Sarah Hatfield (Actor)

Smoke Signal 1955 (Movie)

Laura Evans (Actor)

Dangerous Mission 1954 (Movie)

Louise Graham (Actor)

Johnny Dark 1954 (Movie)

Liz Fielding (Actor)

The Golden Blade 1953 (Movie)

Princess Khairuzan (Actor)

Louisa 1950 (Movie)

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Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

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Fighting For My Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Francis Goes to the Races (Movie)

Frances Travers (Actor)

Go Toward the Light (TV Show)

Actor

In the Blink of an Eye (TV Show)

Actor

Inherit the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Lies and Lullabies (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Mae West (TV Show)

Actor

Midwives (TV Show)

Actor

No Room for the Groom (Movie)

Lee Kingshead (Actor)

Promise (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows of Desire (TV Show)

Actor

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

Son of Ali Baba (Movie)

Azura/Kiki (Actor)

The Milkman (Movie)

Chris Abbott (Actor)

The Mississippi Gambler (Movie)

Angelique Duroux (Actor)

The Prince Who Was a Thief (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

The Road to Galveston (TV Show)

Actor

Toughlove (TV Show)

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Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most celebrated and formidable actresses of the last half-century, Piper Laurie was an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee who gave full-blooded performances as flawed, often ferocious women in "The Hustler" (1961), "Carrie" (1976) and "The Bunker" (NBC, 1981). A contract with Universal in 1950 forced her to play ingénue roles, but she balked at the typecasting and headed to New York to learn her craft; upon her return, she netted an Oscar nomination as Paul Newman's bitter lover in "The Hustler." Over the course of an on-again, off-again career, she garnered a reputation as an uncompromising performer willing to tackle unglamorous roles, like her religious fanatic in "Carrie," or eccentric ones, like the vengeful Catherine Martell in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Nominated numerous times for both Oscars and Emmys, Laurie continued to impress and amaze audiences into her seventh decade with performances in "Hounddog" (2007) and "Hesher" (2010), which served as potent reminders of her legacy as one of Hollywood's most accomplished and unique talents.

Relationships

Alfred Jacobs

Father
Polish immigrant

Charlotte Jacobs

Mother
Russian-American

Sherrye Jacobs

Sister
older suffered with asthma

Joseph Morgenstern

Husband
married in 1962 divorced in 1981 met when Morgenstern, writing for the New York Herald, interviewed Laurie, who was doing publicity for "The Hustler" (1961)

Anne Morgenstern

Daughter
born in 1971 had daughter Grace Anne born in 1993

EDUCATION

Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles , California 1950

Milestones

2004

Starred in the black comedy "Eulogy" which follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch

2000

Co-starred in the based-on-fact Showtime drama "Possessed"

1999

Picked up ninth career Emmy nod for guest appearance in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Frasier"

1998

Had featured role in the horror film "The Faculty"

1996

Reteamed with Sissy Spacek, this time playing sisters in "The Grass Harp"

1994

Had regular role on the short-lived CBS series "Traps"

1993

Co-starred in Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's "The Destiny of Me"

1991

Cast in featured role in "Other People's Money"

1990

Starred as Catherine Martell in David Lynch's eerie, quirky drama series "Twin Peaks" (ABC); received two Emmy nominations for work in show; for the 1989-1990 season as Best Actress in a Drama Series and as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for th

1986

Garnered third Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for "Children of a Lesser God"

1986

Co-starred with James Garner and James Woods in the acclaimed CBS TV-movie "Promise"; won Emmy award for role

1985

Portrayed Auntie Em in the sequel "Return to Oz"

1984

Received fifth career Emmy nomination for guest appearance on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere"

1983

Garnered fourth Emmy nomination for supporting role of Anne Mueller in "The Thorn Birds" (ABC)

1981

Offered strong turn as Magda Goebbels in "The Bunker" (CBS); received third Emmy nomination

1979

Cast as a widow who hires a mentally challenged handyman (Mel Gibson) in "Tim"

1976

Returned to films in "Carrie", playing the title character's devoutly religious mother; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1973

Returned to stage in John Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo"

1967

Starred as Laura on Broadway in the 20th anniversary production of "The Glass Menagerie"

1967

Took hiatus from acting; moved to Woodstock, New York and baked, worked on pottery, paintings and sculptures

1961

Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination for performance as Fast Eddie Felsen's girlfriend in "The Hustler"; last film for 15 years

1959

Cast as an alcoholic opposite Cliff Robertson in "The Days of Wine and Roses"

1958

Earned first Emmy nomination for performance in "The Deaf Heart" (CBS)

1957

Moved back to Hollywood; returned to acting in films with "Until They Sail"

1955

TV acting debut on "Best of Broadway" series

1955

Broke studio contract; abandoned Hollywood for New York

1951

First of four films in which she played opposite Tony Curtis, "The Prince Who Was a Thief"

1950

Feature acting debut, "Louisa"; played Ronald Reagan's daughter

1949

Signed contract with Univeral-International at age 17

Toured in one-woman stage show, "The Last Flapper" by William Luce, portraying Zelda Fitzgerald (date approximate)

Acted in school plays during high school

Starred in New York stage productions (including "Rosemary" and "The Alligators", two one-act plays by Molly Kazan) and on live TV

Family moved to Los Angeles when Laurie was six; she was placed in a Los Angeles children's home by her parents to keep her asthmatic sister company

Began acting career on stage at age three

Bonus Trivia

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David Lynch described Piper Laurie: "There's a mystique about her. She has kind of a wild streak that's interesting because it could become dangerous." (quoted in PEOPLE, April 30, 1990)

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Laurie sculpts in marble.

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