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SAI 03-30-2007 08:18 AM

Laura Dern
 
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Laura Elizabeth Dern was born on the 10th of February 1967 to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She had early, uncredited, film roles in her childhood, appearing in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as 'Girl eating ice cream cone' aged 7. She made her debut proper in 1980's Foxes and has worked steadily in film and television ever since.
Acclaim first really came through her mid and late1980's work with Peter Bogdanovich (as Eric Stoltz' blind girlfriend in Mask) and David Lynch (in an innocent role in Blue Velvet and then a much more sexually charged one for 1990 Palme D'Or winner Wild At Heart).
In 1991 Dern and her Mother became the first Mother/Daughter pair to be nominated for Oscars in the same year, and for the same film; Rambling Rose. After Jurassic Park Dern seems to have retreated from the mainstream a bit, working mainly in independent films, however she's as busy as ever despite juggling filmmaking with marriage to singer Ben Harper and raising their children; Ellery and Jaya.


Laura Dern is one of those actresses I'd actually seen in more movies than I was aware of. For me that's a clue to the fact that an actor is very good indeed; it suggests they are so absorbed into their character that it's the character you watch, not the actor.
What really, finally, made me sit up and take notice of Laura Dern was seeing Inland Empire. Her performance is not merely the best I've seen so far this year. I think it's the best I've seen since Julianne Moore's in Boogie Nights which, to give you some context, I consider the best performance I've seen by anyone; ever. Clearly I needed to see more.
This month, since IE I've seen four more of Dern's films, three of which I hadn't seen before, and in each she's been unimpeachably brilliant.
Whether she's bringing weight to Jurassic Park, tearing your heart out as the inspirational teacher of October Sky, charming the pants off you as Rambling Rose, or merely playing an utterly real housewife as she does in Daddy and Them it's near impossible to see the actress for the character.
She's not a big star and I imagine that's because she isn't interested in being one. I doubt the parts on offer are interesting enough for her or that she's interested in being famous at that sort of level. Why she has still got just one Oscar nomination is, frankly, beyond me but that's AMPAS for you.

So, a MASSIVE YAY for Laura Dern; as brilliant a talent as I've come across in years, God knows why I didn't notice that sooner.

therealjohng 03-31-2007 09:24 PM

Gorgeous, beautiful, talented. She's got it all. Love watching her in movies. Eagerly anticipating Inland Empire.

bigred760 04-01-2007 02:52 AM

I think I've only seen her in Jurassic Park.

ThirdOuting 06-13-2007 06:11 AM

YES.

powersauce 06-13-2007 10:50 AM

Her husband,Ben Harper, grew up in the same city I did and went to the same high school.

Cronos 06-13-2007 11:03 AM

i'll give her a yay, she was great in JP

Hannibal21 06-18-2007 05:30 AM

Huge YAY.

Words are not going to be able to demonstrate how much I'm looking forward to seeing her in Inland Empire, given how much she has impressed me with each and every one of her roles that I've seen thus far. There is no limit to her abilities as an actress.

jolanar 06-25-2007 11:49 PM

Possibly the best supporting actress ever... and that's saying a lot since most actress are terrible and only there for their looks. YAY from me.

robk 06-26-2007 06:42 AM

A terrific actress, and, may I say, she looked especially yummy in Jurassic Park;)

Kings-Rook1 06-26-2007 08:03 AM

Screw Jurasic Park, how about her fine work with (and on) Nic Cage in Wild at Heart (1990). The girls got talent.

Grebdron2 07-13-2007 01:48 PM

I've got a massive crush on Laura. My girlfriend doesn't understand it. I don't think she's necessarily gorgeous, but she is sexy as hell.

Tagia_Romero 07-13-2007 05:50 PM

She's the first woman I had a massive girlcrush on.

Yay.

KillerKlown 07-17-2007 09:21 AM

Yay!

dreamcurls 07-22-2007 03:04 PM

wahoo!


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