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Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie

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Born: January 22, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Began acting career on stage at age three
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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
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Acted in school plays during high school
1949:
Signed contract with Univeral-International at age 17
1950:
Feature acting debut, "Louisa"; played Ronald Reagan's daughter
1951:
First of four films in which she played opposite Tony Curtis, "The Prince Who Was a Thief"
1955:
TV acting debut on "Best of Broadway" series
1955:
Broke studio contract; abandoned Hollywood for New York
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Starred in New York stage productions (including "Rosemary" and "The Alligators", two one-act plays by Molly Kazan) and on live TV
1957:
Moved back to Hollywood; returned to acting in films with "Until They Sail"
1958:
Earned first Emmy nomination for performance in "The Deaf Heart" (CBS)
1959:
Cast as an alcoholic opposite Cliff Robertson in "The Days of Wine and Roses"
1961:
Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination for performance as Fast Eddie Felsen's girlfriend in "The Hustler"; last film for 15 years
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
1973:
Returned to stage in John Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo"
1976:
Returned to films in "Carrie", playing the title character's devoutly religious mother; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1979:
Cast as a widow who hires a mentally challenged handyman (Mel Gibson) in "Tim"
1981:
Offered strong turn as Magda Goebbels in "The Bunker" (CBS); received third Emmy nomination
1983:
Garnered fourth Emmy nomination for supporting role of Anne Mueller in "The Thorn Birds" (ABC)
1984:
Received fifth career Emmy nomination for guest appearance on the NBC drama "St. Elsewhere"
1985:
Portrayed Auntie Em in the sequel "Return to Oz"
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
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Toured in one-woman stage show, "The Last Flapper" by William Luce, portraying Zelda Fitzgerald (date approximate)
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 the 1990-1991 season
1991:
Cast in featured role in "Other People's Money"
1993:
Co-starred in Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's "The Destiny of Me"
1994:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS series "Traps"
1996:
Reteamed with Sissy Spacek, this time playing sisters in "The Grass Harp"
1998:
Had featured role in the horror film "The Faculty"
1999:
Picked up ninth career Emmy nod for guest appearance in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Frasier"
2000:
Co-starred in the based-on-fact Showtime drama "Possessed"
2004:
Starred in the black comedy "Eulogy" which follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch

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