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Also Known As: Laura Legett Linney Died:
Born: February 5, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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An award-winning stage actress who grew up around New York theaters, Laura Linney's distinctive artistry immediately stood out from the Hollywood crowd when she began hitting film screens in the 1990s. Her multi-layered portrayal of hired actress-wife to unwitting husband Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show" (1998) was a breakout supporting role. Only two years later, she topped critics' year-end lists and earned an Academy Award nomination for her lead in the refreshingly realistic family portrait, "You Can Count on Me" (2000). While residing comfortably under the radar of general public recognition, Linney's rare qualities were coveted by quality filmmakers, and the actress shone in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2004), Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), and was Oscar-nominated as well for "Kinsey" (2004) and "The Savages" (2007). A multiple Emmy winner and star of the successful "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) miniseries, Linney returned to television to headline her own show, "The Big C" (Showtime, 2010- ) opposite Oliver Platt. On stage, film or television, there seemed no limit to the range of this classically-trained chameleon.

An award-winning stage actress who grew up around New York theaters, Laura Linney's distinctive artistry immediately stood out from the Hollywood crowd when she began hitting film screens in the 1990s. Her multi-layered portrayal of hired actress-wife to unwitting husband Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show" (1998) was a breakout supporting role. Only two years later, she topped critics' year-end lists and earned an Academy Award nomination for her lead in the refreshingly realistic family portrait, "You Can Count on Me" (2000). While residing comfortably under the radar of general public recognition, Linney's rare qualities were coveted by quality filmmakers, and the actress shone in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2004), Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), and was Oscar-nominated as well for "Kinsey" (2004) and "The Savages" (2007). A multiple Emmy winner and star of the successful "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) miniseries, Linney returned to television to headline her own show, "The Big C" (Showtime, 2010- ) opposite Oliver Platt. On stage, film or television, there seemed no limit to the range of this classically-trained chameleon.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Details, The (2011)
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 Morning (2010)
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 Other Man, The (2008)
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Raised on the Upper East Side of NYC
1976:
Worked as a summer apprentice at New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire
1990:
Off-Broadway debut as an understudy in "Six Degrees of Separation"; made Broadway debut when she assumed the role in the Broadway production
1992:
Breakthrough stage role in "Sight Unseen"
1992:
Feature acting debut, "Lorenzo's Oil"
1993:
TV acting debut, "Class of '61" (ABC), directed by Gregory Hoblit
1993:
Had small but memorable role as a secretary having an affair with the president in "Dave"
1994:
First TV lead, played Mary Ann Singleton in "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)
1995:
First feature starring role, "Congo"
1995:
Starred opposite Tony Goldwyn in the Broadway revival of Philip Barry's "Holiday"
1996:
Reunited with director Gregory Hoblit as the assistant district attorney prosecuting a murder case against her former lover (Richard Gere) in "Primal Fear"
1997:
Handpicked by Clint Eastwood for co-starring role in "Absolute Power"
1998:
Returned to Broadway opposite Robert Foxworth and Jane Alexander in "Honour"
1998:
Reprised role of Mary Ann in the sequel "Armistead Maupin's 'More Tales of the City'" (Showtime)
1998:
Appeared as Jim Carrey's wife in the acclaimed feature "The Truman Show"
1999:
Starred in the TV adaptation of A R Gurney's play "Love Letters" (ABC), directed by Stanley Donen
2000:
Garnered praise for her performance as a single mother coping with her n'er-do-well brother in the Sundance-screened "You Can Count on Me"
2000:
Returned to the Broadway stage in a revival of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"
2000:
Portrayed the brilliant campaign manager of a politician seeking his party's presidential nomination in the TNT movie "Running Mates"
2000:
Delivered a scene-stealing turn as society matron Bertha Dorset in "The House of Mirth"
2001:
Again reprised Mary Ann Singleton in "Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City'" (Showtime)
2002:
Was featured in the ensemble of "The Laramie Project", about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard; premiered at Sundance before airing on HBO
2002:
Returned to the NYC stage starring opposite Liam Neeson in "The Crucible"
2002:
Received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Wild Iris"
2003:
Played an activist entangled with a man who is convicted of rape and murder in the drama "The Life of David Gale"
2003:
Had a supporting role as the wife of Sean Penn's character in the drama "Mystic River," directed by Clint Eastwood
2004:
Portrayed a love interest for Kelsey Grammer's character in the NBC sitcom "Frasier"
2004:
Earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway play "Sight Unseen"
2004:
Cast opposite Liam Neeson, as Alfred Kinsey's wife in "Kinsey"
2005:
Portrayed the lawyer defending Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson), the priest who performed a controversial exorcism in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
2005:
Co-starred with Jeff Daniels in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"
2006:
Cast in Barry Levinson's "Man of the Year" opposite Robin Williams
2007:
Costarred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Savages," as adult siblings who are forced to take care of their estranged father; premiered at Sundance
2007:
Cast as Mrs. X, the head of a wealthy Manhattan household in "The Nanny Diaries"
2008:
Portrayed Abigail Adams, wife of the second US president in the HBO mini-series "John Adams"
2010:
Returned to Broadway to star as a photojournalist sidelined by a war injury in Donald Margulies's "Time Stands Still"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Play
2010:
Starred in Showtime's "The Big C," about a suburban high school teacher who's diagnosed with a terminal case of skin cancer, and decides to turn her life around
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2011:
Voiced the character of the North Pole Computer in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"
2012:
Portrayed Margaret Suckley, the distant cousin and confidante of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) in "Hyde Park on Hudson"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1986
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1989

Notes

"I have worked closely with a lot of great actresses on the stage and on television, but I've been in a lot of boy movies. The formula calls for all these guys and one girl ... Unfortunately, most good roles for women are in lower-budget, independent films, and those filmmakers work with the people they know."---Laura Linney quoted in Movieline, May 1996.

"I have the Cindy Brady complex. You know that episode of 'The Brady Bunch' where Cindy goes catatonic when she appears on a TV show? That was me. There are all these photos of me as a child with my hand in front of the camera. I always fear the camera is going to see everything bad about me. It's taken me a while to realize the camera is not some scary medical device."---Linney in Movieline, June 1995.

"I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress. Not that I had anything against movies or TV, it's just that they were never anything that had entered my world and, quite frankly, I never thought I'd be any good in them."---Linney quoted in Venice, April 1996.

"When I first came [to Los Angeles], I had my lovely list of theatre credits. My resume was golden in my mind. I had worked regionally, I'd worked on Broadway. And a casting director looked at my resume and said `You really haven't done anything, have you?' I was just dumbstruck.

The attitude here is that theatre is what you do when you can't get filmwork, and that is just insulting to the marrow of my bones! I find that so hateful and so ignorant. What is our country, like, turning into? Are we going to just be a bunch of hicks? Don't get me started."---Laura Linney quoted in Toronto Sun, April 1, 1996.

"The great thing about Laura is that she didn't just prepare exhaustively and then stick to that. She was extremely open to other things happening. Mark [Ruffalo] was fast on his feet, too; they have a real generosity with each other. And I found I used her ideas as much as my own. In the editing room, I'd say, 'Oh, I'm glad she said that, because her idea was much better than mine.'"---"You Can Count on Me" writer-director Kenneth Lonergan quoted in Time Out New York, November 9-16, 2000.

"I wish our industry were a little more sympathetic when something doesn't quite work. Because it's what you learn during those times that trains you, so that something else can turn out right."---Linney quoted in Premiere, December 2000.

"I grew up in the theatre, my whole life was the theatre. I was terribly intimidated by TV and film and the whole lifestyle. The cameras scared me. I'm still camera shy,"---Linney quoted in London's Evening Standard, February 27, 2002.

"Good scripts, good actors, good directors. Why else would you do a movie?"---Laura Linney on how she picks her roles to THE TORONTO STAR, September 15, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
David Adkins. Actor. Born on November 12, 1962; met at Julliard; married in 1995; separated in early 2000.
companion:
Eric Stoltz. Actor. Dating as of 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Romulus Linney. Professor, playwright. Born on September 21, 1930 in Philadelphia; divorced from Linney's mother in 1965.
mother:
Ann Leggett Perse. Nurse. Born c. 1939; divorced from Linney's father in 1965; worked at Sloan-Kettering, NYC.
step-mother:
Laura Callahan. Foundation official. Served as associate director of investments for the Rockefeller Foundation.
half-sister:
Susan Linney. Book editor. Born c. 1975.
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