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Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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An attractive blonde who is much younger-looking than the wackos she plays, Lin Shaye made her feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South" (1978) soon after arriving in Los Angles. A favorite of Walter Hill, having worked in four of his films (as of 1999), she also acted in eight pictures produced by her older brother Robert Shaye before the Farrelly brothers rescued her from anonymity, giving her the first of her memorably unpleasant characters, an irate, upper-class dog owner in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). As she told Stephen Schaefer in the BOSTON HERALD (August 11, 1999), "I come out to the set and Pete [Farrelly] says--and remember, this is their first movie too--'She screams when they open the door.' I said, 'What if instead of screaming, I had them do my hair like a poodle? And since people are like their dogs, if she goes'--and I did a little poodle cry."The Farrellys, recognizing her as a kindred spirit, have cast her in every one of their pictures (to date), but Shaye was at her scene-stealing best in "There's Something About Mary" (1998) as Magda, the grotesquely sun-burned Miami matron (whose dog Matt Dillon accidentally electrocutes). When the pooch started licking her face in one...

An attractive blonde who is much younger-looking than the wackos she plays, Lin Shaye made her feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South" (1978) soon after arriving in Los Angles. A favorite of Walter Hill, having worked in four of his films (as of 1999), she also acted in eight pictures produced by her older brother Robert Shaye before the Farrelly brothers rescued her from anonymity, giving her the first of her memorably unpleasant characters, an irate, upper-class dog owner in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). As she told Stephen Schaefer in the BOSTON HERALD (August 11, 1999), "I come out to the set and Pete [Farrelly] says--and remember, this is their first movie too--'She screams when they open the door.' I said, 'What if instead of screaming, I had them do my hair like a poodle? And since people are like their dogs, if she goes'--and I did a little poodle cry."

The Farrellys, recognizing her as a kindred spirit, have cast her in every one of their pictures (to date), but Shaye was at her scene-stealing best in "There's Something About Mary" (1998) as Magda, the grotesquely sun-burned Miami matron (whose dog Matt Dillon accidentally electrocutes). When the pooch started licking her face in one scene, she seized the moment and began enthusiastically French-kissing the terrier, prompting Cameron Diaz to tell PEOPLE (September 14, 1998), "It was one of the funniest and most disgusting and disturbing things I've seen." She entered a different kind of dementia as the God-fearing, KISS-hating mom in Adam Rifkin's "Detroit Rock City" (1999) and returned to the low-brow land of Farrelly in "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000). With her profile higher than ever, Shaye has made known her desire for some normal roles while also hoping that the Farrellys never do a movie without her.

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 Ouija 2 (2016)
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 Jack Goes Home (2016)
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 Ouija (2014)
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 Signal, The (2014)
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1995:
Acted in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"
2003:
Featured roles in the Farrelly brothers "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and "Stuck On You"
2002:
First film with husband Clayton Landey, "Wish You Were Dead"
1996:
Fourth film with Hill, "Last Man Standing"
1996:
Played "the angriest, ugliest woman on the planet" in the Farrelly's comedy "Kingpin"
1993:
Portrayed Faye Dunaway's secretary in "The Temp"
1985:
Reteamed with Hill on "Brewster's Millions"
2004:
Cast in the modern day fairytale "A Cinderella Story" starring Hilary Duff
2000:
Supported Jim Carrey in the Farrelly brothers' "Me, Myself and Irene"
1987:
Third film with Hill, "Extreme Prejudice"
2015:
Nabbed a supporting role in "Tales of Halloween"
2016:
Appeared as Glenda in the short-lived "Grip and Electric"
1982:
Acted for the first time in a film produced by brother, "Alone in the Dark"
1999:
Portrayed God-fearing, KISS-hating mom in Adam Rifkin's "Detroit Rock City"
1977:
Made TV debut in "Sex and the Married Woman"
1994:
First film with the Farrelly brothers, "Dumb and Dumber", portraying irate upper-class dog owner Mrs Nuegeboren
1998:
Delivered howlingly funny turn as Magda, the overly tan roommate of Cameron Diaz's title character, in the Farrelly's "There's Something About Mary"
1978:
Feature debut in Jack Nicholson's "Goin' South"
1980:
Made first film with director Walter Hill, "The Long Riders"
1984:
First film with Wes Craven, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"; produced for brother's company New Line Cinema
2010:
Appeared in the hit horror film "Insidious"
2013:
Reprised her role in "Insidious: Chapter 2"
2015:
Played Elise Rainier for a third time in "Insidious: Chapter 3"
2016:
Played Helen Keller in horror comedy "Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves"
2017:
Played Mrs. Womack in action/adventure/comedy "All About the Money"
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Education

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, Michigan -

Notes

From the set of "There's Something About Mary": "In the scene when the dog flies out the window, Cameron [Diaz] and I both run to the window to look out, and there was one of the Farrellys mooning us with his big, broad-beamed butt." --Lin Shaye quoted in US, January 1999

Also about "Mary": "They said, 'There's not too many women's roles. There's this old lady with some nudity and I don't know if you're interested.' I said, 'Not if it's gratuitous.' Little did I know the whole movie is gratuitous!" --Shaye to Stephen Schaefer in the BOSTON HERALD, August 11, 1999

"I may be the only actress in Hollywood who won't need a face lift, because when I take off my makeup, I look so great compared to my characters!

"We went to see the 'There's Something About Mary' premiere in Providence, Rhode Island, and before it I said to my 10-year-old son, Lee J: 'OK, there's this kind of stuff in it.' We sit in the theater, and in a very loud voice, Lee J says, 'When's the part where she gets sperm in her hair?" --Shaye quoted in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 15, 1999

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husband:
Clayton Landey. Actor. Married c. 1988; was Donna Mills' lawyer on "Knotts Landing" (CBS) for three years.

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father:
Max Mendle Shaye. Supermarket owner, artist. Born c. 1912.
mother:
Dorothy Shaye. Homemaker. Died in 1989.
brother:
Robert Shaye. Executive, producer. Chairman of New Line Cinema; born on March 3, 1939.
son:
Lee J Landey. Born c. 1989.
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