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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 24, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Davenport, Iowa, USA Profession: actor

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An old-style Hollywood star who made her name both in film and on television, actress Lara Flynn Boyle cultivated an image that was confident and sometimes crass, harkening back to the strong independent women of cinema from yesteryear like Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford. Much like the stars of old, Boyle also exuded glamour and class even while playing wholesome characters like she did in her first major role as a series regular on "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). She managed to shed that good girl persona with a turn as a sultry seductress in the neo-noir "Red Rock West" (1993) before returning to the small screen for David E. Kelley's "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), playing a determined assistant district attorney willing to violate ethics to see justice done. While that role helped turn her into a household name, Boyle continued making interesting choices on the big screen with noted supporting roles in the indie black comedy "Happiness" (1998) and the blockbuster sequel "Men in Black II" (2002). Her on-and-off relationship with a much older Jack Nicholson also garnered its share of attention, as did her fashion choices, including a pink tutu dress she infamously wore to the...

An old-style Hollywood star who made her name both in film and on television, actress Lara Flynn Boyle cultivated an image that was confident and sometimes crass, harkening back to the strong independent women of cinema from yesteryear like Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford. Much like the stars of old, Boyle also exuded glamour and class even while playing wholesome characters like she did in her first major role as a series regular on "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). She managed to shed that good girl persona with a turn as a sultry seductress in the neo-noir "Red Rock West" (1993) before returning to the small screen for David E. Kelley's "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), playing a determined assistant district attorney willing to violate ethics to see justice done. While that role helped turn her into a household name, Boyle continued making interesting choices on the big screen with noted supporting roles in the indie black comedy "Happiness" (1998) and the blockbuster sequel "Men in Black II" (2002). Her on-and-off relationship with a much older Jack Nicholson also garnered its share of attention, as did her fashion choices, including a pink tutu dress she infamously wore to the Golden Globes. Following two noted returns to television with "Huff" (HBO, 2004-06) and "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08), Boyle remained one of the more dynamic actresses working in Hollywood who never failed to fascinate.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Baby on Board (2009)
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 Men in Black II (2002) Serleena
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 Chain of Fools (2000) Karen
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 Since You've Been Gone (1998) Grace Williams
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 Red Meat (1997) Ruth
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Moved to Chicago suburb when she was an infant
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Diagnosed with integration disorder, a learning disability; attended workshops at Loyola University and was enrolled at the Piven Workshop for treatment
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Wrote and acted in local Chicago-area theater productions
1987:
Made TV acting debut as Robert Urich's daughter in the ABC miniseries "Amerika"
1988:
Feature acting debut, "Poltergeist III"
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Moved to Los Angeles with her mother
1989:
Played homicide victim Jennifer Levin in the ABC TV-movie "The Preppie Murder"
1989:
Had supporting role in "Dead Poets Society"
1990:
Portrayed Donna Hayward in the ABC drama series "Twin Peaks"
1991:
Cast opposite Judd Nelson in "The Dark Backward"
1992:
Reprised her TV role in David Lynch's feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
1992:
First collaboration with Alan Rudolph, "Equinox", opposite Matthew Modine
1993:
Had title role in the thriller "The Temp"
1993:
Garnered critical praise for her turn as the target of a hit man in John Dahl's "Red Rock West" (aired on HBO)
1994:
Starred opposite Matthew Modine in the TNT biblical miniseries "Jacob"
1996:
Played a call girl in the 1950s in the noirish "Cafe Society" (premiered on Showtime before its theatrical release)
1997:
Cast as assistant district attorney Helen Gamble on the ABC legal drama "The Practice"
1997:
Had supporting role in the quadrangular drama "Afterglow", directed by Alan Rudolph
2002:
Played the chief villainess in "Men in Black 2"; replaced Famke Janssen who withdrew because of family illness
2004:
Returned to television as a manic-depressive patient in the Showtime drama "Huff"
2005:
Joined the cast of "Las Vegas," (NBC) as the new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino
2006:
Appeared opposite Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland in "Land of the Blind"
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Education

Chicago Academy for the Arts: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

"The movies are my truest passion. I'm not going to lie to you and say it's the theater. I don't feel as challenged by it as I do by the camera. There's nothing in life so threatening for an actor than a camera. It's right there at your nose. You can't lie. If you do, the secrets are told. There's less you can get away with, in terms of honesty, in films." --Boyle quoted in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, October 5, 1997

"Moviemaking isn't rocket science. You just learn your lines, show up on time and get into character. And I know my limits. I took a bad stunt fall 2-1/2 years ago. My neck's been weird ever since. It's not worth it. I've got a life after the movie." --Lara Flynn Boyle quoted in THE NEW YORK POST, September 5, 1996.

On fame..."The only downside is, I can't got to the grocery store anymore. But the truth is I never did go to the grocery store."--Boyle US Weekly Septmeber 2, 2002

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companion:
Kyle MacLachlan. Actor. Met on set of TV series, "Twin Peaks" (1990-91); separated 1991.
companion:
Richard Dean Anderson. Actor. No longer together.
husband:
John Patrick Dee. Music executive. Married on August 11, 1996 in Las Vegas; divorced in 1998; while Flynn refuses to confirm this marriage, <i>Talk</i> magazine in October 2001 reported it.
companion:
David Spade. Actor. Dated for approximately six months from 1998-99.
companion:
Jack Nicholson. Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship from summer 1999 to summer 2001.
companion:
Eric Dane. Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship beginning in early 2001.
companion:
Jaron 'Evan & Jaron' Lowenstein. Musican. Half of the identical-twin pop duo Evan and Jaron; reportedly dating as of August 2004.
companion:
Jay Penske. Entrepreneur. The heir to the Penske automotive empire; nine years younger than Boyle; dating as of July 2003.
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grandfather:
Charles Boyle. Politician. Was US representative from Illinois.
mother:
Sally Boyle. Manager. Handles her daughter's career; divorced Boyle's father c. 1976.

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