Laura Dern Biography
Lauras first film appearance was in her mothers movie White Lightning. Then she also appeared in her mothers well known film Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore. At the age of thirteen she sued for emancipation when her mother refused her to appear in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.
In 1980, she was praised for her portrayal in the roles directed by Peter Bogdonovich and David Lynch, in the Blue Velvet and in Wild at Heart. She first had her starring role in the Blue Velvet but recognition came four years after in the film Wild at Heart.
In 1992, she and her mother, Diane Ladd, were the first mother and daughter to be nominated in the Academy Awards for appearing in the same film. The film was Rambling Rose. In 1993, she appeared as Dr. Ellie Stattler in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg. Also on that same year she appeared in Clint Eastwoods film A Perfect World.
In 1996, she appeared in the independent film Citizen Ruth. The satire film was directed by Alexander Payne. This time it was her mother, Diane Ladd, who had a cameo appearance. Then in 1998 she appeared with Stockard Channing in the film The Baby Dance. The film was by Showtime and was produced by actress Jodie Foster. She played the role of a poor woman giving up her child for adoption. Then the following year, she was dating Billy Bob Thornton and appeared in his first directorial film Daddy and Them. She appeared with her mother again and with Jim Varney. That same year she was seen in October Sky by Johnston.
In 2000, she was called by Robert Altman for his movie Dr. T and the Woman where she played opposite Kate Hudson, Richard Gere and Helen Hunt. The following year she was seen more on television. She landed a role opposite Ellen Burnstyn in Within These Walls, a film for television. Then she co starred in Arthur Millers Focus opposite William H. Macy. This was followed by the hit Novocaine. The third in the sequel of Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III soon followed. Then she appeared with Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn in I Am Sam.
In 2002, she appeared in Damaged Care, in 2004 in We Dont Live Here Anymore, in Happy Endings and in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio in 2005 and in 2006 in Lonely Hearts. In 2007, she was seen in the comedy Year of the Dog.