Laura Dern

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Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress, film director and producer. Dern has acted in such films as Smooth Talk (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Fat Man and Little Boy (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), Jurassic Park (1993) and October Sky (1999). She has won awards for her performance in the 1991 film Rambling Rose, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Actress in a Leading Role". She was awarded a Golden Globe Award for "Best Supporting Actress — Series, Miniseries or Television Film" for her portrayal of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the film Recount (2008). As of February 2012, Dern was starring in HBO’s Enlightened, for which she has won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy". Dern was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, and the great-granddaughter of former Utah governor and Secretary of War George Dern. Scottish-American poet, writer, and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish was her great-uncle. Laura Dern's film debut was a cameo in her mother's film White Lightning (1973).
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