Oscar Actors: Linney, Laura–Three Time Academy Nominee

LAURA LINNEY (Lorrie Sullenberger) is an American actress who works in film, television and theatre.

She has been nominated three times for the Academy Award, three times for the Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for the Golden Globe. She has won one Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards.

Her recent film work includes “Genius,” directed by Michael Grandage, also starring Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman; Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”; “The Dinner,” directed by Oren Moverman, with Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall; and “Mr. Holmes,” directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellan. She has appeared in “You Can Count on Me,” “Kinsey,” and “The Savages,” receiving Oscar nominations for her work in all three, as well as “The Fifth Estate,” Hyde Park on Hudson,” “The Squid and the Whale,” Mystic River,” “Absolute Power,” “The Truman Show,” “Primal Fear,” “The Mothman Prophecies,” “Love Actually,” “P.S.,” “The House of Mirth,” “The Details” and “Congo,” among others.

She starred in and produced the Showtime series “The Big C” for four seasons, for which she won a few awards, as she did for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams,” directed by Tom Hooper. Early in her career, she starred as Mary Ann Singleton in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” series, a job for which she continues to be most grateful and proud. She appeared as Kelsey Grammer’s final girlfriend in the last six episodes of “Frasier,” was directed by Stanley Donen in “Love Letters,” and starred opposite Joanne Woodward in “Blindspot.”

She has appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably “Time Times Still” and “Sight Unseen,” both directed by Daniel Sullivan and written by Donald Margulies; and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” directed by Richard Eyre, opposite Liam Neeson, with whom she has worked many times. Her other plays include “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Honour,” “Uncle Vanya,” Les Liasons Dangereuses,” “Holiday” and “The Seagull.”

She holds two honorary Doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School.

Born in New York City, Laura Linney is the daughter of playwright Romulus Linney. A graduate of Brown University, Linney studied acting at Juilliard and the Arts Theatre in Moscow. She made an impact on Broadway in plays like Hedda Gabler, Six Degrees of Separation and more recently in Richard Eyres revival of Arthur Millers The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson.

Adept at moving between theatre, film and television, Linney has considerable film experience both as a champion of the independent sector, and in big studio pictures.

Her first major role was in Paramounts Congo, while her performance in Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere brought her to the attention of director Clint Eastwood, who cast her in Absolute Power and later in Mystic River.

Director Peter Weir cast her with Jim Carrey in The Truman Show. She starred in the much-admired You Can Count on Me, winning her first Oscar nomination. Recently Linney starred in Kinsey with Liam Neeson.

Her work in TV includes Tales from the City, based on Armistead Maupins delightful books about life in San Francisco and several episodes of Frasier as Dr Cranes love interest, Charlotte.

Laura Linneys Filmography

2007 The Nanny Diaries
2007 The Savages
2007 Breach
2007 The Hottest State
2006 Man of the Year
2006 Jindabyne
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose
2005 The Squid and the Whale
2004 Kinsey
2004 P.S.
2003 Love Actually
2003 Mystic River
2003 The Life of David Gale
2002 The Mothman Prophecies
2002 The Laramie Project
2000 Maze
2000 The House of Mirth
2000 You Can Count on Me
1999 Lush
1998 The Truman Show
1997 Absolute Power
1996 Primal Fear
1995 Congo
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer