Laura Palmer

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This article is about the character from the TV series Twin Peaks. For the Bastille song, see Laura Palmer (song).
Laura Palmer
Twin Peaks character
Laura Palmer.jpg
First appearance "Pilot"
Last appearance Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Created by Mark Frost
David Lynch
Portrayed by Sheryl Lee
Occupation Student, sales assistant, prostitute
Family Palmer
Significant other(s) Bobby Briggs
James Hurley
Relatives Leland Palmer (father)
Sarah Palmer (mother)
Maddy Ferguson (cousin)
Date of birth July 22, 1972 (1972-07-22)
Date of death February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24)

Laura Palmer is a fictional character from the American television series Twin Peaks on ABC. She is portrayed by Sheryl Lee and was created by the series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. A high school student whose death is the catalyst for the events of the series, Palmer is the main protagonist in Lynch's prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which depicts the final week of her life leading up to her murder.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Laura (played by Sheryl Lee, who also played her cousin Maddy Ferguson), was well known and loved in Twin Peaks; she volunteered at Meals on Wheels, was her school's Homecoming Queen, and was (apparently) the darling of her parents, Sarah and Leland. However, the series gradually revealed that Laura led a double life — she was a cocaine addict, a victim of child abuse and, briefly, a prostitute at One Eyed Jacks, a casino/brothel just north of the Canadian border. Officially involved with Bobby Briggs, the high school football team captain, she was also engaged in a secret relationship with James Hurley. She had also had sexual encounters with other Twin Peaks citizens, such as businessman Ben Horne and trucker/drug dealer Leo Johnson.

The discovery of Laura's body in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks brings Special Agent Dale Cooper to town to investigate her death. Her murder and its effect on those around her, propel the first season and the first 8 episodes of the second season. Laura remains a prominent character afterward, as her death exposes many secrets related to her, and also — in some cases — unrelated, such as the Packard mill conspiracy. Laura also appears in Cooper's dreams, offering cryptic clues as to the identity of her killer.

Laura's diary is uncovered in the first episode, but her secret diary is not recovered until later. The latter contains passages suggesting that she had long been abused — sometimes willingly — by a malevolent entity named BOB, who wanted to be close to her, or even be her.

During the second season, the identity of her murderer was revealed: her father, Leland, who had also sexually abused her for years while possessed by BOB. When Leland dies in police custody, it is implied that Laura appears before him in a vision, forgiving him and welcoming him to the afterlife.

Laura appears inside the Black Lodge during the series finale, as both herself and an evil doppelgänger version.

In other media[edit]


  1. ^ "'Laura Palmer (EP)' on Encyclopedia Metallum". Retrieved 2 October 2010. 

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