Audrey Horne

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This article is about a fictional character from the ABC television series Twin Peaks. For the Norwegian post-grunge band, see Audrey Horne (band).
Audrey Horne
Twin Peaks character
Audrey Horne, as portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn
First appearance "Pilot"
Last appearance "Episode 29"
Created by David Lynch
Portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn
Occupation Student, saleswoman, businesswoman
Family Horne
Significant other(s) John Justice Wheeler
Relatives Ben Horne (father)
Sylvia Horne (mother)
Johnny Horne
Donna Hayward
Jerry Horne (uncle)
Date of birth August 15, 1972 (1972-08-15)

Audrey Horne is a fictional character from the ABC television series Twin Peaks, played by Sherilyn Fenn. The character was created by David Lynch. She was introduced in the pilot. The daughter of Ben (Richard Beymer) and Sylvia Horne, sister of Johnny Horne (Robert Bauer) and half-sister of Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle), her storylines focused on her infatuation with the series protagonist Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), infiltrating the brothel/casino One Eyed Jacks and becoming an activist through civil disobedience.


Audrey is 18 years old during the series. She eventually discovers that her father, business magnate Benjamin Horne, was the deceased Laura Palmer's lover.

Audrey is labelled a troublemaker and she initially lives up to that expectation. In a memorable scene in the Twin Peaks pilot, she derails one of her father's business deals, worth millions of dollars, by interrupting a meeting of Norwegian investors and telling them about Laura's murder.

Although Audrey and Laura were not friends, Audrey says she "kind of loved Laura" because she tutored Audrey's mentally handicapped brother Johnny.

During the first season of Twin Peaks, Audrey develops a crush on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. She tries to help him investigate Laura's murder by infiltrating a Canadian brothel, One-Eyed Jack's, as a hostess. She remains at the brothel for several episodes that bridge the series' first and second seasons, in danger of her life, while she makes some profoundly disturbing discoveries.

In the show's second season, writers planned a serious relationship between Cooper and Audrey, but actor Kyle MacLachlan, who played Cooper, vetoed the plan; he argued that Cooper would not become involved with a high school-age woman. Cooper did, however, become involved with another young woman (Annie Blackburn, about 20 years old) toward the end of the season. Cooper admits to Audrey during their last significant conversation that the real reason why he would not pursue her was for her own safety. In a previous FBI case, he had fallen in love with a young woman who was then murdered. Later in the second season, Audrey flirts with Bobby Briggs and then falls in love with one of her father's business associates, John Justice Wheeler (Billy Zane).

She finds evidence to exonerate Cooper of charges pressed after his raid on One-Eyed Jack's. She also lets her father pressure her into entering the Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, for which she delivers an impassioned speech in favor of saving endangered species.

In the series finale, Audrey is engaged in an act of civil disobedience at the local bank to save the local forest. While she is chained to the door of the bank vault, a bomb explodes inside the vault, a booby trap planted by the late Thomas Eckhardt as an ironic reward in a long treasure hunt. Andrew Packard, Pete Martell, and an elderly banker are the ones closest to the blast, and Audrey's fate is left ambiguous. Sherilyn Fenn stated in an interactive chat on America Online that, if there had been a third season of the show, her character was slated to have survived the explosion. In the 2016 tie-in book "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" it is revealed that Audrey survived the blast but Pete, Andrew and the banker all perished. It is implied that Pete saved Audrey by shielding her with his body.

Also in the finale, it is suggested that Audrey is actually the half-sister of Donna Hayward, whose biological father turns out to be Benjamin Horne.

In a deleted scene, available on the Twin Peaks Gold Box DVD set, it is revealed that Audrey's mother holds her responsible for her brother Johnny's disability, citing an incident when Audrey, as a toddler, pushed a nine-year-old Johnny down the stairs. However, Dr. Jacoby insists that Johnny's condition is self-induced, a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma.

Sherilyn Fenn's acting received acclaim as she was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her work as Audrey.

Theme music[edit]

Angelo Badalamenti composed the leitmotifs Audrey's Dance, Audrey's Prayer, and Audrey for the character.

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