Laura Linney

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Laura Linney
Laura Linney at the Lincoln Memorial, January 2009.jpg
Linney, a presenter at the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, January 2009
Born Laura Leggett Linney
(1964-02-05) February 5, 1964 (age 50)
New York City, New York, United States
Education Brown University (BFA 1986), Juilliard School (1990)
Occupation Actress and singer
Years active 1992–present
Television John Adams
The Big C
Frasier
Spouse(s) David Adkins (m. 1995–2000)
Marc Schauer (m. 2009)
Children 1
Parents Romulus Linney (deceased)
Miriam Anderson Perse (née Leggett)
Relatives Romulus Zachariah Linney (great-great-grandfather)

Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress (film, television, and theatre) and singer. She is most well known for her performances in films such as The Truman Show, Mystic River and Kinsey, among others. She also played the lead role of Cathy Jamison in the Showtime series The Big C, which completed its fourth and final season in May 2013.

During her career she has received four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally she has been the recipient of three Academy Award nominations and three Tony Award nominations.

Early life and education[edit]

Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother, Miriam Anderson "Ann" Perse (née Leggett), is a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and her father, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV (1930-2011), was a well-known playwright and professor.[1][2][3][4] Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney. Linney grew up in modest circumstances, living with her mother in a small one-bedroom apartment.[5] She has a half-sister, Susan, from her father's second marriage.

She is a 1982 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England, for which she currently serves as the chair of the Arts Advisory Council. She then attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and served on the board of Production Workshop, the university's student theatre group.[3] It was during her senior year at Brown that she performed in one of her father's plays, when she played Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Romulus Linney's Childe Byron, a drama in which Ada's father, the poet Lord Byron, mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter.[6] Linney graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.[7] She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Jeanne Tripplehorn.[8] Linney later received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009.[9]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Linney appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Dave in 1993, before coming to prominence in the public television mini-series Tales of the City.[3] She was then cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including Congo, Primal Fear and Absolute Power. She made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show, for which she received critical acclaim.[3]

In 2000, Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film You Can Count on Me.[3] The same year, she also appeared in the role of an artist's model in the low-budget film Maze with Rob Morrow. In 2003, Linney appeared in several notable films, including Mystic River, Love Actually and The Life of David Gale. Her 2004 performance in Kinsey, again as the title character's wife, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3]

In 2005, Linney starred in the horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale. For the latter role, she received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy". In 2006, Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year, the comedy Driving Lessons (starring Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame), and the Australian drama Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence. Jindabyne was based on Raymond Carver's short story So Much Water so Close to Home.

In 2007, Linney appeared in the spy thriller Breach, the comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson and based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus,[10] and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman.[3] She received a third Academy Award nomination for The Savages, this time for Best Actress.[11]

In 2008, Linney starred in The Other Man, opposite Liam Neeson, with whom she had starred in Kinsey and Love Actually, and Antonio Banderas.

Television[edit]

In the late 1980s Laura Linney did a stint on ABC's General Hospital portraying the charactter, Louise Knotts. She was a counselor at the community center where Tom Hardy, the son of Leslie and Steve Hardy, worked.

Linney starred as Mary Ann Singleton in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books (1993, 1998 and 2001). She won her first Emmy Award[12] in 2002 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Wild Iris. In 2004, she won her second Emmy Award as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series," for her recurring role as the final love interest of Frasier Crane in the television series Frasier.[3] In 2008, Linney won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, in the HBO mini-series John Adams.[3]

In October 1994, Linney guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order (episode "Blue Bamboo") as "Martha Bowen". She played a blonde American singer who successfully claimed "battered woman syndrome" as a defense to the murder of a Japanese businessman.

Laura Linney returned to series television as actress and executive producer in Showtime's half-hour series about cancer, The Big C, which debuted in mid-2010. She starred as a suburban wife and mother who explores the emotional ups and downs of suffering cancer, and the changes it brings to her life and her sense of who she is.[13] She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in January 2011.

Since 2009, she has served as host of the PBS television series Masterpiece Classic.

Theater[edit]

Linney's extensive stage credits on Broadway and elsewhere include Hedda Gabler, for which she won the 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award,[14] and Holiday in December 1995 through January 1996 (based on the 1938 movie starring Katharine Hepburn).[15] She received a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her role in the Broadway production of The Crucible in March 2002 through June 2002.[16][17] She was nominated again in 2005 for Sight Unseen, in which she appeared on Broadway in May 2004 through July 2004.[18][19]

Linney also appeared on Sandra Boynton's children's CD, Philadelphia Chickens, on which she sings "Please Can I Keep It?", and played La Marquise de Merteuil in a revival of Christopher Hampton's play Les Liaisons Dangereuses.[20]

Linney had a three-month run on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, from January 28, 2010 through March 27, 2010. She was nominated for a 2010 Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The play returned to Broadway with most of the original cast in September 2010 and closed on January 30, 2011.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Linney married David Adkins in 1995; they divorced in 2000. In 2007, she became engaged to Marc Schauer (not to be confused with Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer), a real estate agent from Telluride, Colorado.[22] At her wedding in May 2009, actor Liam Neeson walked her down the aisle.[23] On January 8, 2014, they welcomed a son named Bennett Armistead Schauer.[24]

Linney was a guest and presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Young Teacher
1993 Dave Randi
1993 Class of '61 Lily Magraw TV
1993 Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton TV mini-series
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer School Teacher
1993 Blind Spot Phoebe TV
1994 Law & Order Martha Bowen TV series: 1 episode
1994 Simple Twist of Fate, AA Simple Twist of Fate Nancy Lambert Newland
1995 Congo Dr. Karen Ross
1996 Primal Fear Janet Venable
1997 Absolute Power Kate Whitney
1998 Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show Meryl Burbank/Hannah Gill
1998 More Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton TV mini-series: 6 episodes
1999 Love Letters Melisa Gardner Cobb TV film
1999 Lush Rachel Van Dyke
2000 House of Mirth, TheThe House of Mirth Bertha Dorset
2000 You Can Count on Me Samantha 'Sammy' Prescott
2000 Maze Callie
2000 Running Mates Lauren Hartman TV film
2001 Wild Iris Iris Bravard TV film
2001 Further Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton TV mini-series: 3 episodes
2002 Mothman Prophecies, TheThe Mothman Prophecies Officer Connie Mills
2002 Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie Project Sherry Johnson
2003 Life of David Gale, TheThe Life of David Gale Constance Harraway
2003 Mystic River Annabeth Markum
2003 Love Actually Sarah
2003–2004 Frasier Mindy / Charlotte TV series (6 episodes)
2004 Kinsey Clara McMillen
2004 P.S. Louise Harrington
2005 Exorcism of Emily Rose, TheThe Exorcism of Emily Rose Erin Bruner
2005 Squid and the Whale, TheThe Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman
2006 Jindabyne Claire
2006 Driving Lessons Laura Marshall
2006 Man of the Year Eleanor Green
2006 Hottest State, TheThe Hottest State Jesse
2006 The Armenian Genocide Maria Jacobsen Documentary
2007 Breach Kate Burroughs
2007 Savages, TheThe Savages Wendy Savage
2007 Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Mrs. X
2008 John Adams Abigail Adams TV mini-series: 7 episodes
2008 City of Your Final Destination, TheThe City of Your Final Destination Caroline
2008 Other Man, TheThe Other Man Lisa
2009 Morning Dr. Goodman
2009 Sympathy for Delicious Nina Hogue
2009–2013 PBS Masterpiece Host
2010–2013 Big C, TheThe Big C Cathy Jamison TV Series: 40 episodes; also executive producer
2011 Details, TheThe Details Lila
2011 Arthur Christmas North Pole Computer Voice
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Margaret Suckley
2013 The Fifth Estate Sarah Shaw

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990–1992 Six Degrees of Separation Tess Nov 8, 1990 – Jan 5, 1992
Understudy
1992 Sight Unseen Grete
1992–1993 The Seagull Nina Nov 29, 1992 – Jan 10, 1993
1994 Hedda Gabler Thea Elvsted Jul 10 – Aug 7, 1994
1995–1996 Holiday Linda Seton Dec 3, 1995 – Jan 14, 1996
1998 Honour Claudia Apr 26 – Jun 14, 1998
2000 Uncle Vanya Yelena Andreyevna Apr 30 – Jun 11, 2000
2002 The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor Mar 7 – Jun 9, 2002
2004 Sight Unseen Patricia May 25 – Jul 25, 2004
2008 Les liaisons dangereuses La Marquise de Merteuil May 1 – Jul 6, 2008
2010–2011 Time Stands Still Sarah Goodwin Jan 28, 2010 – Jan 30, 2011

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laura Linney Biography (1964–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Laura Linney Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2009
  4. ^ Cloninger Boggs, Mary Olivia (1981). The indubitable Busbees and their kin. M.O.C. Boggs. p. 105. 
  5. ^ Studio 360 broadcast, March 28, 2010
  6. ^ Cohen, Patrica, "Genuine Actress Flirts With Stardom," NY Times, January 20, 2010
  7. ^ "Laura Linney". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Laura Linney to Deliver Commencement Address and Receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard's 104th Commencement Ceremony". Press Release. The Juilliard School. May 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Linney Opens The Nanny Diaries". Cinemablend.com. March 14, 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Philip Seymour Hoffman's Next is The Savages". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Laura Linney Emmy Award Winner
  13. ^ Bryant, Adam (August 27, 2009). "Showtime and Laura Linney to Tackle Cancer in New Series". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  14. ^ .asp "The Joe A. Callaway Award List" actorsequity.org, accessed January 31, 2011
  15. ^ Canby, Vincent."Theater Review:The Wee Problems Of the Seriously Rich In the Frenzied 20's"New York Times, December 4, 1995
  16. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review:Two Against Mob Rule Who Can Turn Up the Heat"New York Times, March 8, 2002
  17. ^ Pogrebin, Robin."'Millie' Leads the Tony Nominations With 11; 'Morning's' Earns 9"New York Times, May 7, 2002
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew; Allen, Morgan; Simonson, Robert."2004–2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations" playbill.com, May 10, 2005
  19. ^ Brantley."Theater Review:A Fragile Victim of Love Long Past"New York Times, May 26, 2004
  20. ^ Smith, Liz (March 13, 2008). "Watch the hot actress thrive!". Nypost.com. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  21. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Broadway's 'Time Stands Still', Acclaimed Drama About War Scars, Closes Jan. 30" playbill.com, January 30, 2011
  22. ^ "Laura Linney Is Engaged". People.com. August 20, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Liam Neeson walked Laura Linney down the aisle". nymag.com. July 28, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Surprise! Laura Linney Welcomes a Son". People.com. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ HBO.com – We Are One[dead link]

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