Lin Shaye

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Lin Shaye
Born Linda Shaye
(1943-10-12) October 12, 1943 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Marshall Rubinoff (?–1968; his death)
Clayton Landey (1988–2003; divorced; 1 child)

Linda "Lin" Shaye (born October 12, 1943) is an American film, theatre and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Shaye was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Dorothy (née Katz), a homemaker, and Max Mendle Shaye, a painter and supermarket owner. Her brother is film executive Robert Shaye.[1] Her family is Jewish; her mother was born in Russia, and her paternal grandparents were from Romania.[2][3][4] Shaye studied acting at the University of Michigan before she moved to New York to appear in Off Broadway productions. In 1977, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting career.[5]


In 1975, she made her film debut with a small role in Hester Street, followed by small roles in several movies and television shows. In 1978, she appeared in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western Goin' South. She has since appeared in a large number of character roles. Many were for her brother, Robert Shaye, co-founder and former co-CEO of New Line Cinema, such as her role as Mrs. Flynn in the 1990 film Book of Love, which Robert directed. In 1984, Shaye played a teacher in A Nightmare On Elm Street. Her breakout comedy role was the part of Mrs. Nuegeboren in the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb and Dumber (1994). She also appeared in the Farrellys' 1996 comedy Kingpin as the repulsive landlady, and then had a role as Cameron Diaz's character's overtanned neighbor Magda in their 1998 hit There's Something About Mary. She followed this with 1999's Detroit Rock City as an uptight mother waging a personal war against the band Kiss.

Shaye has also appeared in four films by director Walter Hill: The Long Riders (1980), Brewster's Millions (1985), Extreme Prejudice (1987) and Last Man Standing (1996). In 2003, she appeared alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz in Boat Trip as Sonya, a horny tanning coach who begins stalking Sanz's character. That same year she co-starred with Ray Wise and Alexandra Holden in the cult horror film Dead End as Laura Harrington, and as Jenny Buono, the mother of 1970s Los Angeles serial killer Angelo Buono in The Hillside Strangler. In 2006 she was seen in the thriller Snakes on a Plane. She also appeared in the film 2001 Maniacs as Granny Boone and in the sequel 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams.[6]

In 2007, she appeared in the short films Sponsored By, Under The Gun, Midnight Snack, Time Upon a Once, Old Home Boyz, Backseat Driving Test, and The Yes Men which were directed by contestants on the reality show On the Lot. Shaye played medium Elise, a major role, in the horror films Insidious (2011), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and Insidious: Chapter 3.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Shaye has been married twice. Her first husband died in 1968. In 1988, she married actor Clayton Landey, with whom she appeared in 2002's Wish You Were Dead. The couple had one child[5] before divorcing in 2003.



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Hester Street Whore
1977 Sex and the Married Woman Sandra Television film
1978 Goin' South Parasol Lady
1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Freida Television film
1979 The Seeding of Sarah Burns 2nd Nurse Television film
1980 The Long Riders Kate
1980 A Cry for Love N/A Television film
1982 Alone in the Dark Receptionist at Haven
1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Nurse with Telegram
1984 Summer Fantasy Woman on beach Television film
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Teacher
1985 Brewster's Millions Journalist at Rally
1986 Critters Sally
1987 Extreme Prejudice Employment Office Clerk
1987 Slam Dance Librarian
1987 The Hidden Carol Miller
1987 The Running Man Propaganda Officer
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Sal
1988 Lucky Stiff Bratty Kid's Mom
1990 Book of Love Mrs. Flynn
1990 Pump Up the Volume PTA Parent #3
1992 Roadside Prophets Celeste
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Witness
1993 The Temp Rosemary
1993 Three of Hearts Operator
1993 Amityville: A New Generation Nurse Turner
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Rubber Rose Maid
1994 Corrina, Corrina Repeat Nanny
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Nurse
1994 Dumb & Dumber Mrs. Neugeboren
1995 The Nature of the Beast Carol Powell
1996 Kingpin Landlady
1996 Last Man Standing The Madame
1998 Living Out Loud Lisa's Nurse
1998 There's Something About Mary Magda Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy
1999 Detroit Rock City Mrs. Bruce
2001 Say It Isn't So Nurse Bautista
2002 Wish You Were Dead Jinny Macintosh
2002 Boat Trip Coach Sonya
2003 Who's Your Daddy? Ms. Harding
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Tequila
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Margie
2003 Dead End Laura Harrington Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Stuck on You Makeup Babe
2004 The Hillside Strangler Jenny Buono
2004 The Latin Lover Emilia Short film
2004 A Cinderella Story Mrs. Wells
2004 Cellular Exotic Car Driver
2005 Hate Crime Kathleen Slansky
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Samantha Jones
2005 2001 Maniacs Granny Boon
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Ma Muzzy
2006 Unbeatable Harold Jeannie
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Cassandra
2006 Hood of Horror Clara
2006 Snakes on a Plane Grace
2006 Driftwood Nancy Forrester
2006 Pledge This! Miss Prin
2007 Homo Erectus Museum Guide
2007 Kush Susan
2008 Killer Pad Marge
2008 Asylum String's Mother
2009 My Sister's Keeper Nurse Adele
2009 American Cowslip Lou Anne
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Phyllis
2010 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Granny Boone
2010 Killer by Nature Leona Whitmore
2011 Insidious Elise Reiner Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 Sedona: The Motion Picture Claire
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Dody
2011 Chillerama Nurse Maleva
2011 Take Me Home Jill
2011 Rosewood Lane Mrs. Hawthorne
2012 The Three Stooges Nursery Nurse
2012 Jewtopia Dr. Sutton
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Elise Reiner
2013 Big Ass Spider! Mrs. Jefferson
2014 The Signal Mirabelle
2014 Ouija Paulina Zander
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Elise Reiner


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Eight Is Enough N/A Episode: "The Return of Auntie V"
1985 The New Twilight Zone Kate Simmons Episode: "Chameleon"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Secretary Episode: "DWI"
1986 Falcon Crest Smoking Female Prisoner Episode: "Unholy Alliances"
1987 Who's the Boss? Mrs. Padnick Episode: "Mona"
1988 Highway to Heaven Lila Barnes Episode: "A Mother's Love"
1991 Life Goes On Parent #2 Episode: "Life After Death"
1993 Sisters Nightmare Host #2 Episode: "Sleepless in Winnetka"
1994 My So-Called Life Parent #2 Episode: "Guns and Gossip"
1996 Frasier Anne Episode: "The Focus Group"
1997 Perversions of Science The Nurse Episode: "Dream of Doom"
1998 Becker Mrs. Cooper Episode: "Take These Pills and Shove 'Em"
2004 Crossing Jordan Leather Lauren Episode: "Is That Plutonium in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?"
2006 My Name Is Earl Paul's mom Episode: "Number One"
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Leslie Donovan Episode: "The Game"
2009 ER Margaret Episode: "And in the End..."
2013 Private Practice Mrs. Taylor Episode: "Full Release"
2015 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Mrs. Abramson Upcoming series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy There's Something About Mary Nominated
2002 Method Fest Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress N/A Won
2004 Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Best Actress Dead End Won
2005 Breckenridge Festival Of Film Best Supporting Actress Hate Crime Won
2005 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Dead End Nominated
2012 Cyber-Horror Awards Best Supporting Actress Insidious Nominated
2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Insidious Won
2012 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Insidious Won
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Insidious Nominated
2014 Fright Meter Awards Best Ensemble Cast Insidious: Chapter 2 Nominated


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