Laura Linney

Laura Linney

Birth name: Laura Leggett Linney
Born: February 5, 1964
Age: 57
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
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Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. She has also been nominated for three Academy Awards and four Tony Awards.

Linney made her Broadway debut in 1990 before going on to receive Tony Award nominations for the 2002 revival of The Crucible, the original Broadway productions of Sight Unseen (2004) and Time Stands Still (2010), and the 2017 revival of The Little Foxes. On television, she won her first Emmy Award for the television film Wild Iris (2001), and had subsequent wins for the sitcom Frasier (2003-04) and the miniseries John Adams (2008). From 2010-13, she starred in the Showtime series The Big C, which won her a fourth Emmy in 2013. She currently stars in the Netflix series Ozark.

Linney is also an established film actress. She made her screen debut in the film Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for You Can Count On Me (2000), Kinsey (2004), and The Savages (2007). Her other films include Primal Fear (1996), The Truman Show (1998), Mystic River (2003), Love Actually (2003), The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Sully (2016), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

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

Linney 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 theater group.[3] During her senior year at Brown, she performed in one of her father's plays as Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Childe Byron, a drama in which poet Lord Byron mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter Ada.[6]

Linney graduated from Brown in 1986.[7] She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19 (1986-90), which also included Jeanne Tripplehorn.[8] She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009.[9]




Linney at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Linney first appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and Dave (1993), before coming to prominence in the public television miniseries Tales of the City in 1993.[3] She was then cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including Congo (1995), Primal Fear (1996) and Absolute Power (1997). She made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, praised for playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show.[3] Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2000 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 The Life of David Gale, Love Actually, and Mystic River. The latter film earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 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 Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 2006, Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year, the comedy Driving Lessons (starring Rupert Grint), 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 Chris Evans, 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. In 2012, she starred opposite Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson. In 2016, she starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. She will be starring alongside Chris Pratt, Naomi Watts, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Redmayne, Jordana Brewster and Toni Garrn in Callander Square.


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 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, she won an Emmy 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 miniseries 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. 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, Linney has served as host of the PBS television series Masterpiece Classic. In 2017, she began starring as Wendy Byrde alongside Jason Bateman, in the Netflix crime drama series Ozark.[14]


Linney's extensive stage credits on Broadway and elsewhere include Hedda Gabler, for which she won the 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award,[15] and Holiday in December 1995 through January 1996 (based on the 1938 movie starring Katharine Hepburn).[16] She received a Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her role in the Broadway production of The Crucible in March 2002 through June 2002.[17][18] She was nominated again in 2005 for Sight Unseen, in which she appeared on Broadway in May 2004 through July 2004.[19][20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

She appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Little Foxes, which opened officially on April 19, 2017 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. She alternated the roles of Regina and Birdie with Cynthia Nixon.[23]

Personal life

Linney married David Adkins in 1995; they divorced in 2000.[24][25] In 2007, she became engaged to Marc Schauer, a real estate agent from Telluride, Colorado.[26] On her wedding day in May 2009, actor Liam Neeson walked her down the aisle.[27] On January 8, 2014, Linney gave birth to a son, Bennett Armistead Schauer.[28] Linney was a guest and presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.[29]


Linney at the Chicago International Film Festival, 2007
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Young Teacher
1993 Dave Randi
Searching for Bobby Fischer School Teacher
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate Nancy Lambert Newland
1995 Congo Dr. Karen Ross
1996 Primal Fear Janet Venable
1997 Absolute Power Kate Whitney
1998 The Truman Show Meryl Burbank/Hannah Gill
1999 Lush Rachel Van Dyke
2000 You Can Count On Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott
The House of Mirth Bertha Dorset
Maze Callie
2002 The Laramie Project Sherry Johnson
The Mothman Prophecies Officer Connie Mills
2003 The Life of David Gale Constance Harraway
Mystic River Annabeth Markum
Love Actually Sarah
2004 P.S. Louise Harrington
Kinsey Clara McMillen
2005 The Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Erin Bruner
2006 Driving Lessons Laura Marshall
Jindabyne Claire
The Hottest State Jesse
Man of the Year Eleanor Green
2007 The Savages Wendy Savage
Breach Kate Burroughs
The Nanny Diaries Mrs. X
2008 The Other Man Lisa
2009 The City of Your Final Destination Caroline
2010 Sympathy for Delicious Nina Hogue
Morning Dr. Goodman
2011 The Details Lila
Arthur Christmas North Pole Computer (voice)
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Margaret Suckley
2013 The Fifth Estate Sarah Shaw
2015 Mr. Holmes Mrs. Munro
2016 Genius Louise Saunders
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Rebecca Vincent
Sully Lorraine Sullenberger
Nocturnal Animals Anne Sutton Cameo
2017 The Dinner Claire Lohman
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Class of '61 Lily Magraw TV movie
1993 Blind Spot Phoebe TV movie
1993 Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton Miniseries: 7 episodes
1994 Law & Order Martha Bowen Episode: "Blue Bamboo"
1998 More Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton Miniseries: 6 episodes
1999 Love Letters Melisa Gardner Cobb TV movie
2000 Running Mates Lauren Hartman TV movie
2001 Further Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton Miniseries: 3 episodes
2001 Wild Iris Iris Bravard TV movie
2002 King of the Hill Marlene (voice) Episode: "Dang Ol' Love"
2003-2004 Frasier Mindy / Charlotte 6 episodes
2006 American Dad! Doctor Gupta (voice) Episode: "Roger 'n' Me"
2008 John Adams Abigail Adams Miniseries: 7 episodes
2010-2013 The Big C Cathy Jamison 40 episodes; also executive producer
2016 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: "Brave"
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Sarah Television short film[a]
2017 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Florence Harding Segment: "Harding"
2017-present Ozark Wendy Byrde 20 episodes
2017 Sink Sank Sunk Mitzi Mills TV movie
2018 BoJack Horseman Herself (voice) Episode: "The Dog Days Are Over"
2018 Tales of the City Mary Ann Singleton Miniseries: In production

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Dates Notes
1990-1992 Six Degrees of Separation Tess Nov 8, 1990 - Jan 5, 1992
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
2017 The Little Foxes Regina Giddens / Birdie Hubbard Apr 19 - Jul 2, 2017
2018 My Name Is Lucy Barton Lucy Barton Jun 2 - Jun 24, 2018 Bridge Theatre

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Laura Linney Charities

Laura Linney supports the following charitable cause: Cancer.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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