Piper Laurie has built a distinguished career in film, on television and the theater, performing in more than a hundred films and television shows. Piper just completed filming. She also recently costarred opposite Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright Penn in Hounddog and played Toni Collette’s mother in The Dead Girl.
Piper had already starred in nearly twenty films before breaking her lucrative Hollywood contract and moving to New York to do theater and live TV. Robert Rosen saw her on stage and cast her in The Hustler, with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. Her performance in that classic American film earned her an Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in a leading role. Two additional Academy Award® nominations followed—one for the Stephen King classic Carrie, directed by Brian De Palma and the other for Children of a Lesser God directed by Randa Haines.
Laurie made an impact in live television early on in the original Days of Wine and Roses, directed by John Frankenheimer earning her an Emmy® nomination for her wrenching performance as an alcoholic. She has gone on to earn a dozen Emmy® nominations for her performances on shows such as Frasier and David Lynch’s series, Twin Peaks, for which she received a Golden Globe®. She also won the Emmy® for the Hallmark movie Promise with James Woods and James Garner.
She was Harvard’s Woman of the Year and in 1996 Tucson University conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. In 2000 she flew to Korea to receive The Spirit of Hope Award for her service during the Korean War. She’s a sculptor, working in marble and clay and exhibits her work.