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Piper Laurie

Biography

Actress who was simply nominated for Academy Honours for her jobs in Carrie, The Hustler, and Kids of a smaller God. She earned a Golden World Prize in 1991 on her behalf performance in it series Twin Peaks. Her delivery name was Rosetta Jacobs, but she transformed it for performing purposes. She produced her silver screen debut playing Cathy Norton within the 1950 film Louisa. She wedded Joe Morgenstern in 1962, as well as the few had a girl in 1971 after that divorced a decade after her delivery. She continued a couple schedules with Ronald Reagan before he wedded Nancy Reagan.

Quick Facts


Full Name Piper Laurie
Date Of Birth January 22, 1932
Place Of Birth Detroit, MI
Height 1.64 m
Profession TV Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Joe Morgenstern
Children Anne Grace Morgenstern
Parents Alfred Jacobs, Charlotte Sadie
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, American Independent Filmmaker Award Special Jury Prize, Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Actress
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Single Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Actress - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support
Movies Carrie, The Hustler, Children of a Lesser God, Hounddog, The Mississippi Gambler, Hesher, The Dead Girl, Son of Ali Baba, Return to Oz, The Faculty, Dream a Little Dream, The Golden Blade, The Grass Harp, Other People's Money, Francis Goes to the Races, Until They Sail, Tiger Warsaw, The Prince Who Was a Thief, Appointment with Death, Eulogy, Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, The Bunker, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, Another Harvest Moon, Dawn at Socorro, The Crossing Guard, Ain't Misbehavin', Saving Grace B. Jones, Dangerous Mission, Rich in Love, Tim, No Room for the Groom, Johnny Dark, Lies and Lullabies, Storyville, Trauma, The Last Brickmaker In America, A Christmas Memory, The Milkman, Smoke Signal, Go Toward the Light, Inherit the Wind, Ruby, Shadows of Desire, The Mao Game, Possessed, Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror, Promise, Intensity, Palmer's Pick-Up, The Boss’s Son
TV Shows Partners, Traps, St. Elsewhere, The Thorn Birds, Skag, Playhouse 90, Twin Peaks
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1As of 2016 she is the 7th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, tied with Sophia Loren and behind only Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Caron, Carroll Baker, Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine and Doris Day. She was nominated in 1961 for The Hustler (1961).
2Met Tony Curtis, Marsha Hunt and Julie Adams, when the four were all under contract at Universal in 1949.
3Began her career as a contract player with Universal in 1949.
4Guest starred on the first episode of Matlock (1986).
5Her hobbies are: nature, art, drawing, painting, and collecting rocks.
6Her idol was Jane Withers.
7Before she was a successful actress, she starred in her first play.
8Along with Sherry Arlene, Laurie was also placed in a children's home.
9Grew up in a traditional Jewish house with Hebrew lessons at the synagogue, although she doesn't attend anymore.
10Before she was a successful actress, she won a grand prize for a screen test at Warner Bros.
11Began acting when she was 11.
12Had suffered from severe anxiety disorder during her early childhood, as did her sister.
13Had changed her name from Rosetta Jacobs to Piper Laurie, when she wanted to become an actress.
14Her sister, Sherry Arlene Jacobs, died in 2006.
15Prior to Laurie's birth, her sister Sherry Arlene Jacobs had bee afflicted with asthma, a disease her sister had, since birth. She and her parents were so concerned that at one point they loaded Piper and Sherry onto a bus and went to Arizona, to see if the climate would help Sherry Arlene's asthma. Unfortunately, it didn't.
16Her family lived in Arizona, in a shack on the desert, temporarily.
17After Ronald Reagan's divorce from Jane Wyman, Laurie had a very serious relationship with him. She was 21 years his junior.
18She inherited her sense of humor from her parents; though she inherited her father's face.
19While working at Universal, they tore up her contract three times, to give her more money, in extending the time. She made a mistake by signing a contract, when she didn't need to.
20Her acting mentor was the late Ronald Reagan.
21Her paternal grandfather knew that his surname "Yakobovich" was too long and too difficult, so he changed his surname to "Jacobs", before his granddaughter was born.
22After Laurie was born, she was upstairs in the back of the house, being delivered by a male midwife.
23Met Ronald Reagan, in 1949, aged 17, while she was studying acting, consistently.
24Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.
25Lost the co-starring role in Elmer Gantry (1960) to Shirley Jones.
26Graduated from Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1950.
27After her divorce from Joe Morgenstern, she relocated from New York City, New York, to Los Angeles, California, where she has been living since 1981.
28Was screen-tested for the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! (1955), but lost the role to an unfamiliar actress Shirley Jones.
29Acting mentor and friend of Sissy Spacek.
30In November 2008 she attended an event at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the untimely passing of actor Tyrone Power. Four of his films were screened: Love Is News (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Razor's Edge (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947). Also in attendance were his children, Tyrone Power Jr., Taryn Power and Romina Power, and other actors who worked with him, including Coleen Gray, Terry Moore and Jayne Meadows.
31In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan during the time they were filming Louisa (1950) together. Reagan was in his 40s, while Laurie was still in her teens; in the movie, Reagan plays her father.
32In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she and Mel Gibson had a one-night stand while working together on the movie Tim (1979), despite their almost-25-year age difference and the fact that she was married at the time.
33Brief social connection to G. David Schine (1927-96), the hotel heir and staff assistant to the notorious Sen. Joseph McCarthy. When Schine was drafted into the Army, McCarthy and Schine's staff colleague Roy Cohn unsuccessfully sought to exert their influence to get him a commission as an officer, which he was not qualified for. This led to a congressional investigation and the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings.
34Along with Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Ruth Gordon, Toni Collette, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Nancy Kelly, Jodie Foster, Janet Leigh, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, and Glenn Close, she is one of the few actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a horror movie.
35In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was dubbed, albeit briefly by Miranda Bonansea at the beginning of her career; and later on by Maria Pia Di Meo. The talented Fiorella Betti lent her distinctive voice to Laurie in the acclaimed The Hustler (1961).
36Starred alongside Sissy Spacek in three movies: Carrie (1976) (she played her mother), The Grass Harp (1995) (she played her sister!), and the TV movie Midwives (2001).
37Daughter, Anne Grace Morgenstern (born 1971), with Joe Morgenstern.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dead Girl2006Arden's Mother
Cold Case2005TV SeriesRose 2005
Dead Like Me2004TV SeriesNina Rommey
Eulogy2004Charlotte Collins
State of Grace2002TV SeriesAunt Sophie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2001TV SeriesDorothy Rudd
The Last Brickmaker in America2001TV MovieRuth Anne
Midwives2001TV MovieCheryl Visco
Possessed2000TV MovieAunt Hanna
Will & Grace2000TV SeriesSharon
The Mao Game1999Ida Highland
Inherit the Wind1999TV MovieSarah Brady
Frasier1994-1999TV SeriesMrs. Mulhern Marianne
Brother's Keeper1999TV SeriesJane Waide
Palmer's Pick-Up1999Radio Evangelist
Partners1999TV SeriesRoberta Stahler
The Faculty1998Mrs. Karen Olson
St. Patrick's Day1997MaryPat Donnelly-McDonough
A Christmas Memory1997TV MovieJennie
Alone1997TV MovieLillie Dawson
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesAnnie Doyle
Intensity1997TV MovieMiriam Braynard
Wolf Pack1996TV Movie
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesA.D.A. Susan Turner
ER1995-1996TV SeriesSarah Ross
In the Blink of an Eye1996TV MovieKay Trafero
The Road to Galveston1996TV MovieWanda Kirkman
The Crossing Guard1995Helen Booth
The Grass Harp1995Dolly Talbo
Fighting for My Daughter1995TV MovieJudge Edna Burton
Shadows of Desire1994TV MovieEllis Snow
Traps1994TV SeriesCora Trapchek
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway1993Georgia
Love, Lies & Lullabies1993TV MovieMargaret Kinsey
Trauma1993Adriana Petrescu
Rich in Love1992Vera Delmage
Storyville1992Constance Fowler
Other People's Money1991Bea Sullivan
Twin Peaks1990-1991TV SeriesCatherine Martell Mr. Tojamura
Rising Son1990TV MovieMartha Robinson
Dream a Little Dream1989Gena Ettinger
Beauty and the Beast1989TV SeriesMrs. Davis
Mother, Mother1989ShortMartha Cousins
Go Toward the Light1988TV MovieMargo
Tiger Warsaw1988Frances Warsaw
Appointment with Death1988Emily Boynton
Distortions1987Margot Caldwell
Promise1986TV MovieAnnie Gilbert
Matlock1986TV SeriesClaire Leigh
Children of a Lesser God1986Mrs. Norman
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesAunt Neva (segment "The Burning Man")
Toughlove1985TV MovieDarlene Marsh
Love, Mary1985TV MovieChristine Groda
Tender Is the Night1985TV Mini-SeriesElsie Speers
Return to Oz1985Aunt Em
Hotel1985TV SeriesJessica
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesPeggy Shannon
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesFran Singleton
The Thorn Birds1983TV Mini-SeriesAnne Mueller
Mae West1982TV MovieMatilda West
Macbeth1981VideoLady Macbeth
The Bunker1981TV MovieMagda Goebbels
Skag1980TV SeriesJo Skagska
Tim1979Mary Horton
Rainbow1978TV MovieEthel Gumm
The Boss' Son1978Elaine
In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan1977TV MovieJulie Quinlan
Ruby1977Ruby Claire
The Woman Rebel1976Margaret Sanger
Carrie1976Margaret White
The Long Hunt of April Savage1966TV MovieAmelinda Potter
Breaking Point1964TV SeriesAlice Marin
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesAlicia Carter
Ben Casey1963TV SeriesKathleen Dooley
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesLee Wiley
Naked City1963TV SeriesMary Highmark
The United States Steel Hour1960-1963TV SeriesEdna Cartey
Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage1961TV MovieSister Mary Joseph
General Electric Theater1956-1961TV SeriesJessica Galloway / Cleopatra / Phoebe Durkin
The Hustler1961Sarah Packard
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesEurydice
Winterset1959TV MovieMiriamne
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesEileen Gorman
Playhouse 901957-1958TV SeriesKirsten Arnesen Clay / Ruth McAdam
The Seven Lively Arts1957TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV SeriesRuth Cornelius
Until They Sail1957Delia Leslie Friskett
Kelly and Me1957Mina Van Runkel
The Ninth Day1956TV Movie
Front Row Center1956TV SeriesJudy Jones
Robert Montgomery Presents1955TV SeriesStacey Spender
Ain't Misbehavin'1955Sarah Bernhardt Hatfield
The Best of Broadway1955TV SeriesBillie Moore
Smoke Signal1955Laura Evans
Dawn at Socorro1954Rannah Hayes
Johnny Dark1954Liz Fielding
Dangerous Mission1954Louise Graham
The Golden Blade1953Khairuzan
The Mississippi Gambler1953Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
Son of Ali Baba1952Princess Azura of Fez / Kiki
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952Millicent Blaisdell
No Room for the Groom1952Lee Kingshead
The Prince Who Was a Thief1951Tina
Francis Goes to the Races1951Frances Travers
The Milkman1950Chris Abbott
Louisa1950Cathy Norton
Bad Blood2012/IIIMilly Lathrop
Another Harvest Moon2010June
Hesher2010Grandma
Saving Grace B. Jones2009Marta Shrank
Hounddog2007Grammie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ruby1977performer: "Love's So Easy"
Carrie1976performer: "There Is Power in the Blood" - uncredited
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952performer: "Gimme a Little Kiss Will 'Ya' Huh?", "The Charleston" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Property2006Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks2007Video documentary special thanks
Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth of a Superstar2002Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
More Acting 'Carrie'2016Video documentary shortHerself
Resurrecting Carrie2012Video shortHerself
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHerself
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks2007Video documentaryHerself - 'Catherine Martell'
Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler2007Video documentary shortHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth of a Superstar2002Video documentary shortHerself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Acting 'Carrie'2001Video documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series
Donahue1990TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
Today1965-1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Science Fiction Film Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHerself
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHerselfs-sNominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The 19th Annual Tony Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Bob Hope Show1962TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1961TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Allen in Movieland1955TV MovieHerself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Best Writing Award
The Ed Sullivan Show1953TV SeriesHerself
The Name's the Same1953TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The World's Most Beautiful Girls1953Documentary short Herself
This Is Your Life1952TV SeriesHerself
Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits1951Documentary shortHerself
Penthouse Party1951TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
House of Harrington2008Documentary short
A Decade Under the Influence2003DocumentaryHerself
The Hustler: The Inside Story2002Video documentary shortHerself
The Rage: Carrie 21999Margaret White (uncredited)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Twin Peaks/Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes1990TV Movie documentaryCatherine Martell
Matlock1990TV SeriesClaire Leigh
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesSarah Bernhardt Hatfield - scene from "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActressThe Mao Game (1999)
1999American Independent AwardSeattle International Film FestivalSpecial Jury PrizeThe Mao Game (1999)
1997SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Grass Harp (1995)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTwin Peaks (1990)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialPromise (1986)
1962Woman of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
1992Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress: Prime TimeTwin Peaks (1990)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTwin Peaks (1990)
1991Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villainess: Prime TimeTwin Peaks (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesTwin Peaks (1990)
1987OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleChildren of a Lesser God (1986)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionPromise (1986)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Thorn Birds (1983)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Thorn Birds (1983)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Bunker (1981)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleCarrie (1976)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureCarrie (1976)
1962OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Hustler (1961)
1962BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Hustler (1961)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Single Performance by an ActressPlayhouse 90 (1956)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsActress - Best Single Performance - Lead or SupportStudio One (1948)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceThe Hustler (1961)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Hustler (1961)

TitleSalary
Carrie (1976)$10,000

#Quote
1If I had stayed in Hollywood, I would have killed myself. Or someone would have done it for me.
2Nobody thought of me as an actress. They just remembered that publicity story about my munching flower petals for breakfast. I even thought of giving up the name 'Piper Laurie' because I felt there was a stigma attached to it. I never could figure out just how many parts I lost and how many parts I won because of this name. I know some producers and directors said, 'Well, maybe she can act even if her name is Piper Laurie!'

#Trademark
1Voluptuous figure
2Southern accent
3Deep sultry voice
4Red hair and brown eyes
5Frequently plays young ladies who were either rescued by men or who have fallen in love with men

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