Laura Linney

Laura Leggett Linney[1][2] (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress. Throughout her career in film, television, and theatre, Linney has won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award and has also been nominated for three Oscars and a BAFTA Award.
Linney was born in New York City. Her mother, Ann Perse (née Leggett), is a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and her father, Romulus Linney, is a well-known playwright and professor.[2][3] Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney.[4] She has a half-sister, Susan, from her father's second marriage. Linney graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1982. She then attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. After attending Brown, Linney went on to study acting at the Juilliard School.

Linney married David Adkins in 1995. They divorced in 2000. As of 2007[update], she was engaged to Marc Schauer, a real estate agent in Telluride, Colorado.[5]

She was a guest and presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.[6]

Linney at the Chicago International Film Festival, 2007Linney 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. 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 when she was cast as Jim Carrey's wife in The Truman Show, for which she received much critical acclaim.

In 2000, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the lower-budget film You Can Count on Me. That same year she also appeared in the role of an artist's model in the low budget, critically praised 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, as the title character's wife, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2005, Linney starred in horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale, for which 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, in the comedy Driving Lessons (starring Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame), and also in the Australian drama Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence. Jindabyne is based on Raymond Carver´s short novel So much water so close to home.

In 2007, Linney appeared in the spy thriller Breach, The Nanny Diaries, opposite Scarlett Johansson and based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus,[7] and The Savages, where Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman played siblings. She received her third Academy Award nomination for this film—this time as Best Actress.[8]

Recently, the actress starred in The Other Man, a film where she plays beside Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson, who she had acted alongside in Kinsey.

Laura Linney

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