Laura Dern has proven to be one of the great actresses of her generation showing that she is capable of great depth and range, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. In 2010, in celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother Diane Ladd and father Bruce Dern were awarded with the first ever “Family Star Ceremony” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dern currently stars in the HBO series “Enlightened”, in which she earned a 2012 Golden Globe Award in the “Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy” category. The show also garnered a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for “Best Television Comedy.” Dern serves as the star, Executive Producer and Co-creator alongside prolific writer and director Mike White. The show has reunited her with HBO, where she starred in the 2008 Emmy award-winning ensemble film “Recount.” “Enlightened” premiered on October 10, 2011 and recently concluded its second season on Sunday, March 3, 2013 for which Laura received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for.
Dern’s credits include “The Master”, “Everything Must Go”, “Little Fockers”, the sequel to “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers”, “The Year of the Dog”, “Inland Empire”, “Blue Velvet” and “Wild at Heart.” “Lonely Hearts”, “Happy Endings”, “The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio”, “Terry Linden I Am Sam Novocaine”, “Jurassic Park III”, “Citizen Ruth”, “Jurassic Park” and “A Perfect World.”
For television, Dern starred in HBO’s “Recount”, earning her a 2008 Golden Globe award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. Dern delivered a captivating performance in Showtime’s “Damaged Care” in which she portrayed the real-life ‘Dr. Linda Peeno,’ an advocate and whistleblower against HMO’s managed care practices. Dern also served as a producer on this project. Dern also appeared in Lifetime’s “Within These Walls”, opposite Ellen Burstyn and starred in Showtime Television’s quirky romantic comedy, “Daddy and Them”, a film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.
In one of the most critically applauded performances of the year, Laura Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as 'Rose' in the acclaimed film “Rambling Rose”, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd.
In 1985, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' New Generation Award for her performance in the coming-of-age story “Smooth Talk” and “Mask.” She has starred in two films for director David Lynch: “Blue Velvet” in 1986 and “Wild at Heart”, winner of the Palme d' Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, which co-starred her Nicolas Cage. Dern's other film credits include Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women”, “October Sky”, “Mask”, “Fat Man and Little Boy”, “Haunted Summer”, “Teachers”, “Foxes” and “Ladies and Gentleman”, “The Fabulous Stains.”
Dern made her directorial debut with a short film called “The Gift”, which aired as part of Showtime's “Directed By” series in October 1994. The cast included Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place, Peter Horton and her mother, Diane Ladd.
In 1997 Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award and won an American Comedy Award for her guest-starring role in the controversial “Puppy Episode” of the ABC comedy, “Ellen.” She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's “The Baby Dance”, produced by Jodie Foster’s Egg Productions for Showtime. “The Baby Dance” was also awarded with two 1998 Peabody Awards.
Dern received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm “Afterburn.” Her other work on television includes Showtime’s critically acclaimed film noir series, “Fallen Angels”, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and Showtime’s original film, “Down Came a Blackbird”, which she also produced, opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia.
Out of appreciation and respect for the extraordinary gift the Dern family has brought to the big and small screen, The Hollywood Entertainment Museum honored Bruce, Diane and Laura with the Hollywood Legacy Award.
Dern resides in Los Angeles with her two children.