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Piper Laurie ACTOR

Piper Laurie was born on January 22nd, 1932 in Detroit Michigan with the birth name Rosetta Jacobs.  Her father was a Polish immigrant and her mother was of Russian-American descent.  At the age of six her family relocated to Los Angeles, California.  She was a very shy little girl, so her parents sent her to elocution classes to try and bring a personality out of her 'shell'.  She also studied Hebrew school and took acting lessons.
At the age of seventeen, Universal Pictures signed her to her first contract and were also responsible for giving her the screen name, Piper Laurie.  Her early career began with roles on such films as, "Louisa" (1950) starring alongside Ronald Reagan, Spring Byington, Ruth Hussey, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn, Scotty Beckett, Martin Milner and Connie Gilchrist, "Francis Goes to the Races" (1951) also starring Donald O'Connor, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White and Vaughn Taylor, "Son of Ali Baba" (1952) starring Tony Curtis, Susan Cabot, William Reynolds, Hugh O'Brian, Morris Ankrum, Gerald Mohr and Victor Jory and "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1955) also starring Rory Calhoun, Jack Carson, Mamie Van Doren, Reginald Gardner and Barbara Britton.  Even though she was being cast in a number of films, Laurie was highly disappointed with the substantial quality of the roles being offered to her that she called her agent and left Los Angeles.
Laurie moved to New York City to study acting and also found work on live television shows such as, "Twelfth Night" (1957), "The Days of Wine and Roses" (1958) starring with Cliff Robertson, "Winterset" (1959) and was also cast in the film, "The Hustler" (1961) starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton, Myron McCormick and George C. Scott for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.    

Piper Laurie soon married Joe Morgendtern in 1962 and moved with her husband to Woodstock, New York where she focused on her family life and put her career to the side.  She had one daughter, Anne Grace and put her duty as a mother first.  She did however, accept a role in the film, "Carrie" (1976) for which she then received her second Academy Award nomination for Best actress and not long afterwards her and her husband divorced and she decided to move back to Los Angeles and jump right back into the film industry in 1982. 
Earning her third Academy Award nomination for her role in, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) starring with Marlee Matlin, William Hurt and Philip Bosco, portraying the character Mrs. Norman and then won an Emmy with her role in, "Promise" (1986) co-starring James Garner and James Woods.  Laurie also made a number of television appearances on such shows as, "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "Matlock" (1986), "Beauty and the Beast" (1987), "ER" (1994), "Diagnosis Murder" (1993) and "Frasier" (1993).   
She currently resides in Los Angeles, California but is remains close with her daughter and now a grandchild and therefore visits New York frequently. 


2011 Art's Demise 
2010 Hesher 
2009 Another Harvest Moon 
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones 
2009 Bad Blood... the Hunger 
2007 Hounddog 
2006 The Dead Girl 
2006 Bad Blood 
2005 Cold Case
2004 Dead Like Me
2004 Eulogy 
2002 State of Grace
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 
2001 The Last Brickmaker in America
2001 Midwives
2000 Possessed
2000 Will & Grace
1999 The Mao Game 
1999 Inherit the Wind 
1994-1999 Frasier
1999 Brother's Keeper
1999 Palmer's Pick Up 
1999 Partners
1998 The Faculty 
1997 A Christmas Memory 
1997 Alone
1997 Touched by an Angel 
1997 Intensity 
1997 St. Patrick's Day
1996 Diagnosis Murder
1995-1996 ER 
1996 In the Blink of an Eye 
1996 The Road to Galveston 
1995 The Crossing Guard 
1995 The Grass Harp 
1995 Fighting for My Daughter 
1994 Shadows of Desire 
1994 Traps 
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 
1993 Love, Lies & Lullabies 
1993 Trauma 
1992 Rich in Love 
1992 Storyville 
1991 Other People's Money 
1990-1991 Twin Peaks
1990 Rising Son 
1989 Dream a Little Dream 
1989 Beauty and the Beast
1989 Mother, Mother 
1988 Go Toward the Light 
1988 Tiger Warsaw 
1988 Appointment with Death
1987 Distortions 
1959-1986 Hallmark Hall of Fame 
1986 Matlock
1986 Children of a Lesser God 
1985 The Twilight Zone
1985 Toughlove 
1985 Love, Mary 
1985 Tender Is the Night 
1985 Return to Oz 
1985 Hotel
1985 Murder, She Wrote
1983 St. Elsewhere 
1983 The Thorn Birds
1982 Mae West 
1981 The Bunker
1981 Macbeth 
1980 Skag
1979 Tim
1978 Rainbow 
1978 The Boss' Son 
1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan 
1977 Ruby 
1976 Carrie 
1976 The Woman Rebel 
1964 Breaking Point
1964 The Eleventh Hour
1963 Ben Casey
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1963 Naked City
1960-1963 The United States Steel Hour
1956-1961 G.E. True Theater
1961 The Hustler 
1960 Play of the Week
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1957-1958 Playhouse 90
1957 The Seven Lively Arts
1957 Studio One in Hollywood 
1957 Until They Sail 
1957 Kelly and Me 
1956 Front Row Center 
1956 The Road That Led Afar
1956 The Ninth Day 
1955 Robert Montgomery Presents 
1955 Ain't Misbehavin' 
1955 The Best of Broadway 
1955 Smoke Signal
1954 Dawn at Socorro 
1954 Johnny Dark 
1954 Dangerous Mission 
1953 The Golden Blade 
1953 The Mississippi Gambler 
1952 Son of Ali Baba 
1952 Has Anybody Seen My Gal 
1952 No Room for the Groom 
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief 
1951 Francis Goes to the Races 
1950 The Milkman 
1950 Louisa

Matinee Classics - Son of Ali Baba starring Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot, William Reynolds, Hugh O'Brian, Victor Jory, Gerald Mohr, Robert Barrat, Leon Belasco, Morris Ankrum, George Renavent and Alice Kelly
Matinee Classics - Son of Ali Baba starring Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot, William Reynolds, Hugh O'Brian, Victor Jory, Gerald Mohr, Robert Barrat, Leon Belasco, Morris Ankrum, George Renavent and Alice Kelly
Matinee Classics - The Golden Blade starring Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans, George Macready, Kathleen Hughes, Steven Geray, Edgar Barrier, Alice Kelley, Anita Ekberg, Erika Nordin, Valerie Jackson and Victor Romito

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