Piper Laurie, the acclaimed Hollywood actress known for her iconic roles in films such as “The Hustler” and “Carrie,” has passed away at the age of 91. The news was confirmed by Laurie’s ex-husband, critic Joe Morganstern. With a career spanning seven decades and three Oscar nominations, Laurie made a lasting impact on the film industry.
Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan in 1932, Laurie decided to change her name after moving to Hollywood and signing with Universal Pictures in 1949. She quickly found success, starring in films like “Louisa,” which was led by Ronald Reagan. However, Laurie’s true passion lay in stage acting, prompting her to move to New York to further develop her craft.
Laurie returned to Hollywood in 1961 to star in “The Hustler,” a critically acclaimed film about the world of pool hall gambling. Her performance as Sarah Packard earned her the first of her three Oscar nominations. This dramatic role established Laurie as a talented actress capable of bringing complex characters to life on the silver screen.
Continuing to work in both film and television, Laurie went on to deliver another memorable performance in Brian De Palma’s horror classic, “Carrie.” As Margaret White, the hyper-religious and abusive mother, Laurie earned her second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The film solidified her place in the history of the horror genre.
In 1987, Laurie received her third and final Oscar nomination for her role in Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God,” where she portrayed a supporting character. Throughout her career, Laurie demonstrated versatility and an ability to bring depth to every character she portrayed.
For television viewers, Laurie is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Catherine Martell in the hit series “Twin Peaks.” Her role as the scheming sawmill executive earned her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Additionally, Laurie received Emmy nominations for both seasons of the show.
Laurie’s legacy extends beyond her acting accomplishments and includes her daughter, Anna Grace Morgenstern. Her impact on the film industry and her ability to captivate audiences will forever be remembered.
The entertainment world mourns the loss of Piper Laurie, a talented actress whose undeniable talent and contribution to the film industry will continue to inspire generations to come.
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