Laura Dern Net Worth

Laura Dern Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Laura Dern net worth is
$12 Million

Laura Dern Wiki Biography

Laura Elizabeth Dern was born on 10 February 1967, in Los Angeles, California USA, and is an actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in the film “Rambling Rose”. She’s also been a part of films such as “Wild”, “Jurassic Park”, “I Am Sam” and “The Fault in Our Stars”. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Laura Dern? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $12 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actress. Aside from films, she’s been part of numerous television shows and has had her share of awards there as well. She’s also tried her hand at producing and directing. As she continues her career, her wealth will likely increase.

Laura Dern Net Worth $12 million

Laura is the son of actor Bruce Dern and actress Diana Ladd. She began appearing in films early, making her film debut as a cameo in “White Lightning”. She also made an appearance in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. In 1982, Dern became the youngest winner of Miss Golden Globe for “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”. Her net worth had been started.

In 1984 Laura started working with acting coach Sandra Seacat, whom she later regards as one of the reasons for her success. She started becoming a part of several films in 1985, and got critical acclaim for her performances in “Blue Velvet”, “Mask” and “Wild at Heart”. In 1992, she appeared with her mother in the film “Rambling Rose” and they both got nominated for an Academy Award. She was then cast to become part of the Steven Spielberg film “Jurassic Park”, and then a part of Clint Eastwood’s “A Perfect World”. In 1996, she starred in “Citizen Ruth” and then worked in Jodie Foster’s “The Baby Dance”. In 2000, Dern had a role in the comedy “Dr. T & the Women”, and then a minor role in “Jurassic Park III”. She was then cast in “I Am Sam”, “Happy Endings” and “Lonely Hearts”. Her net worth was rising steadily.
In 2007, Laura made her directorial debut with the comedy “Year of the Dog”. She also continued acting, appearing in “Recount” with a performance which won a Golden Globe Award. She then appeared in 2010’s “Little Fockers” as a school principal who dated Owen Wilson’s character, followed by “Afterburn” which won her another Golden Globe Award. She also displayed her talents in the independent film industry, having appeared in several films, garnering multiple awards. After appearing in the television series “Enlightened” and the film “The Master”, her most recent project would be “Star Wars: Episode VIII”, set for release in 2017.

For her personal life, Laura has been linked with numerous actors including Nicolas Cage, Jeff Goldblum, and Billy Bob Thornton, but she dated musician Ben Harper from 2000 and they married in 2005. They have two children and Ben also has two children from a previous marriage. In 2010 they both filed for divorce, finalizing it in 2013. Aside from these, she also showed support for Barack Obama during her speech at the “66th Golden Globe Awards”. Dern is also very active and supports many charities such as Healthy Child Healthy World, which aims to raise awareness on toxic substances that can affect children.

Full NameLaura Dern
Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 10, 1967
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
EducationLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
SpouseBen Harper (m. 2005–2013)
ChildrenEllery Walker Harper, Jaya Harper
ParentsBruce Dern, Diane Ladd
SiblingsDiane Elizabeth Dern
NicknamesLaura Elizabeth Dern
AwardsMiss Golden Globe, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a T...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movi...
MoviesWild at Heart, Jurassic Park, Wild, Blue Velvet, The Fault in Our Stars, Rambling Rose, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inland Empire, Citizen Ruth, 99 Homes, Smooth Talk, October Sky, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Mask, I Am Sam, Recount, Jurassic Park III, Little Fockers, A Perfect World, Certain Women, T...
TV ShowsEnlightened, F Is for Family, Big Little Lies
1Frequently works with David Lynch
2Her long legs
3Sparkling blue eyes
4Platinum blonde hair
Mask (1985)$2,000
1I did an interview in Rolling Stone when [Jurassic Park] came out and I compared [Spielberg] to David Lynch and I said how similar I thought they were. And he was just mind-blown that I'd said that! [...] He's insane! He went "I'm going to make a movie about an alien and a kid's friendship;" "I'm going to make a movie about killer shark that makes people lose their minds and become obsessed with getting this fish." Whatever it is, it's just this insane concept that then became the box office hit. But it was the indie movie when he was coming up with it.
2[on her final scene in Blue Velvet (1986)] That scene, to me, reflects David's complete belief in the '50s American Dream: a cool car, a cool girl, a cool house, a cool bird on your windowsill and you got it made! And he believes in that world as much as he may believe in the fascination of the dark side.
3I've always gravitated towards playing women who don't know they're entitled to a voice, let alone how to find it. The ones who intrigue me most are those people who didn't know they're entitled to self-awareness, so that's a very cool thing to explore. And I wish that for all women.
4[on the love-story in The Fault in Our Stars (2014)]: We can all have a preconceived idea of what a parent would feel, when their daughter finds her first love. And you would hope that we're all conscious enough as parents to be thrilled at that thought, hopefully it's in an age that's perfect for these people to discover love for the first time. But in the case of a parent who knows that this may be the only time their daughter will experience first love and the uniqueness of falling in love, they must have a desperation for her to experience everything possible for her in life before she passed. So I think there's a real thrill that she's found an equally wise, deeply thoughtful, wonderfully irreverent, funny, magnificent boy to fall in love with.
5[on Paul Thomas Anderson]: You know what I love about Paul, I love a zillion things about Paul like so many of us do, but Paul is old school in the best sense of the word. I was raised in the '70s and I've worked with people I love and I've been on sets with my parents, with people who run a set and require of actors a sense of liberty and freedom and exploration and failure into brave achievement. Other than Jonathan Demme, Paul Thomas Anderson, bless and rest his soul, Robert Altman, who was such a pioneer for Paul and myself, there are very few people making movies like that, so just working on a set with him is so extraordinary. In terms of the subject of the film, and all of the films he makes, he dances so comfortably in the gray. When he takes on the subject matter, any subject matter, he is there to examine what it offers; not just take anything down. It's funny when people think filmmakers are irreverent. It's like "Ooh, what's he doing. I heard the movie's about dot dot dot." They go, "I bet he's really going to attack it." In fact, he tries to uncover what he loves. What the worth is in something.
6[on the re-release of Jurassic Park (1993) in 2013]: One should watch a movie 20 years later, because the memories are not as close... I was able to watch with less attachment. As an actor, you're not kind of thinking about your own work or watching the movie for the first time. So many memories have stayed alive, though, because not a week goes by that I'm not approached by someone about Jurassic Park (1993). That's just something that people to love to talk about and continue to discover. I feel like I keep reliving it through all of these different children as they discover it. For me, I've been able to know the movie through the eyes of fans versus my own attachment to it.
7[2004, on studying with Sandra Seacat, elaborating upon her 2001 comments] I remember a very specific time I was on a movie and I was 17. I had always studied, and continue to, various forms of Method acting, which involved things like emotional memory and using your life experience, and it was a very emotional part, as I seem to consistently do. And I wasn't enjoying myself. I was depressed, the character was depressed, and I didn't understand yet how to deal with it. I was a girl just trying to have a good time, and all I knew was, 14 hours a day I was crying. I didn't understand how this could be fun. Within a year, I met the teacher I've worked with for a long time, Sandra Seacat, and she has quite an amazing connection to the concept of healing through any creative process, that knowing oneself is sort of its own art. All of sudden this new idea that the parts I play help me discover myself and I could maybe be kinder to the ambiguous places and the flaws -- I was so lifted by that. Since then, I feel like it's an extraordinary experience of therapy and learning about being in the moment and honoring that. All of a sudden, acting wasn't this torment where you're supposed to be a screwed-up artist, but it's an opportunity for self-growth. And I think I've had fun ever since.
8[2001, on how studying with Sandra Seacat has transformed her career and life] Through studying and through being raised on movie sets, I was surrounded by a lot of people who believed that the more tortured the person, the greater the artist. I always had a hard time understanding that, but thought, I guess that's the way it is. I thought that the more pain you experience, the better you'll become. Luckily through life and the gift of the acting teacher who's changed my life in so many ways since 1984 -- her name is Sandra Seacat -- I learned there's another opinion, which is: the better the person, the better the artist. The more true you are to who you are and the more honest you are as an individual, the more honest you can be as an actor, and I'm really liking that... I still study with Sandra and I love studying.
9(2011, on Fallen Angels (1993)) Alfonso Cuarón, I love him more than I can describe. Chivo [Emmanuel Lubezki], our cinematographer, who is one of my favorite cinematographers of all time in film. Rodrigo Garcia, an extraordinary filmmaker now in his own right, was also on the film crew. It was just an amazing group of people, including the ever-brilliant Alan Rickman. So I just had a blast. We worked in this beautiful Lloyd Wright house, and I have great memories about it. And Diane Lane was in it, who I saw briefly, because we didn't really work extensively together, but Diane has been my true friend since age 12. Anybody you make a movie with when you're 12 and they're 14, you're going to know them your whole life.
10(2011, on Little Fockers (2010)) Ben Stiller, who I love and who is a friend and is such an incredible actor - he's hilarious, obviously, but I thought his performance in Greenberg was extraordinary. So I really love him. He's just the most malleable artist. I've never had so much fun. Unfortunately, I was making comedies in my 20s, but other people didn't realize they were comedies. But I think I'm a comedy actor, so when people are like "Oh, your characters are so heavy," I'm like "What are you talking about? Citizen Ruth is hilarious! Rambling Rose is hilarious! Wild at Heart and Blue Velvet are hilarious." Okay, so it's a certain kind of hilarity, I guess. Not everybody connects to it that way. But I love finding the humor in things. To get to work with Ben and Owen [Wilson], who is just hysterical, and to get to work with a personal hero, Mr. [Robert] De Niro, was just amazing. I would've been there for three lines. I was just so happy to party with them.
11(2011, on October Sky (1999)) I love that movie! I'm happy that, other than Jurassic Park, there's a movie that I can actually show my son. And that he'll connect to. My character goes through a very sad tale, so I can't show it to my kids too young. But I have teenage boys coming up to me all the time saying how much they love that movie, so I'm very happy to have been part of it. I love Joe Johnston, who also directed Jurassic Park III. Such a sweet man. And Jake [Gyllenhaal], I knew a little bit as a kid, and that was his first big film, so it was really fun to be with him on that.
12(2011, on A Perfect World (1993)) I love Clint Eastwood, and I wish to work with him again. He's completely irreverent about everything, including his own beautiful work. It was a tribe of boys - crew and cast - and I remember us being in an Airstream in August in Texas on black asphalt, shooting long days of extreme heat that led to some very hilarious humor that I think I would never be allowed into if I hadn't been stuck in the Airstream with the boys. So for those weeks, I felt like I was my dad working on a Western with Clint. He was just such a beautiful director. And I was directing my first short film and needed a couple of extra days, and he said, "You should do it here, it's beautiful. Here's the crew. What equipment do you need?". So generous and supportive of other people's creative interests. I'll never forget that.
13(2011, on making Grizzly II: The Concert (1983)) I've never seen it, I can tell you that. The last I heard from George Clooney, who is also one of the cast members in the film, is that the whole movie is all of 40 minutes long, and no one's ever actually seen it. It's not even really long enough to call it a movie. The only thing I can say about it... I mean, I'm 16 years old, it's six weeks in Budapest, Hungary, at the exact second Communism is ending, and it's me, George Clooney and Charlie Sheen. That's all I'm gonna say. I'm not gonna say another damned thing. Except that it was the craziest time. And the paprika chicken was outstanding.
14(2011, on Recount (2008)) It taught me a lot about having to dig deep to understand someone in order to play them. I felt very lucky being part of the project but went in with a lot of strong opinions. When you're playing someone who has a strong ego about themselves, you can't play them when you have the opposite opinion of the one they have of themselves. So I had to dig deep to learn everything I could about her to try to understand her.
15(2011, on Rambling Rose (1991)) Bliss. But sad somehow. I found her sad and misunderstood, so in a way, it was a hard movie to work on. But it was really beautiful working with my mom, working with [Robert] Duvall, and with Lukas Haas, who's remained a friend since then. I remember being at his 14th birthday party. And it gave me a real connection to my grandma, who's from Alabama. So I'm really proud to be a part of that movie.
16[2011] Wild at Heart (1990) was... I feel like it was my college years. I didn't do four years of university, I just went to the School of David Lynch. Lula was my y'know, my coming of age. But I loved it. I loved Sailor and Lula. I loved that movie. It's troubling and brave and super-funny and really weird and dreamy as anything you'd ever want from David Lynch's brain. I mean, let's be clear: Glinda the Good Witch shows up. And my mother rides a broom.
17(2011, on Blue Velvet (1986)) First time working with David Lynch, 17 years old. I think I met him at 16, starred in the movie at 17. I went into meet him for an audition. I think he had either seen a film, or heard of a film called Smooth Talk, which had come out shortly before that. It was family instantly. I don't know how - I don't think he'd ever seen me act, I didn't audition for him - but he knew I was Sandy and cast me. It was the miracle for my career, really. He invited me to Bob's Big Boy for fries and ketchup with Kyle MacLachlan to talk about the movie and meditation, and it was off to the races... If you took the girl from Mask and put her in the worst violent crime you could think of. I was, like "How did I get here?". And I kind of was Sandy in a lot of ways. I think the greatest memory I have of the movie, other than that it was the best time ever... I saw David yesterday, actually, and we were remembering how we did night shoots, and on weekends we would try to stay on schedule, so we would stay up late. I told him The Elephant Man was my favorite movie at the time, and asked if he would he watch it with me. And I was reminiscing about sitting with him, watching Elephant Man together, which he hadn't seen since he made it. And so many sweet memories of Isabella Rossellini, who's become one of my best friends since then. She's such a great person. I feel very lucky to have found family on that movie. That's one huge memory. The other memory would be that, having been raised by actors in the '70s on films where characters were complicated and stories were not only elusive but themes were ambiguous, that to me was filmmaking. And when David Lynch luckily found me, I was right where I belonged.
18(2011, on The West Wing (1999)) Aaron Sorkin is a genius, with this crazy brilliant brain that works a million miles a minute. And I had never worked around someone who, as you're filming, can give you three more pages. 'Cause I'd never really worked in television, and it moves so quickly. It was just an amazing experience to watch someone continue to stop at nothing to come up more or new or different, and keep trying and working and creating as you're shooting. So all I can say is just that Aaron Sorkin is brilliant, and it's wonderful to be around his brilliant brain.
19(2011, on Mask (1985)) Talk about feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Every 15- and 16-year-old actress should be blessed enough to have Peter Bogdanovich there to guide them toward subtlety and kindness and... I mean, I use the word "compassion", but he really taught me a lot about expressing and connecting to compassion through a character and to a film. He loved Rocky, the character that Eric Stoltz played, so deeply. And Rusty [Dennis], his real mom, who Cher played, was on the set with us. To be able to play a character who gave him love and saw his beauty was just incredible. He's one of our great directors. Truly. I'm very lucky to have made a movie with him.
20(2011) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) was watching Martin Scorsese work. And that was a big influence on me, and that was the summer I really became in love with the idea of acting. He asked me to be in this scene where I ate an ice cream cone, they asked what flavor I liked, I said, "Banana, one scoop on a cone." And the scene is very long, because it's this climactic scene between Kris Kristofferson and Ellen Burstyn, and I'm sitting right behind them, which means even in their close-ups I had to be in the shot, which means 19 fully eaten ice cream cones. So the story that is told, and that Marty and I have talked about since, is that he said, "If you can eat 19 ice cream cones and not throw up, you should be an actress." And so years later when my mother was, like "Don't be an actress," I was, like "Martin Scorsese told me I should be an actress." She was, like "Because you didn't throw up. Sort it out." But that was a very memorable moment.
21(2011, on Enlightened (2011)) I worked with HBO on Recount, and we had a wonderful experience together. I'm such a fan of HBO and how much flexibility they give in character as well as schedule. Mike [White] and I had done his first directorial feature together, which was Year of the Dog, and really wanted to do more together. HBO had asked me if there were characters or things I really wanted to do, and I talked along the lines of things that inspired me. I talked about how aware all of us had become of our cultural apathy in this country, and I thought it would be really interesting to play a character who was a rager that somehow turned that into becoming a whistleblower, with Network-my favorite film-being an influence on that. People may think he's crazy, but he's the one person opening windows and saying, "I can't take it anymore!" From that place, with HBO's support and hope, and them wanting Mike to do something as well, they threw us in the ring together to see if he could create a vision around that idea. And from that came this story. It was a really cool, wonderful collaboration. Not only did Mike write the show, but he was able to go away as a screenwriter first to really write all the episodes. That's unheard of in television. We had the episodes first, and then we filmed them as a block, as we would a feature. That was an amazing way to do it, the way you'd pray you could do it, and it was great for us because we were working on films as well. Doing this, by the way, was like doing one movie for four months.
22I get so protective of David [Lynch], like an older sister or something, which is so absurd. He's not waiting for us to get the movie because he doesn't think the cinema is about 'getting it'. I think he believes - which I've found very rare in filmmakers - in the intelligence of the audience, that they're intelligent enough to discover the film and what it means within themselves.
23It's really fun to act like a bimbo. But it's fun to act like a bimbo only when people know that you really aren't one.
1Dropped out of Benny and Joon after Woody Harrelson had dropped out.
2Is just 9 years older than Reese Witherspoon, who played her daughter in Wild (2014).
3Her favorite movie is the romance comedy film The Lady Eve (1941).
4David Lynch unsuccessfully pursued for her to receive an Oscar nomination for Inland Empire (2006), by managing an Oscar campaign, in which he solely stood on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, accompanied by a cow and FYC banner featuring a shot of Dern from the movie. However, Dern, who did not campaign herself, did not receive a nomination.
5Was attached to a potential "Jurassic Park 4". In 2007, this was announced that Dern would reprise her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler for a third sequel to Jurassic Park (1993). She was the only person to be cast and was attached for several years, until the plans were scrapped and Jurassic World (2015) went into development instead.
6Her character, Dr. Ellie Sattler, did not originally feature in the script for Jurassic Park III (2001). The character finally came aboard when her friend and former director Alexander Payne did the final rewrite of the script.
7Has earned two career Academy Award nominations in films alongside her film's co-star who also picked up an Oscar nomination in which they play mother/daughter roles. Her first was Rambling Rose (1991) in which she played the daughter to mother (onscreen and off) Diane Ladd. Her second nomination followed in 2015, for her role in Wild (2014) in which she now plays the mother to a daughter, played by fellow nominee Reese Witherspoon.
8She turned down the role of Daryl Hannah's character, Andy Huben, in At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) after learning that she would have to swim in a parasite-filled river as part of the role.
9Has English, German, Norwegian, Scottish, and more distant Dutch, French and Swiss, ancestry.
10Has worked with some of the most prominent directors in the movie business; Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne, Robert Altman, Clint Eastwood, Alfonso Cuaron and Jonathan Demme.
11Good friends with Courteney Cox and Molly Ringwald.
12Had to give up her passion for horses and riding, when she decided to pursue her passion for acting, since her mother wished for her to focus on only one of her passions.
13Martin Scorsese was one of the first to encourage her to pursue acting. Scorsese directed Laura in an uncredited performance in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), in which she ate an ice cream cone. The scene required to be taken 19 times and therefore she had to eat 19 cones in a row. When she managed through them all, without feeling sick and without any scene of resistance, director Scorsese said to her mother, Diane Ladd, "She has to be an actress".
14She knew she wanted to be an actress at age 11, but her parents hated the idea. However, she decided to contact an agent for possible acting jobs, without the blessing of her unaware parents.
15She beat out Helen Hunt and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others, for the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993). This was revealed to Dern herself, when she visited 'The Today Show' to promote the 3D re-release of the film in 2013. The audition tapes of the other actresses were shown to Dern, to which she responded "Well, I'm a lucky girl".
16Her Daddy and Them (2001) co-star Jim Varney passed away on her 33rd birthday February 10, 2000, from lung cancer at age 50.
17Seventeen years after she starred in Alexander Payne's first major film Citizen Ruth (1996), her father Bruce Dern starred in Payne's Nebraska (2013) -- probably one of the few, if only, times in movie history that a father-daughter duo similarly starred in the same director's films, especially with the actress/daughter's performance preceding her actor/father's.
18Gave birth to her second child at age 37, a daughter Jaya Harper on November 28, 2004. Child's father is her fiancé (now ex-husband), Ben Harper.
19Gave birth to her first child at age 34, a son Ellery Walker Harper on August 21, 2001. Child's father is her boyfriend (now ex-husband), Ben Harper.
20She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 1, 2010.
21Her paternal great-grandfather, George Henry Dern, was Governor of Utah and Franklin D. Roosevelt's first Secretary of War. Her maternal cousin was playwright Tennessee Williams.
22Goddaughter of the late Shelley Winters.
23Has starred in two films titled "Happy Endings", one a television film, Happy Endings (1983), and the other an independent film, Happy Endings (2005).
24Both she and her mother, Diane Ladd, starred in two dinosaur-themed movies in 1993. Dern starred as Ellie Sattler in the box office smash Jurassic Park (1993), while Ladd starred in the failed indie film Carnosaur (1993).
25Has played daughter to real-life mother Diane Ladd in four movies: White Lightning (1973), Wild at Heart (1990), Citizen Ruth (1996) and Daddy and Them (2001).
26Hers and her mother's (Diane Ladd) Oscar nominations for Rambling Rose (1991) mark the first time a mother and daughter ever received Oscar nominations for the same movie.
27She said that her idols are Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Lucille Ball.
28When she was cast in Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) at age 13, her mother Diane Ladd refused to let her go, feeling she was too young to leave home for a movie shoot. Laura sued for emancipation and won, but the movie was not a hit.
29Granddaughter of Mary Lanier
30Had an elder sister, born in 1961, who drowned at the age of 18 months, years before Laura was born.
31Once engaged to Jeff Goldblum for two years (1995-1997).
32Once engaged to Billy Bob Thornton.
33Daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd.
34Born at 7:48am-PST


Hard Powder2018filming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi2017post-productionVice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
The Tale2017post-productionJennifer
JT Leroypre-productionLaura Albert
The Good Time GirlsShort announcedClementine
Twin Peaks2017TV SeriesDiane Evans
F is for Family2015-2017TV SeriesSue Murphy
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt2017TV SeriesWendy Hebert
The Black Ghiandola2017ShortDoctor
Big Little Lies2017TV Mini-SeriesRenata Klein
The Last Man on Earth2017TV SeriesCatherine
The Founder2016Ethel Kroc
Certain Women2016Laura
The Mindy Project2015TV SeriesDr. Ludmilla Trapezikov
9 Kisses2014ShortWoman on Bench
99 Homes2014Lynn Nash
When the Game Stands Tall2014Bev Ladouceur
Drunk History2014TV SeriesNellie Bly
The Fault in Our Stars2014Frannie
Kroll Show2014TV SeriesCleo
Enlightened2011-2013TV SeriesAmy Jellicoe
Back Beyond2013Video shortHelen Sullivan
The Master2012Helen Sullivan
Little Fockers: Deleted Scenes2011Video shortPrudence (uncredited)
Fight for Your Right Revisited2011ShortCafé Patron
Little Fockers2010Prudence
Everything Must Go2010Delilah
Tenderness2009Aunt Teresa
The Monday Before Thanksgiving2008ShortTheresa
Recount2008TV MovieKatherine Harris
More Things That Happened2007VideoSusan Blue (uncredited)
Year of the Dog2007/IBret
Inland Empire2006Nikki Grace Susan Blue
Lonely Hearts2006Rene Fodie
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio2005Dortha Schaefer
Happy Endings2005Pam
We Don't Live Here Anymore2004Terry Linden
King of the Hill2002-2003TV SeriesKatherine / Serving Wench
Damaged Care2002TV MovieLinda Peeno
The West Wing2002TV SeriesU.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis
Goose2002Video shortNarrator (voice)
I Am Sam2001Randy Carpenter
Focus2001/IGertrude Hart
Novocaine2001Jean Noble
Within These Walls2001TV MovieSister Pauline Quinn
Jurassic Park III2001Ellie
Daddy and Them2001Ruby Montgomery
Dr. T & the Women2000Peggy
A Season for Miracles1999TV MovieBerry Thompson
October Sky1999Miss Riley
The Baby Dance1998TV MovieWanda LeFauve
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesLaura Dern
Ellen1997TV SeriesSusan
Bastard Out of Carolina1996Narrator (voice)
The Siege at Ruby Ridge1996TV MovieVicki Weaver
Citizen Ruth1996Ruth Stoops
Frasier1995TV SeriesJune
Down Came a Blackbird1995TV MovieHelen McNulty
A Perfect World1993Sally Gerber
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesAnnie Ainsley
Jurassic Park1993Ellie
Afterburn1992TV MovieJanet Harduvel
Rambling Rose1991Rose
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted1990TV MovieHeartbroken Woman
Wild at Heart1990Lula Fortune
Nightmare Classics1989TV SeriesRebecca
Fat Man and Little Boy1989Kathleen Robinson
Haunted Summer1988Claire Clairmont
Blue Velvet1986Sandy Williams
Smooth Talk1985Connie
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier1984TV MovieCrissy
Happy Endings1983/ITV MovieAudrey Constantine
Grizzly II: The Concert1983Tina
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains1982Jessica McNeil
Shannon1981TV Series
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore1974Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
White Lightning1973Sharon Anne, Maggie's Daughter (uncredited)


Enlightened2011-2013TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
Inland Empire2006co-producer
Damaged Care2002TV Movie co-producer
Down Came a Blackbird1995TV Movie executive producer


EnlightenedTV Series creator - 18 episodes, 2011 - 2013 story - 1 episode, 2011


Call Me Crazy: A Five Film2013TV Movie segment "Grace"
The Gift1994TV Short


The Meddler2015special thanks
The Making of a Godfocker: Behind the Scenes of 'Little Fockers'2011Video documentary short special thanks
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch2004Video documentary short special thanks
The Last Real Cowboys2000Short special thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary special thanks


CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Ben Stiller2012TV MovieHerself
Change Begins Within2012TV MovieHerself - Host
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Winner & Nominee
Bergmans video2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (2012)
The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story2011DocumentaryHerself
The 5th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era2011Video documentary shortHerself / Dr. Ellie Sattler
Return to Jurassic Park: Making Prehistory2011Video documentary shortHerself / Dr. Ellie Sattler
Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution2011Video documentary shortHerself / Dr. Ellie Sattler
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Save the Farm2011Documentary shortHerself - Actress & Activist
The Making of a Godfocker: Behind the Scenes of 'Little Fockers'2011Video documentary shortHerself / Prudence
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Il était une fois...2009TV Series documentaryHerself
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Recount: The True Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Election2008Video documentary shortHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Colbert Report2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Ecoist2007TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Last Call with Carson Daly2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch2005TV SeriesHerself
Nature2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
All We Are Saying2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart'2004Video documentary shortHerself
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch2004Video documentary shortHerself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHerself
Dinner for Five2004TV SeriesHerself
Making of 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains'2004TV Short documentaryHerself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Supporting Male
The Directors2000-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Becoming Sam2002Video documentary shortHerself
Mysteries of Love2002Video documentaryHerself
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Beyond Jurassic Park2001VideoHerself
Steven Spielberg Directs 'Jurassic Park'2001Video shortHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Dr. T and the Women'2001Video documentary shortHerself
Equality Rocks2000TV MovieHerself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 1 - Sundance1999Video documentaryHerself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2 - Cannes1999Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute1999TV MovieHerself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHerself
Spotlight on Location: October Sky1999Video documentary shortHerself / Miss Riley
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee
The Infinite Power Workout1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest star
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dennis Miller Live1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'1995Video documentaryHerself / Ellie Sattler (uncredited)
Showbiz Today1995TV SeriesHerself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Achievement Awards
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
A Century of Women1994TV Mini-Series documentaryFamily Member
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'1993Video shortHerself
Saturday Night Live1993TV SeriesHerself
1993 Environmental Media Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The Last Party1993DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHerself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
The Word1991TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 1987 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
Hour Magazine1981TV SeriesHerself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Tavis Smiley2006-2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Made in Hollywood2014-2017TV SeriesHerself
Today2014-2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
CBS This Morning2017TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2014-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Wild
The 74th Golden Globe Awards2017TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
Saving My Tomorrow2015-2016TV Series documentaryNarrator / Herself - Narrator
Celebrity Conversations2015TV SeriesHerself
Let's Go, DFW!2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
La noche de los Oscar2015TV MovieHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Na plovárne2015TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2014TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Sessions2014TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - At the Oscars
Live with Kelly and Ryan2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Countdown to the Hollywood Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Hollywood Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Special Look2014TV SeriesHerself
Bystander Revolution2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - When the Game Stands Tall
Lorraine2014TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Vlogbrothers2014TV Series documentaryHerself
La noche de los Oscar2014TV MovieHerself
Off Camera with Sam Jones2014TV SeriesHerself
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (uncredited)
Inside the Actors Studio2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHerself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Trespassing Bergman2013DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

Extra2017TV SeriesHerself
Hoy nos toca2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentarySusan
Some Jerk with a Camera2015TV SeriesEllie from 'Jurassic Park'
Recount: A Conversation Between Kevin Spacey and the Real Ron Klain2008Video documentary shortHerself - Katherine Harris
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesDr. Ellie Satler
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
La noche desesperada2007TV MovieHerself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesSusan
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialLula Pace (uncredited)
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself
Dennis Miller Live1998TV SeriesHerself

Won Awards

2012Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalEnlightened (2011)
2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 3 November 2010. At 6270 Hollywood Blvd.
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRecount (2008)
2007Special Distinction AwardIndependent Spirit Awards
2004BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressWe Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
1999Tribute to Independent Vision AwardSundance Film Festival
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEllen (1994)
1996Best ActressMontréal World Film FestivalCitizen Ruth (1996)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAfterburn (1992)
1991Best ActressMontréal World Film FestivalRambling Rose (1991)
1985New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsSmooth Talk (1985)
1982Miss Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USA

Nominated Awards

2017COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressCertain Women (2016)
2015OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleWild (2014)
2015VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleWild (2014)
2014VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWild (2014)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEnlightened (2011)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEnlightened (2011)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Lead ActressEnlightened (2011)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalEnlightened (2011)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Lead ActressEnlightened (2011)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEnlightened (2011)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalEnlightened (2011)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesRecount (2008)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieRecount (2008)
2008Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini ActressRecount (2008)
2008OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesRecount (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRecount (2008)
2007Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressInland Empire (2006)
2007IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista)Inland Empire (2006)
2007TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, FemaleInland Empire (2006)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Baby Dance (1998)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Cable SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEllen (1994)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesBastard Out of Carolina (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesDown Came a Blackbird (1995)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesFallen Angels (1993)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressJurassic Park (1993)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesAfterburn (1992)
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleRambling Rose (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaRambling Rose (1991)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialAfterburn (1992)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressRambling Rose (1991)
1987Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadBlue Velvet (1986)
1986Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadSmooth Talk (1985)

2nd Place Awards

2007NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressInland Empire (2006)
2006VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressInland Empire (2006)
2004Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressWe Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

3rd Place Awards

2006ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceInland Empire (2006)
1992DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressRambling Rose (1991)

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