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The daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Laura Dern was born on Feb. 10, 1967, in Los Angeles. She began her career early, appearing in White Lightning with her mother at age 6.

After playing a small part in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Dern landed her first major role in the teen movie Foxes (1980). In 1985, she showed her versatility in Mask and Smooth Talk, portraying two very disparate characters. Next came roles in the David Lynch films Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. Dern received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Rambling Rose, as did Diane Ladd, who co-starred, making them the first mother-daughter duo to earn simultaneous nominations.

Other notable films include Afterburn (for which she received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe), I Am Sam, Citizen Ruth, We Don't Live Here Anymore and Inland Empire (another Lynch-directed film). Dern was also Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated for her role in Recount (2008).

Laura Dern in The Founder

The Founder

2016 PG-13

The concept and expansion of McDonald's global fast-food empire represent one of the great success stories of American business. This meaty documentary profiles company founder Ray Kroc, whose canny instincts turned McDonald's into a golden brand.

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  • Laura Dern in Citizen Ruth Citizen Ruth
  • Laura Dern in I Am Sam I Am Sam
  • Laura Dern in Wild at Heart Wild at Heart
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  • Laura Dern in October Sky October Sky
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  • Laura Dern in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
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  • Laura Dern in Bravetown Bravetown
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