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Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old. Rosetta was a pretty red-haired ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Rose 2005
- Best Friends (2005) ... Rose 2005
 2004 Dead Like Me (TV Series)
Nina Rommey
- Forget Me Not (2004) ... Nina Rommey
 2002 State of Grace (TV Series)
Aunt Sophie
- Where the Boys Are (2002) ... Aunt Sophie
 2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dorothy Rudd
- Care (2001) ... Dorothy Rudd
 2001 Midwives (TV Movie)
Cheryl Visco
 2000 Possessed (TV Movie)
Aunt Hanna
 2000 Will & Grace (TV Series)
- There But for the Grace of Grace (2000) ... Sharon
 1999 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Sarah Brady
 1994-1999 Frasier (TV Series)
Mrs. Mulhern / Marianne
- Dr. Nora (1999) ... Mrs. Mulhern
 1999 Brother's Keeper (TV Series)
Jane Waide
- Everybody Says I Love You (1999) ... Jane Waide
 1999 Partners (TV Series)
Roberta Stahler
- Pilot (1999) ... Roberta Stahler
 1997 A Christmas Memory (TV Movie)
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
Lillie Dawson
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Annie Doyle
- Venice (1997) ... Annie Doyle
 1997 Intensity (TV Movie)
Miriam Braynard
 1996 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
A.D.A. Susan Turner
- The ABC's of Murder (1996) ... A.D.A. Susan Turner
 1995-1996 ER (TV Series)
Sarah Ross
- Take These Broken Wings (1996) ... Sarah Ross
- Home (1995) ... Sarah Ross
 1996 In the Blink of an Eye (TV Movie)
Kay Trafero
 1996 The Road to Galveston (TV Movie)
Wanda Kirkman
 1995 Fighting for My Daughter (TV Movie)
Judge Edna Burton
 1994 Shadows of Desire (TV Movie)
Ellis Snow
 1994 Traps (TV Series)
Cora Trapchek
- Make Way for Duckling (1994) ... Cora Trapchek
- Triage (1994) ... Cora Trapchek
- White Center (1994) ... Cora Trapchek
- Retirement Party (1994) ... Cora Trapchek
- The 24/24 Hour Rule (1994) ... Cora Trapchek
 1993 Love, Lies & Lullabies (TV Movie)
Margaret Kinsey
 1990 Rising Son (TV Movie)
Martha Robinson
 1989 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- A Gentle Rain (1989) ... Mrs. Davis
 1988 Go Toward the Light (TV Movie)
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
Annie Gilbert
 1986 Matlock (TV Series)
Claire Leigh
- The Judge (1986) ... Claire Leigh
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Aunt Neva (segment "The Burning Man")
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (1985) ... Aunt Neva (segment "The Burning Man")
 1985 Toughlove (TV Movie)
Darlene Marsh
 1985 Love, Mary (TV Movie)
Christine Groda
 1985 Tender Is the Night (TV Mini-Series)
Elsie Speers (as Laurie Piper)
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
- Illusions (1985) ... Jessica
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Peggy Shannon
- Murder at the Oasis (1985) ... Peggy Shannon
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series)
Anne Mueller
- Part 4 (1983) ... Anne Mueller
- Part 3 (1983) ... Anne Mueller
- Part 1 (1983) ... Anne Mueller (credit only)
 1982 Mae West (TV Movie)
Matilda West
 1981 The Bunker (TV Movie)
Magda Goebbels
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
Jo Skagska
- What Passes for Love in East Pittsburgh (1980) ... Jo Skagska
- The Working Girl: Part 2 (1980) ... Jo Skagska
- The Working Girl: Part 1 (1980) ... Jo Skagska
- The Wildcatters (1980) ... Jo Skagska
- In Trouble at 15 (1980) ... Jo Skagska
 1978 Rainbow (TV Movie)
Ethel Gumm
 1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (TV Movie)
Julie Quinlan
 1966 The Long Hunt of April Savage (TV Movie)
Amelinda Potter
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Alice Marin
- The Summer House (1964) ... Alice Marin
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Alicia Carter
- My Door Is Locked and Bolted (1964) ... Alicia Carter
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Kathleen Dooley
- Light Up the Dark Corners (1963) ... Kathleen Dooley
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Lee Wiley
- Something About Lee Wiley (1963) ... Lee Wiley
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mary Highmark
- Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle (1963) ... Mary Highmark
 1960-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Edna Cartey
- Mission of Fear (1963)
- You Can't Have Everything (1960) ... Edna Cartey
 1961 Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage (TV Movie)
Sister Mary Joseph
 1956-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jessica Galloway / Cleopatra / Phoebe Durkin
- A Musket for Jessica (1961) ... Jessica Galloway
- The Road That Led Afar (1956) ... Phoebe Durkin
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Legend of Lovers (1960) ... Eurydice
 1959 Winterset (TV Movie)
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Eileen Gorman
- The Innocent Assassin (1959) ... Eileen Gorman
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Kirsten Arnesen Clay / Ruth McAdam
- The Ninth Day (1957) ... Ruth McAdam
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ruth Cornelius
- The Deaf Heart (1957) ... Ruth Cornelius
 1956 The Ninth Day (TV Movie)
 1956 The Road That Led Afar (TV Movie)
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Judy Jones
- Winter Dreams (1956) ... Judy Jones
 1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Stacey Spender
- Quality Town (1955) ... Stacey Spender
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Billie Moore
- Broadway (1955) ... Billie Moore
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She acted in William Inge's play, "Come Back, Little Sheba," in a Classic Contemporary American Plays Production at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Pat Harrington, Zooey Deschanel, Brian Callan, Marsha Kramer, Charlie Dell, Jordan Belfi, Mark Bradford, Hill David Spielberg, and Stephen Reynolds in the cast. ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Laurie Piper | Fumio Yamaguchi


5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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Nobody thought of me as an actress. They just remembered that publicity story about my munching flower petals for breakfast. I even thought of giving up the name 'Piper Laurie' because I felt there was a stigma attached to it. I never could figure out just how many parts I lost and how many parts I won because of this name. I know some producers and directors said, 'Well, maybe she can act even ... See more »


Along with Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Ruth Gordon, Toni Collette, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Nancy Kelly, Jodie Foster, Janet Leigh, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, and Glenn Close, she is one of the few actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a horror movie. See more »


Frequently casted as young ladies who were either rescued by men or who have fallen in love with men. See more »



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