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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 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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 2018 White Boy Rick (post-production)
Grandma Verna Wershe
 2017 Snapshots (post-production)
Rose Muller
 2012/III Bad Blood
Milly Lathrop
 2010 Another Harvest Moon
 2010 Hesher
 2007 Hounddog
 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
 2004 Eulogy
Charlotte Collins
 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 The Mao Game
Ida Highland
 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 Palmer's Pick-Up
Radio Evangelist
 1999 Partners (TV Series)
Roberta Stahler
- Pilot (1999) ... Roberta Stahler
 1997 St. Patrick's Day
MaryPat Donnelly-McDonough
 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 Wolf Pack (TV Movie)
 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 (uncredited)
 1996 The Road to Galveston (TV Movie)
Wanda Kirkman
 1995 The Crossing Guard
Helen Booth
 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
 1993 Trauma
Adriana Petrescu
 1992 Rich in Love
Vera Delmage
 1992 Storyville
Constance Fowler
 1991 Other People's Money
Bea Sullivan
 1990 Rising Son (TV Movie)
Martha Robinson
 1989 Dream a Little Dream
Gena Ettinger
 1989 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- A Gentle Rain (1989) ... Mrs. Davis
 1989 Mother, Mother (Short)
Martha Cousins
 1988 Go Toward the Light (TV Movie)
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Frances Warsaw
 1987 Distortions
Margot Caldwell
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
Annie Gilbert
 1986 Matlock (TV Series)
Claire Leigh
- The Judge (1986) ... Claire Leigh
 1986 Children of a Lesser God
Mrs. Norman
 1985-1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Gramma (segment "Gramma") / Aunt Neva (segment "The Burning Man")
- Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986) ... Gramma (segment "Gramma") (voice, uncredited)
- 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
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Elsie Speers
 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 Macbeth (Video)
Lady Macbeth
 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
 1979 Tim
Mary Horton
 1978 Rainbow (TV Movie)
Ethel Gumm
 1978 The Boss' Son
 1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (TV Movie)
Julie Quinlan
 1977 Ruby
Ruby Claire
 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
 1957 Until They Sail
Delia Leslie Friskett
 1957 Kelly and Me
Mina Van Runkel
 1956 The Ninth Day (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 Ain't Misbehavin'
Sarah Bernhardt Hatfield
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Billie Moore
- Broadway (1955) ... Billie Moore
 1955 Smoke Signal
Laura Evans
 1954 Dawn at Socorro
Rannah Hayes
 1954 Johnny Dark
Liz Fielding
 1954 Dangerous Mission
Louise Graham
 1953 The Golden Blade
 1953 The Mississippi Gambler
Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
 1952 Son of Ali Baba
Princess Azura of Fez / Kiki
 1952 Has Anybody Seen My Gal
Millicent Blaisdell
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Lee Kingshead
 1951 Francis Goes to the Races
Frances Travers
 1950 Louisa
Cathy Norton
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Other Works:

She acted in Tennessee Williams' play, "The Glass Menagerie," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with George Grizzard, Pat Hingle and Maureen Stapleton in the cast. George Keathley was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Laurie Piper | Fumio Yamaguchi


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Personal Quote:

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 »


Grew up in a traditional Jewish house with Hebrew lessons at the synagogue, although she doesn't attend anymore. See more »


Red hair and brown eyes See more »



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