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Laurie Metcalf Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 June 1955Carbondale, Illinois, USA
Birth NameLaura Elizabeth Metcalf
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in 1977. In her class were the immeasurable talents of John Malkovich, Glenne Headly, and Joan Allen. Laurie began acting at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Her acting career in film and television began with a minor and uncredited role in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978). In 1988, Laurie found her most memorable and successful role to date, Jacqueline "Jackie" Harris in the television series Roseanne (1988). For her performance in the series, she was nominated for two Golden Globes and won three Primetime Emmy awards.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (2)

Matt Roth (2005 - 2014) (divorced) (3 children)
Jeff Perry (1983 - 1992) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (29)

Great-great-niece of screenwriter, poet, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Zoe Akins (Zoe was the sister of Laurie's maternal great-grandfather, James Duff Akins).
Best known for her role as Jackie Harris on Roseanne (1988).
Metcalf is a founding ensemble member of the famous Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Her ex-husband, Jeff Perry, was one of the three founders of the troupe.
Received her BA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois in 1976.
Graduate of Edwardsville High School.
At one time typed 90 words per minute.
She grew up in the town of Edwardsville, Illinois.
Nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in David Mamet's "November".
Awarded the 1984 Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for her performance in "Balm in Gilead.".
Teaches Scene Study at Steppenwolf Theater School West in Los Angeles, California.
She was awarded the 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for her performance in "The Glass Menagerie" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
She was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in "Getting Out" at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded the 1981 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Balm in Gilead" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was nominated for a 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for "And a Nightingale Sang" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded the 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Coyote Ugly" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded the 1986 Joseph Jefferson Award for Cameo Performance for "You Can't Take It With You" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded the 1987 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Educating Rita" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was awarded the 1992 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "My Thing of Love" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
She was nominated for a 1994 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Libra" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
She was nominated for a 1999 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Filed for divorce from her 2nd husband Matt Roth after 6 years of marriage and 2 years and 10 months of separation. They had been a couple since 1993. [September 2011]
Becomes a mother for the 3rd time at age 50, when her daughter, Mae Akins Roth, was born on July 3, 2005 via surrogate. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Matt Roth.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son Will Theron Roth on November 20, 1993. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Matt Roth.
Gave birth to her 1st child, a daughter Zoe Michelle Perry Metcalf (aka Zoe Perry), in 1984. Child's father is her 1st husband, Jeff Perry.
Is an active member of UNICEF.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat who has supported the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Appearing in David Mamet's play, "November", at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City. [January 2008]
Son, Donovan Roth, (born 2000) was their foster child in 2006 and later legally adopted.
She is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent.

Personal Quotes (2)

I dont know if ISU helped me become what I am, but I know that if I hadnt gone there, I wouldnt be what I am today.
I'm hideously shy as myself, but on stage I can run around naked and bite the heads off fish.

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