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Since her big-screen debut in the 1992 drama “Lorenzo’s Oil,” Laura Linney has earned lavish praise and three Oscar nominations (“You Can Count On Me,” “Kinsey” and “The Savages”) for her sublime ability to bring convincingly to life characters that are rife with contradictions and flaws. In the historical drama “Hyde Park on Hudson,” which opened Friday to the best per-theater specialty box office of the weekend, Linney plays Daisy Suckley, the real-life distant cousin of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) who became his confidante, his close friend and, some speculate, his mistress. Read More: The Criticwire Survey: Recommended Movies For Audiences Over the Age of 60 Suckley is not your run-of-the-mill female role, which makes her a perfect fit for Linney. “It’s really boring to play a quality or an idea of someone,” the New York City native says. “What’s more »

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