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Overview (4)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameRosetta Jacobs
Nickname Rosie
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Piper Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee, nominated by BAFTA as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best performance by an actress in 'The Hustler' with Paul Newman.

Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Piper had been studying acting with Benno and Betomi Schnider for three years when she auditioned for Universal Studios, who signed her to a long term contract. They made more than twenty films starring the teenage girl opposite such actors as Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Tyrone Power. Disgusted with the lack of serious roles, Laurie finally broke her lucrative Hollywood contract, moved to New York, lived on a budget, worked on live television and theater, and within two years changed her life and her career.

She stopped working for fifteen years after 'The Hustler' to devote her energies to the Civil Rights movement and to the Vietnam War, feeling acting was less important. When she accepted work again she was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actress for the original 'Carrie' with Sissy Spacek, and again as best supporting actress in 'Children of a Lesser God' with Marlee Matlin. She won the Golden Globe for her role in the David Lynch cult favorite "Twin Peaks' and was nominated for an Emmy for both best actress and best supporting actress in 'Twin Peaks." She has been nominated twelve times for an Emmy, including one for the original and celebrated live broadcast of 'The Days of Wine and Roses' with Cliff Robertson, directed by John Frankenheimer, as well as for her comedic performance in 'Frasier'. She won the Emmy for 'Promise' opposite James Woods and James Garner. She was Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and she also received an SFECA award for her performance as Dolly in the film of 'The Grass Harp'.

In 2010 she played an ancient grandma who learns to smoke a bong in the feature film 'Hesher', with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman. Most recently she has appeared as Grandma Hershe in White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey, and as Rose Muller in Snapshots, directed by Melanie Mayron.

In 2013 she made her musical stage debut in 'A Little Night Music' as the glamorous Madame Armfeldt.

Ms. Laurie performed on Broadway in the Tony-nominated Lincoln Center production of 'Mornings at Seven' directed by Dan Sullivan at the Lyceum Theatre. She also appeared on Broadway in the 20th Anniversary production of 'The Glass Menagerie', in which she played Laura, with Maureen Stapleton as Amanda, at the Brooks Atkinson.

Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Molly Kazan's 'Rosemary and the Alligators', Larry Kramer's 'The Destiny of Me'. She toured in a one-person play about Zelda Fitzgerald, written by Bill Luce. In 2010 she directed Jim Brochu in his one-man show 'Zero Hour', for which he received the Drama Desk Award for best solo performance on or off Broadway, playing Zero Mostel.

Piper Laurie is divorced from Wall Street Journal's movie critic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Joe Morgenstern. Their daughter lives in Oregon. Laurie's autobiography Learning to Live Out Loud was published by Crown in 2011 to rave reviews and is now available as an audio book on audible.com.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MRO

Spouse (1)

Joe Morgenstern (21 January 1962 - 24 November 1982) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (5)

Frequently plays young ladies who were either rescued by men or who have fallen in love with men
Red hair and brown eyes
Seductive deep voice
Southern accent
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (42)

Adopted her only child at age 38, a daughter Anne Grace Morgenstern (b. January 9, 1971), with her [now ex] husband, Joe Morgenstern.
Starred alongside Sissy Spacek in three movies: Carrie (1976) (she played her mother), The Grass Harp (1995) (she played her sister!), and the TV movie Midwives (2001).
In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was dubbed, albeit briefly by Miranda Bonansea at the beginning of her career; and later on by Maria Pia Di Meo. The talented Fiorella Betti lent her distinctive voice to Laurie in the acclaimed The Hustler (1961).
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.
Brief social connection to G. David Schine (1927-96), the hotel heir and staff assistant to the notorious Sen. Joseph McCarthy. When Schine was drafted into the Army, McCarthy and Schine's staff colleague Roy Cohn unsuccessfully sought to exert their influence to get him a commission as an officer, which he was not qualified for. This led to a congressional investigation and the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings.
In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she and Mel Gibson had a one-night stand while working together on the movie Tim (1979), despite their almost-25-year age difference and the fact that she was married at the time.
In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan during the time they were filming Louisa (1950) together. Reagan was in his 40s, while Laurie was still in her teens; in the movie, Reagan plays her father.
In November 2008 she attended an event at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the untimely passing of actor Tyrone Power. Four of his films were screened: Love Is News (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Razor's Edge (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947). Also in attendance were his children, Tyrone Power Jr., Taryn Power and Romina Power, and other actors who worked with him, including Coleen Gray, Terry Moore and Jayne Meadows.
Acting mentor and friend of Sissy Spacek.
Was screen-tested for the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! (1955), but lost the role to a then-unknown Shirley Jones.
After her divorce from Joe Morgenstern, she relocated from New York City, New York, to Los Angeles, California, where she has been living since 1981.
Graduated from Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1950.
Lost the co-starring role in Elmer Gantry (1960) to Shirley Jones.
Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.
Met Ronald Reagan consistently in 1949, aged 17, while she was studying acting.
Laurie was born upstairs in the back of the house, having been delivered by a male midwife.
Her paternal grandfather knew that his surname "Yakobovich" was too long and too difficult, so he changed his surname to "Jacobs", before his granddaughter was born.
Her acting mentor was the late Ronald Reagan.
While working at Universal, they tore up her contract three times, to give her more money, in extending the time. She made a mistake by signing a contract, when she didn't need to.
She inherited her sense of humor from her parents; though she inherited her father's face.
After Ronald Reagan's divorce from Jane Wyman, Laurie had a very serious relationship with him. She was 21 years his junior.
Her family lived temporarily in Arizona in a shack on the desert.
Prior to Laurie's birth, her sister Sherry Arlene Jacobs had been afflicted with asthma, a disease she'd had since birth. She and her parents were so concerned that at one point they loaded Piper and Sherry onto a bus and went to Arizona, to see if the climate would help Sherry Arlene's asthma. Unfortunately, it didn't.
Her sister, Sherry Arlene Jacobs, died in 2006.
Had changed her name from Rosetta Jacobs to Piper Laurie after deciding to become an actress.
Had suffered from severe anxiety disorder during her early childhood, as did her sister.
Began acting when she was 11.
Before she was a successful actress, she won a grand prize for a screen test at Warner Bros.
Grew up in a traditional Jewish house with Hebrew lessons at the synagogue, although she doesn't attend anymore.
Along with Sherry Arlene, Laurie was also placed in a children's home.
Before she was a successful actress, she starred in her first play.
Her idol was Jane Withers.
Her hobbies are: nature, art, drawing, painting, and collecting rocks.
Guest starred on the first episode of Matlock (1986).
Began her career as a contract player with Universal in 1949.
Met Tony Curtis, Marsha Hunt and Julie Adams, when the four were all under contract at Universal in 1949.
As of 2016 she is the 7th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, tied with Sophia Loren and behind only Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Caron, Carroll Baker, Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine and Doris Day. She was nominated in 1961 for The Hustler (1961).
Underwent an abortion in 1961 after relocating to New York City before her relationship with future husband Joe Morgenstern.
She is most widely known to be a private lady.
She is a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Is one of the few people who have starred in both a Stephen King and a Dean Koontz movie.
Acting mentor of P.J. Soles.

Personal Quotes (2)

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 if her name is Piper Laurie!'
If I had stayed in Hollywood, I would have killed myself. Or someone would have done it for me.

Salary (2)

Days of Wine and Roses (1958) $10 .000
Carrie (1976) $10,000

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