Laura Dern

Biography: Laura is the daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd and the grand-daughter of Mary Lanier. Her great-grandfather, George Henry Dern of Salt Lake City (1872-1936) was a two-term governor of the state of Utah, from 1925 to 1933, then served as Franklin D. Roosevelt´s Secretary of War. Her great-great-grandfather, John Dern, was a rich farmer from Nebraska who made brilliant investments in Utah gold mines.
Laura's acting career began at an early age. When she was thirteen, she was offered a role in Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981) - her mother said she was too young to be away from home shooting a movie, and refused to let her go. With adult support, Laura sued her mother and won. In 1992, Laura and Diane Ladd acted together in the movie Rambling Rose and became the first mother and daughter to receive Academy Award nominations in the same year. Diane had a nomination as Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Laura as Best Actress in a Leading Role. Laura was
engaged to Billy Bob Thornton and also to Jeff Goldblum. She is now with Ben Harper, a musician, with whom she has a son, Ellery Walker Harper, born in 2001. In August, 2004, they announced their engagement, and also that they were expecting a second child later in the year.Laura famously said of her break-up with Billy Bob Thornton - "I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away my boyfriend got married, and I've never heard from him again... It's like a sudden death. For no one has there been any closure or clarity." Expand

Laura Dern's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 86 The Master
Lowest Metascore: 27 Little Fockers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
20 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
68 Jurassic Park Jun 11, 1993 Dr. Ellie Sattler 8.6
71 October Sky Feb 19, 1999 Miss Riley 8.3
75 Blue Velvet Sep 19, 1986 Sandy Williams 8.1
45 Novocaine Nov 16, 2001 Jean Noble 7.6
58 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Sep 30, 2005 Dortha Schaefer 7.5
72 Inland Empire Dec 6, 2006 Co-Producer / Nikki Grace/Susan Blue 7.3
28 I Am Sam Dec 28, 2001 Randy Carpenter 7.3
66 We Don't Live Here Anymore Aug 13, 2004 Terry Linden 7.3
57 Happy Endings Jul 15, 2005 Pam 7.2
69 The Fault in Our Stars Jun 6, 2014 Frannie / Mrs. Lancaster / Frannie 7.1
52 Wild at Heart Aug 12, 1990 Lula Fortune 7.0
86 The Master Sep 14, 2012 Helen 6.9
70 Year of the Dog Apr 13, 2007 Bret 6.5
65 Everything Must Go May 13, 2011 Delilah 6.5
60 Lonely Hearts Apr 13, 2007 Rene Fodie 6.4
42 Jurassic Park III Jul 18, 2001 Dr. Ellie Sattler 6.3
64 Citizen Ruth Dec 13, 1996 Ruth Stoops 5.0
27 Little Fockers Dec 22, 2010 The Headmistress 4.2
tbd Tenderness Dec 11, 2009 Aunt Teresa 4.0
64 Dr T and the Women Oct 13, 2000 Peggy 3.9
53 Focus Oct 19, 2001 Gertrude 'Gert' Hart tbd
tbd When the Game Stands Tall Aug 22, 2014 Cast / Bev Ladouceur / Beverly Ladouceur tbd
tbd Wild Dec 5, 2014 Bobbi tbd