Laura Dern is an American-born actress, producer, and director who has received numerous awards. Known for her roles in films such as The Fault in Our Stars, Jurassic Park, and the 2017 blockbuster monster Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the talented actress has also made several acting achievements on the small screen, including the star-studded HBO series Big Little Lies, which premiered in 2017. Among other accolades, Dern has received 2 Oscar nominations and won 4 Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Laura Dern Biography
Laura Elizabeth Dern was born on February 10, 1967, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California. Her mother, Diane Ladd, and her father, Bruce Dern, are both actors. Her parents’ marriage broke up when she was 2 years old, after which she was raised by her mother and grandmother.
Laura Dern received her college education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She made her professional acting debut in the action movie White Lightning (1973), in which she played alongside her mother. She then appeared in several smaller roles and eventually received her first major role in the 1982 film Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, and also played remarkable roles in films such as Mask (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), and Wild at Heart (1990).
Dern was the leading actor in the film Rambling Rose (1991), in which her mother Diane Ladd played a supporting role. Both eventually received an Oscar nomination for their respective performances, becoming the first mother-daughter duo to be nominated for an Oscar for having starred in the same film. Her appearance in the telefilm Afterburn (1992) also earned her a Golden Globe Award for best television actress.
Laura Darn’s leading role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993) remains one of the most remarkable roles of her career. The talented actress also starred in Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World (1993), Jurassic Park III (2001), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), and the Biopic Wild (2014), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Dern has also received several awards for her work on the small screen. Her performance in the Telefilm Recount (2008) earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she was also nominated for an Emmy and a SAG Award. She also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in the comedy series Enlightened (2011-13), in which she also acted as co-creator and executive producer. Her role in the drama series Big Little Lies (2017-present) also earned her a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her Husband and Children
Laura Dern’s most remarkable relationship to date was with the musician Ben Harper, whom she met in 2000. After several years of dating, the duo entered into the bond of marriage on December 23, 2005, at their residence in Los Angeles. They had 2 children together. On August 21, 2001, they welcomed their first child, a son named Ellery Walker Harper. Their second child was born on November 28, 2004, a daughter named Jaya Harper.
After 5 years of marriage, Harper filed for divorce in October 2010. However, they did not go through this first divorce process as they reconciled briefly in 2012. Laura Dern resumed the process later in July 2012 and her divorce was finally finalized in September 2013.
After her separation from Ben Harper, Laura Dern was associated with both hip-hop artist Common and former NBA star Baron Davis. However, none of these relationships were confirmed.
Laura Dern has remained constant since the beginning of her acting career, and there seems to be no let-up for the actress. She has also dealt with other aspects of the business by delving into production and directing. Thanks to her illustrious Hollywood career, Laura Dern has accumulated an estimated net worth of $12 million.
Height and Other Body Facts
Laura Dern stands at a height of 5 feet 10½ inches (179cm). Now in her 50s, this multi-talented actress holds a bodyweight of 61 kg (135 lb). She has long platinum blond hair and her eyes are dyed blue, these are some of her most striking features.