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Piper Laurie Overview:

Legendary actress, Piper Laurie, was born Rosetta Jacobs on Jan 22, 1932 in Detroit, MI. As of December 2018, Piper Laurie was 87 years old.



Although Laurie was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best ActressThe Hustler (1961)Sarah PackardNominated
1976Best Supporting ActressCarrieMargaret WhiteNominated
1986Best Supporting ActressChildren of a Lesser God (1986)Mrs. NormanNominated

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Elevates "Smoke Signal"

By Rick29 on Oct 10, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

By her own admission, didn't get a lot of good roles as a contract player at Universal in the 1950s. However, one of the exceptions was the blandly-titled Smoke Signal, an above-average Western that avoids the genre's most common cliches. The action gets off to a quick start when a sma... Read full article

An Interview with : The Three-Time Oscar Nominee Discusses Her Career in Film, Live Television, and the Stage

By Rick29 on Aug 25, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Piper's inscription reads: "To Rick from the Classic Film & TV Cafe." The highlight of last July's Western Film Fair was--for me--the opportunity to spend 45 minutes sitting next to actress . While she signed autographed photos for charity, she graciously and thoughtfully answered a... Read full article

Winner of Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by

By Google profile on Nov 15, 2011 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. The winner of Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by is... Kathy from Florida! This was Kathy's entry: "My favorite movie is "Tim" (1979). I like how she gets... Read full article

Get Your Read On ~ Learning to Live Out Loud by

By Google profile on Nov 1, 2011 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. "I had achieved my childhood dream of becoming a movie star and then left it all behind for a second career as a serious actor." - Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by Pip... Read full article

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Piper Laurie Quotes:

Sarah Packard: I'm a college girl. Two days a week - Tuesdays and Thursdays - I go to college.
Fast Eddie: You don't look like a college girl.
Sarah Packard: I'm the emancipated type. Real emancipated.
Fast Eddie: No, I didn't mean that... whatever that means. I mean you just don't look young enough.
Sarah Packard: I'm not.
Fast Eddie: So why go to college?
Sarah Packard: Got nothing else to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Fast Eddie: What do you do on the other days?
Sarah Packard: I drink.

Sarah Packard: How did you know my name was Sarah?
Fast Eddie: You told me.
Sarah Packard: I lie. When I'm drunk I lie.
Fast Eddie: Okay, so what's your name today?
Sarah Packard: Sarah.

Sarah Packard: I love you, Eddie.
Fast Eddie: You know, someday, Sarah, you're gonna settle down... you're gonna marry a college professor and you're gonna write a great book. Maybe about me. Huh? Fast Eddie Felson... hustler.
Sarah Packard: I love you.
Fast Eddie: You need the words?
Sarah Packard: Yes, I need them very much. If you ever say them I'll never let you take them back.

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Piper Laurie Facts
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) (TV).

In her 2011 autobiography, Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir, Piper Laurie revealed that she and Mel Gibson had a one-night stand while working together on the movie Tim, despite their almost-25-year age difference and the fact that she was married at the time.

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).

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