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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 2019, Piper Laurie was 88 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 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.

[Fast Eddie is bothered because Bert called him a born loser]
Fast Eddie: Cause, ya see, twice, Sarah... once at Ames with Minnesota Fats and then again at Arthur's, in that cheap, crummy pool room, now why'd I do it, Sarah? Why'd I do it? I coulda beat that guy, coulda beat 'im cold, he never woulda known. But I just hadda show 'im. Just hadda show those creeps and those punks what the game is like when it's great, when it's REALLY great. You know, like anything can be great, anything can be great. I don't care, BRICKLAYING can be great, if a guy knows. If he knows what he's doing and why and if he can make it come off. When I'm goin', I mean, when I'm REALLY goin' I feel like a... like a jockey must feel. He's sittin' on his horse, he's got all that speed and that power underneath him... he's comin' into the stretch, the pressure's on 'im, and he KNOWS... just feels... when to let it go and how much. Cause he's got everything workin' for 'im: timing, touch. It's a great feeling, boy, it's a real great feeling when you're right and you KNOW you're right. It's like all of a sudden I got oil in my arm. The pool cue's part of me. You know, it's uh - pool cue, it's got nerves in it. It's a piece of wood, it's got nerves in it. Feel the roll of those balls, you don't have to look, you just KNOW. You make shots that nobody's ever made before. I can play that game the way... NOBODY'S ever played it before.
Sarah Packard: You're not a loser, Eddie, you're a winner. Some men never get to feel that way about anything.

Brett Wade: Allow me to introduce myself.
Rannah Hayes: I know who you are.
Brett Wade: By reputation?
Rannah Hayes: No, by your notoriety.

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In her 2011 autobiography, Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir, Piper Laurie revealed that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan during the time they were filming the movie Louisa together. Reagan was in his 40s, while Laurie was still in her teens; in the movie, Reagan plays her father.

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).

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.

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