Piper Laurie Overview:

Legendary actress, Piper Laurie, was born Rosetta Jacobs on Jan 22, 1932 in Detroit, MI. As of December 2022, Piper Laurie was 91 years old.

MINI BIO:

Red-haired, a photographer's dream, Piper really was a pretty package, with full lips, appealing hazel eyes, a cute nose, and a figure that set male mouths gaping as it wriggled its way through a maze of iron bars in the easterns with Tony Curtis that made them a hot romantic team. After six years as a Casbah spitfire, Piper went away and gradually proved herself as a serious actress, eventually chalking up three Oscar nominations, for The Hustler, Carrie, and Children of a Lesser God. Won an Emmy for the TV movie Promise. Married to film critic Joseph Morgenstern since 1962. Now plays grand old gals.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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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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BlogHub Articles:

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


Winner of Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir by

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

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 into the heart of an older woman. At first you see her almost resigned to a lonely life, then she meets a young ... 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.


Fast Eddie: Look, I... um... can always buy a bottle. A fifth of scotch?
Sarah Packard: What'ya want me to do - just step out in the alley? Is that it?


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).

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.

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.

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