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.
Brief social connection to G. David Schine (1927-1996), the hotel heir and staff assistant to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. When Schine was drafted, McCarthy and Schine's staff colleague Roy Cohn unsuccessfully sought to exert influence to gain a commission for Schine. This led to a congressional investigation and the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings.
Daughter, Anne Grace Morgenstern (born 1971), with Joe Morgenstern.
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 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.
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).
Measurements: 36-25-36 (in 1953), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
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).