Piper Laurie Overview:

Legendary actress, Piper Laurie, was born Rosetta Jacobs on Jan 22, 1932 in Detroit, MI. As of December 2023, Piper Laurie was 92 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:

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


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: 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?


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Piper Laurie Facts
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.

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.

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).

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