Actress born February 10, 1967, best known for such movies as ''Film/JurassicPark'', ''Film/BlueVelvet'', ''WildAtHeart'', ''Citizen Ruth'', and ''InlandEmpire''. Daughter of Creator/BruceDern and [[Film/{{Chinatown}} Diane]] [[NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation Ladd]].

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* {{Adorkable}}: As much as someone her age can get. Just look to [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2205152/Laura-Derns-daughter-uses-mothers-svelte-body-climbing-frame-day-beach.html these candid photos of her at the beach]].
** [[http://barksmatt.tripod.com/laura02.html I'm just going to leave this here]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJSomwC3CWE "Now this is bread, yeah Suzanne! And you can put stuff in it and make, like, a sandwich!" [...] I'm going to put this sandwich in my face on camera!!"]]
** [[http://www.mobypicture.com/user/LauraDern/view/17191027 And here she is doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge....AAHH!!! ITS BRUTAL!!!!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUVNElwpYW4 And here she discusses higher education and going back to school. "I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING!! LEARNING IS AMAZING!!!!"]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Was regularly teased and picked on in school due to her unusually tall (5'10") height and awkward behavior. "Dern the Nerd" was a favorite moniker among her childhood bullies.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DYjWgkVl2k She was also called "Big Bird" and "Brontosaurus" as a kid]].
* BlackSheepHit: While the majority of Dern's roles have been in dramatic indie films with some kind of socio-political edge, her best known role is Dr. Ellie Sattler in the action-adventure blockbuster JurassicPark.
* ChekhovsGunman: Dern appeared as a child eating an ice cream cone in the 1974 film ''Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (of which her mom Diane Ladd was a supporting cast member). After numerous retakes required her to eat twelve cones in one sitting, which she did without getting sick, director Creator/MartinScorsese remarked to Ladd, [[HilariousInHindsight "This girl could be an actress!"]]
* ChristmasCake: Didn't get married until 38, and is single again at 47.
* CleopatraNose
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Often appears barefoot on screen.
* GenerationXerox: The daughter of two well-respected actors (Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd) has become a well-respected actress in her own right.
** Has acted alongside her mom Diane Ladd in a number of films (Where in many cases, Ladd plays the mother of Dern's character!), the most notable being Rambling Rose, in which they both received Academy Award nominations for their performances.
** Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right by her parents'.
* HappilyMarried: Seemed to be to Ben Harper. Their separation and divorce after a decade together was a surprise to many.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Goes both ways. Has a close, long-time friendship with the much older DavidLynch, and has recently become close friends with ShaileneWoodley, who is half her age. They've become so close that Woodley lives part-time in Dern's house.
* NerdGlasses: While they only make sporadic appearances, she has worn a pair her whole life.
** From a 1993 interview in Playboy: "[Another thing that people don't know about me]] is that I wear glasses. I'm Miss Coke Bottles."
* OldShame: Her appearance in the (never-released) low-budget horror film ''Grizzly II'' in the mid-1980s because [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney she was young and needed the money]]. Just saying the film's title is good enough to get a priceless reaction out of her.
* OneOfUs: Dern is very enthusiastic about what she does; has a tendency to geek out pretty much whenever anything related to film or the performing arts is brought up, and ESPECIALLY if one of her films is brought up.
** Despite going completely against the roles she usually picks, she happily took her role in ''Jurassic Park'' because she thought appearing in a dinosaur movie would be the coolest thing ever, and she couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Creator/StevenSpielberg. During filming she climbed inside one of the animatronic dinosaurs to see how it worked.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With DavidLynch. Word of God says she is the only person who could talk Lynch into making another film.
* PlayingAgainstType: What her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in ''Jurassic Park'' effectively was.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Has dated a lot of her male co-stars. Has been in relationships with NicolasCage, JeffGoldblum, Kyle Maclachlan and Billy Bob Thornton, among others.
* ShesGotLegs
* StatuesqueStunner: One of her distinguishing characteristics is her unusually tall (5'10") height.