->''"I made a commitment to myself; that I wanted to be an actress, and I wanted to do films that make a difference. It has to move people."''

Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress, best known for playing Ellie Sattler in ''Film/JurassicPark'' and for being something of a [[TheMuse muse]] for Creator/DavidLynch -- she has played in ''Film/BlueVelvet'', ''Film/WildAtHeart'' and ''Film/InlandEmpire''. She also played in the Creator/AlexanderPayne films ''Citizen Ruth'' and ''Film/{{Downsizing}}''. She most recently appeared in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheLastJedi'' as Vice Admiral Amylin Holdo.

She is the daughter of actors Creator/BruceDern and Diane Ladd.

!!Tropes related to her career:

* 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 ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* ChekhovsGunman: Dern appeared as a child eating an ice cream cone in the 1974 film ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore'' (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!"]]
* 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: What her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in ''Jurassic Park'' effectively was.
* ProductionPosse: A frequent member of Creator/DavidLynch's.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Has dated a lot of her male co-stars. Has been in relationships with Nicolas Cage, Jeff Goldblum, Kyle Maclachlan and Billy Bob Thornton, among others.
* StatuesqueStunner: She may not look like it, being dwarfed by most of her male co-stars, on camera, but she's actually 5'10".
** Used to effect in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. She towers over ''Creator/OscarIsaac'' as Poe Dameron.

!!Film Roles
* ''Film/{{Teachers}}''
* ''Film/BlueVelvet''
* ''Film/WildAtHeart''
* ''Film/JurassicPark''
* ''Film/JurassicParkIII''
* ''Film/InlandEmpire''
* ''Film/TheMaster''
* ''Film/{{Wild}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Wilson}}''
* ''Film/{{Downsizing}}''
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheLastJedi''

!!Television Roles
* ''Series/{{Enlightened}}'' as Amy Jellicoe
* ''Series/BigLittleLies'' as Renata Klein
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' as [[spoiler:Diane Evans]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FIsForFamily'' as Sue Murphy.