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"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."
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Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress.

She's best known for playing Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park and for being something of a muse for David Lynch — she has appeared in Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Inland Empire, and Twin Peaks — and Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth and Downsizing).

She is the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. (A 7-year-old Laura Dern can be seen as an extra in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which starred her mother.)


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Tropes related to her career:

  • Black Sheep Hit: 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 Jurassic Park.
  • Old Shame: Her appearance in the low-budget horror film Grizzly II in the mid-1980s because she was young and needed the money. Just saying the film's title is good enough to get a priceless reaction out of her.
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  • Playing Against Type: What her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park effectively was.
  • Production Posse: A frequent member of David Lynch's.
  • Romance on the Set: 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She may not look like it, being dwarfed by most of her male co-stars, on camera, but she's actually 5'10".

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