Follow TV Tropes


Creator / Laura Dern

Go To

"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 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 also helped produce the 2020 documentary film The Way I See It.

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.)


Film roles on this wiki:

Television roles on this wiki:

Tropes related to her career:

  • 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.
  • 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".


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: