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Born: February 10, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"Quite often I play a character with a sense of purity who is traveling through a darker world."---Laura Dern quoted in Buzz, September 1991.

"Eventually, through my love of the work and as a result of growing up a little bit more, I learned what my parents had known for a long time, which is that what actors do is quite extraordinary. As an actor, you can take experiences in your life and qualities in your nature and use them to explore and learn about both yourself and other people. The only other career I can think of that I might possibly find equally exciting is that of a child therapist or psychologist. It's really the same kind of job, in a way, figuring out why we do what we do."---Laura Dern quoted in Buzz, September 1991.

"More than just tall, she's startlingly elongated. Everything about her, her legs, waist, neck is so sinewy, so luxuriously stretched out, that at times she has the absurd, towering aura of Alice in Wonderland just after drinking that potion. What's special about Dern is the way her face and her spirit matches that outsize body. There's a rangy, expressive simplicity to her features. Her eyes are so bright and direct they're almost stylized, and her mouth is a geometric wonder: When she grins, it tilts her whole face heavenward, and when she cries, it contorts into a tragedy mask's gaping, upside down smile, an expression of unadulterated sorrow. No young actress today can play emotionally hungry postadolescents with such purity and yearning."---Owen Gleiberman on Laura Dern in Entertainment Weekly, October 11, 1991.

John Powers, the film critic for Vogue, described Dern as "Our greatest actress of weird, funky, run-amok femininity."

"With each character I play, if I can understand something of their sexuality, then I know what drives their fears."---Laura Dern as quoted in Interview, December 1996.

"The problem is, once you've succeeded in proving you can do something really different, they reward you by offering you the same role again. I just want to keep going somewhere I haven't gone before. But it's not like, now that I've played the homeless huffer in 'Citizen Ruth' that I need to play the elitist heiress in Paris, although that doesn't sound bad. Mainly, I like to play women who conquer their own demons, who learn to become themselves against all odds. That's my recurring theme: people who find their own voice."---Laura Dern to Daily News, February 14, 1999.

"I feel children of actors are either destined to be in show business or to be so far out of it that they never even want to see a movie."---Dern to the Calgary Sun, October 27, 2000.

"It's particularly tough when you're silent and the other party is not," Dern says.

"In the past the people around me were always respectful and loving to eachother in the media. But other people utilise the media with total disregard for the feelings and reputations of others."

"I'm trying to hold on to my self respect and dignity in the wake of what happened. The fact is I seem to feel everything very deeply."---Dern on the public break-up with Billy Bob Thornton to www.tiscali.co.uk 2001

"When I was 7, I spent my summer vacation with my parents, who were each working on movies. I was watching Hitchcock and Scorsese direct actors, and all those sets were about: use what exists, try stuff, improvise, do whatever, don't worry about the script. It was all that energy."---Dern on why she became an actor to Movieline's Hollywood Life, July/August 2004.

"... We're questioning whether we should alter ourselves. I'm supposed to be an actor and be honest and authentic. I'm not supposed to look a certain way."---Dern on Hollywoods obsession with youth to Interview, August 2004.

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