Piper Laurie (born January 22, 1932) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American actress.
Born Rosetta Jacobs to a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Los Angeles when she was young. She signed a contract with Universal Studios when she was 17, co-starring with Ronald Reagan (whom she dated a couple of times before his marriage to Nancy Davis) in Louisa.
Dissatisfied with the work she was being offered in Hollywood, Laurie went to New York City in 1955 to work on the live television programs of the 1950s. She starred in such productions as Twelfth Night and Days of Wine and Roses. In 1961 she returned to Hollywood to star opposite Paul Newman in The Hustler, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Sarah Packard, the crippled love interest for Newman's "Fast Eddie" Felson.
In 1965, she starred in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie opposite Maureen Stapleton, Pat Hingle and George...
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Eulogy is a 2004 comedy film directed by Michael Clancy. The US release was a limited theatrical release.After Edmund Collins dies, his granddaughter, Kate Collins, is tasked with giving the eulogy at his funeral. As the Collins family joins their widowed mother/grandmother, Charlotte Collins, the family's dysfunctions and idiosyncrasies come to light. Kate's father, Daniel Collins, is an "obscure foreign film" actor whose career peaked at age 8 when he appeared in a peanut butter commercial. Kate's uncle, Skip Collins, is an overly hormonal father of overly hormonal twin sons (Fred & Ted) who managed to run their mother out of their family. Kate's aunt, Lucy Collins, is a lesbian who has been verbally chastised since a younger age by Kate's other aunt, Alice Collins. Alice also has managed to raise three silent children and marry a silent husband because of her persistent talking and badgering.During the film, Kate continually tries to come up with a Eulogy while dealing with a...,
Possessed is the name of a 2000 Showtime original movie starring Timothy Dalton, based on actual events which inspired the novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. In the movie, Dalton plays Father William S. Bowdern, a Catholic priest who conducted an exorcism involving an adolescent boy.
The DVD was released on October 2, 2001 in the USA
Father Bowdern (Timothy Dalton) is a WWII veteran who is severely affected by a bad experience in one of the combats where he got physically hurt. In the first scene of the movie, we flash-back to one of Father Bowdern's dreams where he was hurt by a Nazi trooper while trying to help a wounded soldier. (This combat takes place in France on All Saints’ Day in 1944). This incident contributes to his later alcoholism. Father Bowdern is teaching his students at SLU when, at the end of the lecture, as the students are leaving, the windows of the classroom are smashed by angry people in the outside. When father Bowdern gets out, he discovers that...,
The Faculty is a 1998 horror/science-fiction film, written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodríguez. The film stars Elijah Wood, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Usher and Josh Hartnett.The Faculty is about a fictional high school, Herrington High (said to be located somewhere 'in the middle of Ohio'), at which the faculty and staff become taken over by alien parasites. In turn, the faculty then infects the students with the organism. A rag-tag group of six students resists, including: Zeke Tyler (Josh Hartnett), a loner and genius repeating his Senior year because he didn't care about graduating, whose parents travel constantly so as to 'get away from their big bastard mistake,' and who sells, among other illegal items, a cocaine-like drug of his own creation to his fellow students; Stan Rosado (Shawn Hatosy), a jock who decides Senior year to quit the football team and focus on his academics; Stan's girlfriend Delilah Profit (Jordana Brewster), a popular, yet...,
Trauma is a 1993 film directed by Dario Argento who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film can be described as a giallo, that is a film with influences from the horror, mystery, and thriller genres.An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The orphaned young woman and her new lover launch their own investigation and are endangered when a link is discovered with the victims and a particular operation performed years before.This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items....,
This page is about the 1989 movie. For the Farscape episode of the same title, see Dream a Little Dream (Farscape episode).Dream a Little Dream is a 1989 teen film directed by Marc Rocco and stars Jason Robards, Corey Feldman, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger, Harry Dean Stanton and Corey Haim. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Released in 1,019 theaters, it accumulated $5,552,441. This is also the third film featuring the two Coreys.
The film's sequel Dream a Little Dream 2 was released in 1995.
Bobby Keller (Corey Feldman) is a high school student who, while taking a short cut through a backyard in his neighborhood, collides with Lainie Diamond (Meredith Salenger), whom he has been obsessing over recently despite the fact she is the girlfriend of his friend Joel. At the time of the incident, an elderly man named Coleman Ettinger (Jason Robards) is performing a meditation exercise in the yard with his wife Gena (Piper Laurie), thinking that if he can enter a dream state...
Appointment With Death is a 1988 crime film, made by Golan-Globus Productions and produced and directed by Michael Winner. It is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel featuring the detective Hercule Poirot. The screenplay was by Peter Buckman, Anthony Shaffer and Michael Winner.The film stars Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove and David Soul.Emily Boynton (Piper Laurie), step-mother to the three Boynton children - Lennox (Nicholas Guest), Raymond (John Terlesky) and Carol (Valerie Richards) - and mother to Ginevra (Amber Bezer), blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope (David Soul), into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the children from her dominating influence. She takes herself, the children and her daughter-in-law Nadine (Carrie Fisher) on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) meets up with a woman friend, Dr....
Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 film that tells the story of a speech teacher at a school for deaf students who falls in love with a deaf woman who also works there. It stars William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, and Philip Bosco.
The movie, directed by Randa Haines, was adapted by Mark Medoff, Hesper Anderson and James Carrington (uncredited) from Medoff's Tony Award-winning play, which ran on Broadway from 1980-1982.
Matlin, in her debut role, won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Almost completely deaf in real life since the early age of 18 months, she is the youngest actress to have received an Oscar for Best Actress (she was 21 at the time). She has since gone on to become an established film and television star and remains active in charities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing around the world.
The film also garnered further Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (William Hurt), Best Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie), Best Picture, and Best Writing for an Adapted...
The 1985 film Return to Oz is a motion picture which is the sequel to The Wizard of Oz. It was made by Walt Disney Pictures without the involvement of MGM, the studio that made the classic 1939 film, or Warner Bros., which today owns the rights to it. However, no approval was necessary, because by 1985 all of the Oz books on which the film was based were in the public domain. A large fee was paid, however, to use the ruby slippers, which are still the intellectual property of Time Warner. The film was directed by Walter Murch.
The film was not well received at the box office and gained mixed reviews from critics. Perhaps the reason for the film underperforming at the box office was that most viewers' prior assumptions about Oz were based on the MGM film; however, it has become a cult classic to many adults and children, and has earned high VHS and DVD rentals and sales.
The movie's plot is a combination of L. Frank Baum's novels Ozma of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz, both of which...,
Tim (1979) is an Australian romance movie directed by Michael Pate. It is the story between an older woman (played by Piper Laurie) and a younger, retarded man (played by Mel Gibson). It was moderately successful in Australia, earning Gibson an Australian Film Institute award for best actor. It is also notable for featuring his first sex scene (between him and Laurie)....
Carrie is a 1976 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma based on the novel by Stephen King, with a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film, and its novel, deals with a socially discriminated teenage girl, Carrie White, who after being subjected to both physical and mental harassment by peers, her mother and teachers, discovers she harbors telekinetic powers. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, and John Travolta in one of his earliest film roles.
Carrie is regarded as a watershed in the horror genre and is seen as one of Stephen King’s greatest feature film adaptations. The film was also a major success for United Artists, and went on to gross over $33 million at the US box office, upon its $1,000,000 budget, and was welcomed by immense critical acclaim. The film spawned a sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, and a made for television remake, released in 2002, neither of which De Palma participated in.
The film begins in the locker-room fill...
The Hustler is a 1959 novel by American writer Walter Tevis, later made into a 1961 film of the same title. It tells the story of a young pool hustler, Edward "Fast Eddie" Felson, who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats (a fictional character, not to be confused with Rudolph "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone (1913 - 1996), who later adopted the nickname as his own).After losing to Fats, Eddie could spiral down to the scrapheap, but he meets Bert Gordon, a stakehorse. Bert teaches him about winning, or more particularly about losing. Tautly written, it is a treatise on how someone, with all of the skills, can lose if he "wants" to lose; how a loser is beaten by himself, not by his opponent; and how he can learn to win, if he can look deeply enough into himself.The book was followed by the sequel The Color of Money....
Piper Laurie was born in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne County