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‘Carrie’ Actress Piper Laurie dies at 91


The actress, three-time Academy Award nominee for ‘The Hustler,’ ‘Carrie’ and ‘Kids of a Lesser God,’ died early Saturday in her house in Los Angeles.

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Piper Laurie, the strong-willed, Oscar-nominated actor who carried out in acclaimed roles regardless of at one level abandoning appearing altogether seeking a “extra significant” life, died early Saturday at her house in Los Angeles. She was 91. Laurie died of previous age, her supervisor, Marion Rosenberg, informed The Related Press through e-mail, including that she was “an outstanding expertise and a beautiful human being.”

Laurie arrived in Hollywood in 1949 as Rosetta Jacobs and was rapidly given a contract with Common-Worldwide, a brand new identify that she hated and a string of starring roles with Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis, amongst others. She went on to obtain Academy Award nominations for 3 distinct movies: The 1961 poolroom drama The Hustler; the movie model of Stephen King’s horror basic Carrie, in 1976; and the romantic drama “Kids of a Lesser God,” in 1986. She additionally appeared in a number of acclaimed roles on tv and the stage, together with in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks within the Nineteen Nineties because the villainous Catherine Martell.

Laurie made her debut at 17 in Louisa, enjoying Reagan’s daughter, then appeared reverse Francis the speaking mule in Francis Goes to the Races. She made a number of movies with Curtis, whom she as soon as dated, together with The Prince Who Was a Thief, No Room for the Groom, Son of Ali Baba and Johnny Darkish.

Fed up, she walked out on her $2,000-a-week contract in 1955, vowing she would not work once more until supplied a good half. She moved to New York, the place she discovered the roles she was in search of in theater and reside tv drama.

Performances in Days of Wine and Roses, The Deaf Coronary heart and The Highway That Led After introduced her Emmy nominations and paved the best way for a return to movies, together with in an acclaimed position as Paul Newman’s troubled girlfriend in The Hustler.

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‘My life was full’

For a few years after, Laurie turned her again on appearing. She married movie critic Joseph Morgenstern, welcomed a daughter, Ann Grace, and moved to a farmhouse in Woodstock, New York. She mentioned later that the Civil Rights Motion and the Vietnam Warfare had influenced her determination to make the change.

“I used to be disenchanted and in search of an existence extra significant for me,” she recalled, including that she by no means regretted the transfer. “My life was full,” she mentioned in 1990. “I at all times appreciated utilizing my fingers, and I at all times painted.”

Laurie additionally turned famous as a baker, along with her recipes showing in The New York Occasions.

Her solely efficiency throughout that point got here when she joined a dozen musicians and actors on a tour of school campuses to assist Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 presidential bid.

Laurie was lastly able to return to appearing when director Brian De Palma referred to as her about enjoying the deranged mom of Sissy Spacek in Carrie.

At first, she felt the script was junk, after which she determined she ought to play the position for laughs. Not till De Palma chided her for placing a comedic activate a scene did she understand he meant the movie to be a thriller.

Carrie turned a box-office smash, launching a craze for motion pictures about youngsters in jeopardy, and Spacek and Laurie had been each nominated for Academy Awards.

Her need to behave rekindled, Laurie resumed a busy profession that spanned many years. On tv, she appeared in such sequence as Matlock, Homicide, She Wrote and Frasier and performed George Clooney’s mom on ER.

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