1. Laura Dern's Parents Let Her Pursue Acting Dreams
Despite her parents' initial discouragement, Laura Dern has become a successful actor in her own right. Her father, Bruce Dern, and mother, Diane Ladd, are both well-known actors in their own right, having achieved success in both film and television. After much persuasion, they eventually gave in and allowed Laura to pursue her dream of acting in films.
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2. Laura Dern, 7-year-old film debut, makes history
Laura Dern made her film debut in the 1973 movie "White Lightening" starring Diane Ladd. At the tender age of seven, Dern made a cameo appearance in the action-comedy, which follows the story of a moonshiner who is determined to avenge his brother's death. Dern's performance was praised by critics and audiences alike, and marked the beginning of a long and successful career in Hollywood.
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3. 14-year-old Miss Golden Globe
At the tender age of 14, Laura Dern made history by becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Miss Golden Globe award in 1982. This prestigious award is presented annually to the children of celebrities, and is a testament to Dern's early success in the entertainment industry.
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4. awkward teen turned successful actor
As a teenager, Laura Dern was an awkward presence in social settings. Standing at an imposing 5' 10" and reed-thin, her slouching posture and large feet made her a target of ridicule in high school. In an effort to find solace, she turned to the study of acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where she could express herself in a safe and supportive environment.
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5. 13-Year-Old Laura Dern Sues for Emancipation and Becomes a Star
At the tender age of 13, Laura Dern was already making waves in the film industry. Despite her mother's reservations, she successfully sued for emancipation and won the role of a lifetime in the 1981 movie, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains". Unfortunately, the movie did not do as well as expected, but it was a major milestone in Laura's career, as it marked the beginning of her rise to stardom.
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6. Two films with the same title, both critically acclaimed
Laura Dern has starred in two films with the same title, "Happy Endings". The first was a 1983 television movie, while the second was a 2005 independent feature. Both films featured Dern in leading roles, showcasing her versatility as an actor and her ability to bring depth and emotion to any role. The 1983 version was a romantic comedy, while the 2005 version was a drama that explored the complexities of family relationships. Both films were critically acclaimed and remain popular among fans of Dern's work.
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7. Dern and her mother star in two dinosaur-themed films in the same year
In 1993, Laura Dern and her mother Diane both starred in dinosaur-themed films - Laura in the box-office hit "Jurassic Park" and Diane in the major flop "Carnasaur". While Laura's performance in the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster was met with critical acclaim, Diane's role in the low-budget horror film was met with less enthusiasm. Despite the difference in reception, the mother-daughter duo made history as the first pair to appear in two dinosaur-themed films in the same year.
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8. 5 Movies with Laura Dern and Diane Ladd
Laura Dern and Diane Ladd have had a long-standing on-screen relationship, having played daughter-mother roles in five movies together. These include 1996's "Citizen Ruth", 2001's "Daddy and Them", 1991's "Rambling Rose", 1990's "Wild at Heart" and 1973's "White Lightening". Their performances in these films have been praised for their realism and chemistry, making them one of the most iconic mother-daughter duos in Hollywood.
9. Laura Dern and mother Diane both receive Oscar nominations
In 1991, Laura Dern and her mother Diane made history when they both received Oscar nominations for their roles in the film "Rambling Rose". This was the first time ever that a mother and daughter had been nominated for the same film, and it was a remarkable achievement for the Dern family. Laura was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Diane was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
10. Advocate for Children's Health
Laura Dern is an avid supporter of many charities, with one of her favorites being the "Healthy Child Healthy World" organization. This charity is dedicated to raising awareness about the potential health risks posed by toxic substances to children. Laura Dern is passionate about this cause, and has been a vocal advocate for the organization, helping to spread the message of the importance of protecting children from environmental toxins.
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