Renowned Actress Piper Laurie Passes Away at 91
In a sad turn of events, legendary actress Piper Laurie has passed away at the age of 91. Known for her Oscar-nominated performances and stunning talent, Laurie had a career that spanned several decades and left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.
The news was confirmed by Laurie’s manager, Marion Rosenberg, who described her as “a beautiful human being and one of the great talents of our time.” Laurie’s death has left a void in the world of acting, as her contributions and performances will be greatly missed.
Laurie’s first Oscar nomination came in 1961 for her role in the poolhall drama “The Hustler,” where she starred alongside Paul Newman. In the film, she portrayed an alcoholic character who famously tells Newman’s character, “Look, I’ve got troubles and I think maybe you’ve got troubles. Maybe it’d be better if we just leave each other alone.” This iconic role showcased Laurie’s immense talent and set the stage for her future success.
After taking a break from her career to raise a family, Laurie returned to the film and television industry in the mid-1970s. She went on to receive multiple Emmy nominations and won an Emmy for her role in the 1986 “Hallmark Hall of Fame” entry “Promises.” Laurie’s chilling performance as the mother in the movie “Carrie” earned her a second Oscar nomination in the supporting category. Throughout the late ’80s and ’90s, Laurie continued to work on both the big screen and television, appearing in various projects.
In her later years, Laurie made guest appearances on popular TV shows such as “ER,” “Diagnosis Murder,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” She also appeared in several films, including “Eulogy,” “The Dead Girl,” “Hounddog,” and “Hesher.” Despite her age, Laurie remained dedicated to her craft and continued to captivate audiences with her talent and versatility.
Born as Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit in 1932, Laurie was discovered by Universal at the age of 17 and signed a contract with the studio. From her debut in the 1950 film “Louisa,” Laurie went on to star in numerous films, often as the love interest of popular actors like Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson. While she felt unfulfilled with her early work, Laurie acknowledged that it helped her develop as an actress and paved the way for more rewarding projects.
Laurie was married to writer Joseph Morgenstern but divorced in 1981. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Grace. As the world mourns the loss of Piper Laurie, her incredible talent and contributions to the entertainment industry will forever be remembered.
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