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Laura Linney

Real name: Laura Linney
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
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Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress, active in movies, television, and theatre.

Linney was born in New York City. Her father, Romulus Linney, is a well-known playwright and professor, and her mother, Ann Perse (née Leggett), is a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney. She has a half-sister, Susan, from her father's second marriage. Linney graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1982. She then attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. After attending Brown University, Linney went on to study acting at the Juilliard School.

Linney married David Adkins (whom she met at Juilliard) in 1995. They divorced in 2000. As of 2007, she is engaged to Marc Schauer.

Her important television roles include "Mary Ann Singleton" in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books (1993, 1998, and 2001). She won her first Emmy Award in 2002 for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" for Wild Iris. In 2004, she won her second Emmy Award as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series", for her recurring role as the final love interest of Frasier Crane in the television series Frasier. Her extensive stage credits on Broadway and elsewhere include Hedda Gabler (for which she won a 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award), Holiday (based on the movie starring Katharine Hepburn), and she was nominated for a Tony Award in 2002 as Best Actress (Play) for The Crucible, and again in 2005 for Sight Unseen.

Linney also appears on the Sandra Boynton's children's CD, Philadelphia Chickens, on which she sings "Please Can I Keep It?"


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