Versatility is a matter of course for the American actress Laura Linney, who is very successful in theater, television, and film. She began her career in the theater before she switched to film and finally to television. She has won at least 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, and received 2 Oscar nominations and 4 Tony Award nominations. Here is her story.
Laura Linney Bio, Age
Earth was blessed on February 5, 1964, in Manhattan, New York, with the birth of Laura Leggett Linney, whose parents, Miriam Anderson “Ann” Perse (née Leggett) and Romulus Zachariah Linney IV, had no idea they had created a superstar. Their mother worked as a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Linney got her love for the theater from her father, who was a playwright and novelist but died in 2011 at the age of 80 after a bout of lung cancer at his home in Germantown, New York.
Laura’s parents divorced when she was just 6 months old and her mother came to raise her in a small one-room apartment. From her father’s second marriage, Laura has a half-sister named Susan.
Laura attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England. She graduated in 1982 and then went to Northwestern University to study acting. However, Laura earned her drama degree from Brown University, where she had been transferred. At Brown, she performed one of the plays written by her father. In 1986, the same year she graduated from Brown, Laura enrolled at the Juilliard School in New York City, where she graduated in 1990 and lived with her co-actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, best known for her roles in Basic Instinct and The Firm.
After her studies, Laura Linney began acting professionally. She was an understudy for the role of Tess in the New York stage production of Six Degrees of Separation. She later played the role in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Laura made her film debut in Lorenzo’s Oil, where she played a young teacher. The following year she made a big impression in Dave (1993), where she played a White House press secretary who was having an affair with Mr. President. While she was making a name for herself on the big screen, Laura was working on the small screen at the same time. She earned her first leading role on television in the mini-series “Tales of the City”.
She had a role in the movie Congo (1995), which was a huge box office success. Laura Linney’s career experienced a steady rise as she managed to remain active in film, television, and theater. Some of her most remarkable films are: You Can Count On Me (2000), Love Actually (2003), Kinsey (2004), The Savages (2007), Sully (2016), and many others. On television, she is known for Wild Iris (2001), which won her first Emmy Award, Frasier (2003 – 2004), the Showtime series The Big C, and Netflix’s Ozark.
Laura Linney did not grow up rich, as she was raised by her mother in a one-room apartment. But these years are now behind her thanks to her Hollywood success. Her net worth is estimated at well over 7 million dollars.
Laura Linney was married twice in her life. In her first marriage, she was married to the actor and dramatist David Adkins. They were married for 5 years, between 1995 and 2000, and had met at the Juilliard School Conservatory of Performing Arts, where Linney received an honorary doctorate in 2009 when she gave an inaugural address at the school. The couple separated in 1998 before the divorce was finalized in 2000. However, the public only learned of their separation in 2001. They had no children together. In the same year that their divorce was finalized, David began a relationship with the actress Corinna May.
While David rediscovered love very early on, Laura’s love came much later in 2004 when she met the real estate agent and Marc Schauer, who was to become her future husband. Marc is from Telluride, Colorado. They got engaged in 2007 and two years later, in May 2009, they got married. On their wedding day, the Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson led them to the altar.
Linney and her husband waited five years before welcoming their first child, a son named Bennett Armistead Schauer on January 8, 2014. Linney was 50 years old when she gave birth to her first child. She has always kept her private life private, and her fans only learned about her child much later. Although she is still in the entertainment industry, Linney makes sure that she takes time for her child.
She negotiated with the makers of Ozark, which is mostly filmed in Atlanta so that she can take 4 days off every 7 days to be with her son in Brooklyn, where her family lives. As she told The Guardian, she does her best to enjoy the joys of late maternity.
Laura Linney is of an average height. She stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall which is the equivalent of about 1.7 m.