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Piper Laurie

22 January 1932 to 14 October 2023

An American actress, who earned three Oscar nominations and a BAFTA nomination across a career of more than 100 screen credits. Piper Laurie signed to Universal Studios as an 18-year-old, appearing in several films throughout the 1950s, including the Arabian Nights adventures The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951), Son of Ali Baba (1952) and The Golden Blade (1953) and Westerns Dawn at Socorro (1954) and Smoke Signal (1955). It was her moving performance in The Hustler (1961) that gave the actor her first Oscar recognition and BAFTA nomination, later adding Oscar nods for Carrie (1976) and Children of a Lesser God (1986). She clearly enjoyed her time making Carrie and went on to appear in several other horror films, including Ruby (1977), Trauma (1993), The Faculty (1998) and Bad Blood (2012). For television, she won an Emmy for the feature-length Promise (1986), and picked up eight other nominations, including two for her role as Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks (1989-1991).

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