'Twin Peaks' and 'Carrie' star Piper Laurie dies aged 91

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By James Kay

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Piper Laurie, star of Twin Peaks and Carrie has passed away at the age of 91.

The silver screen legend, whose career spanned over seven decades, died peacefully early on Saturday in her Los Angeles home.

Her manager, Marion Rosenberg, cited old age as the cause of her death, remembering Laurie as a "superb talent and a wonderful human being," as per BBC News.

Laurie's journey to stardom began in 1949 when she first graced Hollywood's doorstep under her real name of Rosetta Jacobs. Her swift ascent to fame led to a contract with Universal-International, a new name she despised, and a series of leading roles opposite luminaries such as Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.

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Piper Laurie has passed away aged 91. Credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

Throughout her illustrious career, Laurie was bestowed with Oscar nominations for her performances in three films: the 1961 poolroom drama The Hustler, the spine-tingling adaptation of Stephen King's classic Carrie in 1976, and the poignant romantic drama Children Of A Lesser God in 1986.

Her influence extended beyond the silver screen, with acclaimed appearances on television and stage, notably as the villainous Catherine Martell in David Lynch's Twin Peaks during the 1990s.

Laurie's entry into the world of acting occurred at the tender age of 17 when she starred as Ronald Reagan's daughter in Louisa, followed by a memorable collaboration with Francis the talking mule in Francis Goes To The Races.

Her romantic involvement with Tony Curtis resulted in multiple film ventures, including The Prince Who Was A Thief, No Room For The Groom, Son Of Ali Baba, and Johnny Dark.

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Laurie had a long career in movies and TV. Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Despite early success, Laurie grew disillusioned with the industry's repetitive roles and broke her Hollywood contract. She made a courageous move to New York, seeking fresh opportunities and more fulfilling roles.

During her 15-year absence from acting, she wholeheartedly dedicated herself to the civil rights movement and became a prominent voice opposing the Vietnam War. She also embarked on a personal journey, marrying the esteemed film critic Joe Morgenstern and welcoming their daughter.

Laurie's versatility shone not only on the silver screen but also on the television stage. She graced the screens in a slew of popular series, including Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and even portrayed George Clooney's character's mother on ER.

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Laurie starred in the horror movie, Carrie. Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Fans have taken to social media to express their condolences, as one person said: "RIP, Piper Laurie, an actor who consistently outclassed her material, but honoured the craft above all else and never demanded what she was worth."

A second person added: "Farewell Piper Laurie. Gave us the gift of the definitive Margaret White in the horror masterpiece that is Carrie."

Our thoughts are with Laurie's loved ones and fans during this difficult time.

Featured image credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

'Twin Peaks' and 'Carrie' star Piper Laurie dies aged 91

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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Piper Laurie, star of Twin Peaks and Carrie has passed away at the age of 91.

The silver screen legend, whose career spanned over seven decades, died peacefully early on Saturday in her Los Angeles home.

Her manager, Marion Rosenberg, cited old age as the cause of her death, remembering Laurie as a "superb talent and a wonderful human being," as per BBC News.

Laurie's journey to stardom began in 1949 when she first graced Hollywood's doorstep under her real name of Rosetta Jacobs. Her swift ascent to fame led to a contract with Universal-International, a new name she despised, and a series of leading roles opposite luminaries such as Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.

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Piper Laurie has passed away aged 91. Credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty

Throughout her illustrious career, Laurie was bestowed with Oscar nominations for her performances in three films: the 1961 poolroom drama The Hustler, the spine-tingling adaptation of Stephen King's classic Carrie in 1976, and the poignant romantic drama Children Of A Lesser God in 1986.

Her influence extended beyond the silver screen, with acclaimed appearances on television and stage, notably as the villainous Catherine Martell in David Lynch's Twin Peaks during the 1990s.

Laurie's entry into the world of acting occurred at the tender age of 17 when she starred as Ronald Reagan's daughter in Louisa, followed by a memorable collaboration with Francis the talking mule in Francis Goes To The Races.

Her romantic involvement with Tony Curtis resulted in multiple film ventures, including The Prince Who Was A Thief, No Room For The Groom, Son Of Ali Baba, and Johnny Dark.

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Laurie had a long career in movies and TV. Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Despite early success, Laurie grew disillusioned with the industry's repetitive roles and broke her Hollywood contract. She made a courageous move to New York, seeking fresh opportunities and more fulfilling roles.

During her 15-year absence from acting, she wholeheartedly dedicated herself to the civil rights movement and became a prominent voice opposing the Vietnam War. She also embarked on a personal journey, marrying the esteemed film critic Joe Morgenstern and welcoming their daughter.

Laurie's versatility shone not only on the silver screen but also on the television stage. She graced the screens in a slew of popular series, including Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and even portrayed George Clooney's character's mother on ER.

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Laurie starred in the horror movie, Carrie. Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Fans have taken to social media to express their condolences, as one person said: "RIP, Piper Laurie, an actor who consistently outclassed her material, but honoured the craft above all else and never demanded what she was worth."

A second person added: "Farewell Piper Laurie. Gave us the gift of the definitive Margaret White in the horror masterpiece that is Carrie."

Our thoughts are with Laurie's loved ones and fans during this difficult time.

Featured image credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty