Laura Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress, director, producer, and activist. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. She has also received two Academy Award nominations. Born to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern embarked on an acting career in the 1980s and rose to prominence following her performance in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Years later, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of the titular orphan in Rambling Rose. She achieved international recognition following her role in the adventure film Jurassic Park, after which she notably guest starred in the "Puppy Episode" of the sitcom Ellen, during which Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out. After attaining two Golden Globe Awards for her performances as Katherine Harris in the television film Recount and Amy Jellicoe in the comedy-drama series Enlightened, Dern received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Wild. She later starred in the drama series Big Little Lies, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance, and reunited with David Lynch for the Twin Peaks revival. Dern most recently portrayed supporting roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marriage Story, and Little Women.