Laura Elizabeth Dern (born February 10, 1967) is an American actress, director, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award, and nominations for three Academy Awards. 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 (1986). She then received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of the titular orphan in the drama film Rambling Rose (1991). She achieved international recognition following her role in the adventure film Jurassic Park (1993), after which she guest starred in the "Puppy Episode" of the sitcom Ellen in 1997, during which Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out. After attaining two Golden Globe Awards for her performances as Katherine Harris in the television film Recount (2008) and Amy Jellicoe in the comedy-drama series Enlightened (2011–2013), Dern received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Wild (2014). In 2017, she began starring as in the drama series Big Little Lies, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, and reunited with David Lynch for Twin Peaks: The Return. She has since played supporting roles in the films Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017); Marriage Story (2019), for which she attained a fifth Golden Globe Award and a third nomination for an Academy Award; and Little Women (2019).