Piper Laurie was an American actress best known for her roles in movies such as The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976), and Children of a Lesser God (1986).
Her career spanned decades, garnering critical acclaim for her contributions in diverse projects.
Early Life and Education
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan. She was raised by her furniture dealer father and Charlotte Sadie (nee Alperin). As she suffered from shyness as a child, weekly elocution lessons were recommended as therapy.
Piper Laurie first entered acting shortly after signing her contract with Universal Studios in 1949 and changed to Piper Laurie as part of her acting remit. Her big screen debut came alongside Rock Hudson in Louisa (1950). Since then she has received three Academy Award nominations and one Golden Globe Award nominations, respectively.
She is best-known for her roles in Carrie, The Hustler, Children of a Lesser God and Twin Peaks. Additionally, she has one daughter with Joe Morgenstern whom she married before moving back to Los Angeles with their family.
Piper Laurie began her acting career with Universal Studios during the 1940s. To overcome her shyness, she took elocution lessons which eventually paid off as she found bit parts – and even briefly dated future President Ronald Reagan!
Her work in film and television earned her both critical acclaim as well as financial security. Her performances in such movies as The Hustler, Carrie, Children of a Lesser God earned Oscar nominations while she also appeared as Catherine Martell on Twin Peaks cult series.
Joe Morgenstern was an entertainment writer for both New York Herald Tribune and Wall Street Journal and they married from 1973 until they parted ways in 1982, adopting Anne. Anne became part of their lives post-divorce; while acting remained her passion alongside exploring other creative pursuits like painting.
Achievement and Honors
Laurie was an award-winning actress for more than three decades, making an immeasurable mark in her field. For this, she received numerous honors and nominations that attest to her remarkable talent.
Rosetta Jacobs, more popularly known as Piper Laurie, was born in Detroit on January 22nd 1932 as one of two sisters and lived in Tyler Street walk-up apartment. To help combat her shyness she received weekly language lessons which eventually lead her to landing small roles at Universal Studios.
After breaking away from the studio system, she flourished as an actress; her roles in The Hustler, Carrie, Children of a Lesser God and Children of a Lesser God earned Academy Award nominations, while Emmy nominations came her way for Twin Peaks and The X-Files television shows.
Piper Laurie is widely recognized for her performances as Kirsten Arnesen on Days of Wine and Roses and Catherine Martell on Twin Peaks; these roles earned her multiple accolades such as a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, as well as Academy Award nominations.
Rosetta Jacobs was born January 22 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Alfred Jacobs (a furniture dealer) and Charlotte Sadie Alperin (nee Alperin), both homemakers. Rosetta’s grandparents on both sides had immigrated from Poland and Russia.
She was married to film critic Joseph Morgenstern from 1962 until their divorce in 1982; their daughter Anne Grace Morgenstern is their child. Additionally, she has made several guest appearances on popular TV series such as Frasier, Matlock, State of Grace and X-Files.
Piper Laurie was an esteemed actress whose intricate, nuanced performances left an indelible mark in entertainment history. Her unwavering dedication and remarkable versatility will continue to inspire future generations.
Rosetta Jacobs was born January 22 in Detroit, Michigan to Charlotte Sadie (nee Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs in a one-bedroom walk-up on Tyler Street. She had one sister, Sherry Arlene who suffered from asthma until she passed away in 2006.
After her performance in The Hustler, she did not receive many acting offers and therefore retired to Woodstock, New York with Joe Morgenstern to pursue domestic activities such as baking (her grandfather’s trade). They eventually adopted Anne Grace. Later she relocated to Southern California and found more acting roles.