Piper Laurie Biography (1932-)

Original name, Rosetta Jacobs; born January 22, 1932, in Detroit, MI; daughter of Alfred (a furniture dealer) and Charlotte Sadie Jacobs; married Joseph Morgenstern (a journalist, critic, and writer), 1962 (divorced, 1981); children: Anne Grace. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Judy Schoen, Judy Schoen and Associates,606 North Larchmont Blvd., Suite 309, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Birth Details
January 22, 1932
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Cathy Norton, Louisa, Universal, 1950
  • Chris Abbott, The Milkman, Universal, 1950
  • Frances Travers, Francis Goes to the Races, Universal, 1951
  • Herself, Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits (short documentary), Warner Bros., 1951
  • Tina, The Prince Who Was a Thief, Universal, 1951
  • Kiki, Son of Ali Baba, Universal, 1952
  • Lee Kingshead, No Room for the Groom, Universal, 1952
  • Millicent Blaisdell, Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, Universal, 1952
  • Angelique "Leia" Duroux, The Mississippi Gambler, Universal, 1953
  • Princess Khairuzan, The Golden Blade, Universal, 1953
  • Liz Fielding, Johnny Dark, Universal, 1954
  • Louise Graham, Dangerous Mission (also known as Rangers of theNorth), RKO Radio Pictures, 1954
  • Rannah Hayes, Dawn at Socorro, Universal, 1954
  • Laura Evans, Smoke Signal, Universal, 1955
  • Sarah Hatfield, Ain't Misbehavin', Universal, 1955
  • Delia Leslie, Until They Sail, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957
  • Mina Van Runkel, Kelly and Me, Universal, 1957
  • Sarah Packard, The Hustler (also known as Robert Rossen's "TheHustler"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961
  • Margaret White, Carrie, United Artists, 1976
  • Ruby Claire, Ruby (also known as Blood Ruby), Dimension Films, 1977
  • Mary Horton, Tim (also known as Colleen McCullough's "Tim"), Australian Film Commission/Pisces Production, 1979, Satori, 1981
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, 1981
  • (In archive footage) Margaret White, Terror in the Aisles (documentary), Universal, 1984
  • Aunt Em Blue, Return to Oz (also known as The Adventures of theDevil from the Sky and Oz), Buena Vista, 1985
  • Mrs. Norman, Children of a Lesser God, Paramount, 1986
  • Emily Boynton, Appointment with Death, Cannon, 1988
  • Frances Warsaw, Tiger Warsaw (also known as The Tiger), Columbia, 1988
  • Margot Caldwell, Distortions, Cori, 1988
  • The Boss' Son, New American Cinema, 1988
  • Gena Ettinger, Dream a Little Dream, Vestron Pictures, 1989
  • Martha Cousins, Mother, Mother, 1989
  • Bea Sullivan, Other People's Money (also known as Riqueza ajena), Warner Bros., 1991
  • Constance Fowler, Storyville, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Adriana Petrescu, Trauma (also known as Aura's Enigma and Dario Argento's "Trauma"), Overseas FilmGroup, 1993
  • Georgia, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Vera Delmage, Rich in Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Dolly Talbo, The Grass Harp, Fine Line Features, 1995
  • Helen Booth, The Crossing Guard (also known as Three Days for the Truth), Miramax, 1995
  • The Passion of Darkly Noon (also known as Darkly Noon), Entertainment Film Distributors/New Capital Group, 1995
  • Karen Olson, The Faculty, Dimension Films/Miramax, 1998
  • Evangelist, Palmer's Pick Up, Framework Entertainment Group/Winchester Films, 1999
  • Ida Highland, The Mao Game, Untitled Entertainment, 1999
  • Mary Pat Donnelly-McDonough, St. Patrick's Day, The Asylum, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Voice of Margaret White, The Rage: Carrie 2 (also known as Carrie 2 and Carrie 2, Say You're Sorry), UnitedArtists, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Herself, A Decade under the Influence (documentary), IFC Films, 2003
  • Charlotte Collins, Eulogy, Lions Gate Films/Artisan Entertainment,2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jo Skagska, Skag, NBC, 1980
  • Catherine Packard Martell, Twin Peaks (also known as Northern Passage), ABC, 1990-91
  • Cora Trapchek, Traps, CBS, 1994
  • Roberta Stahler, Partners, CBS, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Anne Mueller, The Thorn Birds, ABC, 1983
  • (As Laurie Piper) Elsie Speers, Tender Is the Night, Showtime, 1985
  • Miriam Braynard, Intensity (also known as Dean Koontz's "Intensity"), Fox, 1997
  • Movies
  • Julie Quinlan, In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan, NBC, 1977
  • Ethel Gumm, Rainbow, NBC, 1978
  • Magda Goebbels, The Bunker (also known as Le bunker), CBS,1981
  • Matilda West, Mae West, ABC, 1982
  • Christine Groda, Love, Mary, CBS, 1985
  • Darlene Marsh, Toughlove, ABC, 1985
  • Margo, Toward the Light (also known as Go to the Light andGo toward the Light), CBS, 1988
  • Martha Robinson, Rising Son, TNT, 1990
  • Margaret Kinsey, Love, Lies & Lullabies (also known as Forthe Good of the Child and Sad Inheritance), ABC, 1993
  • Ellis Snow, Shadows of Desire (also known as The Devil's Bed), CBS, 1994
  • Judge Edna Burton, Fighting for My Daughter (also known as Fighting for My Daughter: The Anne Dion Story), ABC, 1995
  • Kay Trafero, In the Blink of an Eye, ABC, 1996
  • Wanda Kirkman, The Road to Galveston, USA Network, 1996
  • Jennie, A Christmas Memory (also known as Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"), CBS, 1997
  • Lillie Dawson, Alone (also known as Horton Foote's "Alone"), Showtime, 1997
  • Sarah Brady, Inherit the Wind, Showtime, 1999
  • Aunt Hanna, Possessed, Showtime, 2000
  • Cheryl Visco, Midwives, Lifetime, 2001
  • Ruth Anne Potter, The Last Brickmaker in America, CBS, 2001
  • Specials
  • Viola, "Twelfth Night," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1957
  • Miriamne, "Winterset," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1959
  • Caesar and Cleopatra, 1976
  • Anne Gilbert, "Promise," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1986
  • Herself, Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror, Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 25th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1953
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual Tony Awards, WWOR (New York City), 1965
  • The 59th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992
  • Episodic
  • Herself, "Rock Hudson," This Is Your Life, NBC, 1952
  • Guest, The Ed Sullivan Show (also known as Toast of the Town), CBS, 1953
  • Billie Moore, "Broadway," The Best of Broadway, CBS, 1955
  • Stacey Spender, "Quality Town," Robert Montgomery Presents, CBS, 1955
  • Judy Jones, "Winter Dreams," Front Row Center, CBS, 1956
  • Phoebe Durkin, "The Road That Led Afar," General Electric Theater,CBS, 1956
  • Ruth Cornelius, "The Deaf Heart," Studio One, CBS, 1957
  • Ruth McAdam, "The Ninth Day," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957
  • "The Changing Ways of Love," The Seven Lively Arts, CBS, 1957
  • Kirsten Arnesen Clay, "The Days of Wine and Roses," Playhouse 90,CBS, 1958
  • Cleopatra, "Caesar and Cleopatra," General Electric Theater, CBS,1959
  • Eileen Gorman, "The Innocent Assassin," Desilu Playhouse (also known as Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse), CBS, 1959
  • Edna Cartey, "You Can't Have Everything," The U.S. Steel Hour (also known as The United States Steel Hour), CBS, 1960
  • Eurydice, "Legend of Lovers," The Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960
  • Jessica Galloway, "A Musket for Jessica," General Electric Theater, CBS, 1961
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, CBS, 1961
  • Kathleen Dooley, "Light Up the Dark Corners," Ben Casey, ABC, 1963
  • Lee Wiley, "Something about Lee Wiley," Bob Hope Presents the ChryslerTheater, NBC, 1963
  • Mary Highman, "Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle," Naked City, ABC,1963
  • "Mission of Fear," The U.S. Steel Hour (also known as The United States Steel Hour), CBS, 1963
  • Alice Marin, "The Summer House," Breaking Point, ABC, 1964
  • Alicia Carter, "My Door Is Locked and Bolted," The Eleventh Hour,NBC, 1964
  • Margaret Sanger, "The Woman Rebel" (also known as "The Life of Margaret Sanger" and "A Woman's Rebel"), Nova, PBS, 1976
  • Fran Singleton, "Lust et Veritas," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983
  • Fran Singleton, "Newheart," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983
  • Fran Singleton, "Ties That Bind," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983
  • Aunt Neva, "The Burning Man," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • Jessica, "Illusions," Hotel, ABC, 1985
  • Peggy Shannon, "Murder at the Oasis," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Claire Leigh, "The Judge," Matlock, NBC, 1986
  • Mrs. Davis, "A Gentle Rain," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1989
  • (In archive footage) Claire Leigh, "The Kidnapper," Matlock, NBC,1990
  • Marianne, "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast," Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1994
  • Sarah Ross, "Home," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC,1995
  • Assistant district attorney Susan Turner, "The ABCs of Murder," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1996
  • Herself, "Tyrone Power: The Last Idol," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Tyrone Power), Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Sarah Ross, "Take These Broken Wings," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996
  • Annie Doyle, "Venice," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Jane Waide, "Everybody Says I Love You," Brother's Keeper, ABC, 1999
  • Mrs. Mulhern, "Dr. Nora," Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1999
  • Sharon Timmers, "There but for the Grace of Grace," Will & Grace, NBC, 2000
  • Dorothy Russ, "Care," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (alsoknown as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2001
  • Herself, "Paul Newman," Bravo Profiles, Bravo, 2001
  • Aunt Sophie, "Where the Boys Are," State of Grace, ABC Family Channel, 2002
  • Nina Romney, "Forget Me Not," Dead Like Me, Showtime, 2004
  • Herself, Scream Queens: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Rose 2005, "Best Friends," Cold Case, CBS, 2005
  • Pilots
  • Jo Skagska, Skag, NBC, 1980
  • Catherine Martell, Twin Peaks (also known as Northern Passage), ABC, 1990
  • Wolf Pack, CBS, 1996
  • Roberta Stahler, Partners, CBS, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NewYork City, 1965
  • Flo Varney, Rosemary [and] Candy Simpson, The Alligators (double-bill), York Playhouse, New York City, c. 1969
  • The Innocents, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1970-71
  • Marco Polo Sings a Solo, regional production, 1973
  • Marion Froude, Biography, Manhattan Theatre Club Downstage, New York City, 1980
  • Zelda Fitzgerald, The Last Flapper (solo show), 1986
  • Rena Weeks, The Destiny of Me, Circle Repertory Company, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1992-93
  • Madame Ranyevskaya, The Cherry Orchard, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland, OH, 1993-94
  • Esther Crampton, Morning's at Seven, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 2002, then Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002-2003
  • Appeared in other productions, including regional productions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What YouWill).
  • Major Tours
  • Zelda Fitzgerald, The Last Flapper (solo show), c. 1986
  • Videos
  • Herself, Acting "Carrie" (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2001
  • Herself, Mel Gibson: The High Octane Birth of a Superstar (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Herself, The Hustler: The Inside Story (shortdocumentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2002

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, April 30, 1990, p. 27

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