Laura Dern is an American actress, film director, and producer. Dern has acted in such films as Mask and Smooth Talk (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Fat Man and Little Boy (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), The Baby Dance (1998), October Sky (1999), and I Am Sam (2001). She has won awards for her performance in the 1991 film Rambling Rose, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her portrayal of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the film Recount (2008). From 2011 to 2013, Dern starred as Amy Jellicoe in HBO’s Enlightened. For this role, she won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In 2014 Dern made a return to film work, appearing in The Fault in Our Stars, When the Game Stands Tall, 99 Homes, and Wild.