Laurie Metcalf

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Laurie Metcalf

Born

6/16/1955, Carbondale, Illinois

Birth Name

Lauren Ophelia Metcalfe

Gender

Female
9.2
out of 10
User Rating
84 votes

Biography

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Laurie Metcalf is probably best known as the relationship-challenged Jackie Harris on Roseanne. She grew up in the small Illinois town of Edwardsville where she took ballet, played baseball, and was an honor student in school. Her acting career began many years prior as one of the founding…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Laurie Metcalf was nominated for a Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Play 2008 Tony Award for her performance as lesbian presidential speech writer Clarise Bernstein, opposite Nathan Lane (conservative President Charles Smith), in David Mamet's comedy November, but lost to Rondi Reed, who was honored for her role in August:Osage County.

    • In 1976, Laurie earned a BA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

    • Laurie Metcalf has been nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Carolyn Bigsby in the ABC series, Desperate Housewives.

    • Laurie Metcalf performed the role of Paula in the Gary Marshall dark comedy film, Georgia Rule, released in May of 2007.

    • Laurie Metcalf was cast as Artie's mom in the 2006 comedy film, Beer League, starring comedian Artie Lange as an unemployed underachiever who still lives with his mother.

    • In 1996, Laurie Metcalf played "Rebecca Frazen" in Dear God.

    • In 1990, Laurie Metcalf played "Stephanie MacDonald" in the movie Pacific Heights.

    • In 1995, Laurie Metcalf played the landlord in the movie Leaving Las Vegas.

    • In 1991, Laurie Metcalf played "Susie Cox" in the movie JFK.

    • Laurie Metcalf made her film debut portraying Leslie Glass, a sardonic, husband-hunting New Jersey woman in crisp jumpsuits and big sunglasses in Desperately Seeking Susan(1985), a movie marking American recording artist Madonna's initial appearance on the big screen as well.

    • In 1989, Laurie Metcalf played the nosy neighbor "Marcie Dahlgren-Frost" in the movie Uncle Buck .

    • Laurie Metcalf starred as "Jackie Harris" on Roseanne for 9 years, until the show ended.

    • In 1999, Laurie Metcalf played "Betty Trout" in the movie Runaway Bride.

    • In 1999, Laurie Metcalf played the voice of Andy's mom in Toy Story 2.

    • In 1997, Laurie Metcalf played "Debbie Salt" in Scream 2.

    • Laurie Metcalf has been married twice. She married and divorced Jeff Perry and as of 2006 she is still married to Matt Roth.

    • Laurie Metcalf graduated from Edwardsville High School.

    • At one time, Laurie Metcalf use to be able to type at least 90 words a minute.

    • In 1976, Laurie Metcalf got a Bachelors Degree in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal.

    • Laurie Metcalf is 5 feet 6 inches tall.

    • Laurie Metcalf is the great-niece of screenwriter Zoe Akins.

    • Laurie Metcalf is one of only two people, the other being Emily Prager, to hold the record of having the shortest tenure of a "Featured Player" on Saturday Night Live with one episode. Curiously, both Prager's and Metcalf's single appearance occured on the same episode - April 11, 1981.

    • Laurie Metcalf's youngest daughter, Mae, who was born in July 2005 with help from a surrogate mother.

    • Laurie's son, Will Theron Metcalf (with Matt Roth), was born on November 20, 1993. This bring into question if they were married at the time, because her son has her last name, and not "Roth".

    • Laurie Metcalf is one of the founding ensemble member of the famous "Steppenwolf Theatre" in Chicago, Illinois.

    • Laurie Metcalf's daughter with Jeff Perry, Zoe, was born in 1984.

    • Laurie Metcalf made her film debut as Rosanna Arquette's sister-in-law in the 1985 cult-favorite Desperately Seeking Susan.

    • Metcalf's own daughter Zoe Perry played "Young Jackie Harris" when Roseanne featured flashback episodes.

    • Laurie Metcalf has won 3 Emmys in a row in 1992, 1993, 1994 for Roseanne.

  • Quotes

    • Laurie Metcalf: (about majoring first in German, then in anthropology, before graduating with a degree in Theater from Illinois State University in 1976) I was too practical to major in theater. Acting - what was I going to do with acting? There was no future in it.

    • Laurie Metcalf: I'm hideously shy as myself, but on stage I can run around naked and bite the heads off fish.

    • Laurie Metcalf: (referring to Illinois State University, Normal, IL, where she earned a BA in Theater in 1976) I don't know if ISU helped me become what I am, but I know that if I hadn't gone there, I wouldn't be what I am today.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Will always be "Jackie" to me.

    10
    Great actress. Plays a great crazy person.
  • Mecalf - An underrated actress by all means.

    8.5
    Laurie Metcalf is a very talented actress. She seems to portray neurotic, eccentric, psychotic, or perhaps any number of other "personality disorder" type persona's in very convincing ways.



    It's her supporting roles and acting ability that gives a competitive edge to any show, film, or performance she appears in. I don't think enough can be said, and certainly feel that she is underrated in her category of professionalism.



    Her supporting role character as Marcie Dahlgren-Frost in the movie "Uncle Buck" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VSjOzmW4_E was an exceptional portrayal of her uncanny gifted talent, further convincing that her acting can really brush both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.moreless
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