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Gone but Never Forgotten: Farewell to Piper Laurie, the Iconic Star of 'Carrie' at 91

Gone but Never Forgotten: Farewell to Piper Laurie, the Iconic Star of ‘Carrie’ at 91

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Piper Laurie, Three-Time Oscar Nominee Who Starred in ‘Carrie’ and ‘The Hustler,’ Dies at 91


Piper Laurie, an iconic Hollywood actress who gained fame after breaking free from the studio system, has passed away at the age of 91. With three Oscar nominations to her name, Laurie’s talent and dedication to her craft were widely recognized and admired. Throughout her career, Laurie delivered captivating performances in films such as “Carrie” and “The Hustler,” leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

Early Career

Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit on January 22, 1932, Laurie was discovered at Los Angeles High School and quickly signed a contract with Universal Pictures. Despite being cast in a series of forgettable films during her early career, Laurie’s determination and hard work paid off, allowing her to develop as an actress and eventually secure more fulfilling projects.

Rise to Fame

Laurie’s breakthrough came in 1961 with her role in the classic poolhall drama “The Hustler,” opposite Paul Newman. Her portrayal of an alcoholic character earned her the first of her three Oscar nominations. This recognition further solidified Laurie’s place in Hollywood and set the stage for her impressive career.

Landmark Performances

One of Laurie’s most memorable performances came in the 1976 horror film “Carrie,” where she portrayed the terrifyingly devout mother of the telekinetic protagonist. Her chilling performance earned her a second Oscar nomination, showcasing her versatility and ability to bring complex characters to life.

Throughout her career, Laurie continued to deliver standout performances in both film and television. She received nine Emmy nominations, winning once for her role in the powerful 1986 “Hallmark Hall of Fame” production “Promises.” Laurie’s talent was not limited to dramatic roles; she also displayed her comedic chops with a guest role on the sitcom “Frasier,” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1999.

Legacy and Impact

Piper Laurie’s contributions to the entertainment industry cannot be understated. Her ability to immerse herself in a variety of roles and captivate audiences with her performances is a testament to her talent and dedication. From her early breakout in “The Hustler” to her iconic role in “Carrie,” Laurie left an indelible mark on film history.

Her talent and success as a female actress in the male-dominated industry of her time serve as an inspiration for future generations of actors and actresses. Laurie’s ability to range from chilling to comedic roles demonstrated her versatility and showcased the depth of her talent.


Piper Laurie’s passing marks the end of an era in Hollywood. Her contributions to film and television will forever be remembered and appreciated. Through her dedication to her craft and her ability to bring characters to life, Laurie left an enduring legacy. She will be missed and fondly remembered as one of the great talents of our time.


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