On Saturday, Actress Piper Laurie, best known for her roles in movies like “Carrie” and the series “Twin Peaks,” passed away at the age of 91.
Variety reported on a statement from Laurie’s manager Marion Rosenburg, who confirmed news of her death, referring to her as “A beautiful human being and one of the great talents of our time.”
In another statement to People, Rosenberg said, “Ms. Laurie passed away this morning in Los Angeles. She basically died of old age.”
Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit on Jan. 22, 1932, she was plucked out of Los Angeles High School at age 17 and signed to a Universal contract for $250 a week, which would run up to $1,750 a week after seven years.
She made her debut as Ronald Reagan’s daughter in the 1950 film “Louisa” and then went on to star in a series of undistinguished comedies and musicals, including a foray into the Francis the talking mule series called “Francis Goes to the Races.”
She eventually negotiated herself out of a contract with Universal, which had her starring in mediocre, unknown films, and broke out with a major supporting role in Robert Wise’s “Until They Sail” (1957), with Jean Simmons, Paul Newman and Joan Fontaine.
Laurie was nominated for an Academy Award three times over the course of her career, first being recognized for her performance in the 1961 classic “The Hustler,” co-starring with Newman yet again.
Laurie portrayed an alcoholic character who delivered the iconic line, “Look, I’ve got troubles, and I think maybe you’ve got troubles. Maybe it’d be better if we just leave each other alone.”
The moment was an iconic and crucial part of the film and etched her name into the annals of film history, Variety reported.
In “Carrie,” based on Stephen King’s first novel, Laurie played the mother of the title character, Margaret White, who has, in the words of Roger Ebert, “translated her own psychotic fear of sexuality into a twisted personal religion.” She received praise for that role as well and was nominated for an Oscar.
“Her monologue in “Carrie” (after Carrie comes home from the prom and takes a bath, before mom stabs her), is so brilliantly delivered. Amusing that Piper Laurie considered the script a comedy. Adds a lot to think about her performance,” wrote one fan on X.
Laurie also played the power-hungry Catherine Martell in David Lynch’s famous series “Twin Peaks,” which brought her two of her nine Emmy nominations.
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