Laura Dern
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Jaywalker Pictures



Dern has always been one of Hollywood’s smartest, most compelling actresses — even when pop culture wasn’t taking much notice. Since she was a teenager, she has carved out an idiosyncratic, wide-ranging career that’s encompassed everything from “Blue Velvet” to “Jurassic Park” to HBO series “Enlightened,” but it took the one-two punch of HBO’s starry, female-led hit “Big Little Lies” (winning an Emmy as tough-as-nails tiger mom Renata) and a memorable role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to get her to critical mass in the zeitgeist. Despite her celebrity lineage, Dern’s latest projects, such as indie drama “The Tale” and Liam Neeson revenge flick “Hard Powder,” prove she’s continuing to blaze her own trail with a fearless, varied body of work.



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TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO's 'The Tale'

TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO's 'The Tale'

"The Tale” opens with a warning: “The story you’re about to see is true … as far as I know.”What follows is a painstaking, wrenching examination into exploring what’s “true” and what’s not, what’s imagined and what’s real, the stories we create in order to protect ourselves from the potential wreckage that lies dormant inside us. As written and directed by documentarian Jennifer Fox from her own experiences, “The Tale” follows Jenny (Laura Dern) as she reevaluates the first “relationship”...


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