Iconic actress Piper Laurie has died aged 91.
Laurie – best-known for her star turn in Carrie as the title character’s demented mother, passed away at her Los Angeles home on Saturday. She had been ill for some time.
Manager Marion Rosenberg called the star ‘a beautiful human being and one of the great talents of our time.’
In Carrie, Laurie played Margaret White, the fanatically religious and abusive mother of the title character, in a film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
Her performance earned her another Academy Award nomination.
The actress secured her first Oscar nomination for her work in the 1961 film The Hustler where she played opposite Paul Newman.
A film still from the 1976 film Carrie featuring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie
Sissy Spacek, left, and Piper Laurie Carrie in the 1976 Stephen King horror Carrie
Iconic actress Piper Laurie has died aged 91. She is pictured here in 2012
Her character saw her playing an alcoholic who memorably tells Newman’s character, ‘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.’
She retired to raise a family for over a decade but then returned to film and television roles in the mid 1970s.
She racked up a host of impressive roles with Oscar nominations for Carrie and ‘Children of a Lesser God, in which she played Marlee Matlin‘s stern mother.
Laurie starred in more than 100 films and TV shows during her career.
Many of her roles were critically acclaimed and include her performance as a power-hungry, plotting, Catherine Martell in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
That show alone saw her win two of her nine Emmy nominations.
Her final role was that of the grandmother of an FBI informant-turned drug dealer in 2018’s White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey.
Piper Laurie poses for a picture at the 40th anniversary screening of Carrie in 2016
Piper Laurie seen in 1953. She established herself in Hollywood with Tony Curtis as ‘Hollywood’s Most Romantic Team’ since before the war with ‘The Prince Who Was A Thief’
The actress secured her first Oscar nomination for her work in the 1961 film The Hustler where she played opposite Paul Newman
Laurie played Margaret White, the fanatically religious and abusive mother of the title character
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