Laura Elizabeth Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles. Her parents are actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. At age 9, she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Her first movie appearance was alongside her mother, in 1973’s White Lightning. Her full-time acting career started with roles in Foxes, Mask and Smooth Talk. She won critical acclaim for her performances in Blue Velvet, Rambling Rose and Afterburn. She is best known as Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park. She starred in Citizen Ruth, and Inland Empire. She had roles in Lonely Hearts, Little Fockers and The Master. She starred in the TV series Big Little Lies, and in the TV revival of Twin Peaks. She played in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and in Little Women. Her current role is in Cold Pursuit.