Laura Dern was born on the 10th February 1967 in Los Angeles, California. She is an actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Rambling Rose. Her other well known movies include Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 2, Blue Velvet, A Perfect World, Wild At Heart, October Sky, Mask and We Don't Live Here Anymore. Laura's starring role in Blue Velvet appeared to be a breakthrough but it was four years until her next notable film, Wild at Heart. Her most critically acclaimed role is probably opposite Stockard Channing in the Showtime film The Baby Dance (1998). The touching film, produced by Jodie Foster, followed two couples from different backgrounds through a difficult adoption. Laura was moving as a poor woman from Louisiana giving her child up. She has also guest-starred on The West Wing and as a lesbian who coaxes Ellen DeGeneres out of the closet in the famous Puppy Episode of the television series Ellen. On the 24th April 2007 airing of DeGeneres' talk show, Laura revealed that she did not work for more than a year following her appearance on that episode because of resulting backlash, but nevertheless called her work on the episode an "extraordinary experience and opportunity".