QUOTED: Laura Linney on Complaints about Aging
“I hear someone complain about aging and I just feel almost violent, you know? I don’t want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I’m 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!
Linney grew up in New York City in the home of her mother, Miriam Anderson Leggett, a nurse who worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her father was the late Romulus Zachariah Linney IV, a prominent playwright and professor. Her parents divorced when Linney was an infant. She never lived with her father, who remarried several times, but she has spent her entire professional life moving in his world.
Linney graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School (1982), attended Northwestern University, got her undergraduate degree from Brown University (1986), and studied acting at Juilliard and the Moscow Art Theater School.
As soon as she finished her education, she made her Broadway debut, appearing in “Hedda Gabler,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” and other productions. In the early 1990s, she also began appearing in films, playing Mary Anne Singleton in PBS film series adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (1993), More Tales of the City (1998,) and Further Tales of the City (2001).
Her first prominent big-screen role was as Richard Gere‘s ex-girlfriend in Primal Fear (1996). Clint Eastwood chose her to play his daughter in Absolute Power (1997). In The Truman Show (1998), she played opposite Jim Carry as Truman’s nurse wife. She starred with Matthew Broderick and Mark Ruffalo in You Can Count on Me (2000), a role for which she was paid a salary of only $10,000 but resulted in her first Academy Award nomination.
The years since have brought a dizzying array of awards and acclaim: her first Emmy Award for Wild Iris (2001), a Tony Award nomination for The Crucible (2002) a second Emmy for Frasier (2003–04), a second Oscar nomination for Kinsey (2004), a second Tony nomination for Sight Unseen (2004), a third Emmy for John Adams (2008), and a fourth Emmy in 2013 for the Showtime series The Big C.
Divorced in 2001 after a five-year marriage to stand-up comedian and actor David Adkins (Sinbad), Linney married Colorado real estate broker Marc Schauer in 2009. In 2014, she gave birth to a son, Bennett Armistead Schauer.