Lara Flynn Boyle
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Date of Birth: March 24, 1970

Place of Birth: Davenport, Iowa, USA

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 6"

Best Known For: Playing Donna Hayward on the Twin Peaks TV series and Helen Gamble on The Practice

Lara Flynn Boyle Biography

Lara Flynn Boyle was born on March 24, 1970, in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin. When Boyle was very young, she was extremely shy. To work on her shyness and become more outgoing, she enrolled in Irish folk dancing, art classes and a local improv class. She studied at the Chicago Academy of for the Arts. Upon graduating from high school, Boyle moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Sally Boyle.

Boyle earned her Screen Actor's Guild card when she won a small role in the classic comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986. Unfortunately, Boyle's scenes were deleted from the film. The following year she landed a role in the mini series Amerika followed by an appearance in 1988's Poltergeist III and 1989's Dead Poet's Society starring Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke.

In 1990, Boyle won her first leading role playing Donna Hayward on David Lynch's series Twin Peaks. The series brought Boyle into fame, so much so, that when Lynch made his series into a film in 1991, Boyle did not take on her character on the big screen. She instead opted to take some of the many other film offers she had received.

In 1992, Boyle was seen playing the clumsy girl, Stacy, in Wayne's World, and as a homeless teenager in Where the Day Takes You. The next year, she played a psychotic secretary, Kris Bolin, in the box office disappointment The Temp. Also in 1993, Boyle was seen in Red Rock West in which she played the femme fatale. In 1994, she appeared in the comedy Threesome and The Road to Wellville with an all star cast.

After a handful of forgettable films over the next few years, Boyle auditioned for the lead role on David E. Kelley's new series Ally McBeal. Though she didn't win the part, she impressed Kelley so much that he cast her as Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice. She stayed on the show until 2003, and her performances earned her an Emmy nomination and multiple Screen Actors Guild nominations as part of the ensemble cast.

In 2002, Boyle won a major role in the blockbuster film Men in Black II playing the evil alien, Serleena. In 2004, she landed a reoccurring role on the series Huff, followed by a reoccurring role on Las Vegas from 2005-2006. In 2006, she also starred opposite Donald Sutherland and Ralph Fiennes in the drama film Land of the Blind. In 2007, Boyle is scheduled to appear in A West Texas Children's Story with Val Kilmer and in the new comedy TV series Insatiable.

Boyle married John Patrick Dee III in August 1996 and the couple divorced two years later. In December 2006 she married her second and current husband, Donald Ray Thomas, a real-estate investor.
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"When I used to go to auditions, I would be told "If Winona Ryder doesn't get it, you will." Hollywood makes so many movies - surely Winona can't do ALL of them!"

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