I just hope Piper Laurie is still alive, God rest Leslie Nielsen’s soul

November 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm (Whatever happened to ...?) (, , , , )

So I had already planned to do a “Whatever Happened to …” Piper Laurie today, and then I saw that Leslie Nielsen died, and I cursed Thanksgiving, the murdering bastard that it is. (Seriously, check your local papers the weekend/week after Thanksgiving. There’s a definite increase in obituaries, and I say that as someone who input 25 obituaries today.) So I just sat back, crossed my fingers and said, “Man, I hope Piper Laurie’s not dead too.”


And she’s not! (Yet.) (Stupid murderous Thanksgiving.)

Or, as I like to call it, "The Turkey's Revenge."

If you’ve never heard of Piper Laurie, you are either a teenager or dead.  The woman’s been starring in movies and television series since the 1950s. But after Twin Peaks, I really lost track of her.

I totally measure your level of fame/awesomeness by your appearances on Twin Peaks.

Apparently, I was dead, because she’s been really, really busy.

I also forgot she played Carrie's mom in Carrie, so you see how I am.

(I’m sorry, Piper Laurie! It’s just that I don’t get out to the movies very often, and I hardly ever watch anything that’s not Chuck!)

If you take a peek at the talented Ms. Laurie’s IMDB page, you will see her list of roles after Twin Peaks is a lot longer than most Twin Peaks’ alums ENTIRE list of roles, because the world at large agrees she is awesome.

And eternally elegant.

Some highlights include a role in something called Wrestling Ernest Hemingway in 1993, which I can only hope was about real wrestling and not metaphorical wrestling, and, knowing Papa H., probably was. She was in a couple of episodes of ER in the mid-1990s as someone named Sarah Ross, which makes me think she probably played George Clooney’s mother, which would be, also, awesome.

She’s had guest roles in Diagnosis Murder, Touched by an Angel, Frasier and Cold Case (but not L&O:SVU, because L&O:SVU is not as awesome as Cold Case. (I assume, I mean, I’ve never even heard of Cold Case until now, but they got Piper Laurie and that other show didn’t.))

More recently, she was in something called Bad Blood … the Hunger, because why not, you know? Her most recent role is in the film Art’s Demise, which comes out in 2011, and also has another awesome actor, Harry Dean Stanton and also that guy who cut off the cop’s ear in Reservoir Dogs. So that looks promising.

Harry! Dean! Stanton!

So, in conclusion, Piper Laurie is still alive and has been acting her little tail off, and I guess I need to watch some movies or something. Oh, and also, I didn’t know she was born as Rosetta Jacobs, I always figured it was Laurie Piper or something. Or that she’s Hugh’s auntie.

Which makes my love of Hugh Laurie burn all the brighter.



  1. Steve Schalchlin said,

    She just directed the play, Zero Hour, in New York, which won the NY Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance for its star, Jim Brochu. It’s a play about Zero Mostel, which will be closing soon to go on tour.

    • lokifire said,

      Wow, she really does keep busy, doesn’t she?

  2. Jamin said,

    as sad as i am about Leslie Nielsen’s death, at least news of it has been great for setting up “Surely you jest/don’t call me Shirley” jokes 🙂 really, i think it’s the best way to honor his passing.

    • lokifire said,

      Oh, yes, you can’t mourn Leslie Nielsen without saying “Don’t call me Shirley.”

  3. Piper said,

    I was named after Piper Laurie. But when I tell peers that I usually get something like “you mean the witch sister on charmed?”

    • lokifire said,

      Omigod, Piper, someone needs to sit your peers down and force them to watch Twin Peaks. Also Carrie.
      (How can people not know who Piper Laurie is? That’s just sad.)

  4. PiperPA said,

    Hi! I’m Piper Laurie’s Personal Assistant, I just wanted to let you know that Piper came back from the dead long enough to stumble upon this blog post and get a huge kick out of it. She loves all the love.

    You might like to know that she’s got an autobiography coming out this holiday season called “Learning to Live Out Loud.” Keep an eye out for it, should be a hell of a read.

    • lokifire said,

      Squeee! Omigod, I hope you are serious!!!! Piper Laurie, you are sooooo awesome, and so is your personal assistant!!!!
      (I’m so excited, I can’t! Stop! Hitting! The! Exclamation! Point!!!!)

    • chattipatti said,

      cant wait to read her book. she is a fantastic actress also has a natural stunning beauty. my beloved late husband loved her. i liked her in tim with mel gibson

  5. Jayne Haskins said,

    Cool that she’s still alive and well. When I was in the service some years back, I had a patient who was named Piper Best. Cool name, I said, and she said she was indeed named after the movie star Paper Lurie. I’m old enough and female enough to know whom she was talking about.

    • lokifire said,

      Yea! I love when people are old enough to have heard of Piper Laurie. I mention her to my daughter all the time so that she can carry on the tradition of knowing who this awesome actress is.

  6. Jayne Haskins said,

    Does Piper Laurie ever answer email from fans?

    • lokifire said,

      I don’t know. I’ve never e-mailed her. You might give it a try and see. If her publicist stumbled across my blog, anything could happen, I guess!

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