Adopted her only child at age 38, a daughter Anne Grace Morgenstern (b. January 9, 1971), with her [now ex] husband, Joe Morgenstern.
Starred alongside Sissy Spacek in three movies: Carrie (1976) (she played her mother), The Grass Harp (1995) (she played her sister!), and the TV movie Midwives (2001).
In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was dubbed, albeit briefly by Miranda Bonansea at the beginning of her career; and later on by Maria Pia Di Meo. The talented Fiorella Betti lent her distinctive voice to Laurie in the acclaimed The Hustler (1961).
Along with Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Ruth Gordon, Toni Collette, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Nancy Kelly, Jodie Foster, Janet Leigh, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, and Glenn Close, she is one of the few actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a horror movie.
Brief social connection to G. David Schine (1927-96), the hotel heir and staff assistant to the notorious Sen. Joseph McCarthy. When Schine was drafted into the Army, McCarthy and Schine's staff colleague Roy Cohn unsuccessfully sought to exert their influence to get him a commission as an officer, which he was not qualified for. This led to a congressional investigation and the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings.
In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she and Mel Gibson had a one-night stand while working together on the movie Tim (1979), despite their almost-25-year age difference and the fact that she was married at the time.
In her 2011 autobiography, "Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir", she revealed that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan during the time they were filming Louisa (1950) together. Reagan was in his 40s, while Laurie was still in her teens; in the movie, Reagan plays her father.
In November 2008 she attended an event at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the untimely passing of actor Tyrone Power. Four of his films were screened: Love Is News (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Razor's Edge (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947). Also in attendance were his children, Tyrone Power Jr., Taryn Power and Romina Power, and other actors who worked with him, including Coleen Gray, Terry Moore and Jayne Meadows.
Acting mentor and friend of Sissy Spacek.
Was screen-tested for the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! (1955), but lost the role to an unfamiliar actress Shirley Jones.
After her divorce from Joe Morgenstern, she relocated from New York City, New York, to Los Angeles, California, where she has been living since 1981.
Graduated from Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1950.
Lost the co-starring role in Elmer Gantry (1960) to Shirley Jones.
Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.
Met Ronald Reagan, in 1949, aged 17, while she was studying acting, consistently.
After Laurie was born, she was upstairs in the back of the house, being delivered by a male midwife.
Her paternal grandfather knew that his surname "Yakobovich" was too long and too difficult, so he changed his surname to "Jacobs", before his granddaughter was born.
Her acting mentor was the late Ronald Reagan.
While working at Universal, they tore up her contract three times, to give her more money, in extending the time. She made a mistake by signing a contract, when she didn't need to.
She inherited her sense of humor from her parents; though she inherited her father's face.
After Ronald Reagan's divorce from Jane Wyman, Laurie had a very serious relationship with him. She was 21 years his junior.
Her family lived in Arizona, in a shack on the desert, temporarily.
Prior to Laurie's birth, her sister Sherry Arlene Jacobs had bee afflicted with asthma, a disease her sister had, since birth. She and her parents were so concerned that at one point they loaded Piper and Sherry onto a bus and went to Arizona, to see if the climate would help Sherry Arlene's asthma. Unfortunately, it didn't.
Her sister, Sherry Arlene Jacobs, died in 2006.
Had changed her name from Rosetta Jacobs to Piper Laurie, when she wanted to become an actress.
Had suffered from severe anxiety disorder during her early childhood, as did her sister.
Began acting when she was 11.
Before she was a successful actress, she won a grand prize for a screen test at Warner Bros.
Grew up in a traditional Jewish house with Hebrew lessons at the synagogue, although she doesn't attend anymore.
Along with Sherry Arlene, Laurie was also placed in a children's home.
Before she was a successful actress, she starred in her first play.
Her idol was Jane Withers.
Her hobbies are: nature, art, drawing, painting, and collecting rocks.
Guest starred on the first episode of Matlock (1986).
Began her career as a contract player with Universal in 1949.
Met Tony Curtis, Marsha Hunt and Julie Adams, when the four were all under contract at Universal in 1949.
As of 2016 she is the 7th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, tied with Sophia Loren and behind only Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Caron, Carroll Baker, Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine and Doris Day. She was nominated in 1961 for The Hustler (1961).
Underwent an abortion in 1961 after relocating to New York City before her relationship to future husband Joe Morgenstern.
She is most widely known to be a private lady.
She is a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Is one of the few people who have starred in both a Stephen King and a Dean Koontz movie.
Acting mentor of P.J. Soles.