Birth Date: March 24, 1970
Birth Place: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Quote: Q: What’s the best way to let a guy know you’re interested? A: "Stick your tongue down his throat. There’s nothing like somebody who has the balls to just come up and give you a big kiss. Sort of says it all."
Born March 24, 1970, in Davenport, Iowa, Lara Flynn Boyle was named after actress Julie Christie's character in Doctor Zhivago, foreshadowing the path her life would take. Lara was an only child, and her parents divorced when she was six years old. Following the breakup, Lara moved to Chicago with her mother, where they settled down near Wrigley Field. She would never see nor speak to her father again.
At a young age, Lara was diagnosed with a learning disability, and was consequently enrolled in an improvisational workshop to develop ways of expressing herself. Over the course of the workshop, Lara developed a strong interest in acting, as well as a knack for it. She was offered, and accepted, a scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
While she was still in her sophomore year, Lara received her first casting call, for the TV miniseries Amerika. She made her film debut the following year, in 1988's Poltergeist III, and went on to win a role in the 1989 made-for-TV movie, The Preppie Murder.
Having already gained a lot of television experience while still in her high-school years, Lara felt that her course was set. On the day after her graduation from the Chicago Academy, Lara and her mother moved to Los Angeles, hoping to build on the promising beginning of her career in the heart of the entertainment industry.
In 1990, Lara landed the part of vixen-next-door Donna Hayward in David Lynch's cult series, Twin Peaks. This role has often been cited as her big break, and, while there is no doubt that it spring-boarded her career to another level, at the time it also served to typecast her to a certain degree.
Despite the fact that hers was perhaps the most normal of the Twin Peaks characters, a great number of the roles that followed shared in the same dark, quirky tone that had marked Lynch's series, such as that of the psychotic temp in 1993's The Temp.
Another characteristic common to several of Lara's early roles was their placement within films that can at best be described as box-office disasters. The Dark Backward (1991), The Road to Wellville (1994) and Baby's Day Out (1994) all bombed, and Farmer and Chase was the lowest grossing movie of 1997, raking in a whopping $1,323.
While such a rapid succession of failures might normally put an end to a career, Lara's talent saved her from such a fate. Her natural acting abilities secured her several strong supporting roles, and the abundance of bad projects she was involved in was balanced out by appearances in movies such as The Rookie (1990) and Wayne's World (1992). Her performance in Todd Solondz's 1998 film Happiness was received with critical acclaim, and garnered her the National Board of Review's Ensemble Performance Award.
Lara returned to the small screen in the late '90s, and after losing out the title role in Ally McBeal to Calista Flockhart, landed the part of sultry cutthroat A.D.A. Helen Gamble in David E. Kelley's legal series, The Practice. The show proved to be an instant hit, and garnered the 1999 Emmy for Best Drama.
After gaining much popularity from The Practice, Lara appeared in Men in Black 2 also starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Her latest project is TV series "!Huff".
Lara Flynn Boyle Filmography
"Insatiable" (2007) TV Series
A West Texas Children's Story (2007) .... Ben's Mom
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story (2006) (TV) .... Barbara Amiel
The House Next Door (2006) (TV) .... Col Kennedy
Fwiends.com (2006) .... Yuppy Girl
Land of the Blind (2006) .... First Lady
"Las Vegas" .... Monica Mancuso (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
"Huff" .... Melody Coatar (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
"The Practice" .... Helen Gamble (1997-2003)
Men in Black II (2002) .... Serleena
... aka MIB 2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka MIIB (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Tom Dooley (2002) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Tally Cupp
- Making Spirits Bright (1998) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Helen Gamble
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 26.19 (2001) TV Episode .... Host
Speaking of Sex (2001) .... Dr. Emily Paige
Chain of Fools (2000) .... Karen
Susan's Plan (1998) .... Betty Johnson
... aka Dying to Get Rich (USA: video title)
Happiness (1998) .... Helen Jordan
Since You've Been Gone (1998) (TV) .... Grace Williams
Afterglow (1997) .... Marianne Byron
Farmer & Chase (1997) .... Hillary
Red Meat (1997) .... Ruth
The Big Squeeze (1996) .... Tanya Mulhill
... aka Body of a Woman
- Skeletons in the Closet (1995) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Theresa Dunleavy
Cafe Society (1995) .... Patricia Ward
Jacob (1994) (TV) .... Rachel
... aka Bibel - Jakob, Die (Germany)
... aka Jacob: A TNT Bible Story (USA: promotional title)
The Road to Wellville (1994) .... Ida Muntz
Baby's Day Out (1994) .... Laraine Cotwell
Past Tense (1994) (TV) .... Tory Bass/Sabrina James
Threesome (1994) .... Alex
The Temp (1993) .... Kris Bolin
Equinox (1992) .... Beverly Franks
... aka Isimeria
Where the Day Takes You (1992) .... Heather
Wayne's World (1992) .... Stacy
Red Rock West (1992) .... Suzanne Brown/Ann McCord
May Wine (1991) .... Cammie
... aka Belles américaines, Les (France: TV title)
Eye of the Storm (1991) .... Sandra Gladstone
"The Hidden Room"
- Splinters of Privacy (1991) TV Episode .... Nicole
Mobsters (1991) .... Mara Motes
... aka The Evil Empire
The Dark Backward (1991) .... Rosarita
... aka The Man with Three Arms (UK)
"Twin Peaks" .... Donna Hayward
The Rookie (1990) .... Sarah
The Preppie Murder (1989) (TV) .... Jennifer Levin
Dead Poets Society (1989) .... Ginny Danburry
How I Got Into College (1989) .... Jessica Kailo
Terror on Highway 91 (1989) (TV) .... Laura Taggart
Poltergeist III (1988) .... Donna Gardner
... aka Poltergeist III: The Final Chapter (Australia)
- Toy Gun (1987) TV Episode .... Melanie Waterston
"Amerika" (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Jacqueline 'Jessie' Bradford
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