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Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

The basics
Occupation Television actor Film actor Actor
Country United States of America
Date of birth Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, U.S.A.
Height: 1.6764 m
Education Chicago Academy for the Arts
Authority VIAF id IMDB id Library of congress id NNDB id ISNI id
The details

Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress. She first became known for her performance as Donna Hayward on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991). She subsequently starred in the films Where the Day Takes You (1992), Wayne's World (1992), Threesome (1994), Men in Black II (2002), and Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009). Boyle played Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in the television series The Practice from 1997 to 2003.

Early life

Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Sally, a clerical worker, assistant, and manager, and Michael L. Boyle. Her paternal grandfather was U.S. Representative Charles A. Boyle. She has German, Irish, and Italian ancestry. She is named after a character in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin. She graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts.


Boyle and Kyle MacLachlan arriving at the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards in August 1991.

Boyle's first film role was a small part in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which earned her a SAG card, though her scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. She then appeared in the miniseries Amerika (1987) and feature film Poltergeist III (1988). Although she was cast in Dead Poets Society (1989), her scenes were deleted.

Twin Peaks gave me everything I have as an actor. It put me where I am now because it was so beautifully soulful, and I think it just brought out the best of the actors. There was no acting going on – we were living on Twin Peaks. It gave me my career.
—Boyle discussing the impact Twin Peaks had on her career.

Her first major role was as Donna Hayward in the critically acclaimed television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991). However, she was unable to reprise her role as Donna in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) due to scheduling conflicts with roles in other films such as Where the Day Takes You, Wayne's World, and Equinox. In 1993, Boyle was cast as Kris Bolin in The Temp and Suzanne in Red Rock West.

In 1994, Boyle was cast as Alex in the comedy Threesome. In 1997, she portrayed Marianne Byron in the film Afterglow. The following year, Boyle portrayed Helen Jordan in Happiness. In 1997, Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal. Although she lost out to Calista Flockhart, the actress impressed Kelley enough to create the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice, specifically for her. She starred on that show until 2003, when, in a dramatic attempt to revamp the show and cut costs, she was dismissed along with most of the cast. For her performance as Helen Gamble, she received an Emmy nomination as well as several Screen Actors Guild ensemble cast nominations. Boyle also made a crossover appearance in the role of Helen Gamble in an episode of Ally McBeal, and an uncredited guest appearance on the same show in its final season.

In 2002, Boyle played a lead role in the blockbuster feature film Men in Black II as the villainous shapeshifting alien Serleena. She also guest-starred on one of the last episodes of Ally McBeal, this time as Tally Cupp, and had a recurring role on several episodes of Huff. In 2005, Boyle joined the cast of Las Vegas for a seven-episode stint as Monica Mancuso, a new hotel owner. She played Barbara Amiel in the TV true story Shades of Black, about Amiel's controversial husband, Lord Conrad Black. Boyle also guest-starred as an ambitious reporter involved with the suspects in a possible murder in the Law & Order 2008 episode "Submission".

Boyle and Kyle MacLachlan at the Governor's Ball held immediately after the 1990 Emmy Awards.

In 2009, Boyle portrayed Mary in Baby on Board. The same year, Boyle was cast as Betty McBain in the independent film Life Is Hot in Cracktown. In 2010, she starred as Kathy in Cougar Hunting. In 2013, Boyle portrayed Witch Agnes in the horror comedy film Hansel & Gretel Get Baked. In 2014, she portrayed Ms. Donley in the film Lucky Dog.

Personal life

Boyle has been married twice. Her first husband was John Patrick Dee III, whom she married on August 11, 1996, and divorced two years later. Later, Boyle dated Jack Nicholson. They went public with their romance at the 1999 Emmys, and remained together until the end of 2000. Her current husband is Donald Ray Thomas II, a real-estate investor, whom she married on December 18, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Heather Scenes deleted
1988 Poltergeist III Donna Gardner
1989 How I Got into College Jessica Kailo
1989 Dead Poets Society Ginny Danburry Scenes deleted
1990 Rookie, TheThe Rookie Sarah
1991 Dark Backward, TheThe Dark Backward Rosarita
1991 Mobsters Mara Motes
1991 Eye of the Storm Sandra Gladstone
1992 Where the Day Takes You Heather
1992 Wayne's World Stacy
1992 Equinox Beverly Franks Nominated-Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1993 Temp, TheThe Temp Kris Bolin
1993 Red Rock West Suzanne Brown/Ann McCord
1994 Threesome Alex
1994 Baby's Day Out Laraine Cotwell
1994 Road to Wellville, TheThe Road to Wellville Ida Muntz
1995 Cafe Society Pat Ward
1996 Big Squeeze, TheThe Big Squeeze Tanya Mulhill
1997 Red Meat Ruth
1997 Farmer & Chase Hillary
1997 Afterglow Marianne Byron
1998 Happiness Helen Jordan
1998 Susan's Plan Betty Johnson
2000 Chain of Fools Karen
2002 Men in Black II Serleena Nominated-Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2003 Speaking of Sex Emily Paige, Dr.Dr. Emily Paige
2006 Land of the Blind First Lady
2006 Fwiends.com Yuppie girl Short film
2007 Have Dreams, Will Travel Ben's Mother
2009 Baby on Board Mary
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Betty McBain
2010 Cougar Hunting Kathy
2013 Hansel & Gretel Get Baked Witch Agnes also credited as associate producer
2014 Lucky Dog Ms. Donley


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Jack and Mike Leslie Episode: "Quality of Mercy"
1987 Amerika Jackie Bradford 5 episodes
1987 Sable Melanie Waterston Episode: "Toy Gun"
1989 Terror on Highway 91 Laura Taggart TV movie
1989 Preppie Murder, TheThe Preppie Murder Jennifer Levin TV movie
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Donna Hayward 30 episodes
1991 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room Nicole Episode: "Splinters of Privacy"
1991 May Wine Cammie TV movie
1994 Past Tense Tory Bass/Sabrina James TV movie
1994 Jacob Rachel TV movie
1995 Legend Theresa Dunleavy Episode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1997–2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Helen Gamble 116 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999–2001)
1998 Ally McBeal Helen Gamble Episode: "Making Spirits Bright"
1998 Since You've Been Gone Grace Williams TV movie
2002 Ally McBeal Tally Cupp Episode: "Tom Dooley"
2004–2005 Huff Melody Coatar 5 episodes
2005–2006 Las Vegas Monica Mancuso 8 episodes
2006 House Next Door, TheThe House Next Door Col Kennedy TV movie
2006 Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Barbara Amiel TV movie
2008 Law & Order Dawn Talley Episode: "Submission"
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