Piper Laurie, the Oscar-nominated actress of “Carrie” and “Twin Peaks,” has died at the age of 91.

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Actress Piper Laurie at the New York Herald Tribune in New York City on December 28, 1961.


Actress Piper Laurie, best known for her portrayal of a fanatical religious mother in “Carrie” and playing Paul Newman’s humble girlfriend in “The Hustler,” has died at the age of 91, her manager said.

Lori died early Saturday in Los Angeles, her manager, Marion Rosenberg, confirmed to CNN. No cause of death was provided.

Rosenberg said Laurie will be remembered as “one of the best actresses of her generation and a wonderful human being.”

Turner Classic Movies, which like CNN is part of Warner Bros. Discovery, called Laurie “one of the most iconic and fascinating actresses of the last half-century.” The network said she “delivered full-length performances as flawed and often ferocious women.”

Critics and colleagues noted that Laurie received Academy Award nominations for her breakout performances in The Hustler and Carrie. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a remorseful mother in “Children of a Lesser God” and won a Golden Globe for her role in the TV series “Twin Peaks.”

Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit in 1932, she took the name Piper Laurie at the request of a manager when she began working professionally as a teenager, writing in her memoir Learning to Live Out Loud.

Having begun a contract with Universal-International (now Universal Studios) at the age of 18, Laurie starred with other actors including Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis and Newman.

She took a 15-year hiatus from Hollywood after breaking her contract in the mid-1950s, but later returned to deliver a tortured portrait of a fanatical evangelical mother in Carrie.

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