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Date: May 30, 1997
ACTRESS LAURA DERN IS THE FIRST GUEST OF AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUES NEW SERIES "A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH "
DERN TO DISCUSS HER CAREER FOLLOWING A SCREENING OF THE HIT COMEDY CITIZEN RUTH
Saturday, June 21, 1997
HOLLYWOOD Academy-award nominated actress Laura Dern (RAMBLING ROSE, JURASSIC PARK, BLUE VELVET) will be the first guest of the American Cinematheques new monthly series "A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH ," in-person evenings of discussion with contemporary talent from both in front of and behind the camera. The series will be an open forum to talk about the craft of filmmaking with working actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and other professionals. Guests will speak following a screening of one of their films. Director William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION) will be joining us in August.
Dern will discuss her career following a screening of her latest film CITIZEN RUTH (1996, Miramax, 104 min.), a socially conscious satire starring Dern as a pregnant, glue-sniffing, "white trash" drifter whose drug-taking lands her in jail with a charge of "felony criminal endangerment" of her unborn fetus. Suddenly Ruth becomes a pawn in the battle between the anti-abortionists and the pro-life activists who find that her situation can serve either agenda often to hilarious ends. The film is directed by Alexander Payne and also stars Mary Kay Place and Swoosie Kurtz. Burt Reynolds and Tippi Hedren appear in cameos. "A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH LAURA DERN" takes place on Saturday, June 21st at 8:00 PM at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater (5300 Melrose Avenue between Bronson & Van Ness) in Hollywood. Tickets are $4 for American Cinematheque Members and $7 for the general public.
The daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Laura Dern began her adult acting career
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with a small role as a teenager who becomes pregnant by her gym coach (Nick Nolte) in TEACHERS (1984). She went on to appear as a blind girl in love with the disfigured protagonist of MASK and as a sultry Southern teen being stalked at her own home, by a scruffy drifter (Treat Williams) in SMOOTH TALK, both in 1985. Dern worked twice with David Lynch in films that explored dangerous sexuality, BLUE VELVET (1986) and WILD AT HEART (1990). For her 1991 performance in Martha Coolidges RAMBLING ROSE, (in which she played a sexually blossoming 1930s orphan whose presence disrupts the lives of the Southern family who takes her in), she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Derns mother was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film marking the first ever mother/daughter nominations during the same year. In 1993 Dern made two high-profile films with JURASSIC PARK and Clint Eastwoods A PERFECT WORLD.
Dern has also worked on stage and on TV, winning a Golden Globe for her performance in the HBO docudrama AFTERBURN (1992). Recently she took on the role of Ellen DeGeneres love interest in the highly controversial "coming out" episode of the sitcom "ELLEN." In 1994 she directed "The Gift," a short film which she also co-wrote, for Showtimes "Directed By" series which featured short films directed by seasoned actors and actresses.
Vogue Magazine recently called Laura Dern, "our greatest actress of weird, funky, run-amok femininity." Throughout her career she has shown the rarest combination of fire, intelligence and sheer recklessness onscreen.
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Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque, is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents weekly film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater and other Los Angeles venues. Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.
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