Laura Elizabeth Dern is an American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.Born to actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern began a full-time acting career in the 1980s with roles in the dramas Foxes and Mask . She went on to collaborate with David Lynch in several films, including Blue Velvet , Wild at Heart and Inland Empire , as well as the television revival of Twin Peaks . Dern received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing the titular orphan in Rambling Rose and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for the 1992 film Afterburn. She established herself as a Hollywood leading lady with a starring role in the adventure film Jurassic Park .