Laura Linney Performances, who plays Wendy, already had a large list of accomplishments under her belt when Ozark announced her casting, including four Tony Award nominations and three Academy Award nominations. Her career dates back to the early 1990s, when Linney steadily rose to prominence in the New York theatre community by appearing in a number of Broadway productions. She finally made it to the big screen when she made her television debut in the critically acclaimed miniseries Tales of the City as Mary Ann Singleton. From a distressed wife hanging on by a thread to a haughty, conceited mother trying to run her kids’ life, Laura steals every scene. Her versatility is astonishing as well; she can switch effortlessly between nice personalities and more ominous, frightening ones. The roles that Linney has played that are most recognisable, complex, and essential to watch are listed here.
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1. The Truman Show (1998)
Director- Peter Weir
The organise but routine life of the benevolent insurance salesman and aspirational traveller, Truman Burbank, has define from birth by a huge fat lie. Truman’s life revolves around the will and the mad imagination of Christof. He is the all-powerful TV-God of an extreme 24/7 reality show called The Truman Show. He is completely oblivious of the thousands of expertly hidden cameras tracking his every action for nearly three decades. The upshot is that Truman only knows the truth as it is dictated by the global television network and its powerful corporate interests. His gorgeous neighbourhood with its perfectly maintained lawns and uncannily faultless individuals is nothing more than an elaborate modern set.
2. You Can Count On Me (2000)
Director- Kenneth Lonergan
Sammy, a single mother who still lives in the Catskill village. There she was born and lost both of her parents in a car accident when she was a little child. She experiences a lot of sudden change. Her 8-year-old son Rudy starts to think of his absent father as a hero. She sort of resumes seeing her ex-boyfriend from the previous year. She obtains a new boss who has absurd regulations. As well as, her errant brother Terry pays her a visit after months of no contact. Her boss’s relationship changes unexpectedly, her boyfriend pops the question. Although her brother and son get along, it doesn’t always work out well. A sort of crisis arises when Terry asks young Rudy if he wants to see his father. As a result, brother and sister must reevaluate their bond.
3. Love Actually (2003)
Director- Richard Curtis
Diverse shades of the all-powerful Eros intertwine. As Billy Mack, the season’s supreme star and renowned rocker, sprinkles the already merry and romantic London with his throaty, sensual voice and his delicious Christmas rendition of The Troggs’ smash song, “Love Is All Around.” The stories of love-struck boys, secret admirers, philandering husbands, heartbroken authors, widowed fathers, and the Yuletide plight of a desperate, lovesick British Prime Minister intertwine to create a magnificent panorama of love and its many manifestations with only five full weeks until Christmas Eve. But love is omnipotent, eternal, and above to all other things.
4. Kinsey (2004)
Director- Bill Condon
Liam Neeson plays biologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey, Jr. He publishes reports on American sex practises from 1948 and 1953. He gathers sex histories from 18,000 people through interviews. Due to the taboo nature of discussing sex, it is sensational and divisive. Additionally, few individuals are aware of it. They worry and feel bad when they don’t know anything. Actually, after getting married, he and his wife attempt to shed their virginity, but it fails. He develops an interest in disclosing people’s sexual conduct as a result of the unpleasant experience and as he counsels his students to provide them with advise regarding sexual problems. He lives and breathes sex research. His intellectual curiosity is astounding. He promotes “individualism” and “diversity.”
Alfred argues that although there are frequent and infrequent sexual actions, we shouldn’t divide them into normal and deviant. He has a wide range of influence. He supports and saves homosexuals in particular. In summary, Kinsey is a well-known person who makes contributions to society and is fascinated by sex study.
5. The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Director- Noah Baumbach
The dysfunctional family of fake intellectuals led by university professor Bernard and well-known author Joan broke up in Brooklyn, New York, in 1986. The unfaithful Joan is developing as a writer and does not have any issues with “philistines,” whereas Bernard is a self-centered, cheap, and jealous decadent writer who rationalises every attitude in his family and life. Both of their sons, Walt, a teenager, and Frank, a boy, sense the separation and choose a side: Walt stays with Bernard, while Frank chooses Joan. As a result, both of their sons exhibit odd behaviour. Frank consumes alcohol and uses sperm to smear books in the school library and a locker in the changing area.
The unstable and uneasy Walt breaks up with his fiancée Sophie after performing “Hey You” by Roger Water at a festival as though it were his own song. Joan is having an affair with Ivan, Frank’s tennis coach, while Bernard is seeing Lili, one of his students.
6. The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Director(s)- Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Annie, a New Jersey native who recently earned her degree from Montclair State, is undecided about what she wants to do with her life. She is promptly hired as a nanny for a wealthy Upper East Side couple after preventing a young kid from being ran over in a park. Both Mr. X and Mrs. X are preoccupied with their businesses, and neither one particularly enjoys spending time with their little son Grayer. Annie immediately realises that taking care of him is a lot of work. She doesn’t have much free time due to her hectic schedule. When Harvard Hottie, who lives in the same building, invites Annie out on a date, Annie is troubled by the fact that Mrs. X fired her previous nanny because she was dating.
7. The Savages (2007)
Director- Tamara Jenkins
The cranky Lenny Savage, who has dementia, lives with his friend Doris Metzger in Sun City, Arizona. His son Jon, a drama professor in Buffalo, is currently penning a book about Bertold Brecht. His daughter Wendy, who is 39 years old and works as a freelancer and aspiring playwright in New York, is having an affair with married middle-aged guy Larry. When Doris passes away, Wendy and Jon—who are alienated from their abusive father—go to the burial and are shocked to learn from Lenny’s family that he must leave the house. Lenny is left in a nursing home after Wendy and Jon transport him to Buffalo. They strive to make their father’s life better by visiting him throughout the day.
8. The Big C (TV Series 2010-2013)
Created By- Darlene Hunt
Following Linney performance as Cathy Jamison, a high school teacher in Minnesota who learns she has melanoma and vows to let go of all inhibitions and experience life as she has never before, this dramedy has four critically lauded seasons. Everyone in Cathy’s life, both her students and her own troubled son, pushes her around; she is a quiet, reticent person. But as the show went on, so did she, becoming a woman who decided to stand up for herself and discover the beauty and significance in life.
9. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Director- Tom Ford
The ideal life of a prosperous Los Angeles art gallery owner is ruined by her attractive second husband’s incessant travel. She is shocked when a manuscript written by her first spouse, whom she hasn’t seen in years, arrives when he is overseas. The scenario of the book is on a teacher who discovers that a vacation with his family is turning into a nightmare. Susan is forced to look back on her life and face some unpleasant truths as she reads the book.