Lara Flynn Boyle biography
Lara Flynn Boyle
Date of Birth: March 24, 1970
Whether she's portraying Helen Gamble, hard-boiled Boston attorney in The Practice,
or Donna Hayward, the sultry girl-next-door of Twin Peaks, Lara Flynn Boyle is a femme
fatale. (Maybe that's what bowled over Jack Nicholson).
Or maybe it's the fact that
apparently her exterior is deceptive. Turns out that underneath it all, Boyle's just
a self-proclaimed neat freak homebody who lives in Los Angeles with her mom, four dogs
and 11 television sets.
Boyle started her career early.
An only child who grew up in small-town Iowa, she
pursued her passion for acting as early as high school, when she was accepted at the
Chicago Academy for the Arts. By the time she was a sophomore, she had been cast in
the TV movie Amerika, and before she graduated, had landed a role in Poltergeist 3
and the part of Jennifer Levin in the high-profile TV movie The Preppie Murder. Her
performances caught the eye of film director David Lynch, who cast her in his eerie
TV series debut, Twin Peaks.
While the cult classic actually only lasted two season, Boyle had no time to sign up
She worked in The Rookie , Wayne's World and Where the Day Takes You,
a film that no one ever saw.
Finally, Boyle was cast in a role she could really sink
her teeth into, the beautiful, psychopathic secretary in 1993's The Temp.
Though big-screen leading lady status still evades her, she says that's a blessing
in disguise. "I'm not in a Julia Roberts place or a Winona Ryder place," she told
Entertainment Weekly in 1997. "I don't have any responsibility. I don't make $11
million a picture. I can take a lot more zany parts in smaller movies."