Laura Innes Biography
Laura Innes was born in Pontiac, Michigan, U.S. as Laura Elizabeth Innes. She is an American actress and television director famous for ER and on the NBC thriller The Event.
Laura Innes Age
Laura Elizabeth Innes was born on August 16, 1957, in Pontiac, Michigan, U.S. She is 61 years old as of 2018.
Laura Innes Family
Innes was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, to Laurette who was a homemaker. and Robert Innes, who was a tool and die, company executive, she is the youngest daughter of six children.
Laura Innes Fiance
Innes is married to actor David Brisbin since 1990, the couple has a son by the name Cal, however, they have adopted another child, Mia, from China. Her first fiance was murdered in the early 1980s.
Laura Innes Education
Inner Attended Northwestern University (Evanston Illinois) where she majored in theater and later Graduated in 1979.
Laura Innes Height
Laura Elizabeth Innes stands at a height of 5′ 4″ tall.
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Laura Innes Career
Innes was introduced to professional theater by her father, Following his advice to “do what you love,” she attended Northwestern University where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and earned a degree in theater.
Her first stage credits were in Chicago at the renowned Goodman Theatre and Wisdom Bridge Theatre, where she played Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. John Malkovich played Mitch in this production. Other major stage credits include Two Shakespearean Actors with Eric Stoltz at Lincoln Center, Our Town at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Three Sisters at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.
Innes played the role of a young daughter of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara in the short-lived television sitcom The Stiller and Meara Show, but the series was canceled within a few weeks. In 1989, Innes played Miss Andrews in the Nickelodeon TV series Hey Dude in season 2: episode 7 titled “Teacher’s Pest.” She also made an appearance in the same series in episode 57 called “Baby” as the clueless Mrs. Fleeman. In the 1990s, Innes guest-starred on television series such as Party of Five, My So-Called Life, and Brooklyn Bridge and appeared in the Emmy-winning cable movie And the Band Played On before being cast in her first major TV role as Thomas Haden Church’s promiscuous ex-wife Bunny on the NBC comedy series Wings from 1991–1993.
In the fall of 1995, she joined the hit NBC medical drama ER in its second season, where she was cast as Kerry Weaver, a skilled doctor with an abrasive exterior and a physical disability. Her recurring role led her to become a series regular at the start of the third season. In 2001, her character came out of the closet. She received two Emmy Award nominations for her portrayal, as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the ER ensemble, and has received five nominations for Best Supporting Actress from Viewers For Quality Television. Innes also directed several episodes of the series, as well as episodes of Brothers & Sisters, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, House, The West Wing, one of which earned her an Emmy nomination for directing.
On May 7, 2010, NBC announced that Innes would be appearing in the new action drama The Event as Sophia, “the leader of a mysterious group of detainees,” alongside Lisa Vidal, who played Kerry Weaver’s wife in ER. In 2012 she was Police Captain Tricia Harper in the short-lived NBC series Awake.
Laura Innes Net Worth
Laura Innes has an estimated Net Worth of $ 3 million.
Laura Innes Shows
- The Event 2010-2011
- The Louie Show 1996
- ER (TV series) 1994-2009
- Another World (TV series) 1964-1999
- Telling Secrets
Laura Innes West Wing
The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series where she was the director.
Laura Innes Wings
Wings is an American sitcom where Laura Innes, starred in playing the role of Bunny Mather, portraying Lowell’s wife flirts with nearly every man she encounters and has sex with many of them.
Laura Innes How To Get Away
How to Get Away with Murder is an American drama television series where Laura Innes featured in playing the role of Governor Lynne Birkhead.
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Laura Innes Interview
Published: Jan 11, 2007, 3:00 AM EST
TVGuide.com: Say it ain’t so! After nearly 12 years, Dr. Kerry Weaver’s leaving County General for good?
Laura Innes: Yeah. There’s some talk of her coming back a little bit next year, but we’ll see.
TVGuide.com: In what way?
Innes: There’s an idea about integrating her new job on the medical show into a storyline. Part of that thinking had to do with the fact that next year would probably be ER’s last year, but the show’s doing so well, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
TVGuide.com: The producers kept your departure awfully quiet. Everyone went, ‘What?” when Weaver was fired. Why so under-the-radar?
Innes: We decided to just have it be a surprise. It may not have been a smart decision, but it was good storytelling — making it happen the way it might in real life.
TVGuide.com: It was left a little vague last week. My colleague’s daughter, who’s a major fan, said that after watching she thought that maybe you’d still be around in some way.
Innes: Nope. I’m in this week’s show and have a couple more meaty goodbye scenes to wrap it up. I’m basically doing cleaning-out-my-locker kind of stuff. So one more [episode] for me, and as I said, there’s talk about maybe a couple next year, but I [told them], “We’ll see if that feels right.”
TVGuide.com: Why are you leaving in the middle of the season?
Innes: There are other big stories happening and… Aaron Sorkin just walked in the room. I’m so sorry, I have to talk to my boss for a minute. [Innes calls back five minutes later.] I’m directing a Studio 60 episode for him.
TVGuide.com: Already moving on. Sounds like some other ER characters could be leaving at the end of the year?
Innes: That’s a possibility. There are a lot of discussions with the actors about what they want to do. They felt, in case there does end up being another departure, that they wanted to wrap me up early.
TVGuide.com: How long has your departure been in the works?
Innes: About a year ago we talked about it. For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing half episodes, and I have a directing deal with [ER creator] John Wells. So I’ve been easing off the acting. This summer we talked about what was going to take place.
TVGuide.com: Whose idea was it for you to make your exit?
Innes: It was kind of mutual — one of those things where it just feels like you’re running out of steam. It’s awfully hard to leave this show, though, because it’s such an incredible joy. But it seems like [it’s] time, doesn’t it? I just told them, “I don’t want to be sick or die.” I didn’t want to send this message that this woman who had this history of disability and is gay — now we’re going to kill her off. I said, “Let her have a happy end.” So I’m happy about that.
TVGuide.com: Is that why Weaver had an operation and finally threw away her crutch?
Innes: It did feel like the character was shedding some of her hardness and moving on in her life.
TVGuide.com: You’re not kidding. She gets a glam TV job and a gorgeous girlfriend to boot.
Innes: I know. Weaver must be so good in bed! All of her girlfriends are so hot. I definitely raised the bar in the lipstick-lesbian category.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of hot girlfriends, do you watch Elizabeth Mitchell, who played your first female lover, on Lost?
Innes: Isn’t she great? You never know which way she’s going to go. [Her character] is this creepy, beautiful lady.
TVGuide.com: Over the years, Weaver has been portrayed as abrasive, prickly, intensely ambitious and disloyal. Was playing a bitch fun?
Innes: I didn’t see her so negatively, because if I did, I might have played her as an evil person. But I remember early on, being in a department store and hearing a woman say, “Oh, I just want to slap her!” That’s when I realized this character is going to drive everybody crazy. She’s the boss from hell, which was fun to play. But just at the point where you’d want to shoot her, they’d plop in poignant storylines where she’d show empathy, like when I signed with this deaf little girl.
TVGuide.com: Do you think it was brave of you to play her bitchy when she was also a role model for the disabled and lesbian communities?
Innes: [Laughs] A bitchy role model. But you know what? If I had to choose a doctor, it would be Weaver. Her bedside manner is sometimes lacking, but at least she’d save me.
TVGuide.com: Was there a real responsibility being that two-for-one role model?
Innes: For the disabled community, it was a mixed thing. To have somebody who’s disabled be a very strong, capable person is great, but I’m not actually disabled, so it was this kind of back-and-forth. But I did always feel a responsibility. I said to the writers, “It’s OK if I’m the hard-ass, but I hope you always show her being compassionate because I represent this large group of people.”
TVGuide.com: And then Weaver came out. How was the reaction?
Innes: It explained her avoidance of a personal life. That was my favorite storyline. I feel that the producers and NBC didn’t really get enough credit, because it was a big deal to have a main character on a mainstream show come out. Some viewers were not happy with that, and my friends said, “People will assume you’re really gay.” Everyone should get over it. A lot of people do think I’m gay. But for that character, what could have been more interesting to do?
TVGuide.com: You’re a married mom of two. C’mon, aren’t you sorry you never got to kiss George Clooney or Goran [Visnjic]?
Innes: How do you know I didn’t?
TVGuide.com: Did they throw you a big party?
Innes: Yes. Everybody came. It was Dec. 6, my last day, after an emotional goodbye scene I had with Maura [Tierney, Abby], who has become a close friend in real life. They put together a reel of scenes and outtakes and because I’d been on the show so long, it was a long reel. They also gave me a framed copy of my very first call sheet. I was something like No. 47 on that — and the past two years, I’ve been No. 1. It’s like I clawed my way to the top of the call sheet.
TVGuide.com: How Weaverish of you. So is it Laura Innes, director, from now on? You’ve directed ER, House and now Studio 60.
Innes: I’ll definitely keep acting if anything interesting that’s not like Kerry Weaver comes along, some hot old chick… I won’t wear a lab coat, and I never want to say, “Pass the CBC Chem 7” again. I would like to do some comedy. I love The Office.
TVGuide.com: There are so many former residents of ER out there. Do you ever hang out?
Innes: There are! We could start our own show — an alternative universe version of ER. I keep up with Julianna [Margulies] and Gloria [Reuben] and I see Tony [Edwards] once in a while.
TVGuide.com: Any last words to your fans of 11 and a half years?
Innes: I would just say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for watching. I have had a blast.”