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Emmy®-winning actress Laura Linney has been nominated for two Oscars® before—first for her performance as a single mother in You Can Count on Me and then for her portrayal of Clara McMillen, the wife of famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey.

Her role in The Savages marks Laura's third Oscar nomination. In the film, she plays Wendy Savage, a woman who drifts increasingly far from her family until she and her brother are forced to move home to care for their aging father. "[Wendy is] doing the best she can," Laura says, "But she's a circus, no doubt."

Laura says creating Wendy was made easier because of the terrific script by writer and director Tamara Jenkins. "For an actor, it's heaven. There's a lot to pull from. There are clues throughout. And you just sort of become a detective and try and dig and dig and dig and flesh out what's already there on the page."
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FROM: Meet the Oscar Nominees
Published on March 14, 2008

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