Laura Linney Biography: Age, Net Worth, Husband, Children, Career, Movies, Awards, Pictures, Siblings

May 23, 2024 0 Posted By Haruna Ayuba

Laura Linney, an American actress and producer, has achieved great success, winning two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, and receiving nominations for three Academy Awards and five Tony Awards.

She has had a diverse career with notable roles in various productions such as Wild Iris (2001), Frasier (2004), John Adams (2008), The Big C (2010–2013), and Ozark (2017–2022).


  • Full Name: Laura Leggett Linney
  • Date of Birth: February 5, 1964
  • Age: 60 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters)
  • Parents: Romulus Linney (father), Ann Leggett (mother)
  • Siblings: Susan Linney (half-sister)
  • Spouse: Marc Schauer
  • Children: Bennett Armistead Schauer
  • Relationship Status: Married
  • Net Worth: $7 million

Early Life and Education

Laura Leggett Linney, now at the age of 60, was born on February 5, 1964, in New York City, New York. She was raised in a family deeply rooted in the arts, with her father, Romulus Linney, being a distinguished playwright, and her mother, Ann Leggett, a nurse.

Linney spent summers with her father in New Hampshire and developed a passion for the stage, starting at the age of eleven with the local theatre group. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney. She has a half-sister named Susan from her father’s second marriage.

Linney graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1982 and later attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University.

At Brown, she studied acting and was involved with the university’s student theater group. During her senior year, she performed in one of her father’s plays as Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Childe Byron.

After graduating from Brown in 1986, Linney continued her acting studies at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19 (1986–90), alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn.

In 2003, Linney was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Brown, and she also received the same honorary degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school’s commencement address in 2009.

Personal Life

In 1995, Linney tied the knot with actor David Adkins, but they ended their marriage in 2000. Later, in 2007, she got engaged to Marc Schauer, a professional specializing in drug and alcohol counseling from Telluride, Colorado. Actor Liam Neeson escorted her down the aisle on her wedding day in May 2009.

On January 8, 2014, Linney welcomed a son into the world. Additionally, Linney made an appearance and served as a presenter at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.


In 1990, Linney made her debut on the New York stage as Nina in the Off Broadway production of The Seagull, set in the Hamptons and directed by Jeff Cohen.

Her performance received great critical acclaim, with The New York Times praising her portrayal of Nina as a strong and complex woman, rather than the traditional interpretation of a wounded bird-woman. She was recognized as a talent with enormous potential.

In the early 1990s, Linney appeared in minor roles in films such as Lorenzo’s Oil, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Dave. She also starred in the television adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City as Mary Ann Singleton and guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order.

Throughout the decade, she continued to appear on stage and in films, including thrillers like Congo, Primal Fear, and Absolute Power. It was in 1998 that she gained recognition in Hollywood for her role as Jim Carrey’s on-screen wife in The Truman Show.

In 2012, she appeared in Roger Mitchell’s Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray playing Franklin D. Roosevelt. The movie also featured Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, and Samuel West.

Murray received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role. In 2015, she acted in Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes alongside Ian McKellen. The film was well-received, earning an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with critics praising its focus on the man behind the mysteries.

In 2016, she appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Sully with Tom Hanks as Lorraine Sullenberger, the wife of Chesley Sullenberger. The movie was both a critical and commercial success, grossing almost US$240 million at the box office.

She also starred in Genius (2016) with Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, and Dominic West. Additionally, she had a brief appearance in Tom Ford’s acclaimed film Nocturnal Animals alongside Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon.

From 2017 to 2022, she was part of Netflix’s crime drama series Ozark alongside Jason Bateman. She received nominations for her performances in both seasons one and two at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for seasons two, three, and four.

In 2017, she starred in the Broadway revival of The Little Foxes alongside Cynthia Nixon at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

She alternated the roles of Regina and Birdie with Nixon and earned her fourth Tony Award nomination for her performance. In 2018, Linney starred in a monologue play adapted from the Elizabeth Strout novel by Rona Munro titled My Name Is Lucy Barton.


  • Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Actress for You Can Count on Me (2001)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards: Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for John Adams (2008)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for The Big C (2011)

Net Worth

Laura Linney’s net worth is estimated to be $7 million, a testament to her successful and enduring career in the entertainment industry.


During the Christian Siriano Fashion Show in New York City in September 2023, a member of Laura Linney’s team was reportedly assaulted by an autograph seeker who attempted to force his way into the actress’s personal space. Additionally, Linney’s security guard was also assaulted while preventing a fan from getting too close to her outside a New York hotel.

The incident occurred during NYC Fashion Week, where the 59-year-old Ozark actress was accompanied by her team members as she left the event at the Pierre Hotel.

This alarming fan encounter comes after another security guard was assaulted for preventing a fan from getting too close to Linney outside a New York hotel.

Renowned for her roles in films such as The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually, and The Squid and the Whale, Laura Linney has also taken on supporting roles in movies like Man of the Year, The Nanny Diaries, Hyde Park on Hudson, Mr. Holmes, Genius, and Sully.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @itsmelauralinney
  • Twitter: N/A


  • Tales of the City
  • Primal Fear
  • The Truman Show
  • You Can Count on Me

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