Lara Flynn Boyle
Boyle at the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in September 1990
|Born||March 24, 1970|
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
|Alma mater||The Chicago Academy for the Arts|
John Patrick Dee III
(m. 1996; div. 1998)
Donald Ray Thomas II
Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the ABC cult television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991). After portraying Stacy in Penelope Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World (1992), Boyle had a lead role in John Dahl's critically acclaimed neo-noir film Red Rock West (1993), followed by roles in Threesome (1994), Cafe Society (1995), and Happiness (1998). From 1997 to 2003, Boyle portrayed Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in the ABC television series The Practice for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Sally Flynn, a clerical worker, assistant, and manager, and Michael L. Boyle. Her paternal grandfather was U.S. Representative Charles A. Boyle. She has Irish, German, and one eighth Italian ancestry. She is named after a character in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago. Her father left when she was 6, causing her and her mother to move to smaller quarters. Around this time, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts.
In 1986, Boyle landed a small part in John Hughes's teen comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which earned her a SAG card, though her scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. Subsequently, Boyle had a supporting role as Jackie Bradford in the television miniseries Amerika (1987), followed by guest appearances on episodes of the series Jack and Mike (1987) and Sable (1987).
After a string of supporting roles, Boyle landed a lead role in the Gary Sherman horror film Poltergeist III (1988), which was distributed by the media company MGM. Although she was cast as Ginny Danburry in Peter Weir's drama film Dead Poets Society (1989), her scenes were ultimately deleted from the final cut.
In 1989, Boyle rose to international prominence when David Lynch cast her as Donna Hayward in the cult television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991). The series focused on the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer, with Boyle portraying Laura's best friend. Her main storyline focused on her trying to solve the mystery of who killed Laura.
The series premiered April 8, 1990, on ABC and subsequently became one of the top-rated series of 1990, but a decline in ratings ultimately led to its cancellation after its second season in 1991. Boyle appeared in all 30 episodes.
When discussing Lynch's direction, Boyle stated, "I remember, in the pilot, I did a very long scene that we had to shoot 30 or 40 times. David came up to me and said quietly, in my ear: "Think of how gently a deer has to move in the snow..." It was strange direction. But that's what I thought of, and it worked. We were at the helm of a piece of heaven on Twin Peaks and we just went where David Lynch told us. That might sound very obscure but it really is true. How he sees the world is how we should all see the world."
In October 1990, while promoting Twin Peaks, Boyle was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine along with her costars Mädchen Amick and Sherilyn Fenn. While starring on Twin Peaks, Boyle portrayed Sarah in Clint Eastwood's action film The Rookie (1990), Rosarita in Adam Rifkin's satirical comedy film The Dark Backward (1991), Mara Motes in Michael Karbelnikoff's crime film Mobsters (1991), and Sandra Gladstone in the romantic thriller Eye of the Storm (1991).
Boyle also appeared in the television films Terror on Highway 91 (1989), The Preppie Murder (1989), as well as episodes of The Hidden Room and May Wine.
Shortly after the cancellation of Twin Peaks, plans were being made for a feature film adaptation. Boyle was asked by Lynch to reprise her role as Donna Hayward in the psychological horror film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) but she was unable to commit to the project due to scheduling conflicts with her roles as Heather in Marc Rocco's drama film Where the Day Takes You (alongside her Twin Peaks costar Kyle MacLachlan), Stacy in Penelope Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, and Beverly Franks in Alan Rudolph's crime drama Equinox. This led to her being replaced by actress Moira Kelly. In 1993, Boyle starred as Kris Bolin in the thriller film The Temp and portrayed the temptress Suzanne Brown in the neo-noir film Red Rock West alongside Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper.
In 1994, Boyle was cast as Alex in the comedy Threesome, Laraine Cotwell in Baby's Day Out, and Ida Muntz in The Road to Wellville. The same year, Boyle appeared in the television films Past Tense and Jacob. In 1995, she was cast as Pat Ward in the mystery film Cafe Society. In 1997, she portrayed Marianne Byron in the film Afterglow. Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal. Although she lost out to Calista Flockhart, Boyle impressed Kelley enough to cast her the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice. The following year, Boyle portrayed Helen Jordan in Todd Solondz's controversial comedy-drama film Happiness.
She starred on The Practice until 2003, when, in a dramatic attempt to revamp the show and cut costs, she was dismissed along with most of the cast. For her performance as Helen Gamble, she received an Emmy nomination as well as several Screen Actors Guild ensemble cast nominations. Boyle also made a crossover appearance in the role of Helen Gamble in an episode of Ally McBeal, and an uncredited guest appearance on the same show in its final season.
In 2002, Boyle played a lead role in the blockbuster feature film Men in Black II, as the villainous shapeshifting alien Serleena. She also guest-starred on one of the last episodes of Ally McBeal, this time as Tally Cupp, and had a recurring role on several episodes of Huff.
In 2005, Boyle joined the cast of Las Vegas for a seven-episode stint as Monica Mancuso, a new hotel owner. She played Barbara Amiel in the television film Shades of Black, about Amiel and her husband, Lord Black. Boyle also guest-starred as an ambitious reporter involved with the suspects in a possible murder in the Law & Order 2008 episode "Submission".
In 2009, Boyle portrayed Mary in Baby on Board. The same year, Boyle was cast as Betty McBain in the independent film Life Is Hot in Cracktown. In 2010, she starred as Kathy in Cougar Hunting. In 2013, Boyle portrayed Witch Agnes in the horror comedy film Hansel & Gretel Get Baked. In 2015, she portrayed Ms. Donley in the film Lucky Dog. She is set to star as Grace in the film Death in Texas alongside Stephen Lang.
Boyle was in a relationship with Twin Peaks costar Kyle MacLachlan from 1990 to 1992. Boyle has been married twice. Her first husband was John Patrick Dee III, whom she married on August 11, 1996, and divorced two years later. Boyle dated actor David Spade, and later dated Jack Nicholson after he asked Boyle out in front of Spade while they were smoking marijuana. Spade later found out they were together after Nicholson and Boyle were involved in a car crash, covered by paparazzi. They went public with their romance at the 1999 Emmys, and reportedly remained together until the end of 2000. Her husband is Donald Ray Thomas II, a real estate investor, whom she married on December 18, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas.
|1986||Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Heather||(scenes deleted)|
|1988||Poltergeist III||Donna Gardner|
|1989||How I Got into College||Jessica Kailo|
|Dead Poets Society||Ginny Danburry||(scenes deleted)|
|1991||The Dark Backward||Rosarita|
|Eye of the Storm||Sandra Gladstone|
|1992||Where the Day Takes You||Heather|
|Equinox||Beverly Franks||Nominated--Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|1993||The Temp||Kris Bolin|
|Red Rock West||Suzanne Brown / Ann McCord|
|Baby's Day Out||Laraine Cotwell|
|The Road to Wellville||Ida Muntz|
|1995||Cafe Society||Pat Ward|
|1996||The Big Squeeze||Tanya Mulhill|
|1997||Farmer & Chase||Hillary|
|Susan's Plan||Betty Johnson|
|2000||Chain of Fools||Karen|
|2001||Speaking of Sex||Emily Paige|
|2002||Men in Black II||Serleena||Nominated--Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|2006||Land of the Blind||First Lady|
|Fwiends.com||Yuppie girl||Short film|
|2007||Have Dreams, Will Travel||Ben's Mother|
|2009||Baby on Board||Mary Radcliffe|
|Life Is Hot in Cracktown||Betty McBain|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel Get Baked||Witch Agnes||Also associate producer|
|2015||Lucky Dog||Ms. Donley|
|TBA||Death in Texas||Grace||Post-production|
|1987||Jack and Mike||Leslie||Episode: "Quality of Mercy"|
|Amerika||Jackie Bradford||5 episodes|
|Sable||Melanie Waterston||Episode: "Toy Gun"|
|1989||Terror on Highway 91||Laura Taggart||Television film|
|The Preppie Murder||Jennifer Levin||Television film|
|1990-1991||Twin Peaks||Donna Hayward||30 episodes|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Nicole||Episode: "Splinters of Privacy"|
|May Wine||Cammie||Television film|
|1994||Past Tense||Tory Bass/Sabrina James||Television film|
|1995||Legend||Theresa Dunleavy||Episode: "Skeletons in the Closet"|
|1997-2003||The Practice||Helen Gamble||116 episodes|
Nominated--Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated--Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999-2001)
|1998||Ally McBeal||Helen Gamble||Episode: "Making Spirits Bright"|
|Since You've Been Gone||Grace Williams||Television film|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Tally Cupp||Episode: "Tom Dooley"|
|2004-2005||Huff||Melody Coatar||5 episodes|
|2005-2006||Las Vegas||Monica Mancuso||8 episodes|
|2006||The House Next Door||Col Kennedy||Television film|
|Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story||Barbara Amiel||Television film|
|2008||Law & Order||Dawn Talley||Episode: "Submission"|