Lara Flynn Boyle

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Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle.jpg
Boyle at the 1990 Emmy Awards
Born(1970-03-24) March 24, 1970 (age 44)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Donald Ray Thomas II (2006–present)
John Patrick Dee III (1996–1998; divorced)
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Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle.jpg
Boyle at the 1990 Emmy Awards
Born(1970-03-24) March 24, 1970 (age 44)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Donald Ray Thomas II (2006–present)
John Patrick Dee III (1996–1998; divorced)

Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks and Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice. She has also appeared in films such as Happiness and Men in Black II.

Early life[edit]

Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Sally, a clerical worker, assistant, and manager, and Michael L. Boyle.[1][2] Her paternal grandfather was U.S. Representative Charles A. Boyle.[3] She has German, Irish, and Italian ancestry.[4] She is named after a character in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago.[5] She was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin. She graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts.


Boyle's first film role was a bit part in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which earned her a SAG card, though her scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. She then appeared in the mini-series Amerika (1987) and feature film Poltergeist III (1988). Although she was cast in Dead Poets Society (1989), her scenes were deleted. Her first major role was as Donna Hayward in the critically acclaimed television series Twin Peaks. When the series ended in 1991, creator David Lynch produced a movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but Boyle did not return due to mounting animosity from the Twin Peaks fan base, stemming from her role in persuading ABC to have the plot altered. Moira Kelly took over the role of Donna for the film.

Some of Boyle's most notable roles during the 1990s:

In 1997, Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal. Although she lost out to Calista Flockhart, the actress impressed Kelley enough to create the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice, specifically for her.[citation needed] She starred on that show until 2003, when, in a dramatic attempt to revamp the show and cut costs, she was dismissed along with most of the cast.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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. Recently, she had a recurring role on several episodes of Huff, playing Melody Coatar, an unstable patient with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.[citation needed]

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 TV true story Shades of Black, about Amiel's controversial husband, Lord Conrad Black. Boyle also guest-starred as an ambitious reporter involved with the suspects in a possible murder in the Law & Order 2008 episode "Submission".[6]

Personal life[edit]

Boyle was in a two-year relationship with Twin Peaks partner Kyle MacLachlan. She also dated comedian David Spade. Then Boyle dated Jack Nicholson. They went public with their romance at the 1999 Emmys, and remained together until the end of 2000.[7]

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.[8] Her current husband is Donald Ray Thomas II, a real-estate investor, whom she married on December 18, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas.[9]



1988Poltergeist IIIDonna Gardner
1989Terror on Highway 91Laura TaggartTV movie
1989How I Got into CollegeJessica Kailo
1989Dead Poets SocietyGinny DanburryScenes deleted
1989Preppie Murder, TheThe Preppie MurderJennifer LevinTV movie
1990Rookie, TheThe RookieSarah
1991Dark Backward, TheThe Dark BackwardRosarita
1991MobstersMara Motes
1991Eye of the StormSandra Gladstone
1991May WineCammieTV movie
1992Where the Day Takes YouHeather
1992Wayne's WorldStacy
1992EquinoxBeverly FranksNominated-Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1993Temp, TheThe TempKris Bolin
1993Red Rock WestSuzanne Brown/Ann McCord
1994Past TenseTory Bass/Sabrina JamesTV movie
1994Baby's Day OutLaraine Cotwell
1994Road to Wellville, TheThe Road to WellvilleIda Muntz
1994JacobRachelTV movie
1995Cafe SocietyPat Ward
1996Big Squeeze, TheThe Big SqueezeTanya Mulhill
1997Red MeatRuth
1997Farmer & ChaseHillary
1997AfterglowMarianne Byron
1998Since You've Been GoneGrace WilliamsTV movie
1998HappinessHelen Jordan
1998Susan's PlanBetty Johnson
2000Chain of FoolsKaren
2002Men in Black IISerleenaNominated-Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2003Speaking of SexEmily Paige, Dr.Dr. Emily Paige
2006Land of the BlindFirst Lady
2006Fwiends.comYuppie girlShort film
2006House Next Door, TheThe House Next DoorCol KennedyTV movie
2006Shades of Black: The Conrad Black StoryBarbara AmielTV movie
2007Have Dreams, Will TravelBen's Mother
2009Baby on BoardMary
2009Life Is Hot in CracktownBetty McBain
2010Cougar HuntingKathy
2013Hansel & Gretel Get BakedWitch Agnesalso credited as associate producer[10]


1987Jack & MikeLeslieEpisode: "Quality of Mercy"
1987AmerikaJackie Bradford5 episodes
1987SableMelanie WaterstonEpisode: "Toy Gun"
1990–1991Twin PeaksDonna Hayward30 episodes
1991Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomNicoleEpisode: "Splinters of Privacy"
1995LegendTheresa DunleavyEpisode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1997–2003Practice, TheThe PracticeHelen Gamble116 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)
1998Ally McBealHelen GambleEpisode: "Making Spirits Bright"
2002Ally McBealTally CuppEpisode: "Tom Dooley"
2004–2005HuffMelody Coatar5 episodes
2005–2006Las VegasMonica Mancuso8 episodes
2008Law & OrderDawn TalleyEpisode: "Submission"


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