Lin Shaye

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Lin Shaye
BornLinda Shaye
(1943-10-12) October 12, 1943 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Marshall Rubinoff (?–1968; his death)
Clayton Landey (1988–2003; divorced; 1 child)
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Lin Shaye
BornLinda Shaye
(1943-10-12) October 12, 1943 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Marshall Rubinoff (?–1968; his death)
Clayton Landey (1988–2003; divorced; 1 child)

Linda "Lin" Shaye (born October 12, 1943) is an American film, theatre and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Shaye was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Dorothy (née Katz), a homemaker, and Max Mendle Shaye, a painter and supermarket owner. Her brother is film executive Robert Shaye. Her family is Jewish.[1][2] Shaye studied acting at the University of Michigan before she moved to New York to appear in Off Broadway productions. In 1977, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting career.[3]


In 1975, she made her film debut with a small role in Hester Street, followed by small roles in several movies and television shows. In 1978, she appeared in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western Goin' South. She has since appeared in a large number of character roles. Many were for her brother, Robert Shaye, co-founder and former co-CEO of New Line Cinema, such as her role as Mrs. Flynn in the 1990 film Book of Love, which Robert Shaye directed. In 1984 Shaye played a teacher in A Nightmare On Elm Street. Her breakout comedy role was the part of Mrs. Nuegeboren in the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb and Dumber (1994). Shaye also appeared in the Farrellys' 1996 comedy Kingpin as the repulsive landlady, and then got a role as Cameron Diaz's overtanned neighbor Magda in their 1998 hit There's Something About Mary. She followed this with 1999's Detroit Rock City as an uptight mother waging a personal war against the band Kiss.

Shaye has also appeared in four films by director Walter Hill: The Long Riders (1980), Brewster's Millions (1985), Extreme Prejudice (1987) and Last Man Standing (1996). In 2003, she appeared alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz in Boat Trip as Sonya, a horny tanning coach who begins stalking Sanz's character. That same year she co-starred with Ray Wise and Alexandra Holden in the cult horror film Dead End as Laura Harrington, and as Jenny Buono, the mother of 1970s Los Angeles serial killer Angelo Buono in The Hillside Strangler. In 2006 she was seen in the thriller Snakes on a Plane. She also appeared in the film 2001 Maniacs as Granny Boone and in the sequel 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams.[4]

In 2007, she appeared in the short films Sponsored By, Under The Gun, Midnight Snack, Time Upon a Once, Old Home Boyz, Backseat Driving Test, and The Yes Men which were directed by contestants on the reality show On the Lot. Lin appeared in the horror films Insidious (2011) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), as Elise Reiner (a major supporting role).

Personal life[edit]

Shaye has been married twice. Her first husband died in 1968. In 1988, she married actor Clayton Landey, with whom she appeared in 2002's Wish You Were Dead. The couple had one child[3] before divorcing in 2003.


1975Hester StreetWhore
1978Goin' SouthParasol Lady
1980The Long RidersKate
1982Alone in the DarkReceptionist at Haven
1982Jekyll and Hyde... Together AgainNurse with Telegram
1984A Nightmare on Elm StreetTeacher
1985Brewster's MillionsJournalist at Rally
1987Extreme PrejudiceEmployment Office Clerk
1987Slam DanceLibrarian
1987The HiddenCarol Miller
1987The Running ManPropaganda Officer
1988Critters 2: The Main CourseSal
1988Lucky StiffBratty Kid's Mom
1990Book of LoveMrs. Flynn
1990Pump Up the VolumePTA Parent #3
1992Roadside ProphetsCeleste
1993Loaded Weapon 1Witness
1993The TempRosemary
1993Three of HeartsOperator
1993Amityville: A New GenerationNurse Turner
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesRubber Rose Maid
1994Corrina, CorrinaRepeat Nanny
1994Wes Craven's New NightmareNurse
1994Dumb & DumberMrs. Neugeboren
1995The Nature of the BeastCarol Powell
1996Last Man StandingThe Madame
1998Living Out LoudLisa's Nurse
1998There's Something About MaryMagda
1999Detroit Rock CityMrs. Bruce
2001Say It Isn't SoNurse Bautista
2002Wish You Were DeadJinny Macintosh
2002Boat TripCoach Sonya
2003Who's Your Daddy?Ms. Harding
2003National Lampoon's Barely LegalTequila
2003Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met LloydMargie
2003Dead EndLaura Harrington
2003Stuck on YouMakeup Babe
2004The Hillside StranglerJenny Buono
2004A Cinderella StoryMrs. Wells
2004CellularExotic Car Driver
2005Hate CrimeKathleen Slansky
2005Confessions of an Action StarSamantha Jones
20052001 ManiacsGranny Boon
2005Drop Dead SexyMa Muzzy
2006Unbeatable HaroldJeannie
2006Bachelor Party VegasCassandra
2006Hood of HorrorClara
2006Snakes on a PlaneGrace
2006DriftwoodNancy Forrester
2006Pledge This!Miss Prin
2007Homo ErectusMuseum Guide
2008Killer PadMarge
2008AsylumString's Mother
2009My Sister's KeeperNurse Adele
2009American CowslipLou Anne
2010Small Town Saturday NightPhyllis
20102001 Maniacs: Field of ScreamsGranny Boone
2010Killer By NatureLeona Whitmore
2011InsidiousElise Reiner
2011Sedona: The Motion PictureClaire
2011A Good Old Fashioned OrgyDody
2011ChilleramaNurse Maleva
2012The Three StoogesNursery Nurse
2013Insidious: Chapter 2Elise Reiner
2013Big Ass Spider!Mrs. Jefferson
2014The SignalMirabelle
2015Insidious: Chapter 3Filming
1977Eight Is Enough1 episode
1985The New Twilight ZoneKate Simmons1 episode
1991Life Goes OnParent #21 episode
1996FrasierAnne1 episode
1997Perversions of ScienceThe Nurse1 episode
1998BeckerMrs. Cooper1 episode
2004Crossing JordanLeather Lauren1 episode
2007Dirty Sexy MoneyLeslie Donovan1 episode
2009ERMargaret1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or series
1999NominatedBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress – ComedyThere's Something About Mary
2002WonMethod Fest Independent Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress
2004WonPeñíscola Comedy Film FestivalBest ActressDead End
2005WonBreckenridge Festival Of FilmBest Supporting ActressHate Crime
2005NominatedFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressDead End
2012NominatedCyber-Horror AwardsBest Supporting ActressInsidious
2012WonFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressInsidious
2012WonFright Meter AwardsBest Supporting ActressInsidious
2012NominatedSaturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressInsidious
2014NominatedFright Meter AwardsBest Ensemble CastInsidious: Chapter 2


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