Piper Laurie, Oscar-nominated ‘Carrie’ actress, dead at 91

Piper Laurie, the strong-willed, Oscar-nominated actress who played celebrated parts while briefly forsaking acting in quest of a "more meaningful" existence, died early Saturday at her Los Angeles home.

She was 91 years old.Marion Rosenberg, Laurie's manager, told The Associated Press via email that she died of old age, adding that she was "a superb talent and a wonderful human being."

Laurie came in Hollywood as Rosetta Jacobs in 1949 and was promptly offered a contract with Universal-International, a new name she despised, 

and a succession of prominent parts alongside Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson, and Tony Curtis, among others.

She went on to win Academy Awards for three different films: the 1961 poolroom drama "The Hustler,"

the 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," and the 1986 love drama "Children of a Lesser God." 

She has had several renowned performances on television and the theater, including the wicked Catherine Martell in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" in the 1990s.

Laurie made her film debut at the age of 17 in "Louisa," playing Reagan's daughter, and then starred alongside Francis the talking mule in "Francis Goes to the Races." 

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