Laura Dern Set To Receive Sundance Fete
by Mark Rabinowitz
The Sundance Film Festival has announced that Academy Award-winning
actress Laura Dern ("Rambling Rose") will be the recipient of the 1999
Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision. To be awarded at a
ceremony on Monday, January 25th in Park City, Utah, the tribute is
"given in recognition of the original voice and vision of an independent
film artist." To be hosted by Isabella Rossellini, the evening will
feature a collection of clips from Dern's career, and a series of
special guests paying tribute.
Dern has acted in a wide variety of films, including Sundance screener
"Citizen Ruth," "A Perfect World," "Jurassic Park," "Smooth Talk,"
"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains" and "Teachers," and recently
completed work on Billy Bob Thornton's "Daddy and Them," his follow-up
to 1996's "Sling Blade." Dern has starred in two films for David Lynch,
1986's "Blue Velvet" and 1990 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner,
"Wild at Heart." In 1994, Dern made her directorial debut with "The
Gift," part of Showtime's "Directed By" series, which starred her mother
Diane Ladd (who also co-starred in "Wild at Heart" and "Rambling Rose"),
Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedilia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place
and Peter Horton.
Past winners of the Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision have
included John Turturro, Nicolas Cage, Gena Rowlands and Tim Robbins.