Though the list of her historical films and TV shows is fairly short, Laura Linney is one of this age’s greatest actresses and we figured it was high time to celebrate her contributions to the historical flick list!
Class of ’61 (1993)
Clive Owen? And the costumes look like they don’t suck? Sign me up!
Truman Show (1998)
Ok, it’s technically not a period piece in the strictest sense of the term. But it’s close enough! Laura Linney plays Meryl Burbank, wife of the eponymous Truman.
Linney plays Bertha Dorset, an amoral and adulterous woman who drives the heroine into a series of increasingly fatal moral choices.
Her performance as Kinsey’s wife and co-researcher, Clara “Mac” McMillen won Linney an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Check out our series on John Adams, if you want to know more about the costuming. Laura Linney plays Abigail Adams, wife of the second POTUS.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
In Hyde Park on Hudson, Linney plays Daisey Suckley, a distant cousin of FDR’s (played by Bill Murray). There’s very little evidence that Suckley was the president’s mistress in real life.
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Appearing opposite Sir Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes, Linney plays his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.
Linney plays Louise Saunders, wife of Max Perkins, the publisher responsible for discovering F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway, among others.
What’s your favorite film starring Laura Linney? Share it with us in the comments!