After her parents' divorce when she was two years old, Dern was largely brought up by her mother and grandmother. Her mother objected to her year-old daughter's presence on the set of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains , but Dern sued for and received emancipation. In , she became the youngest-ever winner of Miss Golden Globe. Dern's starring role in Blue Velvet was a breakthrough though her next notable film, Wild at Heart, took almost four years to be released.
Dern's affiliation with David Lynch has continued with her role in Inland Empire. In , Dern and her mother became the first mother and daughter to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in the same film in Rambling Rose although, unlike in Wild at Heart, they did not play mother and daughter in the film.
Dern starred as Dr. Dern's mother makes a cameo appearance, playing Dern's character's mother, with Dern's character screaming a torrent of abuse at her.
While dating Thornton in , she was cast as his love interest in his film Daddy and Them , which also includes Diane Ladd. Dern also appeared in Joe Johnston 's film October Sky. Reilly , and Peter Sarsgaard.
Since then, Dern was seen in the independent drama Tenderness  and, in , she appeared in Little Fockers , playing an advanced school principal who dated Owen Wilson 's character Kevin Rawley. On the April 24, , airing of DeGeneres's talk show , Dern revealed she did not work for more than a year following her appearance in that episode because of resulting backlash, but nevertheless called it an "extraordinary experience and opportunity.
On November 1, , she received the 2,th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, were also presented with stars.
Dern brought screenwriter Mike White back into television work after he had had an on-the-job meltdown of his own. Jellicoe's Hawaiian retreat included introduction to meditation and the character tries to continue the discipline as she resumes her working life.
Personal life[ edit ] Political views and activism[ edit ] Dern is an activist and supporter of various charities, such as Healthy Child Healthy World, which aims to raise awareness about toxic substances that can affect a child's health. She advocated for Down Syndrome awareness in a cover story for Ability Magazine. She is quoted as saying, "I will cherish this as a reminder of the extraordinary, incredible outpouring of people who demanded their voice be heard in this last election so we can look forward to amazing change in this country.
Thank you so much!