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Josephine Cusumano
Feb 05, 2016 @ 7:15 am

Laura Linney is celebrating her birthday today! The three-time Oscar-nominated actress is turning 52, so we're looking back at the 5 most iconic acting roles from her remarkable career.

The New York City-born actress graduated from Brown University in 1986 with a degree in theater and subsequently attended Juilliard School for a graduate program in drama. What followed was a lead role in PBS's adaptation of Tales of the City and soon enough she nabbed movie roles—including her breakout film, 1996's Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere.

Since then, she's earned countless nominations and multiple awards for her roles in both film and television, including Academy Awards noms for You Can Count on Me, Kinsey, and The Savages.

As for Linney's latest project, she's set to rejoin Gere on the silver screen in Oren Moverman's drama, The Dinner, alongside Steve Coogan, Chloë Sevigny and Rebecca Hall. Until then, celebrate Linney's big day by reminiscing about the roles that made us fall in love with her: 

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The Big C

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In this heart wrenching—yet heartwarming—television series, Linney stars as a Minneapolis school teacher who is dealing with her terminal cancer the best way she knows how: with humor and happiness. "Life is so precious and it's way too f—king short," her character Cathy Jamison once preached. "So don't delay the happy."

Kinsey

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In Linney's Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated role, she plays the wife of Alfred Charles Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson), a biology professor who became a pioneer in studying sexual behavior.

Mystic River

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In this dark drama—headed by a lead cast including Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins—Linney plays the role of Penn's wife as they deal with their daughter's murder, bringing a town and three friends against each other.

Love Actually

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In the iconic tale proving that love actually is all around, Linney plays a graphic designer, who can't seem to catch a break with her office crush due to her devotion of a mentally ill brother. Plus, who could ever forget her famous quote: "Hello, darling. No, no, I'm not busy. No, fire away."

The Truman Show

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1998's The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey is just as relevant today as it was then. Linney, who plays Truman Burbank's picture-perfect wife, Meryl, had us all believing that what we saw was actually true. And what's more? She was a pro at bringing advertising revenue to the show.

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