Laura Linney (as Cathy Jamison)

Laura Linney stars as Cathy in The Big C

Cathy Jamison Character Biography

A cancer diagnosis was just the kick in the pants Cathy Jamison needed to ditch her reserved, conservative ways and start living life to the fullest. Tired of putting everyone else’s needs ahead of her own, she is committed to doing things her way from now on. The transition from milquetoast suburban wife and mother to master of her own destiny has not been easy, but that was nothing compared to the challenge she’s taking on now, beating stage four melanoma.

Laura Linney Biography

Laura Linney received an Academy Award® nomination in 2008 in the lead actress category for her role in the box office hit, The Savages. She also starred in the critically acclaimed miniseries John Adams, for which she won an Emmy® Award, a SAG Award® and a Golden Globe®. She has also starred in City Of Your Final Destination, Sympathy For Delicious and The Other Man. Linney recently received a Tony® nomination for her work in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still.

Linney’s additional credits include You Can Count On Me, for which she as nominated for an Oscar®, a Screen Actors Guild Award®, a Golden Globe® Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She received the award for ‘Best Actress’ from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for her work in that film. She received Golden Globe® and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her work in The Squid And The Whale. In 2004 she was nominated for an Oscar®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Kinsey. In 2003, Linney appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually. For her work in Mystic River, she earned a ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Drama’ nomination by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her other film credits include Congo, Absolute Power, Primal Fear, The Truman Show, The House Of Mirth, Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave, Searching For Bobby Fischer, A Simple Twist Of Fate, The Mothman Prophecies, The Life Of David Gale, P.S., The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Breach, Man Of The Year, Driving Lessons, Jindabyne, The Hottest State, The Nanny Diaries, and The Other Man.

Linney returned to television in 2004 on the comedy Frasier. For this role she won a 2004 Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.’ She previously won an Emmy® for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress’ for Wild Iris. Additional television appearances include: the lead role in Tales Of The City, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, a role which she reprised in More Tales Of The City. Linney was also seen opposite Joanne Woodward in Blind Spot, and opposite Steven Weber in Love Letters.

Linney is a graduate of Juilliard. In 2008, she starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuse with Ben Daniels. She was nominated for a Tony® for her performance in The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. In 2004, Linney starred in Donald Margulies’ Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play she did 12 years prior. She received a Tony® nomination as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critic Circle for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Play.’ Her additional theatre credits include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees Of Separation, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, Holiday, Honour; Sight Unseen; for which she earned a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination; and John Guare’s Landscape Of The Body at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

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