Innes, Laura 1959(?)–

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INNES, Laura 1959(?)–

(Lauren Innes)


Born August 16, 1959 (some sources say 1960), in Pontiac, MI; daughter of Robert (a tool and die company executive) and Laurette Innes; married David Brisbin (an actor), 1988; children: Cal Brisbin, Mia Brisbin. Education: Northwestern University, B.A., theatre arts.

Addresses: Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Paradigm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Publicist—Troy Nankin, Baker Winokur Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Sixth Floor West, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress and director. Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, member of company, 1982–83 and 1984–85; involved with development workshops for the theatre. Appeared in The More You Know, a series of public service announcements.

Member: Alpha Chi Omega.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1997 and 1998, Screen Actors Guild awards (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 1997, 1998, and 1999, Q Award nominations, Viewers for Quality Television, best supporting actress in a quality drama series, 1998 and 2000, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2000 and 2001, all for ER; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing for a drama series, 2001, for "Shibboleth," an episode of The West Wing.


Television Appearances; Series:

Krissy Bender Marino, The Stiller and Meara Show, NBC, 1986.

Ghost of Nora Diamond, Another World, NBC, beginning 1988.

Dr. Kerry Weaver, ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995—.

Sandy Sincic, The Louie Show, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Laurel Hearn, When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (also known as The Soldiers of Misfortune), CBS, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Angelyn Graham, Telling Secrets (also known as Contract for Murder), 1993.

Hemophiliac representative, The Band Played On, HBO, 1993.

Ronnie, Judith Krantz's "Torch Song" (also known as Torch Song), ABC, 1993.

Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story (also known as Raid on Jerash), NBC, 1993.

Mrs. Klinger, See Jane Run, ABC, 1995.

Rose, Just Like Dad, The Disney Channel, 1996.

Lynn Cox, The Price of a Broken Heart, Lifetime, 1999.

Pat Melancon, Taking Back Our Town, Lifetime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, Larry King Meets ER, TNT, 1998.

Herself, VH1 Rock & Roll Fantasy: Gloria Reuben, VH1, 2000.

Herself, NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002.

Herself, ER 200: A Dateline Special, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, Caribbean Music Awards, syndicated, 1997.

(As Lauren Innes) Herself, The 26th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1999.

Presenter, The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, HBO Plus, 1999.

Presenter, TV Guide Awards, Fox, 1999.

Presenter, Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World, Lifetime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Kay O'Brien, CBS, 1986.

Miss Andrews, "Teacher's Pest," Hey Dude, Nickelodeon, 1989.

Mrs. Rice, "Jacob Have I Loved," Wonderworks, PBS, 1989.

Mrs. Fleeman, "Baby," Hey Dude, Nickelodeon, 1990.

Bunny Mather, "I Ain't Got No Bunny," Wings, NBC, 1991.

Mrs. Kramer, "Good as Gold," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1992.

Bunny Mather, "Another Wedding," Wings, NBC, 1993.

Bunny Mather, "Bye–Bye, Bunny," Wings, NBC, 1993.

Bunny Mather, "Happy Holidays," Wings, NBC, 1993.

Darcy Wilks, "The Imposter," Bakersfield P.D., Fox, 1993.

Actress, "Maureen's Play," The Good Life, NBC, 1994.

Annie, Good Advice, CBS, 1994.

Liz, "Homework," Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Cheryl Fleck, "Weekend," My So–Called Life, ABC, 1994.

Contestant, "Celebrity Jeopardy!," Jeopardy!, syndicated, 1996.

Voice of Dr. Brander, "Faire Play/The Smell of Success," Rugrats (animated), Nickelodeon, 1997.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2001.

Commentator, "Black & White & Living Color," TV Revolution, Bravo, 2004.

Commentator, "Body Count," TV Revolution, Bravo, 2004.

Commentator, "Maids, Babes & Mothers," TV Revolution, Bravo, 2004.

Commentator, "Out of the Closet," TV Revolution, Bravo, 2004.

Appeared in episodes of Joey Can't Shoot Straight, MTV.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Krissy Bender Marino, The Stiller and Meara Show, NBC, 1986.

Annie, Philby (also known as Betty and Al), ABC, 1989.

C.C.P.D., Fox, 1992.

Also appeared in Something's Gotta Give, Fox.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Power," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1999.

"Be Still My Heart," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2000.

"Let Bartlet Be Bartlet," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.

"Shibboleth," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.

"If I Should Fall from Grace," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2001.

"Sailing Away," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2001.

"A Hopeless Wound," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2002.

"Pick Your Battles," Presidio Med, CBS, 2002.

"Constituency of One," The West Wing, NBC, 2003.

"NICU," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2004.

Film Appearances:

The Fury, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1978.

Hamburger Hill, Paramount, 1987.

Rose, Just Like Dad, 1995.

Beth Stanley, Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998.

Landlady, Can't Stop Dancing, PM Entertainment Group, 1999.

Delores (short film), 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Twelfth Night, Body Politic Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1980–1981.

Glenna and peep show girl, Edmond, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1981–1982, then Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1982–1983.

Darlene, little person, and member of the ensemble, My Uncle Sam, Rolfe Company, Public Theatre/Other Stage, New York City, 1983.

Hedda Gabler, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1983–1984.

Emily, Our Town, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1984–1985.

Miranda, The Tempest, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1984–1985.

Freda Ward, Alice and Fred, Rolfe Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Rosaura, Life Is a Dream, Ark Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Vienna: Lusthaus, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Deb, Prison–Made Tuxedos, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1987.

Title character, Stella, New York Theatre Workshop, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Buster, Miss Peterson, and Jaculatrix, In Perpetuity throughout the Universe, Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1987–1988, then Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Linda, American Notes, Public Theatre/Susan Stein Shiva Theatre, New York City, 1988.

La presidente de Tourvel, Les liaisons dangereuses, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1989–1990.

Daisy, Paradise for the Worried, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, 1990.

Agnes Robertson, Two Shakespearean Actors, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1991–1992.

Appeared as Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire and in A Christmas Carol, both Goodman Theatre; in Much Ado About Nothing and Three Sisters, both La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; in In a Northern Landscape and My Sister in This House, both Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY; in Dracula, Jitterbugging, Poor Folks Pleasures, and Tales of the Lost Formicans, all River Arts Repertory; in Midnight Caller and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, both Wisdom Bridge Theatre; in A Country Doctor, Classic Stage Company; in The Dispute, New York Theatre Workshop; in The Hunger Artist, Music Theatre Group; in On the Fritz, Practical Theatre; and in Shirley Basin, Northlight Repertory.


Teleplays; Episodic:

"Rest in Pieces," Hey Dude, Nickelodeon, c. 1991.



Advocate, December 25, 2001, pp. 53–55.

Biography, February, 1999, p. 18.

Celebrity Dish, September, 2000, pp. 4–5.

Detroit Free Press, November 9, 1995, pp. C1, C2.

Entertainment Weekly, December 13, 1996, p. 33.

Out, December, 2000, pp. 21–22.

Parade, September 20, 1998, p. 14.

People Weekly, December 16, 1996, p. 77.

TV Guide, February 5, 2000, pp. 48–50.