Who is Lara Flynn Boyle?
Lara Flynn Boyle was born on 24 March 1970, in Davenport, Iowa, USA, and is a producer as well as an actress, best known for her role in the television series “Twin Peaks” in which she portrayed Donna Hayward. She is also known for portraying Stacy in the film “Wayne’s World”.
The Riches of Lara Flynn Boyle
As of early-2020, Lara Flynn Boyle’s net worth is estimated to be over $10 million, earned through a successful career in acting in the entertainment industry for nearly three decades. She hasn’t been active in any production or acting work since 2015, effectively retiring from the career, though a possibility of a return remains.
Early Life and Education
Lara Flynn grew up in Davenport, where her father worked as a manager of a store while her mother did clerical duties as a part of her job. She is of Italian, German, and Irish ancestry – her parents named her after a character from the novel “Doctor Zhivago” written by Boris Pasternak. At a young age, her father left the family, leaving her to struggle financially with her mother.
She was also diagnosed with dyslexia, which is a disorder characterized by difficulty in reading and spelling words. Despite this, it did not stop her interest in pursuing a career in the performing arts.
She and her mother lived in Chicago, Illinois, and after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. The school is known for its training in professional-level arts in various fields, including animation, filmmaking, musical theatre, visual arts, dance, and music.
Following the completion of her degree, she quickly took up various auditions, first being recognized as an actress by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for a small role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, even though her scenes were cut from the final version of the film.
The following year, she made her first on-camera appearance in the miniseries “Amerika”m which aired on ABC, in an alternate timeline where the Soviet Union took over the US that required no bloodshed.
After a few guest appearances in several shows, she then landed a leading role in “Poltergeist III”. The film featured her alongside Tom Skerritt and Nancy Allen, and is the final film of the “Poltergeist” series, following the story of a woman being tormented by evil spirits, while she lives in a high-rise apartment. Nearing the 1990s, she was cast in one of her biggest roles in the television pilot “Northwest Passage”, which set the stage for her most notable appearance “Twin Peaks”.
The mystery show follows the story of an FBI agent as they investigate the death of a home-coming queen in an apparent murder. The show was canceled after its second season, but has maintained a strong international cult following, considered by some as one of the greatest television series of all time.
Continued Acting Career
With her relative success in “Twin Peaks” more opportunities opened up for Boyle, including being featured in several prolific magazines, such as “Rolling Stone”, and a role in “The Rookie” which was directed by Clint Eastwood.
During the 1990s, she had a string of film projects, including “Eye of the Storm”, “Mobsters” and “Backward”. She was set to reprise her role in the film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” following the cancellation of the show, but ultimately passed on the project due to other projects she was working on.
She gained more fame as she appeared in the comedy “Wayne’s World”, which starred Mike Myers in the film based on the sketch of the same name popularized by “Saturday Night Live”. Afterwards she worked on the film “Red Rock West”, which saw her star alongside Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper. The neo-noir film was well received in the independent scene leading to a theatrical release, and was a hit, particularly due to its art style.
She also appeared in “Baby’s Day Out”, and in “The Practice” in the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gable which was written specifically for her; he stayed with the show for six years until she was cut among many cast members due to budget constraints, and despite her performance gaining an Emmy nomination. The legal show follows the story of lawyers who often encounter conflict in ethics with their legal practice.
In 2002, she was cast as the villain in “Men in Black II”, portraying a shape-shifting alien in the film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, a sequel to the 1997 hit “Men in Black”.
In the 2000s, her work significantly lessened as she took fewer projects. Some of her prominent roles included “Las Vegas” in which she portrayed the new hotel owner Monica Mancuso, and the film “Baby on Board”, which starred her alongside Heather Graham. One of her last projects was the film “Hansel & Gretel Get Baked”, which also starred Molly Quinn and Michael Welch. The film is an adaptation of the popular “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale, this time incorporating marijuana into the story. She was also set to appear in the film “Death in Texas”, which has been in post-production for a few years with no sign of being released any time soon.
Boyle is known to have been in a few prominent romances during her career. In 1990, she was in a relationship with Kyle MacLachlan who was her co-star in “Twin Peaks” – they stayed together for two years before breaking-up. Four years later, she married John Patrick Dee III in a marriage that lasted just two years. She also dated actor David Spade, and then actor Jack Nicholson. The two were even involved in a car crash, and stayed together until 2000. Six years later, she married Donald Ray Thomas, a real-estate investor, and they reside in San Antonio, Texas. She has expressed no desire to return to acting since 2015. She has never had any children.