Laurie Metcalf Wiki: 5 Facts To Know About The ‘Lady Bird’ Actress

The ‘Lady Bird’ actress or call her Mary Cooper from ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Laurie Metcalf is a famous American actress and theater personality. Read on.

Laurie Metcalf and her net worth

Laurie Metcalf is an American award-winning theater and television actress born as Lauren Elizabeth Metcalf. She has an estimated net worth of $8 million. Metcalf has earned this huge net worth by acting in numerous movies, theater and television shows. Metcalf did her matriculation from Illinois State University and was a charter member of Chicago’s groundbreaking SteppenWolf Theatre troupe. She moved to New York in the 80s after winning a 1984 Theatre World Award and an Obie for her performance in ‘Balm in Gilead’. Laurie Metcalf has won three Emmy Awards and has also been nominated for two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She got the Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Roseanne’ and ‘Lady Bird’. ‘Roseanne’ tele-series got her fame and recognition.

Laurie Metcalf; early life and education

Laurie Metcalf is widely recognized for her theater work and award-nominated roles in TV shows such as ‘Roseanne’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Getting On’. Metcalf was born in 1955 in Illinois. After creating quite a buzz as a stage actress, Metcalf established herself on the map of fame through her Emmy-Award winning role of Jackie in ‘Roseanne’. She also was one amongst the all-star cast of the animated hit ‘Toy Story’ in 1995. She was later a part of the sequels of ‘Toy Story’ too. Her TV programs like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Getting On’ got her a lot of praise and attention. She did not stop working in theater alongside and earned the Tony Award consideration for her performances in ‘November’ and ‘Misery’. Metcalf was a very shy child but she realized that her inhibitions disappeared while on stage and hence she started performing at the Edwardsville High School. Yet, she entered the Illinois State University after choosing to major in German and then anthropology and also supporting herself as a secretary. Her interest in stage retained and she also managed to get a small part in the play ‘What the Butler saw’. She got her B.A. in theater in 1976.

Career in movies and personal life

Laurie Metcalf grabbed all the roles that came her way while being a part of the Steppenwolf ensemble. She briefly appeared on more prominent channels. She got a small role in Robert Altman’s ‘A Wedding’ in 1978. Her role went unnoticed here. She also appeared in a single-episode on Saturday Night Live in 1981. Theater enthusiasts came to recognize her through Steppenwolf’s revival of ‘Balm in Gilead’. Her role was of a prostitute called Darlene and she even got an Obie award for her efforts. She caught the attention of the film director Susan Seidelman who got her a supporting roles in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985 and ‘Mr. Right’ in 1987. In 1988, Metcalf got her breakout role in ‘Roseanne’. The show surged to the top of the ratings and also drew critical praise of showcasing the unglamorous struggles of a middle-class working family. Her work got her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy from 1992 to 1994. Metcalf has done many Broadway performances like ‘My Thing of Love’, ‘November’, ‘Brighten Beach Memoirs’, ‘The Other Place’, ‘Misery’, ‘Three Tall Women’ and ‘A Doll’s House Part II’. She has won a Tony award for her Broadway performance in ‘A Doll’s House Part II’. She also worked in other films such as ‘Uncle Buck’, ‘JFK’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’. She joined the all-star cast of the smash hit ‘Toy Story’ rendering her voice to mom of the toy’s young owner. After ‘Roseanne’ got over in 1997, Metcalf devoted her time to some big screen projects like ‘Scream 2’ in 1997, ‘Bulworth’ in 1998 and ‘Toy Story 2’ in 1999. She appeared on ‘Norm’ next for three seasons and also on some other TV shows. Metcalf got her Emmy Nominations for her guest appearance on ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’, ‘Monk’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’. She, in 2007, got a recurring role as Mary Cooper in the popular sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Her first love, theater, never left her and she even garnered a Tony Award nomination in 2008 for her work in ‘November’ and got some recognition for her work in ‘The Other Place’ in 2013 and ‘Misery’ in 2016. In 2015, Steppenwolf honored her. The group had grown from a bare-bones group into one of the country’s premier theater organizations. She came in news again for the production of ‘Toy Story 3’ in 2010 and ‘Toy Story 4’ which is scheduled to release in 2019. Her debut role in the HBO medical comedy ‘Getting On’ in 2013 drew in a lot of praise. She made history in Emmy Awards 2016, by getting nominations in three different categories: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for ‘Getting On’, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for Louis C.K.’s ‘Horace and Pete’. Metcalf has been married twice in her lifetime. She was first married to Jeff Perry in the year 1983. Their marriage dissolved in 1992. She again married Matt Roth in 2005 but divorced him in 2014. She has four kids from both her marriages. The eldest of her kids, Zoe Perry has also become an actress. Zoe Perry is known for her work in ‘The Private Practice’, ‘The Family’ and ‘No Pay, Nudity’.