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Laura Dern


February 10, 1967


Ellie Sattler


Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III

"I thought Laura Dern was the perfect Ellie Sattler. She is such an honest actor."
Steven Spielberg(src)

Laura Dern is an American actress who portrayed Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.

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Laura Dern and Jurassic ParkEdit

Laura Dern liked dinosaurs before the movie. "I love dinosaurs 'cause I thought they were amazing and I knew a few of the names, the ones I loved. I loved the pterodactyls, I loved brachiosaurus and... the sweet ones. I wasn't into the T. rex."[1]

Jurassic ParkEdit

Laura Dern was chosen by Steven Spielberg to portray Dr. Ellie Sattler because she was a very good and honest actor.[2] The role of Ellie Sattler was offered to a lot of actresses. Juliette Binoche was offered the role but she turned it down in order to make Three Colors: Blue. Robin Wright, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ally Sheedy, Geena Davis, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Grey, Kelly McGillis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Roberts, Linda Hamilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bridget Fonda, Joan Cusack, Laura Linney, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow and Debra Winger were all considered for the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler.[3][4]

By coincidence, while Laura was acting for Jurassic Park, Laura's mother, Diane Ladd, was acting for the film Carnosaur.

In the film, Jeff Goldblum's character flirted with Laura's. After the film, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern had a short relationship.[5]

Because Jurassic Park had popularised dinosaurs the surnames of its main actors were used to make the species name of the Tianchisaurus genus. The species name has become nedegoapeferima, in which the part de are the first two letters of Dern.

Jurassic Park IIIEdit

Laura Dern later played a minor role in Jurassic Park III, returning at the beginning of the film and near the end.

Jurassic WorldEdit

In 2007 Laura Dern was rumoured to appear in Jurassic Park IV. However, that film was never made.


  1. Original Featurette on the Making of the Film
  2. The making of Jurassic Park (documentary film)
  3. Jurassic Park trivia], IMDb.
  4. Watch Helen Hunt And Gwyneth Paltrow's Screen Tests For “Jurassic Park”], BuzzFeed.
  5. Miller, Samantha (February 4, 2002). "Dern Happy". People. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
Jurassic Park III Actors
Sam NeillLaura DernWilliam H. MacyTea LeoniAlessandro NivolaTrevor MorganBlake Michael BryanJohn DiehlMark HarelikMichael JeterSarah Danielle MadisonJulio Oscar MechosoTaylor NicholsLinda ParkBruce A. Young

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