Much More than Jackie – a pictorial tribute to Steppenwolf’s Laurie Metcalf

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This year’s Women in the Arts honoree is the versatile and talented Laurie Metcalf. Most people will remember her as “Roseanne’s ” sister Jackie on the 90’s sitcom. But Laurie’s acting career started long before that . As a member of the original ensemble at the Steppenwolf Theatre , Laurie found her place on the stage. She also found love with her first husband, Steppenwolf founder , Jeff Perry.


laurie metcalf and jeff perryThis picture was taken today at the Steppenwolf Women of the Arts luncheon. Laurie was introduced by her former husband, Jeff. Today, Jeff is one of the stars of the ABC hit “Scandal.

balm of gileadHere is another one of the founder’s of Steppenwolf , Gary Sinise, of the former CBS series “CSI New York.” in a production of “Balm of Gilead’ by Lanford Wilson.  Laurie won critical acclaim for her role as “Darlene.”

Desperately Seeking SusanLaurie was also in the now classic “Desperately Seeking Susan” with Madonna. Here she is with Mark Blume. She played the sister in law  to Roseanne Arquette.

roseanne laurie mBut the role that brought fame to Laurie was as the sister to Roseanne Connor on the show “Roseanne” Laurie was the beleaguered sister , Jackie  This is where Laurie met her second husband  and won three Emmy Awards .

scream 2Laurie played a killer in the Wes Craven franchise ‘s “Scream 2” She was the mother of Billy Loomis’ who was killed in the first movie.

Laurie in toy storyLaurie lent her voice to the cartoon”Toy Story” as the mother.

nanny g frasier and cheersShe also appeared as the first wife and children’s host “Nanny G” on “Frasier” and “Cheers.”Here she is with her hubby , Kelsey Grammer

desperate housewivesOnce again Laurie carried a gun on “Desperate Housewives”She held a supermarket hostage.

susie in jfkHere is Laurie in her role of Susie Cox in Oliver Stone’s “JFK”

zoe and mom opening nightHere is Laurie with her daughter on their opening night . Laurie is very proud of her daughter, Zoe Perry and her career.

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Laurie also appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” as a mother who was preparing her daughter for her impending death

jim and laurie

Here is one of my favorite roles of Laurie’s . She has a semi regular role on “The Big Bang Theory ” as Mary Cooper, Sheldon’s Texas born again Christian mother.


I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Laurie when she did “Detroit”at Steppenwolf. I remember being awed at her talent in theatre after seeing her for years on television and movies.

getting onCurrently she is appearing in the HBO series “Getting On” with “Family Guy’s” Alex Borstein. She plays repressed Dr. Jenna James

love lauries dressWhatever is in her future, we will keep on watching this inspiring and talented actress. Chitownstarconnections is proud of this Chicago gal


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