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