In her over-20 year career, Laura has acted in over 45 films including Now You See Me, Enemy of the State and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Django Unchained where she played Leonardo DiCaprio’s sister. Television appearances include True Detective, Friends and a recurring role on Queen Sugar. She's appeared in more than 60 commercials and wrote and directed an award winning short film starring Joanna Cassidy, Danica McKellar and Julie Brown. She also directed Richard Dreyfuss and Mircea Monroe in a short piece from her screenplay, Lone Star Trixie.
In 2008, she produced and starred in Quentin Tarantino presents: Hell Ride, a biker movie starring Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen and David Carradine.

Laura's books include: Know Small Parts:  An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career with a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss, The Secret of the Other Mother: A Charlotte Reade Mystery and coming-of-age novel, Lemonade Farm.

fun factoids


Laura was the first person to wear a dress from Project Runway on the red carpet (designer Austin Scarlett). She also wore a Jerell Scott to the premiere of Grindhouse before he was on Project Runway.

Other than a high fall, Laura has performed all of her own stunts - including the big ending in Django Unchained.

Laura is a season ticket holder for both the New Orleans Saints and the Pelicans and loves dancing  in Mardi Gras parades with the Pussyfooters.

Laura was once interviewed by her high school classmate Kevin Frazier for The Insider.

Before becoming an actor, Laura worked as a nightclub DJ, an English professor, a dress shop manager and an SAT tutor. She also modeled for over a decade and worked as movie theatre ticket taker until she'd torn tickets for three of her own movies. 

Laura earned her master’s degree in 10 months, setting a university record at the time and putting her on the path to becoming a Distinguished Alumni Award winner in 2014. You can find her name on the Moulton Tower at University of South Alabama.

The Django Unchained characters were portrayed in a series of comic books drawn by seven different artists. The Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly character was rendered by four of the artists. 

​Laura's likeness appeared as part of a Louisiana Film Festival mural by Brandan "B-mike" Odums and the world's largest beaded mural by Stephan Wanger.