Grace Zabriskie

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Grace Zabriskie
Born
Grace Caplinger [1]

(1941-05-17) May 17, 1941 (age 80)
OccupationActress
Years active1978–present

Grace Zabriskie ( née Caplinger; May 17, 1941) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017) and its film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lois Henrickson in Big Love , as well as in cult films such as two of David Lynch's films: Juana Durango in Wild at Heart (1990) and Visitor #1 in Inland Empire (2006). Other film roles include Nickel Mountain (1984), Child's Play 2 (1990), and The Grudge (2004). She is also known for her recurring roles in Seinfeld and Charmed .

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Early life

Zabriskie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Marion Grace (née Zabriskie), of Wyckoff, New Jersey, and Roger Thomas "Tom" Caplinger. [2] Her mother had distant Polish and Dutch ancestry, [3] and was a relative of James Zabriskie, a 19th-century railroad industrialist and early pioneer of California. [4] Zabriskie has said that her family was visited by Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote during her childhood. [5] Her father owned the famous French quarter gay bar, Cafe Lafitte in Exile. [1]

In the early 1960s, Zabriskie was among a circle of Kerry Thornley's New Orleans friends. At one point, Thornley began work on a novel about her called Can Grace Come Out and Play? [1] Thornley later claimed to have had an "eight-year-long, off-again-on-again, affair/friendship/rivalry/ego-game/karmic unraveling" with her, though Zabriskie described it as "four and a half minutes in bed." [6]

Her sister, Lane Caplinger, worked as a typist in New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's office. Caplinger is reputed to have covertly produced all five copies of the first edition of the Principia Discordia in 1965. [7]

Career

After making her major film debut in 1979's Norma Rae , Zabriskie went on to appear in dozens of other works, including the 1981 Roger Corman horror film Galaxy of Terror and the 1981 miniseries adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden . She played the nanny in 1980's The Private Eyes , Debra Winger's mother in An Officer and a Gentleman , Heather Langenkamp's mother in Nickel Mountain , and Paul Le Mat's mother in 1984's The Burning Bed (starring Farrah Fawcett). She also had a small but crucial part in the fifth season finale of Knots Landing.

She appeared in 1989's Drugstore Cowboy and as the ill-fated orphanage owner Grace Poole in Child's Play 2 . Other movies include the 1991 film adaptation Fried Green Tomatoes and Philip Ridley's 1995 film The Passion of Darkly Noon .

Zabriskie is perhaps most familiar for her television work. After a recurring role on the soap opera Santa Barbara , she played a major role on the David Lynch series Twin Peaks and its spin-off film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Sarah Palmer, the eerily psychic mother of the doomed Laura Palmer. Zabriskie also appeared in Lynch's Wild at Heart — notably as the twin sister of a character played by Isabella Rossellini, an actress eleven years her junior. David Lynch later cast her as a sinister Polish neighbor in Inland Empire in 2006.

Zabriskie also played the role of the Crone in Season 5 of on the TV show, Charmed .

Zabriskie may best be remembered as Mrs. Ross, a recurring character on the sitcom Seinfeld . She played the mother of another doomed daughter, Susan RossGeorge Costanza's fiancée — who died after licking cheap envelope adhesive when mailing out her wedding invitations. Zabriskie's character's husband on the series, who also appeared in a recurring role, was played by her former Twin Peaks co-star, Warren Frost.

She also made a brief but memorable appearance in the episode "S'ain't Valentine's" on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens , as the emotionally disturbed and alcoholic mother of Spence Olchin (played by Patton Oswalt). While the character Veronica Olchin would reappear throughout the series, Zabriskie would not portray her again, having been replaced by Anne Meara. She also starred as Lois Henrickson in Big Love , an HBO drama series that seriously explored the issue of polygamy, [8] and appeared twice in Aaron Spelling's series Charmed as The Crone.

She has worked in radio, collaborating with radio dramatist/monologist Joe Frank several times. In one episode of Frank's show, "Home (Original)," she talks at length about her childhood in New Orleans, with a focus on her father.

Zabriskie appeared in the 2004 American remake of The Grudge , in which she played a senile elderly woman sensitive to the paranormal occurrences in her home.

In 2020, she starred in the music video for Grouplove's "Youth". [9] directed by Christopher Blauvelt.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1978 They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way Lem's Wife
1979 Norma Rae Linette Odum
1980 The Private Eyes Nanny
1981 Galaxy of Terror Captain Trantor
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Esther Pokrifki
1984 Nickel Mountain Ellie Wells
1984 Body Rock Chilly's Mother
1986 The Big Easy Mama
1987 Rampage Naomi Reece
1987 Leonard Part 6 Jefferson
1988 The Boost Sheryl
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Bob's Mother
1990 Megaville Mrs. Jessica Palinov
1990 Wild at Heart Juana Durango
1990 Child's Play 2 Grace Poole
1991 Ambition Mrs. Wendy Merrick
1991Servants of TwilightGrace Spivey
1991 My Own Private Idaho Alena
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Eva Bates
1992 The Waterdance Pat
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Narrator/Magi Lune (voice)
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Sarah Palmer
1992 Chain of Desire Linda Bailey
1993Stone SoupOlympia
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Mrs. Maria Hankshaw
1994The Last LaughLouiseShort film
1994The CrewGloria Pierce
1994 Drop Zone Winona
1995Desert WindsJackie's Mother
1995 The Passion of Darkly Noon Roxy
1996 A Family Thing Ruby
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Granny
1997SeedMother's VoiceShort film
1997Psycho SushiGreat Aunt
1997George B.The Mother
1997Dead Men Can't DanceBrig. Gen. Burke
1997Annie's GardenMrs. Felicity Barnes
1997SparklerSherri
1998 Armageddon Dottie
1998Dante's ViewGeraldine
1999TrashMrs. Wendy DeMarie
1999A Texas FuneralMurtis
1999Me and WillEdith
2000Home the Horror StoryGrace Parkinson
2000A Fate ForetoldOlgaShort film
2000Puppy LoveJeanette FoleyShort film
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Helen Raines
2001They CrawlMrs. Gage
2002 R.S.V.P. Mary Franklin
2002 No Good Deed Mrs. Karen Quarre
2003The Wind EffectAllisonShort film
2004The Last LetterMrs. Stella Allison
2004 Chrystal Gladys
2004 The Grudge Emma
2004Sabine and the Two-Headed BabySabineShort film
2006 Inland Empire Visitor #1
2007CarelessAdrienne
2007 License to Wed Grandma Jones
2007Alternate EndingsMomShort film
2008The BrothelMadam
2009Bob FunkMrs. June Funk
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Mrs. Joan McCullum
2013 Wrong Cops Donna
2013 Trancers: City of Lost Angels The WardenShort film
2014Blind MaliceNanna
2014 The Judge Mrs. Anita Blackwell
2014 The Makings of You MargaretA.k.a. Never My Love [10]
Also producer
2015Only ChildDelores
2015RosemontJosephine
2019 Polaroid Lena Sable
2021 Cryptozoo Joan (voice)
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1978The Million Dollar Dixie DeliveranceWidow CumminsTV movie
1979 Concrete Cowboys Mrs. Kate BarnabyEpisode: "Concrete Cowboys"
1979 Freedom Road Ruth LaitTV movie
1980 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Episode: "Lost in Death Valley"
1980Blinded by the LightTV movie
1981East of EdenMrs. Catherine AmesTV miniseries
1981 Hart to Hart EthylEpisode: "A Couple of Harts"
1982 The Executioner's Song Kathryne BakerTV movie
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Dr. ClouetEpisode: "Last Chance Louie"
1983M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk DriversSilvie Alice KohlerTV movie
1983 Cagney & Lacey AdeleEpisode: "Affirmative Action"
1984My Mother's Secret LifeMaggie RyanTV movie
1984 Knots Landing ChambermaidEpisode: "Negotiations"
1984 The Burning Bed Flossie HughesTV movie
1984 Paper Dolls CathyEpisode: "1.8"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Mrs. LintonEpisode: "One Too Many"
1985 Santa Barbara Theda Bassett17 episodes
1985North Beach and RawhideHearings OfficerTV movie
1985 Shadow Chasers Mary KomatarEpisode: "Shadow Chasers: Part 1"
1986 Hill Street Blues Terry SylvestriEpisode: "Das Blues"
Episode: "Scales of Justice"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Eva SikorskiEpisode: "Model Citizens"
1987 Falcon Crest Mabel BurtonEpisode: "When the Bough Breaks"
Episode: "The Cradle Will Fall"
1987 Mistress DeanieTV movie
1988 The Bronx Zoo Mrs. BarrisEpisode: "Ties That Bind"
1988My Father, My SonMouzaTV movie
1988ShooterSister MarieTV movie
1988 Empty Nest Eva BarrettEpisode: "Pilot"
1989 The Ryan White Story Gloria WhiteTV movie
1989 Unsub AlmaEpisode: "White Bone Demon"
1989A Deadly SilencePsychologistTV movie
1989 Moonlighting (uncredited)Episode: "In 'N Outlaws"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mrs. ColbertEpisode: "The Secret"
1990Hometown Boy Makes GoodHelen GearyTV movie
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Sarah Palmer13 episodes
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside GenevieveTV movie
1991 Blood Ties The WomanTV movie
1991Intimate StrangerDana P. AshleyTV movie
1992 Freshman Dorm Episode: "Pilot"
1992A House of Secrets and LiesRubyTV movie
1992 Seinfeld Mrs. RossEpisode: "The Cheever Letters"
1993Bonds of LoveEmmaTV movie
1993 Miracle Child Adeleine NewberryTV movie
1993 Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story EthelTV movie
1993Banner TimesMommaTV movie
1993Double DeceptionTV movie
1993 Sirens Female Store OwnerEpisode: "Keeping the Peace"
1993Angel FallsCuema1 episode
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Sandy HenryEpisode: "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story"
1995Crazy for a KissPearl KinrossTV movie
1995 Children of the Dust RoseTV movie
1995 Under Suspicion Lily CassinsEpisode: "Hostage Standoff"
Episode: "Wrongful Shooting"
1995 Empty Nest ScarlettEpisode: "Life Goes On: Part 1"
Episode: "Life Goes On: Part 2"
1995 Fallen Angels VirnaEpisode: "The Black Bargain"
1995 NYPD Blue Wanda PadzikEpisode: "The Bookie and the Kooky Cookie"
1996A Promise to CarolynFrancie HarperTV movie
1996 Second Noah Mrs. ChevalEpisode: "Stormy Weather"
1996Murder at My DoorGrandmaTV movie
1996 The Burning Zone Retired CIA AgentEpisode: "Touch of the Dead"
1996-1998 Seinfeld Mrs. Ross4 episodes
1997 NYPD Blue Millie BanksEpisode: "A Remington Original"
1997 High Incident Episode: "Remote Control"
1997 Over the Top DollyEpisode: "The Southern Story"
1997 The Devil's Child Rose DeMarcoTV movie
1998 Dharma & Greg NaomiEpisode: "It Takes a Village"
1998 Houdini Mrs. WeissTV movie
1998 Profiler Mrs. BoudreauxEpisode: "The Sum of Her Parts"
1999 The King of Queens VeronicaEpisode: "S'ain't Valentine's"
2000 Jesse Grandma RoseEpisode: "Jesse Gives Birth"
2000 The West Wing IsobelEpisode: "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II"
2002 The Guardian JudithEpisode: "The Dead"
2002The GlowSylvia GoodsteinTV movie
2002–2003 John Doe Yellow Teeth6 episodes
2003 Charmed The CroneEpisode: "Baby's First Demon"
Episode: "Sense and Sense Ability"
2005 Medium Connie BuckleyEpisode: "The Other Side of the Tracks"
2006–2011 Big Love Lois Henrickson52 episodes
2013 The Killing Mama Dips3 episodes
2015 Ray Donovan Miss Monassian6 episodes
2016 Outcast Mildred4 episodes
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Mrs. Baković2 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Sarah Palmer6 episodes
2018The Alienist (TV series)Johns Grandmother4 episodes
2019 Hot Streets Senkah (voice)Episode: "Super Agent 2"
2019Ballers (TV series)Enid

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