Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi
A former model and dancer at the famed Copacabana nightclub, this lithe blonde actress made her film debut in Something Wild (1961). After appearing in various soap operas, stage plays, and low-budget films, she won critical praise as the waitress Flo in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975), for which she won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Frequently cast in films as a mother, she and real-life daughter Laura Dern both won Academy Award nominations for their roles in Rambling Rose (1991). Ladd had previously earned an Academy Award nomination for her work in Wild at Heart (1990).