Piper Laurie: She Excelled in Roles Fragile and Fierce

From a Washington Post obit by Adam Bernstein headlined “Piper Laurie, who excelled in roles fragile and fierce, dies at 91”:

Piper Laurie, a three-time Oscar nominee who excelled in roles fragile and fierce, including as Paul Newman’s disabled girlfriend in “The Hustler” and Sissy Spacek’s religiously fanatical mother in “Carrie,” and who memorably went incognito as a Japanese businessman on the TV series “Twin Peaks,” died in Los Angeles.

Adept at losing herself in her characters, Ms. Laurie also performed one of the more notable vanishing acts in Hollywood: She largely disappeared from the screen during the 15 years between the two finest performances of her career, in “The Hustler” (1961) and “Carrie” (1976), both of which garnered Academy Award nominations.