Birth Name: Piper Laurie
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
She was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, MI on Jan. 22, 1933 Her parents - father Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer who came to American from Poland, and her mother, Charlotte Alperin, a Russian-American - moved the family to Los Angeles when she was six. Laurie was shy as a child, so her parents enrolled her in elocution and acting lessons, which sparked an interest in performance. The 17-year-old was discovered at an acting school by agents from Universal, and signed to a contract with the studio, which pressed her into perky, girl-next-door roles that emphasized her pixyish frame and physical charms - an image sold in part by ludicrous press releases that stated she took milk baths and din...
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