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Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980) is an American actress, director, and author. She is best known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006), and for her portrayal of Alex Vause in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present). Prepon has worked mainly in television. She made her film debut in 2001 with the independent film Southlander. Her other films include the romantic drama Come Early Morning (2006), the comedy Lay the Favorite (2012), the thriller The Girl on the Train (2016), and the drama The Hero (2017).

Laura Prepon
Laura-Prepon.jpg
Prepon in 2014
Born (1980-03-07) March 7, 1980 (age 37)
Watchung, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence New York
Occupation Actress, director, author
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Ben Foster (fiancé)
Children 1

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Early lifeEdit

Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watchung, New Jersey,[1] the youngest of five children, to Marjorie (née Coll), a high school teacher, and Michael Prepon, an orthopedic surgeon.[1] She is of Russian Jewish and Irish Catholic descent.[2] Her maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Union Army General Joseph Bradford Carr.[3] Prepon's father died during heart surgery in 1993 at age 49;[4] she was 13 years old at the time. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School, and later studied at the Total Theatre Lab in New York City.[1]

CareerEdit

1995–2005Edit

Prepon appeared in plays such as A Woman of Property and Ascension Day while in New York.[1] In 1996, she studied drama with acting teacher Caroline Thomas at Thomas' Total Theatre Lab.[5] Later, in September 1997, she premiered on a Levi Strauss-developed show called They Go On, an Internet-based soap opera.[6] Prepon had also worked as a model and has done photo shoots in Paris, Milan, and Brazil.[1]

Prepon starred as Donna Pinciotti on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006. Donna became the girlfriend and next-door neighbor of Eric Forman (Topher Grace). Randy Pearson (Josh Meyers), who was introduced in the eighth and final season of the series, became Donna's third love interest after Grace left the series.

Prepon co-starred in the romantic comedy Slackers, which is about three best friends who try to scam their way through college and eventually get caught.[7] She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2002 for her role in That '70s Show.[8] In 2001, she made her film debut in Steve Hanft's musical comedy-drama Southlander with Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III, where she played Seven=Five, a young TV telepathic. In 2004, Prepon worked on the independent drama film The Pornographer: A Love Story. The film tells the story of an obsessive relationship between a director and an actress.

Prepon was named one of Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" in 2002 and one of Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" in 2005.[9] Prepon had a cameo voice appearance as a United Nations Space Command marine in Halo 2, which was released in 2004.[citation needed] Her first notable film role came in 2004 with the dark drama Lightning Bug with Bret Harrison, Kevin Gage and Ashley Laurence. Branching into other arenas than acting, Prepon also served as executive producer of the film.[citation needed] She also appeared on an episode of MTV's Cribs in 2003.[10]

2005–2010Edit

 
Prepon in 2008

In 2005, Prepon co-starred with Misha Collins in the psychological thriller Karla, based on the true story of Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka, a Canadian couple who kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered three girls, marking a contrast to her usual lighthearted roles.[11] She was also an executive producer of E! Hollywood Hold'em the same year.[12] Prepon co-starred with Bryan Greenberg as Hannah Daniels in the ABC drama October Road, which debuted March 15, 2007. The show was canceled by ABC on May 12, 2008, despite strong ratings and a grassroots campaign from the show's fanbase to keep the show alive. In April 2007, she starred in a dramatic short film Once Upon a Time. She also appeared in the 2005 Oxygen original romantic comedy Romancing the Bride. She also was the original voice for Hayley Smith on the Fox animated sitcom American Dad! and voiced her in an unaired pilot.[citation needed] She appeared as Lauren, the long-lost sister of Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) in the USA Network mystery drama In Plain Sight in the episode "A Frond in Need".[13] On February 5, 2010, it was announced that Prepon signed on to star in Awkward Situations for Men, a pilot on ABC.[14] In 2009, Prepon appeared in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Karen, one of the girlfriends of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), in the episode "Sorry, Bro". She reprised her role in the episodes "The Front Porch" in 2009 and "Say Cheese" in 2010. She also appeared in the Fox medical drama House M.D. in the episode "Private Lives".[citation needed]

Prepon had been taking directing classes at the Art Center College of Design. She directed a short film, Abide with Me, about a 10-year-old boy who, "upon bearing witness to his father's murder, is rendered mute." Prepon stated she plans on making Abide with Me into a feature film.[15]

2011–presentEdit

In early 2011, Prepon guest-starred in an episode of the ABC police procedural drama Castle as an actress studying for the role of Nikki Heat, a character created by Nathan Fillion's title character.[16] Prepon had been working on a web series, Neighbros, which she directed and edited, starring her then-boyfriend Scott Michael Foster. They had sold the series to Comedy Central.[17][18] In February 2011, she was cast as the title character Chelsea Newman on the NBC sitcom Are You There, Chelsea?, based on Chelsea Handler's 2008 book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.[19] NBC cancelled the show on May 11, 2012. She guest-starred in the TBS sitcom Men at Work.[20] In mid-2012, Prepon signed on to play Alex Vause, a former drug importer and girlfriend of Piper Chapman, in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The series premiered in July 2013.[21] Prepon was a regular in the first season, but appeared in only four of the 13 episodes in the second season. She returned as a series regular in the third season.[22]

In 2016, Prepon and nutritionist Elizabeth Troy co-wrote The Stash Plan, a wellness book that draws on Prepon's experiences eating organic foods since she was a child, and her struggles with weight, low energy, and digestive issues.[23][24][25] The book debuted at #10 under "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous" on The New York Times Best Seller list.[26]

In 2016, Prepon appeared in the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train, based on Paula Hawkins' novel of the same name.[27] In 2017, she played Charlotte opposite Sam Elliott in The Hero.[28] Prepon directed the tenth episode of Orange Is the New Black's fifth season, titled "The Reverse Midas Touch".[29]

Personal lifeEdit

In June 2017, a pregnant Prepon confirmed on Live with Kelly and Ryan that she and her fiancé, actor Ben Foster, were expecting a girl.[30] Prepon commented on being a working mother in September 2017.[31][32] Prepon and Foster live in New York.[33]

Prepon is a Scientologist.[34]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Southlander Seven Equals Five
2002 Slackers Reanna Cass
2004 Lightning Bug Angevin Duvet Also executive producer
2004 Pornographer: A Love Story, TheThe Pornographer: A Love Story[citation needed]
2006 Karla Karla Homolka
2006 Come Early Morning Kim
2007 Once Upon a Time[citation needed] The Witch Short film
2007 Chosen One, TheThe Chosen One Rachel Cruz (voice)
2012 Lay the Favorite Holly
2012 Kitchen, TheThe Kitchen Jennifer
2016 The Girl on the Train Cathy
2017 The Hero Charlotte

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Donna Pinciotti 200 episodes
2004 King of the Hill April (voice) Episode: "Talking Shop"
2005 American Dad! Hayley Smith (voice) Unaired pilot
2005 Romancing the Bride Melissa Television film
2007–08 October Road Hannah Jane Daniels 19 episodes
2009–10 How I Met Your Mother Karen 3 episodes
2009 In Plain Sight Lauren Hefferman Episode: "A Frond in Need"
2010 Medium Kira Hudack Episode: "How to Beat a Bad Guy"
2010 House Frankie Episode: "Private Lives"
2010 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode #2.9
2011 Castle Natalie Rhodes/Nikki Heat Episode: "Nikki Heat"
2011 Love Bites Alex Episode: "Keep on Truckin'"
2011 Killing Game, TheThe Killing Game Eve Duncan Television film
2011 Neighbros web series; director and editor
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Chelsea Newman 12 episodes
2012 Men at Work Hannah Episode: "Plan B"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Alex Vause Series regular (season 1, season 3–present); Recurring (season 2). Directed season 5 episode 10, "The Reverse Midas Touch"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Category Work Result Ref
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble That 70's Show Nominated [35]
Teen Choice Awards TV - Breakout Performance That 70's Show Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actress, Comedy That 70's Show Nominated [36]
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Orange Is the New Black Won [37]
Best Cast – Television Series Won
2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [38]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won [39]
The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards Won [40][41]

ReferencesEdit

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