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Lin Shaye stars in "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," opposite Jason Sudeikis and Leslie Bibb, as Dody Henderson. Shaye also recently starred in "Insidious," opposite Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, as Elise Reiner.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lin Shaye knew that she was destined to act for as long as she could remember. She performed in plays in college at the University of Michigan and then was accepted into Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts program in acting.

After graduation,
Lin Shaye in "Insidious"
Lin Shaye Insidious
she honed her skills by acting in plays with the best and brightest in New York theater, including directors like the infamous Joseph Papp and Des Macanuff. Some of the highlights include "Tartuffe" (at the New York Shakespeare Festival), "The Tempest" and "The Taking of Miss Janie" at Lincoln Center (which won the Drama Critics Award).

Shaye made her film debut in New York in "Hester Street" where she portrayed a Polish prostitute, much to her mother's chagrin. Shortly thereafter, she flew to Los Angeles after hearing that Jack Nicholson was interested in meeting her. Her airline ticket proved to be a worthwhile investment—she was cast in his film "Goin South." Upon her move to Los Angeles, her love of theater inspired her and 12 other actors to put together a theater company called the Los Angeles Theater Unit in 1982 which lasted for a decade and earned many awards. Her most memorable performance was in "Better Days" which earned her a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actress.

The talented and versatile actress continued to work regularly and is undoubtedly one of the industry's greatest chameleons. The Farrelly Brothers gave Shaye her first in a series of memorable characters in their 1994 hit comedy "Dumb and Dumber." They went on to cast her as the infamous landlady in "Kingpin" opposite Woody Harrelson, and then as Magda, the sun-withered neighbor of Cameron Diaz in their hit "There Something About Mary." She was also unforgettable as the KISS-hating mom in "Detroit Rock City" and as Sonia, the tough German/Swedish coach in "Boat Trip" with Cuba Gooding, Jr. In a dramatic change of pace, she received critical acclaim in The Hillside Strangler as the alcoholic mother opposite Nick Turturro and C. Thomas Howell.

She has also amassed a plethora of horror films, which has made her a cult favorite. She most recently starred in the runaway hit "Insidious" alongside Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson. In addition, her horror credits include "2001 Maniacs," in which she starred with Robert Englund, and its sequel, "2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams," Snoop Dog's "Hood of Horror," "Dead End," and "Killer By Nature," also starring Ron Pearlman and Armand Assante. Shaye also starred in the thriller "Snakes on a Plane" opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Julianna Margulies. She portrayed the head flight attendant Grace, who wrestles with the unwanted passengers on the doomed flight.

Other recent films include the acclaimed Nick Cassavetes' film "My Sister's Keeper," "Chronic Town," "Kush," "Asylum," and "American Cowslip." Lin's upcoming films include "Rosewood Lane," starring Rose McGowan and "The Three Stooges," starring Jane Lynch and Larry David and "Losing Control."

Shaye has a solid resume in television as well with guest appearances on "Crossing Jordan," "My Name is Earl," "Frasier," "Becker," "Arliss," "Dirty Sexy Money" and most recently "ER."

She resides in Los Angeles.


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Full Name / Real Name: Linda Shaye
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Clayton Landey (1/1/1988 - August 2003, divorced, 1 child)
Marshall Rubinoff (7/7/1968)

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