Born on May 17, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Grace Zabriskie is an American actress who has appeared in many popular movies and TV series, including HBO’s Big Love where she plays Lois Henrickson.
During her childhood, Zabriskie’s family was visited by Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and Lafitte's in Exile, a café and bar Bourbon Street in New Orleans which was founded by her father. Prior to moving to Hollywood, she was a silk-screen printmaker who wrote her own original poetry and then performed at coffee shops and various hangouts in Atlanta.
Zabriskie made her major movie debut in 1979 as Linette Odum in Norma Rae. Her venture into the movie world proved to be successful as she went on to appear in over 80 movies. She gave a remarkable performance in East of Eden as Mrs. Ames, and was cast in the critically acclaimed Oscar-nominated Officer and a Gentleman. Her other film credits include The Big Easy, Drugstore Cowboy, Fried Green Tomatoes and The Passion of Darkly Noon, just to name a few.
While Zabriskie made a name for herself in the silver screen, her television work is far more celebrated. Following her recurring role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, she portrayed a major role on the David Lynch series Twin Peaks and its spin-off film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Sarah Palmer, the eerily psychic mother of the doomed Laura Palmer. She also appeared in Lynch's Wild at Heart as the twin sister of the character played by Isabella Rossellini and was again chosen by Lynch to appear as a sinister Polish neighbour in Inland Empire in 2006. Moreover, she graced primetime TV as Mrs. Ross, the mother Susan Ross, George Costanza's fiancée on Seinfeld.