Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American film and television actress best known for her performances as Laura Palmer's best friend Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks and Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice. She has had a number of movie roles from the late 1980s through the present but has found the most recognition through her roles in television series. Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Sally Boyle, a clerical worker, assistant, and manager, and Michael L. Boyle. Her paternal grandfather was U.S. Representative Charles A. Boyle. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was of one quarter Irish, half German, and one quarter Italian ancestry. She is named after a character in Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago.
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