Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress of film, television, and theatre. She is most well known for her performances in films such as The Truman Show, Mystic River and Kinsey, among others. She is currently playing the lead role of Cathy Jamieson in the Showtime series The Big C, which has recently been renewed for a fourth and final season. Throughout her career she has received three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally she has been the recipient of three Academy Award nominations and three Tony Award nominations. Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother, Miriam Anderson 'Ann' Perse (nee Leggett), is a nurse who worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and her father, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV, was a well-known playwright and professor (he died on January 15, 2011). Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney.