Laurie Metcalf
Character Marjorie McCarthy
Season(s) 1
Date of Birth June 16, 1955 (age 58)
Origin Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.

Laura Elizabeth "Laurie" Metcalf (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. She is perhaps most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne and has also had series television roles as Carolyn Bigsby on Desperate Housewives and Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Her motion picture roles include the voice of Mrs. Davis in the Toy Story film series and the character Debbie Loomis/Debbie Salt in Scream 2, as well as roles in such critically acclaimed films as Making Mr. Right, JFK, and Mistress. Metcalf frequently works in Chicago theater, where she is well known for her performance in the 1983 revival of Lanford Wilson's play Balm in Gilead. She has also appeared in commercials for Plan USA, a humanitarian organization which helps children in need around the world.

She is a three-time Emmy Award winner, and has been nominated four other times, as well as having been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Tony Awards, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Metcalf has won both a Theatre World Award and two Obie Awards for her work on the stage, and recently starred as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, with David Suchet, Kyle Soller and Trevor White. This production was performed at London's Apollo Theatre until August 18, 2012.In early 2013, she was critically acclaimed for her Tony-nominated performance as Juliana Smithton in Sharr White's The Other Place on Broadway, a role she originated off-Broadway in 2011 and for which she won an Obie. In later 2013, she starred in the Broadway play "Domesticated" with Jeff Goldblum and she currently stars in the HBO series Getting On. In December 2013, she was cast as the mother character Marjorie McCarthy in the new CBS pilot comedy The McCarthys.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 A Wedding Maid Uncredited Role
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Leslie Glass
1987 Making Mr. Right Sandy
1988 Candy Mountain Alice
1988 Stars and Bars Melissa
1988 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings Emma Short film
1988 Miles from Home Exotic Dancer
1989 Uncle Buck Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
1990 Internal Affairs Amy Wallace
1990 Pacific Heights Stephanie MacDonald
1991 JFK Susie Cox
1992 Mistress Rachel Landisman
1993 A Dangerous Woman Anita Bell
1994 The Secret Life of Houses Ann
1994 Blink Candice
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Landlady
1995 Toy Story Mrs. Davis Voice role
1996 Dear God Rebecca Frazen
1997 U Turn Bus Station Clerk
1997 Chicago Cab Female Ad Exec
1997 Scream 2 Debbie Loomis/Debbie Salt
1998 Bulworth Mimi
1999 Runaway Bride Betty Trout Uncredited Role
1999 Toy Story 2 Mrs. Davis Voice role
2000 Timecode Dava Adair Scenes Deleted
2002 Treasure Planet Sarah Hawkins Voice role
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Phyllis Uncredited Role
2006 Steel City Marianne Karn
2006 Beer League Artie's Mom
2007 Meet the Robinsons Lucille Krunklehorn-Robinson Voice role
2007 Georgia Rule Paula Richards
2008 Stop-Loss Mrs. Colson
2008 Persepolis Mother of a young teenage boy Voice role
2010 Toy Story 3 Mrs. Davis Voice role
2011 Hop Mrs. Bunny Voice role
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Reporter Episode 119
1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham Carol Graham Television film
1986 The Equalizer Theresa Episode: "No Conscience"
1988–97 Roseanne Jackie Harris 221 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series (1992–94) Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series (1995) Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1993, 1995)

1995–96 Duckman Voice role

Episodes: "Research and Destroy" and "Forbidden Fruit"

1997 King of the Hill Cissy Cobb Episode: "Peggy the Boggle Champ"
1997 The Eddie Files Special Agent Hicks Episode: "Decimals - The Fake Money Caper"
1997 Life with Louie Miss Kinney Voice role

Episode: "The Kiss Is the Thing"

1997 Dharma & Greg Spyder Episode: "Instant Dharma"
1998 Always Outnumbered Halley Grimes Television film
1998 The Long Island Incident Carolyn McCarthy Television film
1998 3rd Rock from the Sun Jennifer Ravelli Episodes: "What's Love Got to Do, Got to Do With Dick?", "I Am Dick Pentameter!" and "D3 - Judgment Day"

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series

1999 Balloon Farm Casey Johnson Television film
1999–2001 The Norm Show Laurie Freeman 54 episodes
2000 God, the Devil and Bob Donna Allman Voice role

13 episodes

2002 Two Families Unsold pilot
2003 Phil at the Gate Teddy Duffy Unsold pilot
2003 Charlie Lawrence Sarah Dolecek 7 episodes
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Susan Episode: "Lois's Sister"
2004 Frasier Nanny G Episode: "Caught in the Act"
2004 Absolutely Fabulous Crystalline Episode: "White Box"
2005 Without a Trace Susan Hopkins Episode: "A Day in the Life"
2006 Monk Cora Episode: "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head"

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series

2006 Grey's Anatomy Beatrice Carver Episode: "The Name of the Game"
2006 Desperate Housewives Carolyn Bigsby 4 episodes

Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

2006 My Boys Aunt Phyllis Episode: "When Heroes Fall from Grace"
2007 The Virgin of Akron, Ohio Lydia Pilot episode
2007 Raines Alice Brody Episode: "Reconstructing Alice"
2007–present The Big Bang Theory Mary Cooper Recurring role, 6 episodes:

"The Luminous Fish Effect" (season 1: episode 4) "The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation" (season 3: episode 1) "The Zazzy Substitution" (season 4: episode 3) "The Rhintis Revelation" (season 5: episode 6) "The Cooper Extraction" (season 7: episode 11) (voice only) "The Mommy Observation" (season 7: episode 18)

2008–09 Easy Money Bobette Buffkin 8 episodes
2009 The Farm Warden Margaret Elder Unsold pilot
2013 The Goodwin Games Dr. Richland[27]
2013-present Getting On Dr. Jenna James Series Regular