Remember when “Who killed Laura
the question everyone was asking? I certainly do. It was 1990 and I
was a junior in college — watching television on the little black-and-white set I had in my Resident Assistant dorm room. Now, I'm not a
David Lynch fan by anyone's definition, but I was captivated by
Twin Peaks, at least for a while. (Then it got too supernatural
and weird for me.)
theme song. And
the incredibly tantalizing intrigue and mystery of the murder. And,
of course, the bizarre dream sequence — with the giant and dwarf and
Jenny being chased at the carnival. Oh, wait … I believe I've conflated
the compelling dream sequence and the stupid.
Take a look at the promo for
the DVD box set to have it all come rushing back.
Then there was the cast!
Piper Laurie and Michael Ontkean were probably the biggest
names when the show began, but Kyle MacLachlan quickly made a
name for himself. And, of course, there were all the girls.
For years, Sherilyn Fenn
and Lara Flynn Boyle were “those girls who were on Twin
Peaks.” (And they still are to a certain extent.) But all of this
got me thinking about where the Twin Peaks
girls are now.
Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer)
She made her entrance in
Twin Peaks “dead, wrapped in
achieved cult status. (She was also on the show as Laura's cousin, Madeline
Since Twin Peaks, Lee
has worked regularly, mostly in television. In addition to numerous
one-time roles, she was a regular on L.A. Doctors (Dr. Sarah
Church) and she was Ellie Harp on One Tree Hill.
She's also the daughter-in-law
of Neil Diamond. And, most recently, she was in the pilot of State of Mind.
Donna was the late Laura Palmer's best friend. That's pretty much all I recall about
her. (Twin Peaks was on a long time ago.)
Lara Flynn Boyle did not reprise
the role of Donna in the feature film Twin Peaks: Firewalk With Me.
(Moira Kelly took over for her.) Boyle did quite a bit of film
work in the ’90s, with star turns in The Temp and in the utterly
horrendous Threesome. (Straight girl loves gay guy who loves
straight guy who loves straight girl. They have a threesome and gay
guy touches straight guy's ass. Wow.)
She was a principal character
(Helen Gamble) in The Practice and convincingly played a very
disturbed psychiatric patient in Huff (She attacked the lovely
Paget Brewster). And speaking of disturbing, Boyle dated
for a couple of years. Ew.
Most recently, she played Betty
McBain in Life Is Hot in Cracktown, which is scheduled
for a 2008 release.
Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne)
Audrey was the troublemaker/femme
who had amorous feelings for Agent Cooper.
A couple of years after
Twin Peaks, she played a bisexual character in Three of Hearts
(Ex-girlfriend (Kelly Lynch) hires male escort to break Fenn's
heart to get her back — haven't we all tried that ploy at one time or
another?) This was not the first time she had played lesbian-ish. In
her pre–Twin Peaks days, Fenn fell in love with Joyce Hyser
(in drag) in the Just One of the
Fenn also replaced Kim Basinger in the disturbing Boxing Helena,
which was released the same year as Three of Hearts. During the
last 15 years or so, she's done a lot of TV work, including Rude
Awakening, Boston Public and Gilmore Girls.
Most recently, she played Lena
me, however, her most definitive post–Twin Peaks work is as Ginger,
Chandler's one-legged girlfriend on Friends. Whose artificial
leg Joey once threw in the fireplace.
Shelley had a complicated existence.
She was married to Leo, but in love with Bobby. And she worked for Norma
as a waitress at the diner. (I had a major crush on Norma.)
Since Twin Peaks, Amick
has done a lot of television, including regular stints on Central
Park West, Fantasy Island, ER, Joey and
Freddie (which I've never heard of). Last year, she was featured
on the short-lived Kidnapped.
Finally, although she was one
of the full-grown women on the show, I need to give a special mention
to Joan Chen — who came to American prominence via Twin Peaks.
You can read Jamie Lynn's update on Chen here.