Dern's starring role in Blue Velvet was a breakthrough though her next notable film, Wild at Heart, took almost four years to be released.Dern's affiliation with David Lynch has continued with her role in Inland Empire.She guest-starred on The West Wing, was a voice on King of the Hill, and was a lesbian who coaxes Ellen De Generes out of the closet in the famous 1997 "The Puppy Episode" of the television series Ellen.On the April 24, 2007, airing of De Generes's talk show, Dern revealed she did not work for more than a year following her appearance in that episode because of resulting backlash, but nevertheless called it an "extraordinary experience and opportunity." Dern has been acknowledged with several awards from the independent film industry including the Sundance Institute and was the subject of an aggressive media campaign by David Lynch to win her an Academy Award nomination for her work in Inland Empire.
And while some have taken up chapters, most just scribbled notes in the margins.Since then, Dern was seen in the independent 2009 drama Tenderness and, in 2010, she appeared in Little Fockers, playing an advanced school principal who dated Owen Wilson's character Kevin Rawley.Dern has done much work on television, most notably Afterburn, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie.She starred in the 2002 film Damaged Care and the 2004 film We Don't Live Here Anymore.Dern starred in the 2005 film Happy Endings, and in the same year, she appeared in the film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.
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