I consider Laura Linney to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. And she is incredibly talented as an actress, giving magnificent performances in Mystic River, Breach, and The Truman Show, and a great many other films. She had also been the star of HBO’s The Big C, but I consider her most impressive performance to be as Erin Bruner, an agnostic lawyer who takes on the wrongful death case of a Catholic Priest, in the The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a haunting 2005 film based on a true story.
Laura Linney also became a new mother at 49 this past January, and managed to do so in private, which is a refreshing change from the usual publicly-examined private lives of publicity-seeking celebrities. She also is a great example in an industry that positively worships youth above almost all else, that a woman in her late-40s and early-50s (she is a few months older than I) can be as stunningly beautiful and attractive as any ingenue 20-year-old.