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Laura Dern’s Dating History: Everything We Know about the ‘Jurassic Park’ Star’s Love Life

Dayna Remus
May 23, 2022
08:41 A.M.
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In films such as "Marriage Story," "Little Women," and many others, Laura Dern has a penchant for playing complex female characters with interesting stories. Perhaps this is because she feels a connection to them. Her personal life, specifically her love life, is quite fascinating.


It was 1974, and the now-55-year-old Academy Award Winner Laura Dern was only a child when she found her way into a Martin Scorcese film. Acting in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," there is a scene of her eating ice cream.

Born into a family of successful actors, it was just a matter of time until her popularity grew and she cemented her status as a favored regular in Tinseltown. Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park" shot her into international recognition.

Ben Harper and Laura Dern at the David Lynch Foundation Change Begins Within concert on April 4, 2009 in New York | Source: Getty Images


Dern and her fellow castmates are returning for another dinosaur-filled installment, "Jurassic World Dominion."

The three characters — paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler played by Dern, the protagonist Dr. Alan Grant played by Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum's character Dr. Ian Malcom — will be back for another action-packed blockbuster.

They will not be playing nostalgic cameos but have significant arcs throughout the film.


Dern spoke about the movie, saying it was ahead of its time when it came to Dr. Ellie Sattler. Looking back on one of Dr. Sattler's more potent lines in the film, "Woman inherits the earth," the seasoned actress said:

“It's really moving. A lot of women in tech and science point to a similarity."

But, she and Neill did reflect on the fact that their two-decade age gap was not forward-thinking. They stated that it most likely would have been looked down upon in current society, but they thought nothing of it at the time.



After Dern and her "Jurassic Park" co-star went their separate ways, she dated Billy Bob Thornton, who left her for Angelina Jolie.

She has also been linked to her "Wild at Heart" co-star Nicolas Cage as well as Kyle MacLachlan, who she dated for four years.



Dern and ex-husband Ben Harper first ran into each other at one of Harper's concerts, and they got married in 2005. Sadly, their marriage did not work out, and in 2013, they officially went their separate ways.

The former couple has two children together — Ellery, Ellery, born on August 21, 2001, and a daughter named Jaya, born on November 28, 2004. Harper married Jaclyn Matfus in 2015 and had another child with her.



Since she became single, Dern is rumored to have dated Bradley Cooper and rapper Common.

There was also speculation in 2017 that she was in a relationship with NBA player Baron Davis. The rumors began after the pair were spotted kissing in Los Angeles. But a source reported that they were only friends, and there were no more pictures of them after the steamy interaction.

Whoever Dern chooses to have a fling with, date, or even marry is her business at the end of the day. All we can do is wish her happiness.