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Lara Flynn Boyle | Source: Getty Images
Lara Flynn Boyle | Source: Getty Images

What 90s Star Lara Flynn Boyle Looks like Now – Her Transformation

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Jun 06, 2024
12:48 P.M.
  • Lara Flynn Boyle, the beloved star of the 1990s, has undergone a significant transformation over the years.
  • Boyle's journey is filled with intriguing milestones, from her iconic roles in the '90s to her recent reemergence in the public eye.
  • Her photographs over the years capture her transformation and showcase what she looks like today.
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Lara Flynn Boyle, a prominent figure in the 1990s, has had a remarkable journey in Hollywood. From her early days in the spotlight to her more recent appearances, Boyle's transformation is fascinating. She has portrayed notable roles and hit several personal milestones.

Lara Flynn Boyle during a 1990 interview, dated December 8, 2023 | Source: YouTube/@ClevelandLiveMusic

Lara Flynn Boyle during a 1990 interview, dated December 8, 2023 | Source: YouTube/@ClevelandLiveMusic

Boyle has experienced the highs and lows of the entertainment industry, navigating relationships, career shifts, and public scrutiny. This feature highlights significant moments of her life and career, exploring how she has evolved over the decades.

Lara Flynn Boyle from a video dated August 22, 2020 | Source: YouTube/@NickiSwift

Lara Flynn Boyle from a video dated August 22, 2020 | Source: YouTube/@NickiSwift

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Late 1980s to early 1990s: Rise to Fame

Since her rise to fame, Boyle's appearance has changed dramatically. The actress was born in 1970, in Davenport, Iowa. Raised by her hardworking mother, Sally Boyle, she overcame challenges like dyslexia, a learning disability.

Their strong bond was a cornerstone in her life. With high school behind her, Boyle and her mom headed to Los Angeles, where Boyle pursued her acting dreams.

Sally and Lara Flynn Boyle spotted taking a walk in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Sally and Lara Flynn Boyle spotted taking a walk in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

1990

In the late '80s, Boyle started getting roles in films such as "Poltergeist III." However, it was her performance in the television series "Twin Peaks" (1990–1991) that truly catapulted her to fame.

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In a December 1990 interview, Boyle reflected on the show's production, sharing her experiences and the challenges of filming. She mentioned that the filming was progressing well, despite the cold conditions they simulated on the sound stage.

Lara Flynn Boyle on "Twin Peaks," 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle on "Twin Peaks," 1990 | Source: Getty Images

She humorously noted that although they had been filming for two years, the show's timeline had only advanced by two weeks. Boyle expressed her eagerness to see the storyline progress more quickly. "I'm like, let's keep moving. Come on! Pick up the pace! Let's get into summer," she quipped.

During the interview, she revealed that she had taken a brief hiatus to work on Clint Eastwood's movie "The Rookie." Her short departure from "Twin Peaks" didn't diminish the impact of her role as Donna Hayward. It remains one of her most memorable performances to date.

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Lara Flynn Boyle during the filming of "Twin Peaks," circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle during the filming of "Twin Peaks," circa 1990 | Source: Getty Images

Late 1990s to Early 2000s: Personal Relationships and Public Appearances

While her performances brought her recognition, Boyle's personal life often made headlines, particularly her high-profile relationships. One notable romance was with Jack Nicholson, one of Hollywood's most legendary actors and notorious ladies' men.

Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle attend an event in Hollywood | Source: Getty Images

Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle attend an event in Hollywood | Source: Getty Images

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1999

Comedian David Spade, who dated Boyle in the '90s, once recounted how Nicholson brazenly asked Boyle out right in front of him. This instance led to tension between Spade and Boyle. According to Spade, Boyle was upset with him for not defending her from Nicholson's advances.

Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle attend a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs | Source: Getty Images

Jack Nicholson and Lara Flynn Boyle attend a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs | Source: Getty Images

Eventually, Boyle and Nicholson did start a relationship. This relationship which began in 1999 was marred by dramatic events, including a car accident from which Boyle famously crawled out, declaring her fidelity to Spade. Nicholson was 33 years Boyle's senior.

Lara Flynn Boyle and Jack Nicholson attend a movie premiere in Hollywood | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle and Jack Nicholson attend a movie premiere in Hollywood | Source: Getty Images

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2000

In 2000, Boyle was linked to another Hollywood heavyweight, Harrison Ford. After Ford separated from his wife, photos emerged of him and Boyle looking cozy at a New York club.

Despite media speculation, Boyle insisted that their interaction had no impact on Ford's marriage. She assertively dismissed the notion that she was a home wrecker.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the 52nd Annual Emmy Awards in September 2000 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the 52nd Annual Emmy Awards in September 2000 | Source: Getty Images

2001

In a 2001 interview, Boyle candidly described herself as a "bad girl." "I'm the kind of woman who, when she walks into a party, all the other women leave the room," she declared.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 25, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 25, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

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She also expressed frustration with the double standards women face in Hollywood, insisting that it was alright to get around. At 31, she was believed to have been in numerous relationships with famous men. Besides Spade and Nicholson, she had been linked with Kyle MacLachlan and Richard Dean Anderson.

The self-proclaimed bad girl also admitted to stealing souvenirs from a White House event she attended with Nicholson. Boyle's rebellious nature and blunt honesty made her a captivating, if controversial, figure in the public eye.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the 2001 ESPY Awards in 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the 2001 ESPY Awards in 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Boyle's confidence and boldness were also evident in her public appearances. In 2001, she attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party, turning heads with a silvery top, a matching choker necklace, and bold red lipstick.

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Lara Flynn Boyle attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 25, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 25, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

2006

In December 2006, she surprised many, when she married Donald Ray Thomas, a businessman, in a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Friends described the newlyweds as "over the moon" and deeply in love.

Lara Flynn Boyle and husband Donald Ray Thomas attend the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle and husband Donald Ray Thomas attend the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards | Source: Getty Images

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It was reported that Boyle planned to commute between Los Angeles and San Antonio for her work. Despite the spontaneity of their wedding, which included last-minute rings, Boyle was visibly ecstatic about her new marital status.

Lara Flynn Boyle and husband Donald Ray Thomas attend the 14th Annual Race To Erase MS in 2007 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle and husband Donald Ray Thomas attend the 14th Annual Race To Erase MS in 2007 | Source: Getty Images

2008

By 2008, Boyle continued to attract attention with her unique style and career moves. She made headlines for walking the red carpet barefoot at the 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball.

Lara Flynn Boyle poses barefoot at the 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball in October 2008 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle poses barefoot at the 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball in October 2008 | Source: Getty Images

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That same year, she appeared in an episode of "Law and Order," showcasing her versatility as an actress. Boyle's ability to maintain her public presence through bold choices and significant roles demonstrated her lasting appeal in Hollywood.

Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen with Dylan McDermott as Bobby on an episode of "Law and Order" | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen with Dylan McDermott as Bobby on an episode of "Law and Order" | Source: Getty Images

The 2010s: Continued Career and Public Presence

In December 2010, Boyle was seen attending the IFTA Special Screening of "Where The Day Takes You" at Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. This event marked one of her public appearances during a period when she was less frequently seen in the media.

Lara Flynn Boyle at the IFTA Special Screening of "Where The Day Takes You" on December 9, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle at the IFTA Special Screening of "Where The Day Takes You" on December 9, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

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2013

By 2013, Boyle returned to the screen in a less conventional role, starring in the film "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked." This movie, which combined elements of horror and comedy, saw Boyle playing the part of the wicked witch.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in April 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in April 2013 | Source: Getty Images

While the film did not receive widespread critical acclaim, it showcased Boyle's versatility and willingness to take on unique and challenging roles.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in April 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in April 2013 | Source: Getty Images

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2015

However, by 2015, media and public scrutiny of Boyle's appearance reached a peak. At 45 years old, her looks became a topic of intense speculation and criticism, with many suggesting she had undergone extensive plastic surgery. Comments ranged from disappointment to outright concern.

Some fans lamented the loss of her natural beauty while others defended her choices. One user on Facebook asked, "Oh my, what happened to her? She was so beautiful! Why are you guys never contented?" while another responded, "Most importantly, she's happy with herself!" On X, a fan commented, "What Happened To Lara Flynn Boyle's Face?"

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2017

In November 2017, Boyle made a notable appearance at the AMT's D.R.E.A.M. Gala at Montage Beverly Hills. This event, which supported various charitable causes, saw Boyle stepping back into the spotlight amidst ongoing discussions about her looks.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends AMT's 2017 D.R.E.A.M. Gala in November 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends AMT's 2017 D.R.E.A.M. Gala in November 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Commenting on her photo from the event, one user remarked, "It’s really quite sad. Some women absolutely ruin their face," while another said, "Not easy watching oneself age but in Hollywood even less so, eh?"

Lara Flynn Boyle attends AMT's 2017 D.R.E.A.M. Gala in November 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends AMT's 2017 D.R.E.A.M. Gala in November 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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Despite the persistent media scrutiny, Boyle occasionally participated in high-profile events. Her appearances at these events underscored her commitment to her career. She demonstrated her ongoing relevance in the film industry, even as her roles became less prominent.

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in Los Angeles in October 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle attends an event in Los Angeles in October 2017 | Source: Getty Images

2020s: Recent Years and Transformation

In 2021, returned to the spotlight at the age of 51. She was spotted in May during a rare outing in Los Angeles, her first public appearance in over a year. Seen shopping at a wine and spirits store, Boyle's appeared several times that year.

She gave a candid revelation in an interview that she avoids modern technology. "I still have an old phone, not the ones that can look up where you are or where you're going. No thank you!" she shared. Boyle has maintained a low profile in recent years, largely staying off social media and away from the digital age's prying eyes.

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Lara Flynn Boyle as seen in a video dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle as seen in a video dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Despite her reclusive nature, Boyle expressed forgiveness towards the tabloids that often criticized her. She acknowledged that it's all part of the profession she loves. Boyle made a notable exception to her usual media silence to discuss her role in "Death in Texas," her first movie in more than five years.

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

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In the film, she portrays Grace, the mother of a just-released felon, played by Ronnie Gene Blevins. Her character's struggle with liver failure and her son's desperate attempts to secure a transplant provided a gripping narrative.

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Fans who watched the movie's trailer noted her improved appearance, with one user commenting, "Lara is looking better. So glad she's acting again."

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle as Grace in "Death in Texas," dated May 12, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

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2023

In 2023, Boyle was captured in pictures participating in the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike. She joined members and supporters on August 11 on the picket line at Fox Studios, standing in solidarity with her peers in their first joint strike against the studios since 1960.

Lara Flynn Boyle with fellow actor, Laura San Giacomo, join the  SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike in August 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Lara Flynn Boyle with fellow actor, Laura San Giacomo, join the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike in August 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Her involvement in the strike demonstrated her ongoing commitment to the acting community and highlighted her passion and enduring presence in the industry.

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