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Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1959
MarkOften plays poised, polished career women
FactSister is high school English teacher in Blaine, Minnesota.


Who is Laila Robins?

Laila Robins was born on 14 March 1959, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and is an actress, best known for her work in films such as “Planes, Trains and Automobiles, “Eye in the Sky”, and “True Crime”. She’s also had regular roles in various television series, such as “Murder in the First” and “Homeland”.

The Net Worth of Laila Robins

As of early-2020, Laila Robins’ net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, earned through a successful career in the acting profession since 1987; apart from her on-camera roles, she’s also participated in various theatrical productions too.

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Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Laila is of American and Latvian descent. She grew up in St. Paul alongside three sisters; the family was based there as her father worked as a research chemist in the area. At a young age, she developed an interest in acting, but didn’t decide to pursue the career fully until she was in college. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire, where she completed a bachelor’s degree. The school is a part of the University of Wisconsin System, and offers numerous programs on a campus that spans 135 hectares.

After completing her baccalaureate, she enrolled at the Yale School of Drama to complete a master’s in fine arts. The school is known for providing courses on various aspects of theatre including writing, stage management, acting, design, directing, criticism, production, and other aspects. During her time there, she began participating in various productions, both local and in the school. Some of her earliest projects include “Bloody Poetry” and “Maids of Honor”.

Acting in Front of the Camera

In 1987, Robins made her film debut in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, appearing as the character Susan Page.

The film stars Steve Martin, and tells the story of a marketing executive who by some unusual circumstances has to go on an adventure with a curtain ring salesman, so that he can get home to his family just in time for Thanksgiving. Her first television role was in “The Equalizer”, and she then got her first main role in the show “Gabriel’s Fire”, playing Victoria Heller. The show aired on ABC, but it was later scrapped and remade into a new show the following year.

After a few more projects, she was cast in the 1995 film “Live Nude Girls”, which starred her alongside Kim Cattrall, Dana Delany, and Cynthia Stevenson.

The film tells the story of a group of childhood friends who have a sleepover and bachelorette party, where they discuss various topics related to sex. In 1999 she worked on the film “True Crime”, directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the novel of the same name written by Andrew Clavan; it tells the story of a journalist set to cover the execution story of a convicted murderer. The film was a bomb at the box office, and one of the few failures of Eastwood’s career.

Rise to Prominence

While Laila remained a mainstay in both film and television, she continued her passion for theater, appearing in productions of “The Herbal Bed” and “The Merchant of Venice.

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She toured with various well-known actors such as Uta Hagen, and starred in the 50th-anniversary production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which was shown in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. The play follows the life of former aristocrat Blanche DuBois, who after a string of unfortunate events has to live with her sister in a dilapidated apartment.

In the 2000s, she mainly made guest appearances on television, in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “30 Rock”, “All My Children”, and “Sex and the City”. Some of the films she worked on during this period include “Things that Hang from Trees”, “Searching for Paradise”, “The Good Shepherd”, and “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond”.

In 2014, she was cast in the Anja Marquardt directorial debut “She’s Lost Control” – the independent film tells the story of a sexual surrogate, whose professional life begins to interfere with her personal life.

Recent Projects

Robins has taken less mainstream projects in recent years, with a few of her latest films including “Eye in the Sky”, a thriller starring Aaron Paul, Helen Mirren, and Barkhad Abdi. The film is dedicated to the memory of Alan Rickman as this was his last live-action film before his passing. Another recent film is “Impossible Monsters”, which is based on the horror anthology book of the same name written by actress Kasey Lansdale.

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Laila’s been more active on television, appearing in shows such as “The Boys” and “Deception”.

In 2014, she was cast in a main role in the series “Homeland”, in which she played Martha Boyd. The show tells the story of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who has to handle a US Marine Corps sniper who was previously held as a prisoner of war, leading many superiors to believe that she has been turned to the enemy’s side. She also had a recurring role during the seventh season of “The Blacklist”, which stars James Spader and Megan Boone.

Another recurring role was in the series “Quantico”, playing General Katherine Richards. The show aired on ABC and follows the story of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who becomes a suspect in a terrorist attack. The film features Priyanka Chopra, and made her the first South Asian to headline a US television network series.

Aside from those, Laila has continuously gained recognition for her work on stage, winning numerous awards for her projects. Most of her most notable work is in the 2000s, as she had projects such as “Macbeth”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Noises Off”.

Her latest stage projects include “The Lion in Winter” and “The Dance of Death”.

Personal Life

Laila met actor Robert Cuccioli in 2000 during a production of “Macbeth” in New Jersey – he played the titular role while she partnered with him as Lady Macbeth. Since then the two have remained together. Her partner has made numerous achievements in the theatrical world, receiving a Tony Award nomination for his dual role in the musical “Jekyll and Hyde”. Some of his other notable works include “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, and “Les Miserables” in which he played Javert.

General Info

Full NameLaila Robins
Date Of BirthMarch 14, 1959
ProfessionActor
EducationYale School of Drama
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsBrigita Robins, Janis Robinš
SiblingsBaiba Robins, Zaiga Robins, Daina Robins
PartnerRobert Cuccioli, Robert Cuccioli

Accomplishments

AwardsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Obie Award for Ensemble Performance
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding Supporting Performer, Visiting Production, Outer Critics Circ...
MoviesPlanes, Trains and Automobiles, An Innocent Man, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, Multiple Sarcasms, Female Perversions, The Blood Oranges, True Crime, She's Lost Control, Too Big to Fail, The Good Shepherd, Concussion, Side Effects, Searching for Paradise, Things That Hang from Trees, Jailbait, Oxyge...
TV ShowsMurder in the First, Gabriel's Fire, Homeland

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Often plays poised, polished career women

Facts

#Fact
1appearing in "Heartbreak House" for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. [November 2006]
2Won a 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for "Sweet and Sad," shared with Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, and 'J Smith-Cameron'.
3She was awarded the 1997 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "A Streetcar Named Desire", at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
4Nominated for the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in "Sore Throats" (Outstanding Actress).
5Shares a birthday with Michael Caine, Mercedes McNab, Kylie Tyndall, Keaton Tyndall, Quincy Jones, Chris Klein, & Jamie Bell
6Nominated for the 1997 Helen Hayes Award for her work in "Mrs. Klein" (Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production).
7Nominated for the 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in "Frozen" (Outstanding Featured Actress).
8Won the 1995 Joe A. Callaway Award, for Best Performance in a Classic Drama, for her work as Portia in "The Merchant of Venice."
9Sister is high school English teacher in Blaine, Minnesota.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Island Zero2017post-productionMaggie
Impossible Monsterspost-productionDean Gaslow
Grey Lady2017The Duchess
Quantico2016TV SeriesGeneral Richards
Valeria2016ShortShirley
Eye in the Sky2015Ms. Jillian Goldman
Murder in the First2015TV SeriesJamie Nelson
Homeland2014TV SeriesMartha Boyd
Regular Singing2014TV Mini-SeriesMarian Apple
Sweet and Sad2014TV Mini-SeriesMarian Apple
That Hopey Changey Thing2014TV MovieMarian Apple
She's Lost Control2014/IIrene
The Money2014TV MovieRuth Castman
Blumenthal2013Cheryl
Onion News Empire2013TV MovieHelena Zweibel
Side Effects2013/IBanks Partner #2
Concussion2013Woman #3
The Letter2012/IVDoctor Tynan
Dark Horse2012TV MovieMiranda Teras
Person of Interest2011TV SeriesAnja Kohl
Blue Bloods2011TV SeriesMrs. Lee
Damages2011TV Series
Too Big to Fail2011TV MovieChristine Lagarde
The Good Wife2010TV SeriesPaige Burchfield
Bored to Death2009-2010TV SeriesPriscilla Antrem
God in America2010TV SeriesAnne Hutchinson
Army Wives2010TV SeriesGrace
Multiple Sarcasms2010Lauren
Welcome to Academia2009Deborah
In Treatment2009TV SeriesTammy Meswick
All My Children2009TV SeriesClaire Williams
30 Rock2009TV SeriesGloria Baird
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond2008Mrs. Fenstermaker
August2008Ottmar Peevo
The Good Shepherd2006Toddy Allen
A Broken Sole2006Passenger
Things That Hang from Trees2006Miss Millie
Slippery Slope2006Michaela Stark
The Book of Daniel2006TV SeriesNora Paxton
Jailbait2004Mother
Sex and the City2004TV SeriesAudra Clark
Happy End2003Irene
Searching for Paradise2002Barbara Mattei
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001TV SeriesKit Sternman
The Loneliness of Animals2001ShortAnnabella
Witchblade2001TV SeriesDominique Boucher
The Sopranos1999-2001TV SeriesYoung Livia Soprano
Third Watch2000TV SeriesSharon Reiner
Drop Back Ten2000Viv
Oxygen1999Frances Hannon
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1999TV SeriesEllen Travis
Spenser: Small Vices1999TV MovieRita Fiore
True Crime1999Patricia Findley
Law & Order1996-1998TV SeriesLiann Crosby / Diana Hawthorne
Nothing Sacred1997TV SeriesJeanne Cole
The Blood Oranges1997Catherine
Female Perversions1996Emma
Live Nude Girls1995Rachel
The Wright Verdicts1995TV SeriesRachel
Trial: The Price of Passion1992TV MovieCharm Blackburn
Gabriel's Fire1990-1991TV SeriesVictoria Heller
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael1990Elizabeth Zaks
An Innocent Man1989Kate Rainwood
Dream Breakers1989TV MoviePhoebe
The Equalizer1988TV SeriesCindy Claussen
A Walk on the Moon1987Marty Ellis
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987Susan Page

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transamerica2005special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nature2015TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHerself
Working in the Theatre2008TV Series documentaryHerself / Actor

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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