The Full Wiki

Lin Shaye: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lin Shaye
Born Linda Shaye
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975-present
Spouse(s) Marshall Rubinoff (? - July 7, 1973) (his death)
Clayton Landey (January 1, 1988 - 2007)
Official website

Linda "Lin" Shaye (born 1944) is an American film and television actress.


Early life

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Shaye is the daughter of Dorothy (née Katz), a homemaker, and Max Mendle Shaye, a painter and supermarket owner. Her brother is film executive Robert Shaye.[1][2] Shaye, who is Jewish,[3] studied acting at the University of Michigan before she moved to New York to appear in Off Broadway productions. In 1977, she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her acting career.[4]


In 1975, she made her film debut with a small role in Hester Street, followed by small roles in several movies and television shows. In 1978, she appeared in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western Goin' South. She has since appeared in a large number of character roles. Many were for her brother, Robert Shaye, co-founder and former co-CEO of New Line Cinema, such as her role as Mrs. Flynn in the 1990 film Book of Love, which Robert Shaye directed. Her breakout comedy role was the part of Mrs. Nuegeboren in the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb and Dumber (1994). Shaye also appeared in the Farrelly's 1996 comedy Kingpin, and then got a role as Cameron Diaz's overtanned neighbor Magda in their 1998 hit There's Something About Mary. She followed this with 1999's Detroit Rock City as an uptight mother waging a personal war against the band Kiss.

Shaye has also appeared in four films by director Walter Hill: The Long Riders (1980), Brewster's Millions (1985), Extreme Prejudice (1987) and Last Man Standing (1996). In 2003, she appeared alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz in Boat Trip as Sonya, a horny tanning coach who begins stalking Sanz's character. That same year she co-starred with Ray Wise and Alexandra Holden in the cult horror film Dead End as Laura Harrington, and as Jenny Buono, the mother of 1970s Los Angeles serial killer Angelo Buono in The Hillside Strangler. Most recently, she was seen in the thriller Snakes on a Plane. She also appeared in the film 2001 Maniacs as the part of Granny Boone.

In 2007, she appeared in the short films Sponsored By, Under The Gun, Midnight Snack, Time Upon a Once, Old Home Boyz, Backseat Driving Test, and The Yes Men which were directed by contestants on the reality show On the Lot.

Personal life

Shaye has been married twice. Her first husband died in 1973. In 1988, she married actor Clayton Landey, with whom she appeared in 2002's Wish You Were Dead. The couple had two children[1][4] before divorcing in 2007.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1982 Alone in the Dark Receptionist at Haven
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Teacher
1986 Critters Sally
1987 Slam Dance Librarian
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Sal
1990 Pump Up the Volume PTA Parent #3
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Witness
1994 Corrina, Corrina Repeat Nanny
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Nurse
1995 The Nature of the Beast Carol Powell
1996 Kingpin Landlady
1998 Living Out Loud Lisa's Nurse
1998 There's Something About Mary Magda
1999 Detroit Rock City Mrs. Bruce
2001 Say It Isn't So Nurse Bautista
2002 Boat Trip Sonya
2003 Who's Your Daddy? Ms. Harding
2004 A Cinderella Story Mrs. Wells
2005 2001 Maniacs Granny Boon
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Ma Muzzy
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Cassandra
2008 American Cowslip Lou Anne
2009 Small Town Saturday Night Phyllis
2009 2001 Maniacs: The Beverly Hellbillys Granny Boone
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Eight Is Enough 1 episode
1985 The New Twilight Zone Kate Simmons 1 episode
1991 Life Goes On Parent #2 1 episode
1996 Frasier Anne 1 episode
1997 Perversions of Science The Nurse 1 episode
1998 Becker Mrs. Cooper 1 episode
2004 Crossing Jordan Leather Lauren 1 episode
2006 My Name Is Earl Paul's Mom 1 episode
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Leslie Donovan 1 episode
2009 ER Margaret 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1999 Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy There's Something About Mary
2002 Won Method Fest Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress
2004 Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Best Actress Dead End


External links

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address