Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in Chicago. In grade school, she discovered that she had trouble processing information while reading
(integration disorder). She was sent to Loyola University for training in various study methods. In the meantime Lara began attending the prestigious Piven Theater, an improvisational workshop for young actors. There, she found out just exactly what she wanted to do with her life.
She won a scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a small, elite, private high
school for the performing arts. She also wrote and acted in several local theater productions.
In 1985, at the age of 15, she auditioned for the role of daughter to the Robert Urich
character on ABC's controversial miniseries, "Amerika". Director Donald Wyre thought
Ms. Boyle was so perfect for the part that he lowered the character's age in order to
cast her. She spent nine months on location in Nebraska and Toronto. Lara Flynn recalls
her movie debut with affection:"I suppose everyone always has the fondest memories of
their first film. I was treated like a queen. Donald Wyre gave me a diamond pendant for
my birthday, and in Nebraska, I got invited to five proms. I was also necking passionately
on screen for the first time with a 25-year-old actor." Ms. Boyle also notes gleefully
that she was still a full-time student while working in "Amerika", and as a result flunked
her acting and directing classes. She went home to Chicago, took the courses again, and continued with both her school work
and acting. Following Lara Flynn's graduation, she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.
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Lara drives a classic '57 pink and gray Oldsmobile, and likes to spend as much time as
she can with her golden retriever, Bella. On weekends, she browses the antique stores
and collects antique hats, purses and clothes. Lara Flynn is still an ardent Chicago Cubs
fan, and she goes to the movies constantly.