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  • Date of birth : 14/03/1959

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Laila Robins (1959)

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Laila Robins is an American stage, film and television actress.

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 Personal life
Robins was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Latvian American parents Brigita (née Svarcs) and Janis Robins, who was a research chemist. She attended the Yale School of Drama, and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, . Robins has been in a relationship with the actor Robert Cuccioli since 2000. They co-starred in Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; he was Macbeth, and she was Lady Macbeth.

Robins has three sisters, Daina Robins, who resides in Holland, Michigan, Baiba, who still lives in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota, and Zaiga Robins, a chaplain at Season Hospice, Chicago, IL. Daina is the department chair of Theatre at Hope College. Daina has directed many productions at Hope College, including her most recent work, Gone Missing by Stephen Cosson.

 Theatre

Robins appeared as Lady Utterword in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House . Robins' other Broadway appearances were Frozen by Bryony Lavery , The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan , and The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard , directed by Mike Nichols. .

Robins has appeared off-Broadway in Sore Throats by Howard Brenton, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright (1995–1996), Burnt Piano by Justin Fleming and The Film Society by Jon Robin Baitz, among others.

In 1997 she starred in the Fiftieth Anniversary production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Robin also appeared as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 2002. In 2000, she was cast opposite Richard Thomas in the stage revival of Tiny Alice. Robins is also a frequent performer at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where she has starred in Macbeth, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Charles Isherwood, critic for The New York Times, assessed her stage work as Ariadne in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House . Robins played opposite Swoosie Kurtz, and Isherwood described both as such: "...this expert comic actress may not fit the textbook definition of siren, as Hesione is called, but she may just be the most seductive woman on a New York stage right now...unless that nod goes to Ms. Robins, who locates the essence of her character's shallow allure in a languid, liquid strut and a smile both entrancing and devouring".

 Film and television
Robins has had numerous film and television roles.
  • On The Sopranos, she portrayed the younger version of manipulative, conniving, abusive family matriarch Livia Soprano.
  • In 1987, she played Steve Martin's wife in the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
  • In 1988, she appeared in The Equalizer.
  • In 1989, she appeared in the television movie Dream Breakers.
  • In 1990, she played Victoria Heller in Gabriel's Fire on ABC.
  • In 2006, she played Nora Paxton in The Book of Daniel.
  • In 2006, she played Toddy Allen in The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro. She made her film debut in the 1987 picture, A Walk on the Moon.
  • In 2009, it was announced that she will be playing Claire Williams, the mother of lesbian Reese Williams on the daytime drama All My Children.
  • She played Tammy Kent in the second season of HBO's drama series In Treatment.
  • In 2011, she played Christine Lagarde, French Finance Minister, in the HBO Film Too Big to Fail.

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