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 Laurie Bird

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Laurie Bird

Birth
Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, USA
Death 15 Jun 1979 (aged 26)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 107642433 View Source
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Full name: Laurene Ann Bird. Daughter of Donald Francis "Buster" Bird and Lillian Eichner.

Laurie Bird was a gifted actress who appeared in only three pictures during her regrettably short-lived career. Her father was a career military officer; her mother died when she was only three years old. She was working as a model when she was chosen by director Monte Hellman from nearly 500 women to portray "The Girl" in "Two-Lane Blacktop." Bird gave a fine and impressively natural performance in her film debut as the chatty and rootless hippie wanderer in Hellman's road movie. She was likewise excellent as Harry Dean Stanton's snippy young wife Dody Burke White in Hellman's bleak character study "Cockfighter." Following her small role as Paul Simon's L.A. girlfriend in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," Laurie quit acting altogether and became a photographer.

She committed suicide by taking an overdose of Valium in boyfriend Art Garfunkel's Manhattan penthouse at the tragically young age of 25. Garfunkel dedicated his album "Scissors Cut" to her. The album features a partial photograph of Laurie Bird on its back cover. At Laurie's funeral, her father revealed that her mother, who ostensibly had died of ovarian cancer, had also committed suicide at about the same age.


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  • Created by: HWA
  • Added: 1 Apr 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 107642433
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107642433/laurie-bird : accessed ), memorial page for Laurie Bird (26 Sep 1952–15 Jun 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 107642433, citing Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .