Before They Were Stars: 6-Year Old Laura Dern as an Extra in “White Lightning”

Today marks the final edition of “Before They Were Stars” for this year’s Oscar nominees. Laura Dern has garnered her second career nomination for her role as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in Wild. Since Dern is the daughter of actress Diane Ladd, she spent her childhood making the odd uncredited appearance as ¬†background extra in some of her mother’s movies. Dern’s first appearance in front of a camera was alongside her mother in the 1973 Burt Reynolds action film, White Lightning. You can first see her in the background at the 9:50 mark of this clip as the blonde girl on the tire swing.

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