Lin Shaye

Lin Shaye


Life Story

Lin attended the University of Michigan, where she was an Art History major, although acting in as many University productions as possible, including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "On The Town". After U of M, she attended Columbia University School of the Arts, and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. She stayed in New York upon graduation and worked in numerous off- and off-off- Broadway productions, as well as Lincoln Center and Broadway. She has studied with some of the finest: Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. Lin is a lifetime member of the Actor's Studio.



Clayton Landey (1 January 1988 - 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
Marshall Rubinoff (? - 7 July 1968) (his death)


Younger sister of New Line Cinema founder & CEO Robert Shaye.
Is the only actor to appear in both Dumb and Dumber (1994) and the prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003).
Has a son Lee J. Landey (born 1989).
She is a lifetime member of the Actor's Studio.
Aunt of Katja Shaye and Juno Shaye.
Her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and her paternal grandparents were Romanian Jews.
2015: Named the Godmother of Horror by Wizard World Comic Con.
In the beginning of "Insidious 2", Lindsay Seim portrays a younger version of Elise Rainier, a character originally played by Lin Shaye in "Insidious". Because Lin Shaye has such a distinct voice, she was dubbed over Lindsay's. You don't hear Lindsay 's voice at all in that movie.
Before Insidious (2010) she was in another movie about the afterlife: She was the teacher in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

I may be the only actress in Hollywood who won't need a face lift, because when I take off my makeup, I look so great compared to my characters!

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