Piper Laurie’s Husband and Children: Meet The Actress’ Ex-Spouse Joe Morgenstern and Daughter Anne Grace

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American actress Piper Laurie lost her husband Joe Morgenstern years before she died and the duo had a daughter together Anne Grace Morgenstern. Details explored.

Piper Laurie was an iconic actress who had an impressive career in the entertainment industry that spanned over decades.

She was best known for her roles in the films The Hustler, Carrie, Twin Peaks, and Children of a Lesser God, and the miniseries The Thorn Birds.

She made a mark in Hollywood and nabbed numerous Oscar nominations.

The US actress’ manager, Marion Rosenberg, told the Associated Press about her unfortunate passing on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Also, her ex-husband Joe Morgenstern confirmed her demise.

Here’s what we know about her love life and children.

Piper Laurie died on October 14, 2023.
Piper Laurie died on October 14, 2023.

Who was Piper Laurie?

Piper Laurie, born January 22, 1932, was an American actress best known for her roles in Carrie, The Hustler, and Twin Peaks.

The Oscar-nominated actress, born Rosetta Jacobs, broke out onto the film scene when she starred in the 1950 American comedy Louisa, alongside Ronald Reagan.

She made a splash in Hollywood when she starred as Margaret in Brian De Palma’s horror classic, Carrie. The 1976 film was based on Stephen King’s book. Piper played Carrie’s religious mother. Her performance nabbed her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She was also nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Sarah Packard in the 1961 film, The Hustler.

In 1986, she was nominated for another Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Children of a Lesser God.

Her final film performance was in 2018 in White Boy Rick.

Besides films, she also starred in a number of television films and series including The Thorn Birds, St. Elsewhere, and Skag.

She played a big role in the 1990 series, Twin Peaks. She played Catherine Martell. She won a Golden Globe for her performance in the sci-fi series.

Actress Piper Laurie and ex-husband Joe Morgenstern tied the knot in 1962
Actress Piper Laurie and ex-husband Joe Morgenstern tied the knot in 1962. Credit: Getty Images

Who is Piper Laurie’s ex-husband, Joe Morgenstern?

Piper Laurie was married once in her life when she was alive.

At age 30, she got hitched to her husband, Joe Morgenstern, who was also of the same age at the time.

Piper and Joe met after the release of her film, The Hustler (the film earned Laurie an Academy Award nomination) in 1961 when Morgenstern interviewed her during the film’s promotion. They soon began dating, and nine months after the interview, they were married on January 21, 1962.

Piper’s husband Joe Morgenstern is an American writer and retired film critic.

He wrote for Newsweek from 1965 to 1983, and then for The Wall Street Journal from 1995 to 2022.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2005 in the Criticism category for his insightful and penetrating reviews of controversial movies including “The Passion of the Christ” and “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Morgenstern has also written for television.

In 2022, Morgenstern retired from The Wall Street Journal, with his final column running in print on April 29, two days short of his 27th anniversary with the newspaper. During this time, he also contributed reviews for the Los Angeles-area radio station KCRW.

Joe and Piper were married for almost two decades but divorced in 1981.

Joe confirmed Laurie’s death in October 2023. At the time of this writing, it’s not immediately clear what Piper’s cause of death was. She was 91 at the time of her death.

Piper Laurie and her ex-husband Joe had a daughter named Anne Grace Morgenstern.
Piper Laurie and her ex-husband Joe had a daughter named Anne Grace Morgenstern.

How many children does Piper Laurie have?

Before Piper Laurie died, she was a mother. She had one child, a daughter named Anne Grace Morgenstern.

The late actress shares her only child with her ex-husband, Joe Morgenstern.

Anne Grace was born on January 9, 1971, in the United States.

Per reports, Piper Laurie and Joe Morgenstern adopted Anne Grace nine years after their marriage.

Her grandparents are Charlotte Sadie and Alfred Jacobs.

She left the film industry completely after her marriage and when she became a mother to raise her family in New York. However, she was ready to act in the 1970s and starred in a Broadway version of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie.

Piper Laurie and her ex-husband Joe Morgenstern divorced after 20 years of marriage.
Piper Laurie and her ex-husband Joe Morgenstern divorced after 20 years of marriage.

Where is Anne Grace Morgenstern now?

Though she is the daughter of a famous Hollywood star, she is not all over the place. Unlike many celebrities’ kids, she did not capitalize on her parents’ popularity to also get into the limelight.

Anne Morgenstern has not made the news or any headlines in recent times. She has been living a very private life away from the media. It is unclear if she has a spouse and a family of her.

Actress Piper Laurie arrives to the premiere of Focus Features' Promised Land  on December 6, 2012 in Los Angeles
Actress Piper Laurie arrives at the premiere of Focus Features’ Promised Land on December 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. Credit: Getty Images

What awards has Piper Laurie won?

Piper was nominated for three Oscars but never won.

She was nominated for a number of Primetime Emmy Awards. She won for playing Annie Gilbert in Promise.

She won a Golden Globe for her role on Twin Peaks.

She was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 1962.