Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress. She was born in Manhattan, New York City. She is the elder daughter of Romulus Linney (1930-2011). She has acted in movies, on television and theater. She won a Golden Globe Award for playing Abigail Adams in John Adams. She is best known for playing the central role of Cathy Jamison in The Big C, for which she won a Golden Globe Award.