Piper Laurie, a strong-willed Oscar-nominated actor, passed away at 91 in Los Angeles due to old age, as confirmed by her manager, Marion Rosenberg.

In 1949, she arrived in Hollywood as Rosetta Jacobs, securing a Universal-International contract, despite disliking her new name.

Laurie received three Academy Award nominations for her roles in The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976), and Children of a Lesser God      (1986).

After abandoning her acting career in 1955, she found      success in theater and live television drama in New York.

Emmy nominations followed for her performances in Days      of Wine and Roses, The Deaf Heart, and The Road That Led After.

Marriage to film critic Joseph Morgenstern led to her shift from acting, driven by her quest for a more meaningful existence, influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War.

While out of the limelight, Laurie became a noted baker, with her recipes featured in The New York Times.

She briefly returned to performing, supporting Sen. George McGovern's 1972 presidential bid.

Director Brian De Palma's offer to play the mother in      Carrie marked her reentry into acting.

Initially, she approached the role with humor, but later      realized it was meant to be a thriller, leading to an Oscar nomination.

Laurie enjoyed a thriving television career, appearing      in series such as Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, and ER, where she played George Clooney's mother.