The radiant Laura Dern has been lighting up screens for almost five decades.

If that sounds like a rather long amount of time, it's only because Dern got her start when she was 6, playing her mother's daughter in 1973's White Lightning. Her next film, at 7, was Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

But such is life for the child of acting royalty, who it was soon apparent had the goods to more than hold her own, and who has been having one hell of a run for the past few years—one that in all likelihood is going to result in an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress tonight for her performance as polished, no-holds-barred divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story.

"We long to be of service to give voice to the voiceless. And thanks to the brilliant Noah Baumbach, I got to do just that. Give voice, pay tribute, to the divorce lawyer. Long, long overdue," Dern jested at the Golden Globes, accepting one of the dozens of accolades the part has earned her.

Talk about acting one's age: Dern is turning 53 tomorrow, and we counted no fewer than 55 nominations and wins for Marriage Story, including from regional critics groups. This year so far she has run the table, collecting a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a BAFTA, and her first Academy Award is seemingly in the bag after two previous nominations.

Of course, even if there's an upset, there is an embarrassment of riches to celebrate when it comes to Dern's storied career and presence in Hollywood over the years. So, before the big show, take a moment to learn all about the actress who seamlessly slips into every role but is also so obviously herself: 

Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, 1996

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Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Laura Dern, 1982 Golden Globes

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Blue Velvet, Laura Dern

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Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kyle MacLachlan, 1988

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Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Rambling Rose

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Laura Dern, Afterburn

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Laura Dern, Jurassic Park

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Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

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Laura Dern, Ellen, The Puppy Episode, Ellen DeGeneres

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Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Oscars Couples, Oscars Stars Best 90s Looks

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Ben Harper, Laura Dern, Grammy Couples, 2005 Grammys

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Laura Dern, Bruce Dern, 2015 Academy Awards, Oscars

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Jaya Harper, Laura Dern, Ellery Harper

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Laura Dern, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Show

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Laura Dern, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Winners Gallery Portraits

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Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Laura Dern, Scarlett Johansson

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Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Little Women

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Laura Dern, Liam Neeson, Cold Pursuit

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The opportunities are waiting with open arms.

Watch E!'s red carpet coverage of the 2020 Oscars Monday, 10th Feb. starting at 9am. And don't miss the E! After Party special at 3:30pm for a recap of the 2020 Academy Awards!

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