Laura Linney Misses Golden Globes Because of Father's Death

By Sara Dover
|  Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Actress and Executive Producer Laura Linney speaks onstage during "The Big C" panel during the 2010 Summer TCA Tour Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Laura Linney

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Laura Linney wasn't at the Golden Globes ceremony to accept her award for playing a cancer patient Sunday because her father succumbed to a real-life struggle with the disease.

The day before the show, "The Big C" actress' playwright father, Romulus Linney, died of lung cancer at his home in Germantown, N.Y., according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 80.

Linney was awarded in the category of Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical for her role on the Showtime series, which follows character Cathy Jamison's life after a cancer diagnosis. She was chosen over Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jacke"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Lea Michele {"Glee"). Members of the academy accepted the award on behalf of her due to her absence.

The Golden Globe was yet another trophy added to the Linney mantle. Her late father has won two Obie awards, two National Critics awards and three Drama-Logue awards. He is best known for his adaptation of Ernest Gaines' novel, "A Lesson Before Dying," according to Broadway.com.

In addition to Laura, Romulus is survived by his wife, Laura Callanan, and another daughter, Susan.

Selected Reading: The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, CNN.

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