Laura Innes, born August 16, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, USA, is an actress and director. She was an episodic director for the NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Studio 60 creator Aaron Sorkin also hired her as a director for his earlier series The West Wing. She has also directed episodes of ER, House, Presidio Med, Journeyman, Brothers & Sisters, Awake, and Prime Suspect USA. She is known for her starring roles in ER, The Event and Awake.