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Audrey Horne fits the image of a "poor little" rich girl, able to have anything she wants except for her father's love. She eventually discovers that her father, Benjamin Horne, the town's business magnate, gave his love to the deceased Laura Palmer, both physically and emotionally.
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Audrey is labelled a troublemaker and she initially lives up to that expectation. In a memorable scene in the Twin Peaks pilot, she derails one of her father's business deals, worth millions of dollars, by interrupting a meeting of Norwegian investors and telling them about Laura's murder.
Although Audrey and Laura were not friends, Audrey says she "kind of loved Laura" because Laura tutored Audrey's developmentally-disabled brother Johnny.She tries to help investigate Laura's murder by infiltrating a Canadian brothel, One-Eyed Jack's, as a hostess. She remains at the brothel for several episodes that bridge the series' first and second seasons, jeopardizing her life, while she makes some profoundly disturbing discoveries, such as that her father owns the place.
During the first season of Twin Peaks, Audrey develops a crush on FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. In the show's second season, writers planned a serious relationship between Cooper and Audrey, but actor Kyle MacLachlan, who played Cooper, vetoed the plan. He argued that Cooper would not become involved with a high school-age woman. Cooper did, however, become involved with another young woman (Annie Blackburn, about 20 years old) toward the end of the season. Cooper admits to Audrey during their last significant conversation that the real reason why he would not pursue her was for her own safety. During a previous FBI case, he fell in love with a young woman who was then murdered, and perhaps because of Cooper's own carelessness.Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, for which she delivers an impassioned speech in favor of saving endangered species.
In sharp contrast to Laura Palmer, as well as to the sultry image that Audrey herself projects at One-Eyed Jack's, Audrey is actually quite chaste. In one of the last episodes she reveals that she is a virgin. Subsequent events then suggest an abrupt and completely voluntary change in her status.In the series finale, Audrey is engaged in an act of civil disobedience atthe local bank to save the local forest. While she is chained to the door of the bank vault, a bomb explodes inside the vault. This was a booby trap left as an ironic reward in a long treasure hunt, planted by the late Thomas Eckhardt. Andrew Packard, Pete Martell, and an elderly banker are the ones closest to the blast, and Audrey's fate is left ambiguous. Sherilyn Fenn stated in an interactive chat on America Online that, if there had been a third season of the show, her character was slated to have survived the explosion.
Also in the finale, it is suggested that Audrey is actually the half-sister of Donna Hayward, whose real father turns out to be Benjamin Horne. Audrey and Donna were on polite terms but never close friends.
In a deleted scene, available on the Twin Peaks Gold Box DVD set, it is revealed that Audrey's mother holds Audrey responsible for her brother Johnny's disability, citing an incident when Audrey, as a toddler, pushed a nine-year-old Johnny down the stairs, in a bitter speech that obviously upsets Audrey greatly. However, Dr. Jacoby insists that Johnny's condition is self-induced: a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma. It is not known if this story element was deliberately dropped or if there were plans to explore it further had the show not been cancelled.
It is rumored that Lynch's Mulholland Drive, which was originally conceived as a television series, was also envisioned as a spin-off centered on Audrey in which she goes to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.
Angelo Badalamenti composed the leitmotifs Audrey's Dance, Audrey's Prayer, and Audrey for the character.
She is set to appear in the 2017 revival.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit
Audrey leaves her home at the Great Northern Hotel and is driven to Twin Peaks High School. After arriving, she changes out of her shoes into a pair of red heels whilst smoking a cigarette at her locker, observed by Donna Hayward. She then goes to class, where she sits in the front row. A deputy comes in and speaks to the teacher, who then says there will be an announcement of the death of Laura Palmer, which she listens to.
Later, Audrey sits at the Great Northern concierge desk, where she sticks a pencil into a Styrofoam cup of coffee and overhears orders to not tell the attendants at her father's meeting with Norwegians about Laura's death, for it would ruin the deal Mr. Horne is trying to come to with them. She pulls the pencil out, getting coffee all over the concierge's papers. She goes into the meeting and tells the Norwegians that her friend Laura was found naked and had been murdered.
She giggles as the Norwegians leave and her father begs them to come back. She later sits with her mother as her brother Johnny hits his head against a dollhouse because Laura -- his tutor -- is not present.
She observes FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as he drinks his coffee and they introduce each other. He allows her to sit with him. She tells him her connection with Laura Palmer through her brother, Johnny. Forming a crush on the special agent, she asks him more questions.
Audrey stands in her father's office, dancing in place when he comes in to turn off her music. He then asks her if she had anything to do with the Norwegians leaving, which she admits to. He threatens her if she ever does something like this again and leaves.
Audrey silently has dinner with her family until her uncle Jerry arrives.
She goes to the Double R Diner for a cup of coffee and is joined by Donna and they discuss Laura as well as her crush on Agent Cooper. Audrey also asks if Laura ever talked about her father and she gets up and begins dancing in place to the music she played in the jukebox.
Audrey goes to meet Agent Cooper at breakfast again, calling him "Colonel." He has her write her name from him and he presents a note she delivered to his room saying "Jack with one eye," referring to One Eyed Jack's, a casino and brothel across the Canadian border. She reveals to him that Laura worked at the perfume counter at Horne's Department Store. Cooper then asks her to leave, as he has police business to deal with.
She listens to her parents argue over their son, then goes into a hidden closet where she watches Doctor Jacoby coax Johnny into removing his headdress for Laura's funeral.
Audrey goes into the bathroom at school, where Donna is doing her makeup. She reveals what she knows about Laura's secrets, including that she had been seeing Doctor Lawrence Jacoby, which had been unknown to Donna. She also supposes that Laura worked at One Eyed Jack's.
She goes to her father and asks him if he is ashamed of her and asks him his plans for the family business when he needs someone to take over. She asks him for a job at the department store. When Ben takes a call, she leaves.
Audrey goes to see a tired Cooper at breakfast. She tells him she has gotten a job and wants to help him on the investigation, but he interrupts her, saying he only has time for coffee.
She goes to Horne's Department Store to discuss her job with Emory Battis, who states her father suggested she work in the wrapping department, but she insists to be put on the perfume counter and threatens him. They make a deal for him to say she is working in the wrapping department while she is actually in perfume.
Audrey goes to a party held for her father's Icelandic potential business partners and goes to spy on a meeting between her father and Catherine Martell regarding a poker chip the latter found from One Eyed Jack's. Catherine smacks Ben and then they kiss, discussing a plan to burn down the Packard Sawmill.
She then tearfully watches as Leland Palmer has a breakdown and is mocked in dance by nearly everyone else in attendance.
Audrey goes to Agent Cooper's room and when he comes in, she begs him to let her stay.
Cooper sits down on the bed and tells Audrey that he cannot allow himself to become romantically involved, and what she needs more than anything is a friend. He offers to talk about her troubles over malts and fries.
Audrey deals with a customer and overhears Emory wishing to speak with another employee named Jenny in his office. Audrey tells Jenny she is going to the restroom, but goes to Battis' office, distracting a nearby employee by telling him there was a bus accident outside. She takes a cigarette from Battis' desk and hides in his closet as he brings Jenny. Audrey spies on them, Battis giving Jenny a unicorn trinket and offering her a full-time position at One Eyed Jack's. He gives her a number for a "Black Rose." When they leave, Audrey steps out and finds a book on Battis' desk containing Ronette Pulaski's name and she takes the unicorn.
As Jenny leaves from work, Audrey convinces her that she will be working as a hostess at One Eyed Jack's and shows the stolen unicorn as her own, and says that she lost the number for "Black Rose," which Jenny provides to her.
Audrey later has the front desk at the Great Northern leave an urgent message for Agent Cooper, then slips a note under his door as she leaves the hotel.
She goes to One Eyed Jack's, where she is introduced to Blackie O'Reilly and uses the alias Hester Prynne, but her resume is soon found to be bogus. To prove that she deserves a position at the brothel, she ties a cherry stem in a knot with her mouth.
Audrey enters Blackie's office in her lingerie she has been given. She approaches her desk and sees a camera feed of Agent Cooper at a blackjack table. Blackie then says that it would be a good night for her to be "broken in" by the owner of One Eyed Jack's, who Blackie does not name.
She waits in her room for the owner to arrive and is shocked to discover his identity - her own father.
She hides behind her bed curtains as Ben tries to get in, and she swats at his hands, suggesting that he leave. He pretends to leave by opening and closing the door, then he bursts through her bed curtains after she has covered herself with her blanket and found a mask. Jerry then interrupts and Ben leaves.
Audrey goes to Blackie's office, asking why her room is locked, and Blackie notes that the owner was not happy with her performance the previous night.
She calls out to Cooper as a sort of prayer, hoping he got her note she left him and admits she is in over her head at One-Eyed Jack's.
She takes an ice bucket to a room in the brothel where Emory Battis is tied up while another girl runs a vacuum cleaner. The other girl leaves and Audrey unplugs the vacuum cleaner. She removes his blindfold and threatens to have him arrested if he does not reveal the connection between the perfume counter and One Eyed Jack's. He confirms the owner to be her father and that he had recruited Ronette and Laura for the brothel, the latter being thrown out for using drugs. He also says that her father makes sure he "entertains" all of the girls.
She tearfully calls Agent Cooper, but Blackie hangs up the phone.
Audrey is tied up by Blackie while being filmed by Battis as she sedated by heroin.
She lays in bed as is woken by a man named Jean who gives her English caramels.
She is led to Jean, who she tells that Emory had hit her. Jean also tells her that he spoke to her father and that she is in no danger. Battis attempts to further explain the situation to her, but he is shot dead by Jean. This causes her to cry and he holds her.
Audrey is tied up, asleep. She hears Cooper's voice and wakes up to him telling her he is there to get her out. He unties her and picks her up over his shoulder. He escapes with her along with Truman and Hawk, the latter whom ambushes an armed guard.
She is taken to the Bookhouse. She seems to have a nightmare, but is awoken by Cooper.
Her father later arrives to see her, saying he is thankful that she is alive, but she is skeptical. She wishes to have Agent Cooper take her home, but her father suggests they all three go together.
In her father's office, she informs him that she is aware of his connection to One Eyed Jack's. She also gets him to admit that he slept with Laura during her time working there, but he denies killing her, declaring that he loved her.
Audrey goes to the sheriff's station, where she tells her special agent about her father's relationship with Laura, which surprises him. She is told to go home and not say a word about the subject to anyone.
Audrey visits Agent Cooper, asking about her father and his possible guilt. She reveals her strained relationship with him, that all she ever wanted from him was to love her. However, Cooper gets a desperate phone call and tells her to go to her room and lock the door.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit
Behind the scenesEdit
- Cards released during the show's run give her birthdate as August 24, 1972. However, since the show takes place in February and March of 1989, this would make her 16 years old when it is explicitly stated tat she is 18. As a result, this birthdate cannot be considered canon.