She approached Jack Bristow posing as an exchange student from the USSR. They fell in love and were soon married. When Sydney was a child, Laura was involved in a fatal car accident.
Sydney believed her mother had died, however, it was merely an extraction process. Through the accident, she and her KGB handler escaped the United States.
Besides Lena Olin, several other actresses portrayed Laura in the course of the series:
- Arabella Holzbog portrayed Laura in a photograph Sydney kept (A Broken Heart), (Reckoning)
- Kate Anthony was the voice of Laura in a video clip shown (Snowman)
- Natasha Pavlovich is the woman seen in the video clip (Snowman)
- Mia Maestro portrayed a younger Laura in a photograph (Welcome to Liberty Village)