Remembered for her roles in the 1970s films Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, and Annie Hall, Bird prematurely and tragically ended her acting career by committing suicide at the age of twenty-five.
Her first film acting experience -- playing The Girl in the 1971 feature Two-Lane Blacktop -- introduced her to director Monte Hellman, who would become her lover.
Author Tim Kinsella references Bird's name in the subtitle of his 2014 novel Let Go and Go On and On: Based on the Roles of Laurie Bird.
She lost her mother at the age of three and was partially responsible for her own upbringing, though she shared a home with her father and two brothers.
A photographer as well as an actress, she created the album cover for Art Garfunkel's late 1970s recording Watermark. At the time of her death, she was sharing an apartment with Garfunkel, with whom she was romantically involved.