Lara Flynn Boyle is nearly unrecognizable

I think it’s safe to assume that Lara Flynn Boyle has a medical condition that is causing her face to look puffy. Faded Youth posted other photos of Boyle from Friday night and said that it could be due to some kind of plastic surgery or injections, but it looks to me like she is on prescription steroids and that she might have slight bell’s palsy, which is where the muscles sag on one side of your face. She was seen outside of Mr. Chow’s restaurant, where she paused for photos and signed autographs.

I checked the photo agencies and it’s been nearly a year since Boyle was photographed at an event, so she may have been lying low due to an illness. Hopefully she’s ok. She’s known for her thin figure and she looks just as skinny, but with some swelling around her face.

According to IMDB, she was on an episode of Law & Order this year and has two movies in the works for 2009. I really think she has some sort of medical condition, maybe an auto-immune disorder, and it’s possible that she went to Mr. Chow to let everyone know what’s going on with her. She might even talk to the press about it soon. I don’t think she owes it to anyone to make it known if she’s suffering from an illness, but celebrities don’t go to Mr. Chow when they want to hide.

She is also shown on 4/13/07 as a comparison. Thanks to Splash News and PRPhotos for these pictures.

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  1. anonyvent says:

    WHY in God’s name do these celebs do that to themselves? She looks horrible, and she probably looked just fine before, if a little aged. So what? Take note, women of H’wood: You look more graceful and dignified when you leave well enough alone, for the most part. I can understand a chemical peel or something to rejuvenate the skin, but leave your freaking lips alone!!

  2. AC says:

    i hope she’s not sick! I was never a big fan of hers but then i recently got into twin peaks and now i can’t help but love her 🙂

  3. UrbanRube says:

    Celebitchy, I can always count on you for kind, well-considered remarks in situations like these. It’s one of the reasons I love this blog. As soon as I saw her, and saw that she was still thin everywhere else, I was reminded of what happened to my father-in-law’s face when he was on steroids for a medical condition. He is otherwise very slender and fit, but while on steroids, his face temporarily swelled up.

  4. daisy says:

    That is bulimia jaw

  5. nena says:

    WTF!?? She was beautiful!!

  6. CJ says:

    It could be as simple as dental work.

    I once had an impacted tooth which required surgery and my face was swelled like that for about a week after.

  7. heehee says:

    Hollywood is such s tough cruel place to get by in. Just natural aging, unpreventable illness, totally normal things- and you are totally rejected and found disgusting….
    Thats what this made me think of; I mean to say a general thought I realized seeing this.
    I also think its puffy face, not some cosmetic work. Just the way it looks… also the relative paleness- usually with swelling the circulation is hidden under water and you look pale. I hope she gets better and maybe Hollywood can be a little more real and human.

  8. FF says:

    Ever since I found out she was the one who put the brakes on the Audrey Horne and Agent Cooper relationship in Twin Peaks I’ve never been able to drum up a single drop of affection or enthusiasm for her.

    So no love lost there.

    If she’s ill, I hope she lays low until she’s better.

  9. xiaoecho says:

    Daisy, you nailed it

  10. daisy says:


    Thanks, take a good look at other super skinny celebs who have or are suspected of having eating disorders.

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  12. Mairead says:

    She really does look ill to me, rather than just botched surgery/fillers. Bad dose.

  13. Ceenitall says:

    What is bulimia jaw?

  14. celebitchy says:

    Bulimia jaw is when the salivary glands swell up from too much puking, causing “chipmunk cheeks.” I think it’s more than that and you can tell in pics on other sites where half of her face looks droopy.

  15. Kevin says:

    Bitch gotsa bad case of joker face! Caught it from scrumpin with Jack Nicholson who was past his expiration date. that is all thank you

  16. frewt says:

    CB, you’re very kind and forgiving but we know from Lara’s history of duck lips and extreme thinness that she’s very vain and concerned about her looks. Therefore if she’s been out of work for a while, a guest spot on L & O would send her running to the cosmetic surgeons office. That’s why I reckon the puffiness is due to injections.

  17. MoreCowbell says:

    Predisone, trust me. It gives people that chipmunk face.
    I hope she’s all right.

  18. stellapurdy says:

    I was going to guess prednisone too. Remember what Jerry Lewis looked like when he was on the drug a few years ago? There are a lot of auto immune diseases that are treated with steroids to alleviate joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

  19. headache says:

    And isn’t rheumatoid arthritis a side effect of long term bulimia and/or anorexia?

  20. Trashaddict says:

    Too much coke cause a stroke???
    Or the botox was misinjected or misdosed?
    That’s catty, I can’t say I like her that much but I actually do hope she’s not sick. She was not bad in MIB

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  22. LolaBella says:

    Either it’s steroids (which typically give you that ‘moon face’) or she got the same ‘anti-aging serum’ Priscilla Presley got (motor oil injected to the face by ‘Dr.’ Jiffy Lube?)and had a permanent bad reaction.

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  24. Mr.X says:

    If this is a result of plastic surgery/botox, who are these plastic surgeons doing these hack jobs?

    I’ve seen several celebs destroying their faces that look like they were operated by a first year med student.