Laura Dern has led a notable career as an actress, getting one of her first big breaks in David Lynch's 1986 classic Blue Velvet.

In fact, she never received a college degree, as she had to drop out in order to take the role in the now iconic cult film. 



Dern was sure to thank the cult director on Saturday as she received the first ever Vulture honorary degree at Vulture Festival in New York City.

Powder blue: Laura Dern cut a classic look, as she arrived Saturday in a powder blue ankle-length dress for Vulture Festival in New York City

She said in her speech that she attempted to get a leave from her film school for the role: 'They read it and said, "Not only are you giving up your college career if you go make this film, but we can’t believe you would want to do this movie."

'And yes, that movie was Blue Velvet, and now when you go to get your master’s in film at that school, of three movies that are musts, one of them is Blue Velvet.'

She paired the dress with a cropped black cardigan, which was lined down the front in a scalloped cut.

Black cardigan: She paired the dress with a cropped black cardigan, which was lined down the front in a scalloped cut

Belted look: The look was completed with a black leather belt, featuring a gold buckle, and a pair of black leather heeled boots

The look was completed with a black leather belt, featuring a gold buckle, and a pair of black leather heeled boots.  

Dascha Polanco dazzled in a long-sleeve green satin wrap-dress, paired with some thigh-high blue and green tartan laced-up stiletto boots.

D'Arcy Carden donned a paint-splattered maroon blouse, tucked into high-waisted plum trousers with neon yellow stilettos.

Green with envy: Dascha Polanco dazzled in a long-sleeve green satin wrap-dress, paired with some thigh-high blue and green tartan laced-up stiletto boots

Neon vibes: D'Arcy Carden donned a paint-splattered maroon blouse, tucked into high-waisted plum trousers with neon yellow stilettos

Jade green: America Ferrera arrived in a jade green, paired with a matching blouse and skinny black pants

Double-breasted: Susan Kelechi Watson sported a grey double-breasted blazer dress with white leather heeled booties

Serving looks: Cameron Esposito kept it cool in a tan leather moto jacket over a salmon leafy-print shirt. Candice Patton served preppy vibes in a long-sleeve white dress, accented with red and navy blue details

Tan denim: Tony Hale sported a tan denim jacket with red shoulders, paired with some pleated grey tweed slacks

Sporty casual: Colton Underwood rocked a sporty look in a black hoodie, arriving with Cassie Randolph, who donned a striped blouse and black pants

Off-the-shoulder: Jared Haibon donned a black leather moto jacket, arriving with Ashley Iaconetti, who sported a sexy black off-the-shoulder blouse

Sweater weather: Tanner Tolbert donned a blue bomber jacket with a white t-shirt, while Jade Roper sported a brown sweater dress

Candice Patton served preppy vibes in a long-sleeve white dress, accented with red and navy blue details.

Tony Hale sported a tan denim jacket with red shoulders, paired with some pleated grey tweed slacks. 

Colton Underwood rocked a sporty look in a black hoodie, arriving with Cassie Randolph, who donned a striped blouse and black pants. 

Jared Haibon donned a black leather moto jacket, arriving with Ashley Iaconetti, who sported a sexy black off-the-shoulder blouse.

Tanner Tolbert donned a blue bomber jacket with a white t-shirt, while Jade Roper sported a brown sweater dress. 

Thankful: Dern was sure to thank director David Lynch in her speech as she accepted her honorary degree

A star is born: In fact, she never finished film school, as she dropped out to star in Lynch's 1986 cult classic Blue Velvet

Squad goals: Polanco, Patton, Watson and Esposito posed together for a group photo at the pop culture festival

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