09/18/2012 03:14 pm ET

Laura Dern Shows Bikini Body On Los Angeles Beach (PHOTOS)

Her name may be making the rounds because of her latest Oscar-bound project, "The Master," but today, Laura Dern's name makes headlines for a slightly less buttoned-up reason.

Dern stripped down on a Los Angeles beach Tuesday morning for a little sun and surf fun with her family. The "Enlightened" actress turned heads in a striped bikini top and board shorts -- and may we say, she looks amazing.

Dern, 45, took some time off from what will soon surely be a busy award show season to spend time in the sun with her daughter Jaya and son Ellery.

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Celebrities Hit The Beach & Pool