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Diane Lane 5' 7" Born January 22 1965 in New York, New York, USA
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Diane Lane: Diane Lane was born on January
22, 1965, in New York. Her parents are acting coach Burt Lane and nightclub
singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Diane was acting from a very young age and
made her stage debut at the age of six. Her work in such acclaimed theater
productions as "The Cherry Orchard" and "Medea" led to her being called to
Hollywood. She was 13 when she was cast by director George Roy Hill in his
wonderful 1979 film A Little Romance (1979), opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. The
film only did so-so commercially, but Olivier praised his young co-star, calling
her the new Grace Kelly. After her well-received debut, Diane found herself on
magazine covers all over the world, including "Time", which declared her the
"new young acting sensation". However, things quietened down a bit, as she found
herself in such critical and financial flops as Touched by Love (1980), Cattle
Annie and Little Britches (1981), National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982),
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981) and, most unmemorably, Six Pack
(1982), all of which failed to set her career on fire.
She also made several TV movies during this period, but it was in 1983 that she finally began to fulfill the promise of stardom that had earlier been predicted for her. Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola took note of Diane's appeal and cast her in two "youth"-oriented films based on S.E. Hinton novels. Indeed, Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1983) have become cult classics and resulted in her getting a loyal fan base. The industry was now taking notice of Diane Lane, and she soon secured lead roles in three big-budget studio epics. She turned down the first, Splash (1984) (which was a surprise hit for Daryl Hannah). Unfortunately, the other two were critical and box-office bombs: Walter Hill's glossy rock 'n' roll fable Streets of Fire (1984) was not the huge summer success that many had thought it would be, and the massively troubled Coppola epic The Cotton Club (1984) co-starring Richard Gere was also a high-profile flop. The back-to-back failure of both of these films could have ended her career there and then--but thankfully it didn't. Possibly "burned out" by the lambasting these films received and unhappy with the direction her career was taking, she "retired" from the film business at age 19, saying that she had forgotten what she had started acting for. She stayed away from the screen for the next three years. Ironically, the two films that were the main causes of her "retirement" have since grown in popularity, and "Streets of Fire" especially seems to have found the kind of audience it couldn't get when it was first released.
The process of rebuilding her career was a slow and gradual one. First came the obscure and very sexy straight-to-video thriller Lady Beware (1987), followed by the critically acclaimed but little seen The Big Town (1987) with Matt Dillon and Tommy Lee Jones. In the former, Diane plays a very mysterious and sexy stripper and her memorable strip sequence is a highlight of the film. Despite her sexy new on-screen image, it wasn't until 1989's smash hit TV mini-series "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (mini) that Diane made another big impression on a sizable audience. Her performance in the hugely popular and critically acclaimed western epic as a vulnerable "whore with a heart" won her an Emmy nomination and much praise. Film producers were interested in her again. Another well-received TV production, Descending Angel (1990) (TV), was followed by smaller roles in major films like Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992) and Mike Binder's Indian Summer (1993), and larger parts in small independent films like My New Gun (1992), Vital Signs (1990) and Knight Moves (1992). Indeed, the latter two films co-starred her then-husband, Christopher Lambert, with whom she had a daughter named Eleanor.
Diane was now re-established in Hollywood and started to appear in higher-profile co-starring roles in some big-budget, major movies like Walter Hill's Wild Bill (1995), the Sylvester Stallone actioner Judge Dredd (1995), the Robin Williams's comedy Jack (1996) and Murder at 1600 (1997) co-starring Wesley Snipes. However, all of these still did not quite make Diane a "big-name star" and, by 1997, she found herself, possibly by choice, back in smaller, personal projects.
Her next role as a frustrated 1960s housewife in the independent hit A Walk on the Moon (1999) deservedly won her rave notices and, at last, gave her career the big lift it needed. The cute but tear-jerking comedy My Dog Skip (2000) also proved to be a small-scale success. However, it was the £330-million worldwide grossing blockbuster hit The Perfect Storm (2000) that finally made Diane Lane the household name that she always should have been.
After the worldwide success of "The Perfect Storm", she was more in demand than ever. She played Leelee Sobieski's sinister junkie guardian in the slick thriller The Glass House (2001), and co-starred with Keanu Reeves in the #1 smash hit Hard Ball (2001). However, her greatest career moment was still to come with her lead role in the enormous critical and commercial hit Unfaithful (2002), in which she superbly portrayed Richard Gere's adulterous wife. Her performance won the respect of critics and audiences alike.
She is very well regarded within the industry, adored by film fans, and has a credibility and quality that is all too rare today. Her immense talent at playing human and real characters, her "drop dead gorgeous" beauty and down-to-earth grittiness guarantees that she will stay on top, and she guarantee has already shown the kind of resilience that will keep her working for a long, long time.
Josh Brolin (14 August 2004 - present)
Christopher Lambert (October 1988 - March 1994) (divorced) 1 child
Daughter of acting coach Burt Lane and Playboy centerfold Colleen Farrington (Miss October 1957).
Admitted in Esquire Magazine in February 2000 that she had an affair with both Timothy Hutton and Christopher Atkins.
Dated rocker/actor Jon Bon Jovi in the mid-80s.
Was a multi-millionaire by the time she was 18 years old.
One of Francis Ford Coppola's favourite actresses - she has starred in no less than four of his films.
She enjoys music and movies and has a large home-theater in her home.
Collects antique furniture and has a strange fetish - she admitted in Playboy (1995) that she has "a thing for really high thigh-boots. I have a cool collection! I love high heels."
In her off time, she likes to travel, ride her horses and go walking. She also enjoys keeping fit and does yoga. She especially loves to spend as much time as possible with her daughter, Eleanor, whose father is her ex-husband Christopher Lambert of Highlander (1986) fame.
Was on the cover of Time Magazine (August 1979) at the age of 14.
Attended the 2003 Oscars with Josh Brolin.
Her father passed away shortly before Unfaithful (2002), in which she gave an Academy Award-nominated performance, was released. He did see a rough cut of the film three weeks before his death.
Voted one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World" (2003).
July 2003: Engaged to actor Josh Brolin.
Measurements: 35C-25-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Once pursued professional modeling as a teen but was told by Eileen Ford (of the Ford Modeling Agency) that her neck was "too short" to be a model.
Two of her movies - Hard Ball (2001) and The Glass House (2001) - opened in theaters in the US on the same day. [14 September 2001]
Voted one of the "World's Most Desirable Women" (2004)
Has said that some of her biggest acting influences have been Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Susan Sarandon.
When she was 13, George Roy Hill wanted her to star opposite Laurence Olivier in his film A Little Romance (1979). At the time, she was working on Broadway for Joseph Papp at the Public Theatre in the original production of "The Runaways". Both Hill and Papp wanted her, and a series of telegrams among Papp, Hill, Laurence Olivier--who was to be in the film--and Diane's father transpired, with Hill, Olivier and Diane's father wanting her in the film, and Papp wanting to keep her in the play. She ended up doing the film.
Daughter Eleonora Lambert (b. 1993) with ex-husband Christopher Lambert
Her mother, Colleen Farrington, was the October 1957 Playmate of the Month.
Daughter-in-law of James Brolin.
Best friend of Elizabeth Perkins.
Daughter-in-law of Barbra Streisand
Stepmother of Josh Brolin's children Eden and Trevor from Brolin's first marriage to Alice Adair
Born on the same day as actor Mads Koudal.
One of the "later" members of the Brat Pack, along with John Cusack.
There is a street in Ashland, Massachusetts named "Diane Lane."
Was considered for the role of Ana in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004). The part eventually went to Sarah Polley.
Was #79 on VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005) (mini).
Was voted number 7 in "VH1's Hottest Over 40"
She likes to wear thigh-high boots and high heels
Auditioned for the role of Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire (1996).
In 1980 she was hit in the eye with a tennis ball, the impact of which caused permanent pupil dilation.
There is a street in Larkspur, California, with the name Diane Lane.
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