Diane Baker Biography

Birthday: 1938-02-25
Place of Birth: Hollywood, California USA
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: Stylish, raven-haired actress with a notable career in films and television. Born and raised in Hollywood, she moved to New York at eighteen to study acting with Charles Conrad and ballet with Nina Fonaroff. She continued her training in Los Angeles at the Estelle Harman Workshop, securing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox. Baker's first film assignment was a true prestige picture: legendary director George Stevens cast her as Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). Baker remained at Fox as a contract player performing in films such as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), The Best of Everything (1959) and Nine Hours to Rama (1963). After her contract ended, she worked on a pair of distinguished projects at Universal Studios: Mirage (1965) with Gregory Peck and Marnie (1964) for director Alfred Hitchcock. Baker was also a reliable performer in episodic television. She produced sensitive, affecting work in Rod Serling's touching "Rod Serling's Night Gallery: They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar/The Last Laurel (#1.6)" (1971) and, in a colorful turn as an unstable dipsomaniac, in "Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore (#5.6)" (1976). While continuing to perform, Baker moved into producing small, independent films such as "ABC Weekend Specials: Portrait of Grandpa Doc (#1.3)" (1977) with director Randal Kleiser and Never Never Land (1980) with Petula Clark, and larger projects such as the Emmy-nominated television miniseries adaptation of Barbara Taylor Bradford's "A Woman of Substance" (1984) with Deborah Kerr. More recently, she distinguished herself essaying the role of clan matriarch Rose Kennedy in the CBS miniseries Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000) (TV) and performed memorably with Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as the distraught Senator Ruth Martin and, with Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, in The Cable Guy (1996). In 2005, she acted with Frank Langella in the HBO series "Unscripted" (2005) directed by George Clooney. She also teaches acting courses in the School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Acting at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Best of Everything 1959 Drama
The Diary of Anne Frank Margot Frank 1959 Drama
Della 1964 Drama
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1972 Comedy
Here We Go Again Susan Evans 1973 - 1973
The Net 1995 Action
Unscripted 2005 Comedy
Big Brothers Bit On The Side Lila Hollingsworth 2011 Talk Show
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Diary of Anne Frank Margot Frank 1959 Drama, History
The Best of Everything 1959 Drama, Romance
The 300 Spartans Ellas 1962 0, 0
Stolen Hours Ellen Pember 1963
Marnie Lil Mainwaring 1964
Strait-Jacket Carol Harbin 1964 0, Reality Tv
Mirage Sheila 1966
Krakatoa, East of Java 1968 0, 0
The Silence of the Lambs Sen. Ruth Martin 1991 Thriller
Imaginary Crimes 1994
The Net 1995 Comedy, 0, Game Show
The Cable Guy Steven's Mother 1996 Comedy, Drama
Murder at 1600 1997 0, 0, Game Show
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam 2005
Harrison Montgomery 2008
The Surrogate Louise 2013 Drama, Mystery, Thriller