Diane Lane Biography

Birthday: 1965-01-22
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 when she found herself in such critical and financial flops as Touched by Love (1980), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) 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) 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Outsiders Cherry Valance 1983 Crime
Big Town Lorry Dane 1987 Drama
Hardball Elizabeth Wilkes 1994 - 1994 Drama
The Glass House Erin Glass 2001 Thriller
Money 2011 Martha Kent 2011
Perfect Storms Christina Cotter 2013 History
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Virginian 1946
A Little Romance 1979 Comedy, Romance
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Corinne Burns 1982 0, 0, Game Show
Rumble Fish Patty 1983 Comedy, 0
The Outsiders Cherry Valance 1983 Comedy
Outsider Cherry Valance 1983 Crime, Drama
The Cotton Club Vera Cicero 1984
Streets of Fire 1984
A Walk on the Moon Pearl Kantrowitz 1987
Lady Beware Katya Yarno 1987 Thriller
The Big Town Lorry Dane 1987 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Priceless Beauty China 1988 Drama, Fantasy
Vital Signs Gina Wyler 1990 Drama
Chaplin Paulette Goddard 1992 0
My New Gun Debbie Bender 1992 Comedy
Knight Moves Kathy Sheppard 1993 Mystery, Thriller
Indian Summer Beth Warden / Clair Everett 1993 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Judge Dredd Judge Hershey 1995 Action, Crime, Sci Fi
Wild Bill Susannah Moore 1995 Action, Biography
Mad Dog Time 1996 0, 0, 0
The Only Thrill Katherine Fitzsimmons 1997 Drama, Romance
Murder at 1600 Nina Chance 1997 0, 0, Game Show
My Dog Skip Ellen Morris 2000 0, 0
The Perfect Storm Christina Cotter 2000 Action, Adventure, Drama
Gunshy Melissa 2000 Crime, Drama
Hardball Elizabeth Wilkes 2001 0, Biography
The Glass House Erin Glass 2001 0
Unfaithful Connie Sumner 2002 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Searching for Debra Winger 2002 Documentary
Under the Tuscan Sun Frances 2003 Biography, 0
Jack Karen Powell 2004
Must Love Dogs Sarah Nolan 2005 Biography
Hollywoodland Toni Mannix 2006 Crime, Drama
Fierce People Liz Earl 2007 Drama, Thriller
Jumper Mary Rice 2008 0, 0
Untraceable Jennifer Marsh 2008 Game Show, 0, 0
Killshot Carmen Colson 2008 0, Game Show, Comedy
Nights in Rodanthe Adrienne Willis 2008 Drama, Romance
Secretariat Penny Chenery 2010
Man of Steel Martha Kent 2013 Sport, 0
Every Secret Thing Helen Manning 2014 Comedy, Game Show
Trumbo Cleo Trumbo 2015 Biography, Drama
Batman vs. Superman Martha Kent 2015 Action, Adventure, Fantasy