Dianne Wiest Biography

Birthday: 1948-03-28
Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born on March 28, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her original ambition was to be a ballerina, but she was bitten by the acting bug after some stage work, most notably playing Desdemona to James Earl Jones' Othello on Broadway. She made her film debut in 1980, but did not make a name for herself until her performance as Emma, a prostitute during the 1930s Depression, in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Allen was so impressed by Wiest's acting ability that he has directed her on four more occasions since. Under Allen's direction, Wiest won a well deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her brilliant performance as the neurotic, wannabe actress Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). She followed her Academy Award success with performances in The Lost Boys (1987) and Bright Lights, Big City (1988) before stealing the show from the likes of Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Keanu Reeves and Martha Plimpton in Ron Howard's Parenthood (1989). Playing Helen Buckman, the divorced mother of two difficult teenagers, Wiest was both touching and hilarious, and received her second Oscar nomination. Arguably her most beloved role came as Peg Boggs, the kindly Avon Lady who discovers the titular Edward Scissorhands (1990). Wiest returned to Woody Allen for Bullets Over Broadway (1994), a superb comedy film set in 1920s New York, winning her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her magnificent portrayal of Helen Sinclair, a boozy, glamorous and neurotic star of the stage, who could made the words "Don't speak!" the funniest sentence ever captured on film. Recently enjoying great success with witchy roles in the comedy film Practical Magic (1998) and the television miniseries "The 10th Kingdom" (2000), Dianne Wiest lives in New York City with her two adopted daughters, Emily and Lily.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Super Bowl Aunt Bridget 'Jet' Owens 1976 Documentary
Parenthood Helen Buckman 2011 - 2012 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Julie Addison 1982
Footloose Vi Moore 1984 Biography
Hannah and Her Sisters Holly 1986 Comedy, Drama, Romance
September Stephanie 1987
The Lost Boys Lucy 1987 Comedy, Horror
Bright Lights, Big City 1988 Drama
Parenthood Helen Buckman 1989 0, 0
Edward Scissorhands Peg 1990 Biography, 0
Little Man Tate Jane Grierson 1991 0
Cops and Robbersons 1994 Comedy
The Scout Doctor H. Aaron 1994
Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair 1995 Comedy, Crime
The Birdcage Louise Keeley 1996 Comedy
The Associate Sally Dugan 1996 Comedy
Drunks Rachel 1997 Drama
Practical Magic Aunt Bridget 'Jet' Owens 1998 Biography, 0, 0
The Horse Whisperer 1998 Drama, Romance
The 10th Kingdom Evil Queen 2000 Adventure, Comedy, Family
I Am Sam Annie Cassell 2001
Merci Docteur Rey 2003 Comedy
Category 6: Day of Destruction 2004 Drama, Action
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 Comedy
Dan in Real Life Nana 2007 Biography, 0
Dedication Carol 2007 0, 0
Passengers Toni 2008 Biography, 0
Rabbit Hole Nat 2010
Darling Companion Penny 2012 Drama
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Ms. Bernice Crudstaff 2012 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy