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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 January 1965New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. 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), 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Daryl Moulton

Spouse (2)

Josh Brolin (15 August 2004 - 27 November 2013) (divorced)
Christopher Lambert (29 October 1988 - 1 March 1994) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (40)

Daughter of acting coach Burt Lane and Playboy centerfold Colleen Farrington (Miss October 1957).
February 2000: Admitted in Esquire Magazine that she had had affairs with both Timothy Hutton and Christopher Atkins.
Was a multi-millionaire by the time she was 18 years old.
One of Francis Ford Coppola's favorite 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 Lambert, whose father is her ex-husband Christopher Lambert of Highlander (1986) fame.
August 1979: Was on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 14.
2003: Attended the 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.
2003: Voted one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World".
July 2003: Engaged to actor Josh Brolin.
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.
9/14/01: Two of her movies - Hard Ball (2001) and The Glass House (2001) - opened in theaters in the US on the same day. They were the top two movies at the box office that weekend.
2004: Voted one of the "World's Most Desirable Women".
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, Olivier' and her 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.
Ex-daughter-in-law of James Brolin.
Best friend of Elizabeth Perkins.
Ex-stepdaughter-in-law of Barbra Streisand.
Ex-stepmother of Josh Brolin's children, Eden Brolin and Trevor Brolin, from Brolin's first marriage to Alice Adair.
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 remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004), which eventually went to Sarah Polley.
Was #79 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
Was voted #7 in "VH1's Hottest Over 40".
Auditioned for the role of Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire (1996).
1980: She was hit in the eye with a tennis ball, the impact of which caused permanent pupil dilation.
While filming The Outsiders (1983), co-star Tom Cruise received the script for Risky Business (1983) and asked her to co-star with him in the film as Lana. She stated that her father would "never" let her star as a prostitute and the role went to Rebecca De Mornay.
Has starred with Richard Gere in three movies to date: The Cotton Club (1984), Unfaithful (2002) and Nights in Rodanthe (2008).
Turned down the role of Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988), which went to Kelly McGillis.
Met first husband Christopher Lambert while filming Priceless Beauty (1988), together. They eventually had a daughter, Eleanor Lambert, and later divorced.
Separated from her second husband of 8 years Josh Brolin. [February 2013]
Both Diane and her husband Josh Brolin have played DC Comics characters. He played the title role in Jonah Hex (2010) while she played Martha Kent, adoptive mother of Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel (2013).
Has co-starred with Matt Dillon in three films: The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983) and The Big Town (1987).
In 2013, it was announced that Lane had been cast as Hillary Rodham Clinton in a television miniseries that Fox network was going to produce to air on NBC about the former First Lady. But in August, Fox canceled plans for the production.
Will appear in 'Sweet Bird of Youth' that will play from September 14th-October 25th, 2012 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in their Albert Theatre. She will play the character Alexandra Del Lago. The Goodman Theatre is located in the city of Chicago, Illinois. [August 2012]
Appears in a commercial for Neutrogena Ageless Intensive.
Quit showbusiness in October 2008. [October 2008]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a daughter Eleanor Jasmine Lambert (aka Eleanor Lambert) on September 5, 1993. Child's father is her now ex-1st husband Christopher Lambert.

Personal Quotes (6)

Even the short men I know appreciate a woman in heels.
[talking about her Oscar nomination (her father Burt Lane, who managed her early career, passed away in February 2002] The only phone call I really yearn to make is one I can't, which is to say, "Guess what, Dad?"
[comparing herself to her mother, a former "Playboy" magazine centerfold] Mom was better endowed.
[about on-line dating] Look, it's so interesting, because being a mom of a daughter - forget about it. I'm so hyper mama-bear protective: "In no way is it ever all right to meet anybody you've [only] ever met on-line! Period! End of story. Close chapter, end the book." But in my prickly, paranoid way, I'd say, "Well don't they kind of pre-screen people at these agencies?" So I like the fact these services exist, and I think if you're meeting someone randomly outside the protection of the umbrella, you know you can't say you weren't warned.
[on the death of Tony Curtis] I am just a huge fan of his. What he gave to the world will live forever, which is a marvelous gift of this industry.
[on Bruce Dern's performance in Nebraska (2013)] If Bruce Dern had never made a single film or knew nothing about "acting," his work in "Nebraska" would have been the miraculous discovery of actual human decency and guilelessness. But for an actor as seasoned as Mr. Dern, the purity and simplicity of his performance are all the more a lesson for students of the art. What a gift Alexander Payne gives in letting us bask in Woody's stultifying call to purpose and acknowledgement of one life's span; at last groping the bell, to ring it, if only once. Woody refuses to apologize or explain or alter his course while enduring others' heaping-on of a lifetime of shrugged-off doubts and ghosts. His plight is a piercing arrow of hope itself. In one scene, standing in the abandoned wreck of his childhood home, by just daring to hover there, he lets us tumble and feel it all, and it's like having vertigo. A breaking open, by refusing to break. He broke my heart ... open.

Salary (3)

Unfaithful (2002) $3,000,000
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) $5,000,000
Must Love Dogs (2005) $6,000,000

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