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Dianne Wiest

One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent. Dianne's original ... See full bio »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015/III Sisters (completed)
 2015 Life in Pieces (TV Series)
- Godparent Turkey Corn Farts (2015) ... Joan
- Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto (2015) ... Joan
- Ponzi Sex Paris Bounce (2015) ... Joan
- Babe Secret Phone Germs (2015) ... Joan
- Prison Baby Golf Picking (2015) ... Joan
 2015 Five Nights in Maine
 2014 The Humbling
 2014 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Ruth Kipling
- The Judge (No. 57) (2014) ... Ruth Kipling
 2012 The Corrections (TV Movie)
 2012 Darling Companion
 2010 Rabbit Hole
 2009/I Rage
Miss Roth
 2008 Passengers
 2008 The Return of Jezebel James (TV Series)
Talia Tompkins
- Needles and Schlag (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
- Frankenstein Baby (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
 2007 Dedication
 2005 Robots
Mrs. Copperbottom (voice)
 2004 Category 6: Day of Destruction (TV Movie)
Shirley Abbott, Secretary of Energy
 2004 The Blackwater Lightship (TV Movie)
 2002 Merci Dr Rey!
Elisabeth Beaumont
 2001 Not Afraid, Not Afraid
 1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
Sarah McClellan
 1998 The Horse Whisperer
Diane Booker
 1996 Avonlea (TV Series)
Lillian Hepworth
- Woman of Importance (1996) ... Lillian Hepworth
 1995 Drunks
 1994 The Scout
Doctor H. Aaron
 1989 Cookie
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
 1987 September
 1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- Bigfoot (1987)
 1987 Radio Days
 1983 The Face of Rage (TV Movie)
Rebecca Hammil
 1983 Independence Day
Nancy Morgan
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Julie Addison
 1982 The Wall (TV Movie)
Symka Mazor
 1980 It's My Turn
Gail (as Diane Wiest)
 1978 Great Performances (TV Series)
Elizabeth Gertrude Stern
- Out of Our Father's House (1978) ... Elizabeth Gertrude Stern
 1975 Zalmen: or, The Madness of God (TV Movie)
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(2005, October) Starring as professor Laurie Jamieson in the Wendy Wasserstein play Third at the Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzie E. NewHouse Theater, New York, New York. See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[speaking in 1987] All I've done since is three days on Bright Lights, Big City (1988) as Michael J. Fox's mother. That's what an Oscar does for you. See more »


Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37. See more »


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