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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 32 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair
(1994)
Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
(2008)

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 2015-2017 Life in Pieces (TV Series)
Joan
- Meal Potty Cart Middle (2017) ... Joan
- Treasure Ride Poker Hearing (2017) ... Joan
 2015/III Sisters
Deana Ellis
 2015 Five Nights in Maine
Lucinda
 2014 Theater Close-Up (TV Series)
Ileen
 2014 The Humbling
Carol
 2014 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Ruth Kipling
- The Judge (No. 57) (2014) ... Ruth Kipling
 2013 Poe
Muddie / Wife (segment "The Black Cat") (voice)
 2012 The Corrections (TV Movie)
Enid
 2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Ms. Bernice Crudstaff
 2012 Darling Companion
Penny
 2011 The Big Year
Brenda
 2010 Rabbit Hole
Nat
 2008-2009 In Treatment (TV Series)
Dr. Gina Toll
- Gina: Week Seven (2009) ... Dr. Gina Toll
- Gina: Week Six (2009) ... Dr. Gina Toll
- Gina: Week Five (2009) ... Dr. Gina Toll
- Gina: Week Four (2009) ... Dr. Gina Toll
- Gina: Week Three (2009) ... Dr. Gina Toll
 2009/I Rage
Miss Roth
 2008 Passengers
Toni
 2008 Synecdoche, New York
Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
 2008 The Return of Jezebel James (TV Series)
Talia Tompkins
- Needles and Schlag (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
- Frankenstein Baby (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
 2007 Dan in Real Life
Nana
 2007 Dedication
Carol
 2005 Robots
Mrs. Copperbottom (voice)
 2004 Category 6: Day of Destruction (TV Movie)
Shirley Abbott, Secretary of Energy
 2004 The Blackwater Lightship (TV Movie)
Lily
 2002 Merci Docteur Rey
Elisabeth Beaumont
 2001-2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Nora Lewin
- Chameleon (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Ridicule (2001) ... Nora Lewin
 2000-2002 Law & Order (TV Series)
Nora Lewin
- Patriot (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Oxymoron (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Attorney Client (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Foul Play (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Dazzled (2002) ... Nora Lewin
 2001 Not Afraid, Not Afraid
Paula
 2001 I Am Sam
Annie
 2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Nora Lewin
- One (2001) ... Nora Lewin
 2000 The 10th Kingdom (TV Mini-Series)
Evil Queen
- Episode #1.10 (2000) ... Evil Queen
- Episode #1.9 (2000) ... Evil Queen
- Episode #1.8 (2000) ... Evil Queen
- Episode #1.7 (2000) ... Evil Queen
- Episode #1.6 (2000) ... Evil Queen
 1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
Sarah McClellan
 1998 Practical Magic
Aunt Jet
 1998 The Horse Whisperer
Diane Booker
 1996 The Associate
Sally Dugan
 1996 The Birdcage
Louise Keeley
 1996 Avonlea (TV Series)
Lillian Hepworth
- Woman of Importance (1996) ... Lillian Hepworth
 1995 Drunks
Rachel
 1994 The Scout
Doctor H. Aaron
 1994 Bullets Over Broadway
Helen Sinclair
 1994 Cops and Robbersons
Helen Robberson
 1991 Little Man Tate
Jane Grierson
 1990 Edward Scissorhands
Peg
 1989 Parenthood
Helen
 1989 Cookie
Lenore
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Mother
 1987 September
Stephanie
 1987 The Lost Boys
Lucy
 1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- Bigfoot (1987)
 1987 Radio Days
Bea
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
Holly
 1984 Falling in Love
Isabelle
 1984 Footloose
Vi Moore
 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)
Nina
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: Plays Maggie in "Memory House" play by Kathleen Tolan (Playwrights Horizons, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

Alternate Names:

Diane Wiest

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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 »

Trivia:

Both her Oscar-winning performances were directed by Woody Allen. This makes her one of four actors to win two Oscars under the same person's direction. The other three are: Walter Brennan for Come and Get It (1936) and The Westerner (1940) (both directed by William Wyler), Jack Nicholson for Terms of Endearment (1983) and As Good as It Gets (1997) (both directed by James L. Brooks) and Christoph... See more »

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Star Sign:

Aries

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