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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 & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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I Am Sam
I Am Sam Annie Cassell
(2001)
The Lost Boys
(1987)
Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair
(1994)

Filmography

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 2015/III Sisters
Deana Ellis
 2014 Theater Close-Up (TV Series)
Ileen
 2014 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Ruth Kipling
 2012 The Corrections (TV Movie)
Enid
 2010 Rabbit Hole
Nat
 2009/I Rage
Miss Roth
 2008 Passengers
Toni
 2008 The Return of Jezebel James (TV Series)
Talia Tompkins
- Needles and Schlag (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
- Frankenstein Baby (2008) ... Talia Tompkins
 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 Dr 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
- Foul Play (2002) ... Nora Lewin
- Dazzled (2002) ... Nora Lewin
 2001 Not Afraid, Not Afraid
Paula
 2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Nora Lewin
- One (2001) ... Nora Lewin
 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
Rachel
 1994 The Scout
Doctor H. Aaron
 1989 Parenthood
Helen
 1989 Cookie
Lenore
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Mother
 1987 September
Stephanie
 1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- Bigfoot (1987)
 1987 Radio Days
Bea
 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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(Summer 1996) Starred in the Siegfried Trebitsch comedy-drama "Jitta's Atonement," adapted by George Bernard Shaw, at the Berkshire Theatre Festival Playhouse in Stockbridge, MA. Harris Yulin co-starred and directed. See more »

Alternate Names:

Diane Wiest

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

"I'd like to play a real cold, mean mass murderer. Some cruel, hard-bitten women, like the roles Glenn Close gets, just to show that I am capable of not being vulnerable and not being fragile on screen." (on being typecast as fragile or neurotic characters) See more »

Trivia:

Is one of 26 actresses who have received an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Bullets Over Broadway (1994). The others in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (... See more »

Trademark:

Soft spoken voice

Star Sign:

Aries

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