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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 November 1935Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Birth NameRose Diane Ladnier
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Southern belle Diane Ladd was born Rose Diane Ladner in Meridian, Mississippi. Her mother, Mary Bernadette (Anderson), was a former actress, from a Norwegian and German immigrant family, and her father, Preston Paul Ladner, was a veterinarian, from a family with deep roots in the American South. Ladd has earned recognition for her Academy Award-nominated performance as the comical, independent and vulgar Flo in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). She went on to earn Academy Award nominations for performances as the mentally deranged, calculating Marietta Fortune in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990), and "Mother" in Martha Coolidge's film adaptation of Calder Willingham's Rambling Rose (1991).

She is the mother of actress Laura Dern, with her ex-husband, actor Bruce Dern.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (3)

Robert Charles Hunter (14 February 1999 - present)
William A. Shea, Jr. (April 1973 - 1976) (divorced)
Bruce Dern (1960 - 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Had two daughters with ex-husband Bruce Dern. Her first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern was born on November 27, 1960, tragically died at the age of 17 1/2 months after accidentally falling into the family pool and hitting her head causing a massive brain hemorrhage, years before second daughter, Laura Dern, was born in 1967.
Distant cousin of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Daughter of Preston Paul Lanier and Mary Lanier.
Was a chorus girl at New York City's Copacabana in the 1950s.
Has appeared in the film Carnosaur (1993), the same year that her daughter, Laura Dern, appeared in another dinosaur film, Jurassic Park (1993).
Has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress three times (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Wild at Heart (1990) and Rambling Rose (1991)). All three movies also starred her daughter Laura Dern.
Hers and her daughter's (Laura Dern) Oscar nominations for Rambling Rose (1991) mark the first time a mother and daughter ever received Oscar nominations for the same movie.
Has played mother to real-life daughter Laura Dern five times: White Lightning (1973), Wild at Heart (1990), Citizen Ruth (1996), Daddy and Them (2001) and the television series Enlightened (2011).
Has played Florence Jean Castleberry - later made famous by Polly Holliday on the sitcom Alice (1976) - in the motion picture Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and then played her replacement, Isabelle "Belle" Dupree, on the sitcom.
Former mother-in-law of musician Ben Harper.
Her mother was of half German and half Norwegian ancestry. Her father, who was from a family with deep roots in the American South, had English, as well as distant French and Swiss, ancestry.
Has a master's degree in psychology and is a part-time nutrition counselor.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 1, 2010.
Gave birth to her first child at age 25, a daughter Diane Elizabeth Dern in 1960. Child's father is her ex-husband, Bruce Dern.
Gave birth to her second child at age 31, a daughter Laura Elizabeth Dern aka Laura Dern on February 10, 1967. Child's father is her ex-husband, Bruce Dern.
Became a grandmother for the first time at age 65 when her daughter Laura Dern gave birth to her son Ellery Walker Harper, with [now ex] husband Ben Harper, on August 10, 2001.
Became a grandmother for the second time at age 68 when her daughter Laura Dern gave birth to her daughter Jaya Harper, with [now ex] husband Ben Harper, on November 28, 2004.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Jean Seberg during the making of Macho Callahan (1970)] She was terribly sensitive, almost like a little girl. We shot in a village outside Mexico City one day, and they set up tables for the cast and crew to eat. These skinny dogs wandered over, and Jean started to feed them off her plate. Someone snapped that you don't do that - not when there were people going hungry. Jean looked awfully hurt and didn't eat for two days after that. I personally considered her a great lady and a wonderful human being. A lady of sensitive, thought-out, careful choice and depth, and select caring.

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