Diane Cilento Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died in Cairns, Queensland, Australia  (cancer)
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones (1963) and appeared in The Third Secret (1964) the following year but she allowed her film career to decline following her marriage to actor Sean Connery, the second of her three husbands, to whom she was married from 1962-1973. They had one son, the actor Jason Connery. She also had a daughter, Giovanna, with her first husband. Cilento has stated that she was beaten unconscious by Connery in their hotel room during filming of The Hill.

In Connery's James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), she doubled for her husband's co-star Mie Hama in a diving scene because Hama was indisposed.

She starred with Charlton Heston in the 1965 film The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), and with Paul Newman in the 1967 western film Hombre (1967).

In 1985, Cilento married Anthony Shaffer, a playwright, who wrote the script of The Wicker Man; she met him when she appeared in the film in 1973 and he joined her when she returned to Queensland in 1975.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (3)

Anthony Shaffer (27 January 1985 - 6 November 2001) (his death)
Sean Connery (6 December 1962 - 6 September 1973) (divorced) (1 child)
Andrea Volpe (12 February 1955 - 22 August 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (15)

Mother of Jason Connery
Sister-in-law of Peter Shaffer.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for portraying Helen of Troy in Jean Giraudoux' "Tiger at the Gates."
Ex-mother-in-law of Mia Sara.
Manages and owns an open-air theater named 'Karnak Playhouse', located in the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman, Queensland. Hence why she has done very little screen work since the 1980s.
She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her distinguished service to the arts especially theatre.
Has a daughter, Giovanna Margaret Volpe (born December 10, 1957) with her ex-husband, Andrea Volpe.
Grandmother of Dashiell Connery.
She is interred at Highgate Cemetery (East) in High Gate, Greater London, England in a plot next to her husband of 16 years Anthony Shaffer.
Her film career got started after critical acclaim for her performances with the Mercury Theatre in London and with the Library Theatre in Manchester.
She was the daughter of noted medical practitioners Sir Raphael and Lady Cilento. Schooled in Queensland and New York, she trained for acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at RADA in 1950.
Mossman, Queensland, Australia [January 2009]
She lives in Queensland, Australia. [January 2006]
Her comeback on returning to Australia in the mid 1970's was meant to be the title character in Tim Burstall's 'Eliza Fraser'. However, Burstall and Cilento didn't agree over some content, and Susannah York took the role.
During the early 1980's was working on a AUD $3.1million film to be titled 'The Great Lover' about Rudloph Valentino, which would have been her debut as a feature film director. Producer was to be Hilary Linstead, based on a script co-written by Cilento and co-producer Patrick Hockey (which in turn was based on earlier script by George Mikkell). Filming was scheduled to be shot in Brisbane, Australia with financial backing from the New South Wales Film Corporation, along with distribution through Greater Union Film Distributors. The cast was to have included: James Heathmore as Valentino, as well as both Jeanne Moreau (following earlier negotiations with Katherine Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, and Gloria Swanson) and Greta Schacchi playing the older and younger version of "The Woman in Black". The project was abandoned when funding fell through a few years later.

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