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Diane Varsi (1938–1992)


This lovely, long-haired, fresh-faced and most promising product of the late 1950s was born Diane Marie Antonia Varsi in San Mateo, California, on February 23, 1938, the elder of two daughters of Russell Varsi, a florist, and wife Beatrice DeMerchant. A troubling childhood led to her dropping out of high school, toiling instead in a number of ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Compulsion
Compulsion Ruth Evans
(1959)
Peyton Place
Peyton Place Allison MacKenzie
(1957)
Wild in the Streets
Wild in the Streets Sally LeRoy
(1968)
Ten North Frederick
Ten North Frederick Ann Chapin
(1958)

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 1972 The People (TV Movie)
Valancy Carmody
 1971 Cannon (TV Series)
Mrs. Long
- Country Blues (1971) ... Mrs. Long
 1971 Johnny Got His Gun
Fourth Nurse
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
Iris
- Computer Murder (1969) ... Iris
 1968 Killers Three
Carol Warder
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Sally LeRoy
 1967 Roseanna
Mary Jane Peterson
 1967 Sweet Love, Bitter
Della
 1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Claire Hanson
- Travel a Crooked Road (1966) ... Nurse Claire Hanson
- A Sometimes Distant Spring (1966) ... Nurse Claire Hanson
 1959 Compulsion
Ruth Evans
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lurene Dawson
- The Ding-A-Ling Girl (1959) ... Lurene Dawson
 1958 From Hell to Texas
Juanita Bradley
 1958 Ten North Frederick
Ann Chapin
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 1958 The 30th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
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 1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (TV Movie documentary)
Actress 'Peyton Place' (uncredited)

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Began her career as a folk singer and drummer. See more »

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