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The Diane Linkletter Story (1970)

A John Waters film where Divine plays Diane Linkletter, daughter of Art Linkletter and commits suicide.




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This improvised film is based on the true-life suicide of TV personality Art Linkletter's daughter, Diane. Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter fret about their daughter's recent behavior, which includes taking drugs and dating a lowlife named Jim. Eventually, the parents confront Diane... with tragic consequences. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Short





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10 April 1970 (USA)  »

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Filmed the day after Diane Linkletter took her own life. See more »


Diane: I am what I am! I'm doin' my own thing in my own time, Daddy!
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Crazy Credits

Divine "hosts" the credits, presenting cue cards with actors' names and doing the "Diane Linkletter" by sniffing up cocaine. See more »


Referenced in This Filthy World (2006) See more »


We Love You Call Collect
Art Linkletter
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User Reviews

Sick, wrong, and essential
14 September 1998 | by (Arlington Heights, IL) – See all my reviews

Made around the time of "Mondo Trasho," this is what Waters calls an "instant movie." He read about Diane Linkletter's suicide in the paper one day, gathered some of his friends, and shot a dramatic recreation of it that same day. In hindsight, this was a precursor to all those "E! True Hollywood Story" specials. It's even in grainy black-and-white, just like those so-called "dramatic re-enactments" we see on TV today. Essential viewing for Waters fans -- the credits alone are worth the effort of tracking it down.

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