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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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Did You Know?


The opening music and ending music to the movie is a rare 45 released by Art Linkletter shortly after his daughter's death called "We Love You Call Collect". John Waters said during a lecture he thought the song was even tackier than the movie he made. See more »


Art Linkletter: No, she wouldn't lie. Well, yes, she would lie... But not to us.
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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 A History of Sex (2003) See more »


We Love You Call Collect
Art Linkletter
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Any Waters fan must see this film!
29 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Any film with David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Divine is a signal to rejoice! This is a VERY hard-to-find short released on video as "Divine" in the 80s on a double bill with the Divine off-Broadway play "The Neon Woman". Lochary and Pearce are the Linkletters, the Hollywood couple with a troubled daughter. Of the 15 minute short, the majority of it is improvised footage of the two complaining about their daughter and wondering where she is and what to do with her. Divine stars in the opening credits and makes quite an entrance as the drugged-out Diane Linkletter. Divine is fantastic, either in a drunken stupor, having temper tantrums, or crying uncontrollably in her room over her boyfriend Jim! The end shots of Divine laying on the ground, a suicide from jumping out a window, are better examples than usual of Waters' cinematography. If you find this movie, rent it, buy it, steal it, anything! This is essential viewing for any John Waters/Divine/underground movie fan. A lot of people find it in bad taste because Waters filmed it the same day of the actual news break of Diane's suicide, but I think it's very intelligent and a brilliantly funny parody of the seamy underside of Hollywood! To top it off, the soundtrack is Art Linkletter's 45 "Call Collect", a spoken-word record he put out a few weeks after the event! It is black comedy at its best!

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