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Overview (4)

Born in Tacoma, Washington, USA
Birth NameSamile Diane Friesen
Nickname Frosty
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dyan Cannon is the first woman in the history of the Motion Picture Academy to be nominated for Oscars both in front of and behind the camera. Her diligence and determination have been rewarded by many prestigious honors.

She received her first Academy Award nomination for her memorable role as Alice in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), opposite Natalie Wood and directed by Paul Mazursky. For her performance, she garnered the coveted New York Film Critics Award.

Dyan received her second Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Live Action Short for writing and directing the 48-minute film, Number One (1976), which she also produced, edited and scored. The New York Times commended the film as one of the best movies ever made concerning children's development.

She received her third Academy Award nomination for her comedic role as Julia Farnsworth, opposite Warren Beatty, in Heaven Can Wait (1978), for which she won the Golden Globe Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Later that year, she starred in another comedy hit, Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), opposite Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards, and was named Female Star of the Year by NATO (National Association of Theater Owners).

As the singular force behind the motion picture The End of Innocence (1990), Dyan undertook a triumvirate of tasks as writer, director and star. Dyan's work received amazing reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Dyan has co-starred on two outstanding prime-time television shows. For several years, she brought her own brand of humor, class and sexiness to the role of Whipper Cone on the Emmy Award winning series Ally McBeal (1997). She then starred as the vivacious and free-spirited Honey Bernstein-Flynn on NBC's comedy series Three Sisters (2001).

Her filmography is vast and includes TNT's remake of the Warner Bros.' Classic Christmas in Connecticut (1992), directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger; Author! Author! (1982) opposite Al Pacino; The Last of Sheila (1973), directed by Herbert Ross; two films directed by Sidney Lumet; Deathtrap (1982), co-starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve, and The Anderson Tapes (1971), starring Sean Connery; and Honeysuckle Rose (1980), in which she played Willie Nelson's wife and made her debut as a country music singer; Such Good Friends (1971), directed by Otto Preminger...and numerous other films. She has starred on Broadway and in her own musical stage act at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and Harrah's in Lake Tahoe. Dyan co-wrote the title song for Chaka Khan's album, The Woman I Am, with Brenda Russell.

Dyan wanted to take time off from her acting career to write. During the next nine years, she not only collaborated on a Broadway musical, but wrote her memoir, "Dear Cary," which was on the New York Times best seller list three different times spanning four years. It is now being made into a miniseries.

Dyan is recognized as an exceptional motivational speaker for prominent associations and corporations. Children are her passion and most of her work centers around the care and welfare of kids. She is the national spokesperson for the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, an organization that provides treatment to children all over the world who are afflicted with vascular birthmarks. She is the international executive spokesperson for Operation Lookout, an organization dedicated to recovering missing and exploited children who have been kidnapped from their homes, schools, etc. She has also been national spokesperson for Martin Colette's Wildlife Waystation, an international refuge that rescues and rehabilitates wild and exotic animals, as well as national spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America

In addition, she devotes time and energy to several other charitable organizations such as California's Special Olympics for physically and mentally challenged athletes and also works with recovering addicts weekly.

Dyan is a permanent court-side fixture at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball games. YEAY!! (And can't wait for them to start again!)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrew Burrill

Family (4)

Spouse Stanley Fimberg (18 April 1985 - 1991)  (divorced)
Cary Grant (22 July 1965 - 21 March 1968)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Jennifer Grant
Parents Ben Friesen
Claire Portnoy
Relatives Dave Friesen (sibling)

Trade Mark (3)

Curly blonde tresses
Seductive deep voice
Her throaty laugh

Trivia (33)

Always seen courtside at Los Angeles Lakers home basketball games.
Attended and graduated from West Seattle High School in Seattle, WA.
Attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, but did not graduate.
Miss West Seattle of 1954.
"Discovered" while having lunch on the Sunset Strip.
Got her stage name from producer Jerry Wald, who said he kept seeing something explosive in her. She took the spelling "Dyan" years later, when she read a notice about herself which was written that way in Rome's Celebrity News and liked it.
Her commitment to Christianity has led her to hold twice-monthly revival-style Bible study meetings on the CBS studio lot.
In the early 1970s Paramount had plans to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with her in the Barbara Stanwyck role. Ultimately, the project was downgraded to a television movie; when Cannon was not available, Samantha Eggar was hired for the role.
Wanted a nose job early in her career, but a doctor told her she had a beautiful nose and was not going to do anything to it. She then decided not to get the nose job.
Ex-mother-in-law of Randy Zisk.
Cary Grant first saw her on a television series in 1961, when she was already a 24-year-old television veteran. They started living together in 1963.
Came in fourth (behind Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret and Raquel Welch) in the "Sexiest Older Actress" category held by the website Third Age.
Was extremely nervous about doing the famous bedroom scene in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). She claimed all four participants were a wreck. Elliott Gould busily stuffed food in his mouth; Robert Culp talked a mile a minute and Natalie Wood would not even come out of her trailer at first.
Second husband Stanley Fimberg was a real estate mogul who executive-produced her movie The End of Innocence (1990).
Considered the second-most-famous Laker fan behind Jack Nicholson.
She and Cary Grant's daughter, Jennifer Grant, weighed only 4.5 pounds at birth; she was born seven months after their wedding.
She was reluctant to drop acid with regular user Cary Grant, her husband at the time, who believed it had psychological value, but he compelled her to do it twice, and she had a bad experience both times.
Her high school nickname was "Frosty".
Alumni (1975) of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
Learned how to drive a 13-gear 30-ton semi-trailer diesel truck for the comedy-drama film Coast to Coast (1980).
She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California on June 22, 1983.
Older sister of jazz bassist Dave Friesen.
Named Female Star of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners in 1973 and the Hollywood Women's Press Club in 1979.
Manager for 13 years was Vince Cannon (no relation).
Was considered for the Ann-Margret role in Carnal Knowledge (1971).
Was considered for the Ali MacGraw role in The Getaway (1972).
Has two grandchildren: Cary Benjamin Grant (b. 12 August 2008) and Davian Adele Grant (b. 23 November 2011).
In 2016, five years after its original publication, her book "Dear Cary" climbed back onto the New York Times Bestseller List without her doing anything to promote it.
Dated directors Hal Ashby and Jerry Schatzberg, actors Armand Assante, Hy Chase, Ron Ely and Michael Nouri, sculptor Carl Hartman, comedian Mort Sahl, producer Murray Shostak and agent Ron Weisner.
Used to work at a brokerage firm.
After leaving college she moved in with her aunt in Phoenix, where she first fell in love and became engaged to a vacationer from out of state. Within a few weeks of following him to L.A., Dyan knew she had made a mistake and broke it off.
Born to a Canadian father and Ukranian mother. Her maternal grandmother was beheaded during the Russian Revolution.
Turned down leading role in The Traveling Executioner (1970) which went to Marianna Hill.

Personal Quotes (5)

I don't acknowledge age. I'm not afraid of what's called age. The only thing that would ever frighten me would be losing my vitality or energy or the stars in my eyes or love for life. And I don't believe that's connected with numbers.
[on working with director Otto Preminger on Such Good Friends (1971)] I was warned about him -- but could anybody really be that bad? Yeah, they could. Elaine May wrote a great screenplay. He took a piece of beauty and screwed it up. It was an incredible part and he destroyed it. I have been the victim of some killers in my time. He's one of the biggest. He's a horrible man. Phew! But who ever hears of him anymore? Is he still alive?
I get asked, from time to time, "How do you stay so fit, even after all these years? It must be tai-chi or something, because you look like a cheerleader!" Actually, more than anything else, it's praying to God... not that I don't enjoy being mistaken for my daughter's sister!
[at a screening of The Last of Sheila (1973) in 2018] I just find that watching it today, the whole rhythm of the world has changed.
[When asked if she was ever addicted to anything, on Larry King Live] Yes, I sure have been.I was addicted to marijuana. Yes, addicted to it. I would have to have a puff off a joint before every take. I'd run out to the bathroom and come back... I was going to go make a film in Greece and in Greece, if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles, you know, in the bottom of my deodorant because I thought they'll never look in there. And I thought, what I am doing? Is this thing bigger than me? Yes, well, I need help with it.

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