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Overview (2)

Born in Plainview, New York, USA
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diane Franklin is an iconic 80s American film actress, known for her dark curly hair, and dialects. Beginning her acting career at the age of ten, Diane started with modeling, theater, commercials, and soap opera work. She then won the lead role of the dream girl, Karen, in cult classic THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982) and soon after played the daughter, Patricia Montelli in AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. Her break-out film role was the spirited French-exchange student, Monique Junot, from the off-beat comedy BETTER OFF DEAD. And her most notable commercial success was playing the medieval Princess-babe, Joanna, from 1980s iconic comedy, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Diane sang the NATIONAL ANTHEM at Dodger Stadium in 2004, and wrote two autobiographies about her career: Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s (Amazon/Kindle), and Diane Franklin: The Excellent CURLS of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s (Amazon/Barnes&Noble) Her other acting credits include episodic television, such as Charles in Charge, Murder She Wrote, Matlock and Dallas : The Early Years. She also re-curred in televisions series, and movies made for television, such as SummerGirl and Deadly Lessons. Over the years Diane has also performed in her daughter/filmmaker, OLIVIA DELAURENTIS' award winning comedies: HUMANIZED (L.A. Film Festival,) MY BETTER HALF (Soho Film Festival,) and more recently a comedy web-series on YouTube titled SUGARBABIES (Barely Legal Comedy). Diane returns to acting, on the big screen, in 2018 with the following films: WALLY GOT WASTED, WAKING NIGHTMARE, THE FINAL INTERVIEW and THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS: THE HAUNTING ON LONG ISLAND.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Diane Franklin

Spouse (1)

Ray DeLaurentis (6 May 1989 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Dark curly hair.
Beauty mark above right side of mouth

Trivia (7)

Extensive modeling and television commercial career as a teenager including campaigns for Coke, Trident, Jell-o and Maxwell House coffee.
Sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2004.
Mother of Olivia DeLaurentis.
Appeared in Better Off Dead... (1985) (as the French foreign exchange student) that happened to have a character named Jenny Meyer. Diane would later play a character named Jenny Meyers in Lovechild (2013).
Deaf in her left ear.
Only actress to be murdered twice, as different characters, in the same film series. Once as the daughter, Patricia Montelli and then again, as the mother, Louise Defeo.
The first teen actress to kick-started the curly-hair fashion trend of the 80s.

Personal Quotes (2)

I still love acting. I just think it's so much fun. I'm very serious about it but I'm still having a blast and I just love it.
When you grow up on Long Island, you just want to get to the city. It's a big trek. You really want it because it's a different way of life. California is more laid back. In New York, there's more of a feeling of striving for perfection, which is admirable. I grew from being a Long Island girl, but at the same time I didn't forget my roots and I didn't forget the people around me.

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