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Overview (3)

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Birth NameDiane Louise Salinger
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Salinger's first movie appearance was in William Malone's Creature (1985). The same year the actress appeared in what she considers her favorite movie she's been in her 30-year career: Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985); in the film, Salinger played Simone, a truck-stop waitress and hopeless romantic who connects with Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) on an emotional level while watching the sun rise from a T-Rex roadside attraction. The following decade, Salinger reunited with Reubens for Batman Returns (1992) (Tim Burton's second installment of his initial Batman (1989) film series). The two have cameo roles as Penguin's (Danny DeVito) parents, Tucker and Esther Cobblepot. The same year, Alfredo and Deborah Ringel directed Salinger in a starring role, in their film Unbecoming Age (1992). The film tells a story of Julia (Salinger) who, for her 40th birthday, wishes to forget how old she is. A bottle of magic bubbles makes her wish come true, instantly transforming Julia into an ageless and happy woman. She starred opposite George Clooney.

Over the next decade, Salinger lent her craft to the short-lived HBO's dark fantasy series, Carnivàle (2003), in the series Salinger portrayed the catatonic clairvoyant, Apollonia Bojakshiya), and Clea DuVall acted as her tarot card-reading daughter, Sofie. For season two, Salinger's status was reduced to guest-starring, making her last appearance in episode: Carnivàle: New Canaan, CA (2005). Salinger appeared in several other projects: she played Rose Browning, an old witch in WGN America's supernatural horror television series Salem (2014), and, for a third time, reunited with Paul Reubens for Netflix's Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016); the film centers around Pee-Wee, who after meeting a mysterious stranger, is inspired to take his first holiday. Salinger played Penny King, the Katharine Hepburn-like explorer with the flying car. The character appears around 51:43, befriending Pee-wee and his new helicopter hairstyle outside a hotel.

Other notable film credits include The Morning After (1986), The Butcher's Wife (1991) and Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Trivia (14)

Diane is cousin to President John F. Kennedy's Press Secretary, the late Pierre Salinger.
She directed "Anna Karenina" for Oprah Winfrey and her Book of the Month Club.
Was honored as President of the Jury and Mistress of Ceremonies of the 2007 Monaco International Film Festival.
Was directed by two Academy Award winners: Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen.
Appeared in three films with Paul Reubens: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Batman Returns (1992) and Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016).
Provided acting lessons to actor Mikey Post for his role as Mike Green in Martin Scorsese's HBO series Mikey Post.
There is one scene in Creature (1985) when Salinger's character (Melanie Bryce) is groped by Hans Rudy Hofner (played by Klaus Kinski). It was not in the script, but an invention of Kinski's.
When Salinger had to leave the Edgemar Theatre's production of Henry Jaglom's Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2012) to complete a project in she was previously committed, Jaglom asked Karen Black to step in the for actress--Black quickly agreed to play the part, but only for a few months.
Appeared in two Tim Burton-directed films: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) and Batman Returns (1992).
Winner of the 2015 Independent Theater Award for her performance as an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead in Ensemble Theatre Company's production of Looped.
Received the LA Drama Critics Circle Award and Drama-Logue Award for her portrayal of a schizophrenic in Zephyr Theatre's production of Standing On My Knees.
Off Broadway Theatre credits include, Phantasie (Vineyard Theatre), Agamemnon (I.R.T.) Stage Door (I.R.T.), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Riverside Church Theatre), and Desire Under the Elms (Mamaroneck Theatre).
Filmmaker Henry Jaglom cast her in five of his films: Venice/Venice (1992) (1992), Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) (1995), Queen of the Lot (2010) (2010), Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2012) (2012) and Ovation (2015) (2015).
Friend of Paul Reubens.

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