Diane Lane

Diane Lane

Date of birth: 22 January 1965

Place of birth: New York  (Usa)

Diane Lane is that rare actress whose career has successfully bridged childhood stardom with leading lady status.

Ms. Lane’s performance, opposite Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez, in Adrian Lyne’s Unfaithful, earned her Academy Award as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actress. Additionally, she won Best Actress honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.


The New York City native became a professional actor at the age of six. Answering a call for child actors at the storied La Mama Experimental Theater, she won a role in Andrei Serbian’s unique vision of Medea. Over the next five years would appear in the director’s productions of Electra, The Trojan Women, The Good Woman of Szechuan, and As You Like It, both in New York and at theater festivals around the world. 


After performing in Joseph Papp’s productions of The Cherry Orchard and Agamemnon at Lincoln Center in the 1976-77 season, Ms. Lane starred at Mr. Papp’s Public Theater in Runaways. She soon made a memorable film debut alongside Laurence Olivier in George Roy Hill’s A Little Romance and subsequently graced the cover of Time Magazine in August 1979.


Since then, Ms. Lane has starred in a host of motion pictures, among them four films to date for Francis Coppola. Those were The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Jack, and The Cotton Club. In the latter film, she costarred with Bob Hoskins, whom she now stars opposite in Hollywoodland.


Her many other movies include John Madden’s soon-to-be-released Killshot, based on the Elmore Leonard novel and costarring Lois Smith of Hollywoodland; Tony Goldwyn’s A Walk on the Moon, for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination; Audrey Wells’ Under the Tuscan Sun, for which she was again a Golden Globe Award nominee; Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm; Jay Russell’s My Dog Skip; Stacy Cochran’s independent feature My New Gun; Gary David Goldberg’s Must Love Dogs; Lamont Johnson’s Cattle Annie and Little Britches; and Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin, in which she portrayed another real-life Hollywood figure, actress Paulette Goddard.


Ms. Lane’s television work includes starring roles in the classic miniseries Lonesome Dove, opposite Robert Duvall and directed by Simon Wincer, for which she was an Emmy Award nominee; Bill Pullman’s telefilm remake of The Virginian; Glenn Jordan’s telefilm remake of A Streetcar Named Desire; Arthur Allan Seidelman’s telefilm Grace & Glorie, opposite Gena Rowlands; and Ken Cameron’s miniseries Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, in which she played the title character from her early teens into her sixties.