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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 22, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane grew up in the spotlight of New York's downtown theater scene, and following several teen film appearances as a favorite of director Francis Ford Coppola - including lead roles in his films "Rumble Fish" (1983) and "The Outsiders" (1983) - she was heralded as Hollywood's most promising young starlet. But Tinseltown generally failed to match Lane's classical training with deserving roles, and the young actress found herself facing a career centered on her sex appeal. Instead, Lane opted for the stronger female characters often found in television movies and independent films, eventually enjoying the bulk of her critical success in more mature roles after the age of 35, when the adulterous drama, "Unfaithful" (2002) landed the actress firmly on the A-list map after more than 20 years of quality work. Enjoying her "second act," the newly appreciated actress landed starring roles in "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "Hollywoodland" (2006), while cementing her acting bona fides with "Secretariat" (2010) and "Cinema Verite" (HBO, 2011), making Lane one of the more highly sought actresses working in Hollywood.

Oscar-nominated actress Diane Lane grew up in the spotlight of New York's downtown theater scene, and following several teen film appearances as a favorite of director Francis Ford Coppola - including lead roles in his films "Rumble Fish" (1983) and "The Outsiders" (1983) - she was heralded as Hollywood's most promising young starlet. But Tinseltown generally failed to match Lane's classical training with deserving roles, and the young actress found herself facing a career centered on her sex appeal. Instead, Lane opted for the stronger female characters often found in television movies and independent films, eventually enjoying the bulk of her critical success in more mature roles after the age of 35, when the adulterous drama, "Unfaithful" (2002) landed the actress firmly on the A-list map after more than 20 years of quality work. Enjoying her "second act," the newly appreciated actress landed starring roles in "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "Hollywoodland" (2006), while cementing her acting bona fides with "Secretariat" (2010) and "Cinema Verite" (HBO, 2011), making Lane one of the more highly sought actresses working in Hollywood.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Trumbo (2015)
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 Casting By (2013)
5.
 Man of Steel (2013)
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 Cinema Verite (2011)
7.
 Secretariat (2010)
8.
 Killshot (2009)
9.
 Jumper (2008)
10.
 Untraceable (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in NYC, primarily living in residential hotels
1971:
Professional acting debut at age six in the La Mama production of "Medea"
1971:
Appeared in stage productions with La Mama and the Public Theater between the ages of six and thirteen
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Reportedly turned down the lead in "Pretty Baby" (1978)
1979:
Feature acting debut as a precocious American child living in Paris in "A Little Romance"
1979:
Appeared on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine (August 13 issue)
1981:
Network TV-movie debut, "Child Bride of Short Creek" (NBC)
1982:
Had title role as a beauty contest winner in "Miss All-American" (CBS)
1983:
Cast by Francis Ford Coppola in "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish"; first screen collaborations with Matt Dillon
1984:
Portrayed rock singer Ellen Aim in the Walter Hill directed, "Streets of Fire"
1984:
Re-teamed with Coppola as the female lead in "The Cotton Club," opposite Richard Gere
1987:
Re-teamed with Dillon in "The Big Town"
1988:
First onscreen pairing with Christopher Lambert, "Love Dream"
1989:
Earned an Emmy nomination playing prositute Lorena Wood in the CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"
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Returned to the stage to play Olivia in "Twelfth Night" at the American Repertory Theatre
1990:
Portrayed a woman whose father may have had ties to the Nazis in the HBO drama "Descending Angel"
1992:
Portrayed Paulette Goddard in Richard Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"
1992:
Re-teamed with then-husband Lambert in "Knight Moves"
1994:
Starred as the youthful incarnation of the title character in the CBS miniseries "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All"
1995:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the futuristic "Judge Dredd"
1995:
Played Stella Kowalski opposite Alec Baldwin's Stanley in the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1995:
Re-teamed with director Walter Hill for the revisionist Western "Wild Bill"
1996:
Re-teamed with Coppola for "Jack" playing the mother of a boy (Robin Williams) who ages four times faster than normal
1997:
Co-starred as a competent Secret Service agent in "Murder at 1600"
1998:
Appeared opposite Gena Rowlands in the CBS adaptation of the Off-Broadway play "Grace & Glorie"
1999:
Had one of her best adult feature roles as a cheating wife in "A Walk on the Moon"
2000:
Starred opposite Bill Pullman in the small screen remake of "The Virginia"
2000:
Played Mark Wahlberg's girlfriend in "The Perfect Storm"
2001:
Co-starred in the thriller "The Glass House" as the guardian of a wealthy teen
2002:
Re-teamed on screen with Richard Gere in "Unfaithful"
2003:
Starred in the romantic feature, "Under the Tuscan Sun"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2005:
Co-starred with John Cusack in the romantic comedy, "Must Love Dogs"
2006:
Portrayed the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins) in "Hollywoodland"
2007:
Played a junkie, trying to come clean for her teenage son in Griffin Dunne's "Fierce People" (filmed in 2004)
2008:
Played an FBI agent in the thriller, "Untraceable"
2008:
Re-teamed with Richard Gere for "Nights in Rodanthe"; based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks
2010:
Portrayed Penny Chenery, the owner of the first horse in twenty-five years to win the Triple Crown of Racing in "Secretariat"
2011:
Portrayed Pat Loud in the HBO film, "Cinema Verite," a fictionalized account of the production of "An American Family," a 1973 PBS documentary television series
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

On her famous magazine cover: "It brought Time down to my level--it didn't bring me up to Time's level. It had nothing to do with my popularity." --Diane Lane quoted in Empire, December 1999.

Elizabeth Weitzman: Do you worry about maintaining artistic integrity, since you need to remain visible to stay on top?

Diane Lane: The industry's memory is quite short, it's true. I'm fascinated by how Hollywood has changed since I started. Today it's about immediate delivery. There's less risk and less art. ...

--From Interview, May 1999.

Elizabeth Weitzman: It does seem like every article about you asks, "Will this be her time for superstardom?" What's that like?

Diane Lane: [sighs] I don't know. It's the holy grail of questions, What's the missing ingredient? Maybe that I want some part of me to be private and secret and precious just to myself.

" ... There are so many options of how to create a persona--it doesn't need to be mega or nothing. Why I'm still here, I don't know, but I'm not going anywhere. This is just the second act. The third act is when you can tear off all the burdensome armor. You can get out there and really do some great work when you're not worried about your tits or your ass or your eyeliner."

--From Interview, May 1999.

In an ironic twist, Lane's co-star in "A Walk on the Moon" Viggo Mortensen was one of two actors considered for the leading role in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes". He lost the role to Christopher Lambert, to whom Lane was married from 1988 to 1994.

"This whole tough cookie thing stuck on me from the teenage years. I was always playing this tough sort of girl." --Lane's response to whether people misperceive her, from GQ, April 1999.

"I don't suffer fools gladly and I'm out of the people-changing business. Being a single mom, I find my plate is quite full. I look forward to marriage again, but I've lived the fantasy, I've realized it and relinquished it." --Lane quoted in Daily News, March 21, 1999.

"The illusion of having control is as scary as not having control at all. The problem with film is that you can rent it on video 15 years later." --Diane Lane quoted in Vanity Fair, February 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Rick Kolster. Guitarist, keyboard player. Together from c. 1980 to c. 1983.
companion:
Jon Bon Jovi. Musician, actor. Briefly dated in the 1980s.
husband:
Christopher Lambert. Actor. Born in 1957; met in 1984; married in 1988; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Danny Cannon. Director. British; born in 1968; met while filming "Judge Dredd" (1995); together from c. 1994 to c. 1996;.
husband:
Josh Brolin. Actor. Dating as of January 2002; engaged as of July 4, 2003; married August 15, 2004 at Brolin's Central California Ranch.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Burt Lane. Acting coach, cab driver. Divorced from Lane's mother on February 4, 1965; had custody of Lane and served as her manager; died on February 22, 2002 at age 71.
mother:
Colleen Farrington. Interior decorator, cabaret singer. Was a <i>Playboy</i> playmate in 1957; divorced from Lane's father on February 4, 1965; relocated to Florida; Lane reportedly had a stormy adolescent relationship with her mother.
daughter:
Eleanor Jasmine Lambert. Born on September 5, 1993; father, Christopher Lambert.

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