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Also Known As: Diane Marie Varsi Died: November 23, 1992
Born: February 23, 1938 Cause of Death: respiratory problems; also suffered from Lyme's disease
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: actor, musician, singer, factory worker, waitress, apple picker

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Talented young actress best remembered for playing Lana Turner's sensitive daughter in the fine screen adaptation of Grace Metalious' best-selling "Peyton Place" (1957). Varsi won an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her work, but soon grew very unhappy with Hollywood and walked out on her contract. She later resumed her career in the mid-1960s and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in mostly low-budget films.

Talented young actress best remembered for playing Lana Turner's sensitive daughter in the fine screen adaptation of Grace Metalious' best-selling "Peyton Place" (1957). Varsi won an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her work, but soon grew very unhappy with Hollywood and walked out on her contract. She later resumed her career in the mid-1960s and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in mostly low-budget films.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 People, The (1972) Valency
3.
 Johnny Got His Gun (1971) Fourth nurse
4.
 Bloody Mama (1970) Mona Gibson
5.
 Killers Three (1968) Carol Ward
6.
 Wild in the Streets (1968) Sally LeRoy
7.
 Sweet Love, Bitter (1967) Della
8.
 Compulsion (1959) Ruth Evans
9.
 From Hell to Texas (1958) Juanita Bradley
10.
 Ten North Frederick (1958) Ann Chapin
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1957:
Made her film debut in the screen adaptation of Grace Metalious's best-seller, "Peyton Place"
1960:
Walked out on her contract with 20th Century-Fox after making three more films; was not able to work elsewhere until 1965 when her contract with Fox ran out (date approximate)
1977:
Appeared in last film, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"

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husband:
James Dickson. Married in 1995; divorced in 1958.
husband:
Michael Hausman. Producer. Married from 1961 until her death; father of Willo.

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sister:
Gail Ann Varsi. Born on February 17, 1940.
son:
Shawn M Liss. Born on October 5, 1956; survived her.
daughter:
Willo C Hausman. Actor. Born on March 17, 1963; survived her.
grandson:
August. Survived her.
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