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Also Known As: Samille Diane Friesen, Dianne Cannon, Diane Cannon Died:
Born: January 4, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, USA Profession: actor, director, showroom model, screenwriter, singer

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After some TV work and minor features, this sexy, zany and spirited blonde sparkled as a deft comedienne in several trendy films of the 1970s and 80s. In 1976, Dyan Cannon directed, wrote, produced, edited and scored the AFI-sponsored, Oscar-nominated live-action short, "Number One", about children's natural curiosity about their bodies and the adult values that stifle them. She made her feature directing and writing debut with the semi-autobiographical, "The End of Innocence" (1990).

After some TV work and minor features, this sexy, zany and spirited blonde sparkled as a deft comedienne in several trendy films of the 1970s and 80s. In 1976, Dyan Cannon directed, wrote, produced, edited and scored the AFI-sponsored, Oscar-nominated live-action short, "Number One", about children's natural curiosity about their bodies and the adult values that stifle them. She made her feature directing and writing debut with the semi-autobiographical, "The End of Innocence" (1990).

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DIRECTOR:

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  End of Innocence, The (1990) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Kangaroo Jack (2003) Anna Carbone
4.
 My Mother the Spy (2000) Alison'S Mother
5.
 Sender, The (1998) Gina Fairfax
6.
 Allie & Me (1997) Karen Schneider
7.
 Out to Sea (1997) Liz
8.
 Beverly Hills Family Robinson (1997) Marsha Robinson
9.
 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) Annette Bennett
10.
 That Darn Cat (1997) Mrs Flint
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1957:
Worked as model and showroom manager for dress manufacturer in Los Angeles; did promotional work for "Les Girls"; producer Jerry Wald arranged screen test (date approximate)
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Professional TV acting debut in "The Ding-a-Ling Girl" on "Playhouse 90" opposite Art Carney
1960:
Feature film acting debut, "The Rise of Legs Diamond"
1962:
Broadway debut in "The Fun Couple" with Jane Fonda
1967:
Featured in the Broadway show "The 90-Day Mistress"
1969:
First starring film role in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"; won Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
1974:
Made first TV-movie starring as "Virginia Hill" (NBC)
1976:
Debut as director, writer and producer of live-action short "Number One"; nominated for Best Live Action Short Oscar
1978:
Earned second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for "Heaven Can Wait"
1984:
Starred in CBS miniseries "Master of the Game"
1990:
Feature film writing and directing debut, "The End of Innocence"; also acted in film
1997:
Returned to the big screen in "That Darn Cat" and "Out to Sea"
1997:
Landed a recurring role of a judge on the Fox series "Ally McBeal"
2001:
Portrayed the free-spirited mother of the titular "Three Sisters" in the NBC midseason replacement sitcom
2003:
Joined the cast of the action comedy "Kangaroo Jack"
2005:
Co-starred with Joseph Bologna and Brenda Vaccaro in the romantic comedy "Boynton Beach Club"
2008:
Appeared in The Hallmark Channel drama "A Kiss at Midnight"
2010:
Acted alongside Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco in "Women Without Men"; film directed by Marshall
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Education

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute: Los Angeles , California -
AFI Conservatory: - 1975
University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1975

Notes

Cannon was crowned Miss Seattle.

She was named Female Star of the Year by the Hollywood Women's Press Club in 1979.

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husband:
Cary Grant. Actor. Married in 1965; divorced in 1968.
companion:
Hal Ashby. Director. Together in the early 1970s.
husband:
Stanley Fimberg. Real estate attorney. Married in 1985; separated in 1990.

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mother:
Claire Friesen. Jewish.
daughter:
Jennifer Grant. Actor. Born on February 26, 1966; father, Cary Grant.

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