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Also Known As: Died: October 6, 2011
Born: October 5, 1933 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Brisbane, Queensland, AU Profession: actor, novelist, director, producer

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A talented blonde beauty with a sly, seductive smile, Diane Cilento (pronounced CHILL-en-to) was born in Brisbane, Australia to Sir Raphael and Lady Phyllis Cilento, both physicians. She went on to have a successful stage career, notably as Helen of Troy in 1955's Broadway production of "Tiger at the Gates," but appeared in few substantial films. Her most memorable movie performances included the enticing Molly in "Tom Jones" (1963) which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, and the harlot with a heart of gold in "Rattle of a Simple Man" (1964). Cilento turned to writing in the late 1960s, publishing her first novel, The Manipulator, in 1967. After working in England as a stage director in the 1970s, she moved back to her native Australia in the '80s, where she has appeared in an occasional film role, but devoted most of her attention to the Karnak Theater Company, an open-air venue in Queensland. The talented actress - who was married to Sean Connery from 1962 to 1973 and who bore him a son - passed away at age 78 on Oct. 7, 2011 in Northern Australia.

A talented blonde beauty with a sly, seductive smile, Diane Cilento (pronounced CHILL-en-to) was born in Brisbane, Australia to Sir Raphael and Lady Phyllis Cilento, both physicians. She went on to have a successful stage career, notably as Helen of Troy in 1955's Broadway production of "Tiger at the Gates," but appeared in few substantial films. Her most memorable movie performances included the enticing Molly in "Tom Jones" (1963) which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, and the harlot with a heart of gold in "Rattle of a Simple Man" (1964). Cilento turned to writing in the late 1960s, publishing her first novel, The Manipulator, in 1967. After working in England as a stage director in the 1970s, she moved back to her native Australia in the '80s, where she has appeared in an occasional film role, but devoted most of her attention to the Karnak Theater Company, an open-air venue in Queensland. The talented actress - who was married to Sean Connery from 1962 to 1973 and who bore him a son - passed away at age 78 on Oct. 7, 2011 in Northern Australia.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Boy Who Had Everything, The (1985) Mother
2.
 For the Term of His Natural Life (1985) Lady Ellinor
3.
 Partners (1981) Margot Martin
4.
 Tiger Lily, The (1975) Charlotte Brain
5.
 The Wicker Man (1974) Miss Rose
6.
 Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) Hanna Reitsch
7.
 Z.P.G. (1972) Edna [Borden]
8.
 Negatives (1968) Reingard
9.
 Hombre (1967) Jessie Brown
10.
 You Only Live Twice (1967) Double
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Milestones close milestones

1947:
Family moved to the U.S. when father was appointed a member of the Australian delegation to the United Nations
1949:
Made theater debut at age 16 at the Barter Theatre in Virginia
1952:
Film acting debut in "Dead on Course"
:
Won acclaim for performances at Mercury Repertory Theatre, London
1953:
London stage debut, "Arms and the Man"
1953:
Joined Library Theatre, Manchester; played Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"
1954:
First major screen role in "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp"
1955:
Broadway debut as Helen of Troy in "Tiger at the Gates"
1960:
British TV debut in the "Armchair Theatre" (ITV) presentation of "Rain"
1963:
Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Tom Jones" opposite Albert Finney
1965:
Cast opposite Charlton Heston's Michaelangelo in the historical drama "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
1967:
Published first novel <i>The Manipulator</i>
1967:
Starred in the ABC TV-movie "Dial M for Murder"
1969:
Appeared on the British television series "Rogues' Gallery" as Lady Sarah Bellasize
1973:
Cast as Miss Rose in the mystery thriller "The Wicker Man"
1977:
Stage directing debut, "tuff" at the Theatre Upstairs, London
1978:
Directed an episode of BBC series "Everyman" titled "Turning"
1980:
Returned to Australia (date approx.)
1985:
Starred in the Australian drama feature "The Boy Who Had Everything"
1994:
Received final acting credit with a recurring role on the Australian TV series "Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left"
2001:
Awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her distinguished service to the arts
2006:
Wrote her autobiography <i>My Nine Lives</i>
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Education

Washington Irving High School: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -
Glennie Memorial School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1950

Notes

Some reference books give Ms. Cilento's date of birth as April 2. Others also indicate that she was born in New Guinea not in Australia.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Andrea Volpe. Screenwriter, journalist. Married in February 1955; divorced on October 3, 1962; Italian.
husband:
Sean Connery. Actor. Married in December 1962; divorced in 1973; met when they appeared together in a produciton of "Anna Christie".
husband:
Anthony Shaffer. Playwright, screenwriter.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Raphael Cilento. Surgeon. Was member of Australian delegation to the United Nations in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
mother:
Phyllis McGlew. Doctor.
daughter:
Giovanna Volpe. Born on December 10, 1957; father, Andrea Volpe.
son:
Jason Connery. Actor. Born on January 11, 1963; father, Sean Connery; married to actress Mia Sara; has son Dashiell born June 1997.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Manipulator"
"Hybrid" Delacorte

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