Diane Baker


Actor
Diane Baker

About

Also Known As
Diane Carol Baker
Birth Place
Hollywood, California, USA
Born
February 25, 1938

Biography

This tall, lean, delicate leading and secondary player made her screen debut as Margot, the older sister, in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959) and has gone on to play numerous wives and, in maturity, strong female characters. Diane Baker began her career soon after turning 20 in "Diary." Also in 1959, she was seen in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Best of Everything." Baker...

Family & Companions

Michael Lerner
Companion
Actor. Academy Award nomineee for "Barton Fink"; have had ongoing relationship for numerous years.

Biography

This tall, lean, delicate leading and secondary player made her screen debut as Margot, the older sister, in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959) and has gone on to play numerous wives and, in maturity, strong female characters. Diane Baker began her career soon after turning 20 in "Diary." Also in 1959, she was seen in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Best of Everything." Baker was cast by Alfred Hitchcock in "Marnie" (1964), as Lil, the sister-in-law of Sean Connery who would like to be his next wife. But by the late 60s, film roles became occasional for Baker, and she was often seen in small, albeit key, roles. In "Silence of the Lambs" (1991), she was Senator Ruth Martin seen pleading for the life of her abducted daughter in a noisy, flashy airport hanger. She was mother to Sandra Bullock in "The Net" (1995) and Matthew Broderick in Ben Stiller's "The Cable Guy" (1996).

TV has often offered steadier employment. Baker has appeared in numerous anthology series since the early 60s and appeared in one of the first movies made for TV, the 1966 ABC Western, "The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones." She made guest appearances in numerous episodics and appeared in additional TV-movies. Baker was Edward G. Robinson's doubting daughter-in-law in "The Man Who Cried Wolf" (ABC, 1970) and was Katie Nolan, stalwart Irish-American mother, in the remake of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (NBC, 1974). In "The Dream Makers" (NBC, 1975), she was the wife of college professor James Franciscus, watching as her husband becomes corrupted by the music industry. Her only regular series was the short-lived "Here We Go Again" (ABC, 1973) which featured two couples, in which each was formerly married to the gender opposite in the other couple. (Larry Hagman played Baker's current spouse.)

Baker branched out of acting in 1971, producing the Indian-made documentary "Ashiana/The Nest," which won the Special Jury Award at the 1971 Atlanta Film Festival. In 1976, she formed Artemis Productions and wrote the 1978 ABC Afterschool Special "One of a Kind," in which she also starred. In 1986, she starred in the CBS Schoolbreak Special "Little Miss Perfect," in which she played the overbearing mother of a bulimic teen. The jewel in Baker's production efforts came in 1985 when she produced the syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance," based on the Barbara Taylor Bradford novel of society romance. Baker personally lured Deborah Kerr out of her Swiss retirement to star in the project.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Harrison Montgomery (2009)
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
Ballerina (2006)
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Harrison's Flowers (2000)
Mary Francis
About Sarah (1998)
Murder at 1600 (1997)
Kitty Neil
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Net (1995)
A Walton Wedding (1995)
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Twenty Bucks (1993)
Ruth Adams
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Perry Mason: Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
The Haunted (1991)
The Closer (1990)
Fugitive Family (1980)
Ellen Roberts
The Pilot (1979)
Baker's Hawk (1976)
The Last Survivors (1975)
Dream Makers (1975)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1974)
Katie Nolan
The Police Story (1973)
Killer By Night (1972)
Do You Take This Stranger? (1971)
Congratulations, It's a Boy! (1971)
A Little Game (1971)
Elaine Hamilton
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)
Laura Travis
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
Suzie Clemens
Sands of Beersheba (1966)
Susan
Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones (1966)
Mirage (1965)
Shela
Strait-Jacket (1964)
Carol
Marnie (1964)
Lil Mainwaring
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
Sheila
Stolen Hours (1963)
Ellen Pember
The Prize (1963)
Emily Stratman
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Carolyn
The 300 Spartans (1962)
Ellas
Tess of the Storm Country (1960)
Tess MacLean
The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)
Princess Yasmin
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Margot Frank
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Jenny
The Best of Everything (1959)
April Morrison

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Ballerina (2006)
Production Manager

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

It's My Party (1996)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren (2001)
Little Miss Perfect (1987)
One of a Kind (1978)
Can I Save My Children? (1974)
Diana Hansen
Inherit the Wind (1965)
Rachel Brown

Producer (Special)

Malcolm Takes a Shot (1990)
Producer
One of a Kind (1978)
Producer
Portrait of Grandpa Doc (1977)
Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)
A Woman of Substance (1984)
The Blue and the Gray (1982)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

A Woman of Substance (1984)
Producer

Life Events

1959

Made film acting debut, "The Diary of Anne Frank"; also appeared in her first TV drama, "Della" (syndicated)

1966

Made TV-movie debut, "The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones"

1971

Directed documentary "Ashiana"

1973

Made TV series debut as regular, "Here We Go Again"

1974

Portrayed Katie Nolan in TV remake of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

1976

Formed own company, Artemis Productions

1978

Wrote Afterschool Special, "One of a Kind"

1985

Produced miniseries "A Woman of Substance"

1991

Co-starred in "Silence of the Lambs"

1996

Played Matthew Broderick's mother in "The Cable Guy"

Videos

Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Strait-Jacket (1964) - She's Dying To Meet You After an edgy return to family after serving 20-years, axe-murderess Lucy (Joan Crawford), with roast beef, brother and wife (Leif Erickson, Rochelle Hudson) and daughter Carol (Diane Baker), who witnessed her crime, getting ready to meet beau Michael (John Anthony Hayes), early in William Castle’s Strait-Jacket, 1964.
Prize, The (1963) -- Good English For A Non-Drinker In a Stockholm night club, Emily (Diane Baker), daughter of a Nobel Prize scientist, attaches herself to boozy American literature laureate Craig (Paul Newman), early in The Prize, 1963, from a novel by Irving Wallace.
Strait-Jacket (1964) - Love Slayer Insane Crisp opening from producer-director William Castle, grown-up Carole (Diane Baker) narrating about her father (Lee Yeary) and the night her mother (Joan Crawford) became an axe-murderess, in Strait-Jacket, 1964.
Strait-Jacket (1964) - Raised On A Farm Carole (Diane Baker) chats with Aunt & Uncle (Rochelle Hudson, Leif Erickson) about the bad dream her reformed axe-murderess mother Lucy (Joan Crawford) had, she meantime visiting farm hand Leo (George Kennedy), in William Castle's Strait-Jacket, 1964.
Strait-Jacket (1964) - Quit Squirming! Persuaded by daughter Carol (Diane Baker) that she's ready to meet her potential in-laws, recovering axe-murderess Lucy (Joan Crawford) travels with brother Bill (Leif Erickson) and his wife Emily (Rochelle Hudson), in William Castle's Strait-Jacket, 1964.
Mirage (1965) - She's Looking For A Way Out New York executive Stillwell (Gregory Peck), calling a psychiatrist because he’s afraid he’s cracking up, is advised to kill time at the Central Park zoo, where he meets Shela (Diane Baker), who, as in their earlier mysterious encounter, seems to know some history he doesn’t, in Mirage, 1965.
Mirage (1965) - Pretend You're James Bond Corporate officer Stillwell (Gregory Peck), panicked because his memory seems to be failing, has just paid an an advance to a detective (Walter Matthau) who has no prior experience, whom he consults about his fridge, mysterious Diane Baker, and the so-far un-seen “Major,” in Mirage, 1965.
Mirage (1965) - I Heard You Were Back Director Edward Dmytryk’s credits end with a Manhattan skyscraper blacking out, then in the dark we meet Stillwell (Gregory Peck), his colleague Josephson (Kevin McCarthy) and in the stairwell co-star Diane Baker as possibly disoriented Shela, in Mirage, 1965, from a novel by Howard Fast.

Trailer

Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959) -- (Original Trailer) Theatrical trailer for producer-director George Stevens’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, based on the original diary, The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959, starring Millie Perkins.
Strait-Jacket - (Original Trailer) It's been 20 years since Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) murdered her husband with an axe. Is she through cutting her family down to size? Get the Strait-Jacket (1964).
Prize, The - (Original Trailer) American Nobel Prize-winner Paul Newman mixes it up with spies when he travels to Stockholm to collect his award in The Prize (1963).
Journey to the Center of the Earth - (Original Trailer) A professor (James Mason) and his colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.
Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones, The - (Original Trailer) A drifter deputized by a dying sheriff fights to bring two killers to justice in The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (1966).
Best of Everything, The - (Original Trailer) Three secretaries look for love while working in the publishing business in The Best of Everything (1959).
Marnie - (Original Trailer) A rich man marries a compulsive thief and tries to unlock the secrets of her mind in Marnie (1964), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Silence of the Lambs, The - (Original Trailer) An FBI agent (Jodie Foster) enlists one serial killer (Anthony Hopkins) to bring down another in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Promo

Family

Clyde L Baker
Father
Dorothy Helen Baker
Mother
Actor. Appeared in several early Marx Brothers movies; died on October 15, 1992.

Companions

Michael Lerner
Companion
Actor. Academy Award nomineee for "Barton Fink"; have had ongoing relationship for numerous years.

Bibliography