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Diane Lane

Diane Lane
File:Diane Lane (Berlin Film Festival 2011) 2.jpg
Born (1965-01-22) January 22, 1965 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Lambert
(1988–1994: divorced)
Josh Brolin
(2004–2013: divorced)
Children 1
Parent(s) Colleen Farrington
Burton Lane

Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965)[1] is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City,[1] Lane made her screen debut in George Roy Hill's 1979 film A Little Romance, starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. Soon after, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine and dubbed "the new Grace Kelly".

She has since appeared in several notable films, including the 2002 film Unfaithful, which earned her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Lane has also starred in The Outsiders, The Perfect Storm, Under the Tuscan Sun, Cinema Verite, and in 2013, Man of Steel.

Early life

Lane was born in New York City to Colleen Leigh Farrington, a nightclub singer and Playboy centerfold (Miss October 1957), who was also known as "Colleen Price" and Burton Eugene Lane, a Manhattan drama coach who ran an acting workshop with John Cassavetes, worked as a cab driver, and later taught humanities at City College.[2] When Lane was thirteen days old, her parents separated. Lane's mother went to Mexico and obtained a divorce while retaining custody of Lane until she was six years old.[2] Lane's father got custody of her after Lane's mother moved to Georgia. Lane and her father lived in a number of residential hotels in New York City and she would ride with him in his taxi.[3]

When Lane was fifteen years old, she declared her independence from her father and flew to Los Angeles for a week with actor and friend Christopher Atkins. Lane later remarked, "It was reckless behavior that comes from having too much independence too young."[3] She returned to New York and moved in with a friend's family, paying them rent. In 1981, she enrolled in high school after taking correspondence courses. However, Lane's mother kidnapped her and took her back to Georgia. Lane and her father challenged her mother in court and six weeks later she was back in New York. Lane did not speak to her mother for the subsequent three years, but they have since reconciled.[3]


Early work

Lane's grandmother, Eleanor Scott was a Pentecostal preacher of the Apostolic denomination, and Lane was influenced theatrically by the demonstrative quality of her grandmother's sermons.[4][5] Lane began acting professionally at the age of six at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York, where she appeared in a production of Medea. When Lane was twelve years old, she had a role in Joseph Papp's production of The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep.[2] Also at this time, Lane was enrolled in an accelerated program at Hunter College High School and was put on notice when her grades suffered from her busy schedule.[2] When Lane was thirteen years old, she turned down a role in Runaways on Broadway to make her feature film debut opposite Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance.[3] Lane won high praise from Olivier who declared her 'The New Grace Kelly'.[6] At the same time Lane was featured on the cover of Time, which declared her one of Hollywood's "Whiz Kids."[7][8]

In the early 1980s, Lane made a successful transition from child actor to adult roles. She was cast as the teenaged female outlaw Little Britches in the 1981 Lamont Johnson film, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, with Amanda Plummer in her own debut role as Cattle Annie. Lane's breakout performances came with back-to-back adaptations of young adult novels by S. E. Hinton, adapted and directed by Francis Ford Coppola: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, both in 1983. Both films also featured memorable performances from a number of young male actors who would go on to become leading men in the next decade (as well as members of the so-called "Brat Pack"), including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage, and Matt Dillon.[2] Lane's distinction among these heavily male casts advanced her career while affiliating her with this young generation of male actors. Andy Warhol proclaimed her, "the undisputed female lead of Hollywood's new rat pack."[9]

However, the two films that could have catapulted her to star status, Streets of Fire (she turned down Splash and Risky Business for this film)[6][10] and The Cotton Club, were both commercial and critical failures, and her career languished as a result.[2] After The Cotton Club, Lane dropped out of the movie business and lived with her mother in Georgia.[11] According to the actress, "I hadn't been close to my mom for a long time, so we had a lot of homework to do. We had to repair our relationship because I wanted my mother back".[12]

Lane returned to acting to appear in The Big Town and Lady Beware, but it was not until 1989's popular and critically acclaimed TV miniseries Lonesome Dove that Lane made another big impression on a sizable audience,[11] and was nominated for an Emmy Award[13] for her role. She came very close to being cast as Vivian Ward in 1990's blockbuster hit Pretty Woman (which had a much darker script at the time), but due to scheduling was unable to take the role. Apparently, they had even got as far as costume fittings for Lane, before the role eventually went to Julia Roberts. She was given positive reviews for her performance in the independent film My New Gun, which was well received at the Cannes Film Festival. She went on to appear as actress Paulette Goddard in Sir Richard Attenborough's big-budget biopic of Charles Chaplin, 1992's Chaplin.[9] Lane won further praise for her role in 1999's A Walk on the Moon, opposite Viggo Mortensen. One reviewer wrote, "Lane, after years in post-teenaged-career limbo, is meltingly effective."[14] The film's director, Tony Goldwyn, described Lane as having "...this potentially volcanic sexuality that is in no way self-conscious or opportunistic."[15] Lane earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. At this time, she was interested in making a film about actress Jean Seberg in which she would play Seberg.[16]

Recent work

In 2000, Lane had a supporting role as Mark Wahlberg's love interest in The Perfect Storm. In 2002, she starred in Unfaithful, a drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and adapted from the French film The Unfaithful Wife. Lane played a housewife who indulges in an adulterous fling with a mysterious book dealer. The film featured several sex scenes. Lyne's repeated takes for these scenes were very demanding for the actors involved, especially for Lane, who had to be emotionally and physically fit for the duration.[17] Unfaithful received mostly mixed to negative reviews, though Lane earned widespread praise for her performance including Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman stated that "Lane, in the most urgent performance of her career, is a revelation. The play of lust, romance, degradation, and guilt on her face is the movie's real story."[18] She followed that film up with Under the Tuscan Sun, based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes for which Lane won a further Best Actress Golden Globe nomination. This was followed by lead roles in Fierce People, Must Love Dogs, Hollywoodland, and a smaller role in Jumper.

In 2008, Lane reunited with Richard Gere for the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe. It is the third film Gere and Lane filmed together. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Lane also co-starred in Jumper, and Untraceable in the same year. She then appeared in Killshot with Mickey Rourke, which was given a limited theatrical release before being released on DVD in 2009. While promoting Nights in Rodanthe, she expressed frustration with being typecast and stated that she was "gunning for something that's not so sympathetic. I need to be a bitch, and I need to be in a comedy. I've decided. No more Miss Nice Guy."[19] The actress has even contemplated quitting acting and spending more time with her family if she is unable to get these kinds of roles. She said in an interview, "I can't do anything official. My agents won't let me. Between you and me, I don't have anything else coming out."[19]

In 2010, Lane starred in Secretariat, a Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery, whom Lane portrayed.[20] Following Secretariat, Lane starred in Cinema Verite (2011), an HBO movie about the making of the first reality television show An American Family. Lane earned Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Satellite, and Golden Globe award nominations for her portrayal of Pat Loud.

In the end of 2012, and before her divorce with Josh Brolin in early 2013, Lane returned to her theater roots and headlined a production of Sweet Bird of Youth, the Tennessee Williams play, at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. She played Princess Kosmonopolis, a fading Hollywood movie star, opposite Finn Wittrock, who portrayed Chance, her attractive gigolo. This was the first time she had done a stage play since 1989, when she played Olivia in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[21] That same year Lane was featured in the documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, premiering on PBS October 1 and 2.[22] The series introduces women and girls living under very difficult circumstances and bravely fighting to challenge them. The Half the Sky PBS TV series is produced by Show of Force along with Fugitive Films. Lane would return to theatre in the winter of 2015, starring in the Lincoln Theatre's original production of "The Mystery of Love & Sex" alongside Tony Shaloub.

Following the success of "Cinema Verite", Lane returned to the big screen in 2013; she played Martha Kent in Zack Snyder's Superman film Man of Steel, released in theaters on June 14, 2013. Snyder said of her casting, "We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination."[23] Lane will reprise her role in the confirmed sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".[24] She will also be seen in upcoming drama Every Secret Thing, the Pixar animated feature Inside Out, the biopic Trumbo (2014) opposite Bryan Cranston, and the lead in Eleanor Coppola's Bonjour Anne opposite Nicolas Cage.


Four days before the New York Film Critics Circle's vote in 2002, Lane was given a career tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A day before that, Lyne held a dinner for the actress at the Four Seasons Hotel. Critics and award voters were invited to both.[25] She went on to win the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2003, she was named ShoWest's 2003 Female Star of the Year,[26] and was also a co-recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award honoring outstanding women in entertainment.[27]

Diane Lane has also won and been nominated for many other awards for her movie and TV work on such films as The Outsiders, A Walk on the Moon, Under the Tuscan Sun, Cinema Verite, Lonesome Dove, and, of course, Unfaithful.

Lane ranked at #79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars. She was ranked #45 on's Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2005,[28] #85 in 2006[29] and #98 in 2007.[30]

Personal life

Marriages and family

Lane with then-husband Josh Brolin in December 2009

Lane met actor Christopher Lambert in Paris while promoting The Cotton Club in 1984.[3] They had a brief affair and split up. They met again two years later in Rome to make a film together, entitled After the Rain, and in two weeks they were a couple again. Lane and Lambert married in October 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[3] They have a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine,[1] and following a prolonged separation were divorced in 1994.[31]

Lane became engaged to actor Josh Brolin in July 2003[32] and they were married on August 15, 2004.[33] On December 20 of that year, she called police after an altercation with him, and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges, however, and the couple's spokesperson described the incident as a "misunderstanding."[34] Lane and Brolin filed for divorce in February 2013.[35] Their divorce was finalized on December 2, 2013.[36]

Charity work

Lane is also involved in several charities, including Heifer International, which focuses on world hunger,[37] and Artists for Peace and Justice, a Hollywood organization that supports Haiti relief. However, she tries not to draw attention to her humanitarian efforts: "Sometimes I give with my heart. Sometimes I give financially, but there's something about [helping others] that I think ought to be anonymous. I don't want it to be a boastful thing."[38]

Lane was featured heavily in the documentary Half The Sky, based on the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The documentary saw Lane and several other A-list actresses/celebrities visit Africa and other areas where women are oppressed. Lane has become very much an ambassador for this kind of work and charity work in general.

On August 22, 2014, Diane Lane was honored for her work with Heifer International at Heifer’s third annual Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table gala at the Montage Beverly Hills. Lane says working with Heifer has not only her touched her life, but has enriched her relationship with her daughter. [39]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Little Romance, AA Little Romance Lauren King Youth in Film Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture
1980 Touched by Love
(aka To Elvis, with Love )
Karen Youth in Film Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture
1981 Great Performances Charity Royall TV series; Episode: "Summer"
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Jenny "Little Britches" Stevens
1981 Child Bride of Short Creek Jessica Rae Jacobs TV film
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Liza
1982 Six Pack Breezy
1982 Miss All-American Beauty Sally Butterfield TV film
1982 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Corinne Burns
1983 Outsiders, TheThe Outsiders Sherri 'Cherry' Valance Nominated – Youth in Film Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture [40]
1983 Rumble Fish Patty Nominated – Youth in Film Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actress in a Feature Film
1984 Streets of Fire Ellen Aim
1984 Cotton Club, TheThe Cotton Club Vera Cicero
1987 Lady Beware Katya Yarno
1987 Big Town, TheThe Big Town Lorry Dane
1988 Priceless Beauty China
1988 Lonesome Dove Lorena Wood TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1990 Vital Signs Gina Wyler
1990 Descending Angel Irina Stroia TV film
1992 Knight Moves Kathy Sheppard
1992 My New Gun Debbie Bender
1992 Setting Sun, TheThe Setting Sun Lian Hong
1992 Chaplin Paulette Goddard
1993 Indian Summer Beth Warden
1993 Fallen Angels Bernette Stone TV series; Episode: 'Murder, Obliquely'
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Lucy Honicut Marsden TV film
1995 Streetcar Named Desire, AA Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski TV film
1995 Judge Dredd Judge Hershey
1996 Wild Bill Susannah Moore
1996 Jack Karen Powell
1996 Mad Dog Time
(aka Trigger Happy (UK))
Grace Everly
1997 Only Thrill, TheThe Only Thrill Katherine Fitzsimmons
1997 Murder at 1600 Agent Nina Chance
1998 Gunshy Melissa
1998 Grace & Glorie Gloria TV film

double jeopardy 1999

1999 Walk on the Moon, AA Walk on the Moon Pearl Kantrowitz Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
2000 My Dog Skip Ellen Morris
2000 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Molly Stark TV film
2000 Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm Christina Cotter
2001 Glass House, TheThe Glass House Erin Glass
2001 Hardball Elizabeth Wilkes
2002 Unfaithful Connie Sumner National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2005 Fierce People Liz Earl
2005 Must Love Dogs Sarah Nolan
2006 Hollywoodland Toni Mannix
2008 Untraceable Jennifer Marsh
2008 Jumper Mary Rice
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Adrienne Willis
2009 Killshot Carmen Colson
2010 Secretariat Penny Chenery
2011 Cinema Verite Pat Loud TV film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2013 Man of Steel Martha Kent
2013 Hillary Hillary Rodham Clinton TV film
2014 Every Secret Thing Helen Manning
2015 Inside Out Riley's Mom (voice) Post-production
2015 Trumbo Cleo Trumbo Post-production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Martha Kent Post-production
2016 Bonjour Anne Anne Filming - May 2016


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