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Diane Lane

So ups and downs nothwithstanding, Diane Lane has made it to the A-list of Hollywood actors by securing her first nomination for Best Actress in Unfaithful

india Updated: Mar 23, 2003 12:04 IST

Well regarded within the industry, unanimously adored by film fans and a credibility and quality that is all too rare today, Diane Lane’s immense talent at playing human characterswill almost surely guarantee that she soon becomes a major star the world over. In addition, her incredible 'drop dead gorgeous' beauty, as well asdown-to-earth grittinesshas already shown the kind of resilience that will keep her working for a long, long time.

Diane Lane was born on 22 January 1965 in New York to acting coach Burt Lane and nightclub singer Colleen Farrington. Diane has been acting since she was a little child and had debuted on stage by the time she turned six-years-old.

Acclaimed theatre productions like The Cherry Orchard and Medea led to her being discovered by Hollywood. She was 13 when she was cast by director George Roy Hill in his wonderful 1979 film Little Romance, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

The film only did so-so commercially, but Olivier praised his young co-star calling her the new Grace Kelly. After her acclaimed debut, Diane found herself on magazine covers all over the world including Time magazine which declared her as the 'new young acting sensation'. However, things were to go a little quiet as her next films Touched By Love, Cattle Annie and Little Britches National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains and Six Pack, all failed to make an impression.

Diane also made several TV movies during this period, but it was in 1983 finally that she began to make inroads again into being a top star. Acclaimed director Coppola noticed Diane's appeal and cast her in two 'youth' oriented films based on S.E. Hinton novels. Indeed Rumble Fish and The Outsiders have both become cult classics and gave her a loyal fan base.

Diane (maybe or maybe not burned by the poor reception of some of her films) 'retired' for over 3 years and at only 19 years old, claimed that she had forgotten what she had started acting for. Her next role as a frustrated 60s housewife in the highly acclaimed hit Walk On The Moon deservedly won huge praise and at last gave her profile a huge lift.

The cute but tear-jerking comedy My Dog Skip also proved to be a small-scale success. But it was the £330 million worldwide grossing blockbuster hit The Perfect Storm that finally made Diane Lane the household name star that she always should have been. Herlead role in the enormous critical and commercial smash-hit Unfaithful, in which shesuperbly portrays Richard Gere's cheating wife, has deservedly brought Diane, her first Oscar nomination this year.

Her performance has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, and there is much speculation about Academy recognition. Media and critical attention have quickly followed the films successful opening, and the Hollywood A-list beckons.

First Published: Mar 21, 2003 13:42 IST