Diane Lane

Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress.

Lane was born in New York City, the daughter of Colleen Farrington, a night club singer and Playboy centerfold who was also known as "Colleen Price", and Burton Eugene Lane, a drama coach who also worked as a cab driver.[1][2] Lane's maternal grandmother, Agnes Scott, was a Pentecostal preacher, and Lane was influenced by the theatricality of her grandmother's sermons.[2][3][4] Lane was raised by her father after her parents divorced while she was still a baby.[2]
Lane began acting professionally at the age of six at the La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York, where she appeared in acclaimed productions of Medea and The Cherry Orchard, among others.[2] At thirteen, she made her film debut opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance, and at fourteen was featured on the cover of Time.[5][2]

One of few child actors to make a successful transition into adult roles, Lane made a hit with audiences in the back-to-back cult films The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. However the two films that could have catapulted her to star status, Streets of Fire and The Cotton Club, were both box office flops and her career languished as a result. It was not until 1989's popular and critically acclaimed TV mini-series Lonesome Dove that Lane made another big impression on a sizable audience. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role. Lane won further praise for her role in 1999's A Walk on the Moon, opposite Viggo Mortensen.[2]

In 2002, Lane was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Unfaithful, and was honored for her work in that film by The New York and The National Society of Film Critics. She followed that film up with Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes.[2]

She ranked at #79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

Diane Lane

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