Diane Franklin

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Diane Franklin
Diane Franklin at a screening of Better Off Dead in San Francisco in 2009
OccupationActress, producer, model
Years active1982–1991
Ray De Laurentis
(m. 1989)

Diane Franklin is an American actress and a short films producer.


Early in her acting career, Franklin appeared in TV commercials for Coca-Cola, Trident, Jell-O, and Maxwell House coffee.

Franklin earned her first role at 17, appearing on two episode of As the World Turns in October 1979. She may be best known for her next role, when she was cast as Karen, the lead female in the 1982 teen sex drama The Last American Virgin. That same year, Franklin played Patricia Montelli in the horror prequel Amityville II: The Possession. Franklin was given top-billing in the her next film, the 1984 erotic comedy Second Time Lucky. She played Monique Junet, a French exchange student, in the 1985 comedy Better Off Dead, and later played Princess Elizabeth in the 1989 comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. In 2018, Franklin returned to the Amityville franchise, playing Louise DeFeo in the horror-drama The Amityville Murders.

Franklin appeared as an extra or in guest roles in episodes of various television series, including Bay City Blues, Matlock, and Family Law. She also appeared in three television movies, including a role as Jock Ewing's first wife in 1986's Dallas: The Early Years.

In 2012, Franklin self-published a memoir, Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s.[1]

In 2017, Franklin published[2] a second memoir, "Diane Franklin: The Excellent Curls of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s (Diane Franklin Book) (Volume 2)" .[3]

Personal life[edit]

Franklin is married to animation writer Ray De Laurentis. The couple have two children: daughter Olivia is a comedienne/filmmaker who ran the YouTube channel Barely Legal Comedy until June 2019,[4] while son Nick is a musician.



Year Film Role Notes
1982 Amityville II: The Possession Patricia Montelli
The Last American Virgin Karen
1984 Second Time Lucky Eve
1985 Better Off Dead Monique Junet
1986 TerrorVision Suzy Putterman
1989 How I Got Into College Sharon Browne
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Princess Joanna
2006 Punchcard Player Sweetheart
2008 The Adventures of Lass Mum / Gramma Short film
2009 The Adventures of Lass 2: The Sweet Potato Rush Mum / Gramma
2010 The Adventures of Lass 3: Going to America Mum / Old Lass
2011 Humanized Computer
2012 My Better Half Viola Young
2013 Lovechild Jenny Meyers
Royal Effups Earless of Incestia
2018 The Amityville Murders Louise DeFeo
2019 Wally Got Wasted Emma


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Bay City Blues background extra 2 episodes
Summer Girl Cinni TV movie
Deadly Lessons Stefanie Aggiston
1985 The Insiders background extra 1 episode
Finder Of Lost Loves Emily Bennetts 1 episode
1986 Dallas: The Early Years Amanda Lewis Ewing, Jock's 1st Wife TV movie
1987 Charles In Charge Anna Grudov 1 episode
Matlock Nancy Lamont 1 episode
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Jessica 1 episode
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Paula / Paulette 1 episode
1990 Encyclopedia Brown background extra 1 episode
1991 Murder, She Wrote Phyllis Grant 1 episode
1999 Providence Diane Cavalero 1 episode
2000 Family Law TV Announcer 1 episode
2010 Toon Wolf Network President 1 episode
2013 Parole Officers Marge TV movie


  1. ^ Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s. Diane Franklin Publishing. August 2, 2012. ISBN 978-0615641362.
  2. ^ https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diane-franklin-diane-franklin/1125749569
  3. ^ Diane Franklin: The Excellent Curls of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s (Diane Franklin Book) (Volume 2). Diane Franklin Publishing. February 8, 2017. ISBN 978-1507704943.
  4. ^ "Barely Legal Comedy". Retrieved April 3, 2020.

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