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
Spouse(s)Ray De Laurentis (m. 1989)
ChildrenOlivia De Laurentis
Nick De Laurentis

Diane Franklin is an American actress, fashion model and producer.


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

Franklin's first film role was in 1982's The Last American Virgin as Karen. That same year, she landed a part in the horror sequel Amityville II: The Possession as Patricia Montelli. Television roles included Bay City Blues, Matlock, and Freddy's Nightmares.

Franklin's breakout role came as the female lead Monique, a French exchange student, in the 1985 comedy Better Off Dead. She later played one of the Princesses in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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

In 2018, Franklin returned to Amityville franchise, playing Louise DeFeo in the fact-based horror-drama The Amityville Murders, co-starring John Robinson as Ronald DeFeo Jr., who is serving six life sentences for the murders of his family members in 1974. She also appeared in the comedy Wally Gets Wasted.

Personal life[edit]

Franklin is married to animation writer Ray De Laurentis. The couple have two children. Daughter Olivia De Laurentis is a comedienne/filmmaker who is the co-founder of the YouTube channel Barely Legal Comedy[2] and is making her feature film directorial debut with 2019's This Gets Ruff, which Franklin will co-star. Son Nick De Laurentis is a musician, who will release his first single in 2019.


Year Film Role Notes
2018 The Amityville Murders Louise DeFeo
2013 Lovechild Jenny Meyers Short Film
Royal Effups Earless of Incestia
Parole Officers Marge TV Movie
2012 My Better Half Viola Young Short Film
2011 Humanized Computer
2010 The Adventures of lass 3: Going to America Mum / Old Lass
Toon Wolf Network President
2009 The Adventures of lass 2: The Sweet Potato Rush Mum / Gramma
2008 The Adventures of lass Mum / Gramma
2006 Punchcard Player Sweetheart
1989 How I Got Into College Sharon Browne
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Princess Joanna
1986 Dallas: The Early Years Amanda Lewis Ewing, Jock's 1st Wife TV Movie
TerrorVision Suzy Putterman
1985 Better Off Dead Monique Junet
1984 Second Time Lucky Eve
1983 Summer Girl Cinni TV Movie
Deadly Lessons Stefanie Aggiston
1982 Amityville II: The Possession Patricia Montelli
The Last American Virgin Karen


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Family Law TV Announcer Episode 12: Media Relations
1999 Providence Diane Cavalero Episode 8: Blind Faith
1991 Murder, She Wrote Phyllis Grant Episode 7.11: Family Doctor
1990 Encyclopedia Brown Extra Episode 4: The Case Of The Ghostly Rider
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Paula / Paulette Episode 14: Romance Machine
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Jessica Episode 10: The Bride Wore Red
1987 Charles In Charge Anna Grudov Episode 15: A Date From Heck
Matlock Nancy Lamont 2 Episodes
1985 The Insiders Extra Episode 6: After The Fox
Finder Of Lost Loves Emily Bennetts Episode 22: Broken Promises
1983 Bay City Blues Extra 2 Episodes


  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. ^ "Barely Legal Comedy". Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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