Diane Ladd in 1976 film Embryo
Rose Diane Ladner|
November 29, 1935
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer, writer|
|Children||2, including Laura Dern|
Diane Ladd (born November 29, 1935) is an American actress, film director, producer and author. She has appeared in over 120 film and television roles. For the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for Alice (1980–81), and to receive Academy Award nominations for Wild at Heart (1990) and Rambling Rose (1991). Her other film appearances include Chinatown (1974), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Primary Colors (1998), 28 Days (2000), and American Cowslip (2008). Ladd is the mother of actress Laura Dern, with her ex-husband, actor Bruce Dern.
Ladd was born Rose Diane Ladner in Meridian, Mississippi, the only child of Mary Bernadette (née Anderson; 1912–2002), a housewife and actress, and Preston Paul Ladner (1905–1982), a veterinarian who sold products for poultry and livestock. Ladd is related to playwright Tennessee Williams and poet Sidney Lanier. Ladd was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of her mother.
Ladd was married to actor and one-time co-star Bruce Dern from 1960 to 1969, and had two daughters; Diane Elizabeth Dern, who died at seventeen and a half months, and actress Laura Dern. Ladd and Laura Dern co-starred in the films, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose and Inland Empire, and in the HBO series Enlightened.
Ladd is currently married to Robert Charles Hunter.
In 1971, Ladd joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, The Secret Storm. She was the second actress to play the role of Kitty Styles on the long-running daytime serial. She later had a supporting role in Roman Polanski's 1974 film Chinatown, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Flo in the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. That film inspired the television series Alice, in which Flo was portrayed by Polly Holliday. When Holliday left the TV series, Ladd succeeded her as waitress Isabelle "Belle" Dupree.
In 1993, Ladd appeared in the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Chow?" of the CBS comedy/western series Harts of the West in the role of the mother of co-star Harley Jane Kozak. The 15-episode program, set on a dude ranch in Nevada starred Beau Bridges and Lloyd Bridges.
In 2004, Ladd played psychic Mrs. Druse in the television miniseries of Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. In April 2006, Ladd released her first book, Spiraling Through The School of Life: A Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Discovery. In 2007, she co-starred in the Lifetime Television film Montana Sky.
In addition to her Academy Award nomination for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, she was also nominated (again in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category) for both Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose, both of which she starred alongside her daughter Laura Dern. Dern received a nomination for Best Actress for Rambling Rose. The dual mother and daughter nominations for Ladd and Dern in Rambling Rose marked the first time in Academy Awards history that such an event had occurred. They were also nominated for dual Golden Globe Awards in the same year.
Ladd has also worked in theatre. She made her Broadway debut in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights in 1968. In 1976, she starred in A Texas Trilogy: Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination.
On November 1, 2010, Ladd, Laura Dern, and Bruce Dern received adjoining stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; this is the first time family members have been given such consideration on the Walk. Ladd's star is the 2,421st.
Awards and nominations
- Murder, Inc. (1960) as Showgirl (uncredited)
- Something Wild (1961) as Bit Part (uncredited)
- 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962) as Young Bride on Honeymoon (uncredited)
- The Wild Angels (1966) as Gaysh
- The Big Valley "Boy into Man" (1967) as Lud's mother
- The Reivers (1969) as Phoebe
- The Rebel Rousers (1970) as Karen
- Macho Callahan (1970) as Girl
- WUSA (1970) as Barmaid at Railroad Station (uncredited)
- The Steagle (1971) as Mrs. Forbes
- White Lightning (1973) as Maggie
- Chinatown (1974) as Ida Sessions
- Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) as Flo
- Embryo (1976) as Martha Douglas
- All Night Long (1981) as Helen Dupler
- Grace Kelly (1983, TV Movie) as Margaret Kelly
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) as Mrs. Nightshade
- Sweetwater (1983) as Lucy
- Faerie Tale Theatre (1983, TV Series) as Mother
- I Married a Centerfold (1984, TV Movie) as Jeanette Bryan
- Black Widow (1987) as Etta
- Plain Clothes (1987) as Jane Melway
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) as Nora
- Wild at Heart (1990) as Marietta Fortune
- Rock Hudson (1990) as Kay
- A Kiss Before Dying (1991) as Mrs. Corliss
- Rambling Rose (1991) as Mother
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (1992) as Lucille
- Forever (1992) as Mabel Normand
- Spies Inc. (1992) as Alice
- The Cemetery Club (1993) as Lucille Rubin
- Carnosaur (1993) as Dr. Jane Tiptree
- Father Hood (1993) as Rita
- The Gift (1994) (TV Short)
- Mother (1995) as Olivia Hendrix
- Mrs. Munck (1995) as Mrs. Munck
- Raging Angels (1995) as Sister Kate
- Citizen Ruth (1996) as Ruth's Mother (uncredited)
- The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996, TV Movie) as Irma Coulter
- Cold Lazarus (1996, TV Mini-Series) as Martina Masdon
- Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) as Grandma Caroline Moore
- James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) as Mama Pierangeli
- Primary Colors (1998) as Mamma Stanton
- Route 66 (1998)
- Can't Be Heaven (1999) as Nona Gina
- 28 Days (2000) as Bobbie Jean
- The Law of Enclosures (2000) as Bea
- Daddy and Them (2001) as Jewel
- Rain (2001) as Audrey Turnquick
- Redemption of the Ghost (2002) as Aunt Helen
- More than Puppy Love (2002) as Aunt Edna
- Damaged Care (2002, TV Movie) as Mary 'Rhodie' Rhodes
- The Virgin (2002)
- Charlie's War (2003) as Jobie
- Gracie's Choice (2004, TV Movie) as Louela Lawson
- The World's Fastest Indian (2005) as Ada
- Come Early Morning (2006) as Nana
- When I Find the Ocean (2006) as Edna
- Inland Empire (2006) as Marilyn Levens
- Jake's Corner (2008) as Fran
- American Cowslip (2008) as Roe
- Grave Secrets (2013) as Emily Barnes
- Just Before I Go (2014) as Mamma (uncredited)
- I Dream Too Much (2015) as Vera
- Joy (2015) as Mimi
- Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016) as Ruth Jeffers
- Amerigeddon (2016) as Betty
- Boonville Redemption (2016) as Grandma Mary
- Chesapeake Shores (2016–present, TV Series) as Nell O'Brien
- The Last Full Measure (2019) as Alice Pitsenbarger
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