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.
|1961||Something Wild||Bit Part||Uncredited|
|1962||40 Pounds of Trouble||Young Bride on Honeymoon||Uncredited|
|1966||The Wild Angels||Gaysh|
|1970||The Rebel Rousers||Karen|
|1970||WUSA||Barmaid at Railroad Station||Uncredited|
|1971||The Steagle||Mrs. Forbes|
|1974||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore||Flo|
|1981||All Night Long||Helen Dupler|
|1983||Something Wicked This Way Comes||Mrs. Nightshade|
|1987||Plain Clothes||Jane Melway|
|1989||National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation||Nora|
|1990||Wild at Heart||Marietta Fortune|
|1991||A Kiss Before Dying||Mrs. Corliss|
|1992||Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me||Lucille|
|1993||The Cemetery Club||Lucille Rubin|
|1993||Carnosaur||Dr. Jane Tiptree|
|1995||Mother||Olivia Hendrix||Also co-producer|
|1995||Mrs. Munck||Mrs. Munck||Also writer and director|
|1995||Raging Angels||Sister Kate|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Ruth's Mother||Uncredited|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Grandma Caroline Moore|
|1997||James Dean: Race with Destiny||Mama Pierangeli|
|1998||Primary Colors||Mamma Stanton|
|1999||Can't Be Heaven||Nona Gina|
|2000||28 Days||Bobbie Jean|
|2000||The Law of Enclosures||Bea|
|2001||Daddy and Them||Jewel|
|2002||Redemption of the Ghost||Aunt Helen|
|2002||More than Puppy Love||Aunt Edna|
|2005||The World's Fastest Indian||Ada|
|2006||Come Early Morning||Nana|
|2006||When I Find the Ocean||Edna|
|2006||Inland Empire||Marilyn Levens|
|2013||Grave Secrets||Emily Barnes|
|2014||Just Before I Go||Mamma||Uncredited|
|2015||I Dream Too Much||Vera|
|2016||Sophie and the Rising Sun||Ruth Jeffers|
|2016||Boonville Redemption||Grandma Mary|
|2019||The Last Full Measure||Alice Pitsenbarger|
|1957||Decoy||Selma Richmond||Episode: "Two Days to Kill"|
|1958||The Big Story||Vera||Episode: "The Small of Death"|
|1958||The Walter Winchell File||Lois||Episode: "A Thing of Beauty: File #29"|
|1958–1959||Naked City||Kathie Mills / Yankee Cretias||2 episodes|
|1959||Deadline||Judy||Episode: "Victor Reisel"|
|1961||The Detectives||Gloria Tyler||Episode: "Act of God"|
|1963||Wide Country||Alma Prewitt||Episode: "Step Over the Sky"|
|1963||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Charlotte Cable||Episode: "The Counterfeit League"|
|1963||77 Sunset Strip||Helen Saunders||Episode: "The Left Field Caper"|
|1963||Perry Mason||Miss Frances||Episode: "The Case of the Shifty Shoebox"|
|1963||Mr. Novak||Mrs. Otis||Episode: "I Don't Even Live Here"|
|1963||Hazel||Sharlene||Episode: "George's 32nd Cousin"|
|1964||The Fugitive||Stella||Episode: "Come Watch Me Die"|
|1964||The Great Adventure||Annie Thompson||Episode: "Rodger Young"|
|1964||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Cissy||Episode: "The Game with Glass Pieces"|
|1964–1967||Gunsmoke||Bonnie Mae Haley / Lulu / Elena Kerlin||3 episodes|
|1966||Daniel Boone||Ronda Cameron||Episode: "Seminole Territory"|
|1966||Shane||Amy Sloate||Episode: "The Distant Bell"|
|1967||The Big Valley||Muriel Akely||Episode: "Boy into Man"|
|1968||Ironside||Peggy Barnard||Episode: "Robert Phillips vs. the Man"|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Valerie Faber||Episode: "Old Tigers Never Die--They Just Run Away"|
|1971–1972||The Secret Storm||Kitty Styles #2||Unknown episodes|
|1973||The Devil's Daughter||Alice Shaw||TV movie|
|1975||Movin' On||Amy||Episode: "General Delivery"|
|1976||City of Angels||Laura||Episode: "The November Plan: Part 1"|
|1976||Addie and the King of Hearts||Irene Davis||TV movie|
|1977||The November Plan||Laura Taylor||TV movie|
|1978||Black Beauty||Amelia Gordon||Miniseries|
|1978||Thaddeus Rose and Eddie||Carlotta||TV movie|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Lynette Jones||TV movie|
|1980–1981||Alice||Belle Dupree||22 episodes|
|1980–1985||The Love Boat||Christa Johanson / Bernice Bronson / Ruby Gibson||3 episodes|
|1982||Desperate Lives||Carol Cameron||TV movie|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Margaret Kelly||TV movie|
|1983||Faerie Tale Theatre||Mother||Episode: "Little Red Riding Hood"|
|1984||I Married a Centerfold||Jeanette Bryan||TV movie|
|1985||Crime of Innocence||Rose Hayward||TV movie|
|1987||Celebration Family||Mrs. Heflin||TV movie|
|1988||Bluegrass||Verna Howland||TV movie|
|1989||Father Dowling Mysteries||Arlene||Episode: "The Face in the Mirror Mystery"|
|1989||Heartland||Marjorie||Episode: "B.L. Moves Out"|
|1990||Rock Hudson||Kay||TV movie|
|1990||In the Heat of the Night||Maybelle Cheseboro||Episode: "Home Is Where the Heart Is"|
|1990||The Lookalike||Mary Helen Needam||TV movie|
|1991||Shadow of a Doubt||Emma||TV movie|
|1992||Middle Ages||Bebe Cooper||Episode: "Forever Young"|
|1993||L.A. Law||Celeste Bauman||Episode: "Cold Shower"|
|1993||Harts of the West||Alison's Mom||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to Chow?"|
|1993||Sisters||Belle Adderly||Episode: "The Best Intentions"|
|1993||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Charlotte Cooper||2 episodes|
|1994||Hush Little Baby||Edie||TV movie|
|1994||The Gift||Evie||TV short|
|1996||The Siege at Ruby Ridge||Irma Coulter||TV movie|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Martina Masdon||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|1997||Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2||Aunt Shelly Fein||TV movie|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Carolyn Sellers||Episode: "An Angel by Any Other Name"|
|1997||Get a Clue||Berthe Erica Crow||TV movie|
|1998||The Staircase||Sister Margaret||TV movie|
|2000||Best Actress||Herself||TV movie|
|2000||Sharing the Secret||Nina's Mother||TV movie|
|2000||Strong Medicine||Annabelle Lee Stowe||2 episodes|
|2000||Christy: Return to Cutter Gap||Alice Henderson||TV movie|
|2001||Christy, Choices of the Heart||Alice Henderson||2 episodes|
|2002||Living with the Dead||Regina Van Praagh||TV movie|
|2002||Damaged Care||Mary "Rhodie" Rhodes||TV movie|
|2004||Gracie's Choice||Louela Lawson||TV movie|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Sally Druse||13 episodes|
|2005||Cold Case||Zelda Amatuzzi (2005)||Episode: "Committed"|
|2006||ER||Mrs. Pooler||Episode: "No Place to Hide"|
|2007||Montana Sky||Bess||TV movie|
|2008||Menace||Roszko's Mother||TV movie|
|2011–2013||Enlightened||Helen Jellicoe||16 episodes|
|2012||Deadtime Stories||Barnsey||Episode: "Grave Secrets"|
|2016||Ray Donovan||Motel Lady||Episode: "Federal Boobie Inspector"|
|2016–present||Chesapeake Shores||Nell O'Brien||29 episodes|
Awards and nominations
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- ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch'' archives. Nl.newsbank.com (February 19, 1993); retrieved July 31, 2011.
- RIDING THE CREST OF TWO WIDELY PRAISED PERFORM. Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA). September 20, 1991.
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