Diane Ladd

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Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd en 'Embryo'.png
Diane Ladd in 1976 film Embryo
Born Rose Diane Ladner
(1935-11-29) November 29, 1935 (age 82)
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, producer, writer
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s)
  • Bruce Dern
    (m. 1960; div. 1969)
  • William A. Shea, Jr.
    (m. 1969; div. 1976)
  • Robert Charles Hunter
    (m. 1999)
Children 2, including Laura Dern
Website Official website

Diane Ladd (born November 29, 1935)[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2][3][4] Ladd is related to playwright Tennessee Williams[5] and poet Sidney Lanier.[6] Ladd was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of her mother.[7][8]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Diane Ladd in 2013 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor actress Olympia Dukakis

She appeared in the independent screwball comedy Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me in 1992, where she played a flirty, aging Southern belle alongside her real mother, actress Mary Lanier.[9]

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.

Ladd as Lucille in Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.[9]

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.[10]

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.

She currently stars in the Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Result
1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1976 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1980 Alice Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
1990 Wild at Heart Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1991 Rambling Rose Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Won
1993 Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
1994 Grace Under Fire Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1997 Touched by an Angel Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Year of birth as per the California Divorce Index, 1966–1984. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California at Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Diane Ladd Yahoo! Movies bio Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Movies.yahoo.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  3. ^ 05-31-02obituaries Archived September 7, 2012, at Archive.is. Ojaivalleynews.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Profile Archived May 29, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., lifeafter50.coml accessed May 9, 2014.
  5. ^ ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch'' archives. Nl.newsbank.com (February 19, 1993); retrieved July 31, 2011.
  6. ^ RIDING THE CREST OF TWO WIDELY PRAISED PERFORM. Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA). September 20, 1991.
  7. ^ "Profile". Archived from the original on March 22, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2007., pbs.org, July 10, 2006.
  8. ^ Hoge, Warren. (September 23, 1976) "Diane Ladd Savors 'Top of World'", Select.nytimes.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Thomas, Kevin (July 30, 1993). "Romantic 'Hold Me, Thrill Me' a Breezy Minor Diversion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Internet Broadway Database profile, Ibdb.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  11. ^ "Interview - Diane Ladd - Nell O'Brien - Chesapeake Shores | Hallmark Channel". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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