Diane Ladd

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Diane Ladd
DianeLaddHWOFMay2013.jpg
Ladd in May 2013
Born Rose Diane Ladner
(1935-11-29) November 29, 1935 (age 79)
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, producer, writer
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Bruce Dern (1960–1969; divorced); 2 children
William A. Shea, Jr. (1969–1977; divorced)
Robert Charles Hunter (1999–present)
Children 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, by 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 1960–1969; the couple had two children, Diane Elizabeth Dern and actress Laura Elizabeth Dern. Diane Elizabeth Dern died at 18 months from head injuries caused by falling into a swimming pool. Ladd and Laura Dern co-starred in the films Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose. They appeared together in Inland Empire, another film by David Lynch. They co-starred on the HBO series Enlightened (2011–13).

Diane 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.

Ladd in the 1976 sci-fi film Embryo, which also starred Rock Hudson

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 Award 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 onstage. 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]

Awards & 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
1975 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1980 Alice Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (television) 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
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 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Note: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore released in 1974 in the US and 1975 in the UK.

Hollywood Walk of Fame[edit]

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.

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. Movies.yahoo.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  3. ^ 05-31-02obituaries. Ojaivalleynews.com; retrieved July 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Profile, 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 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 22, 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.

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