Cannon in the 1950s
|Born||Samille Diane Friesen|
January 4, 1937
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter, producer, editor|
(m. 1965; div. 1968)
(m. 1985; div. 1991)
|Relatives||David Friesen (brother)|
Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards.
Cannon was born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, Washington, on January 4, 1937, the daughter of housewife Claire (née Portnoy) and life insurance salesman Ben Friesen. She was raised in the Ashkenazi Jewish faith of her mother, who was a Russian immigrant, though her father was Baptist. She attended West Seattle High School and University of Washington. Her younger brother is jazz musician David Friesen.
Early TV appearances
Cannon guest starred on TV shows like Have Gun - Will Travel, Target, Highway Patrol (several times), Playhouse 90, Lock-Up, Zane Grey Theater, 77 Sunset Strip, Hotel de Paree, and Wanted: Dead or Alive.
However, in the 1960s, Cannon mostly focused on the small screen: The Detectives, Johnny Ringo, Tombstone Territory, Two Faces West, Bat Masterson (several times), Hawaiian Eye, The Aquanauts, Follow the Sun, and Ben Casey.
She had a regular role on the short-lived soap opera Full Circle and guest starred on The Untouchables, The Red Skelton Hour, Ripcord, Stoney Burke, Mr. Broadway, The Reporter, Gunsmoke, Burke's Law and Medical Center.
In 1963, Cannon joined the national touring production of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which she played Rosemary.
Cannon had another role in a feature with The Murder Game (1965), then took several years off.
In 1971 she starred in five films: The Love Machine, from the novel by Jacqueline Susann; Doctors' Wives, with Gene Hackman; The Anderson Tapes with Sean Connery; The Burglars, with Jean-Paul Belmondo; and Such Good Friends, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Cannon starred opposite Burt Reynolds in Shamus (1973) as well as the mystery The Last of Sheila, playing an agent based on Sue Mengers that year, and gave a critically acclaimed performance in Child Under a Leaf in 1974.
Cannon enrolled in the Women's Directing Workshop of the American Film Institute. She wrote, produced and directed a 45-minute film, Number One, which earned an Oscar nomination. It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity.
In 1978, Cannon co-starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared in Heaven Can Wait, for which she received another Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She starred in a TV movie Lady of the House (1978).
In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Coast to Coast (1980) with Robert Blake, Author! Author! (1982) with Al Pacino, and Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.
She had a guest role on Diagnosis Murder, A Perry Mason Mystery, The Naked Truth, The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996) and starred in Beverly Hills Family Robinson (1997), That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), Allie & Me (1997) and Out to Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
She could also be seen in guest roles in The Practice, Arli$$, and Ally McBeal, and had roles in The Sender (1998), Harlequin Mills & Boon: Diamond Girl (1998),Kiss of a Stranger (1998), and Black Jaq (1998).
In 2005, she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.
On July 22, 1965, Cannon married actor Cary Grant, who was 33 years her senior. They had one daughter, Jennifer (born February 26, 1966), who also is an actress. They were divorced on March 21, 1968. She married real estate investor Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.
In 1972, Cannon revealed that she engaged in primal therapy. She is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and has attended Lakers games for over three decades. She is a devout born-again Christian.
|1960||The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond||Dixie|
|This Rebel Breed||Wiggles||(billed as Diane Cannon)|
|1969||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||Alice Henderson||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)|
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
|1971||Doctors' Wives||Lorrie Dellman|
|The Anderson Tapes||Ingrid|
|The Love Machine||Judith Austin|
|Such Good Friends||Julie Messinger||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|The Last of Sheila||Christine||(Cannon's character is believed to have been based on Sue Mengers.)|
|1974||Child Under a Leaf||Domino|
|Virginia Hill||Virginia Hill||(TV movie)|
|1976||Number One||Matt's mother||Writer, director, producer, film editor|
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Julia Farnsworth||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Revenge of the Pink Panther||Simone Legree|
|Lady of the House||Sally Stanford||(TV movie)|
|1980||Honeysuckle Rose||Viv Bonham||Cannon also sings three songs on the soundtrack:|
"Two Sides To Every Story," "Loving You Is Easier," and "Unclouded Day."
|Coast to Coast||Madie Levrington|
|1982||Deathtrap||Myra Bruhl||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|Author! Author!||Alice Detroit|
|1984||Master of the Game||Kate McGregor-Blackwell||(TV miniseries, based on the novel written by Sidney Sheldon)|
|1985||Jenny's War||Jenny Baines||(TV)|
|1988||Rock & Roll Mom||Annie Hackett||(TV)|
Cannon also does her own singing here; at first, however, her character is kept almost anonymous.
|She's Having a Baby||Herself||(uncredited)|
|Caddyshack II||Elizabeth Pearce|
|1990||The End of Innocence||Stephanie||(also director and writer)|
|1992||Christmas in Connecticut||Elizabeth Blane||(TV)|
|1993||The Pickle||Ellen Stone|
|1996||The Rockford Files||Jess Wilding|
|1997||Allie & Me||Karen Schneider|
|That Darn Cat||Mrs. Flint|
|8 Heads in a Duffel Bag||Annette Bennett|
|Out to Sea||Liz LaBreche|
|1997–2000||Ally McBeal||The Honorable Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone||(17 episodes)|
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
|1998||The Sender||Gina Fairfax|
|Diamond Girl||Abby Montana||(TV)|
|1999||Kiss of a Stranger||Leslie|
|2001||Three Sisters||Honey Bernstein-Flynn||TV series|
|2003||Kangaroo Jack||Anna Carbone|
|2004||After the Sunset||Herself at the Basketball Game||(uncredited)|
|2005||Boynton Beach Club||Lois|
|2008||A Kiss At Midnight||Kay Flowers||(TV)|
- "Dyan Cannon". Filmreference.com.
- "Dyan Cannon Discusses Her Faith". CNN.com. 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
- Dyan Cannon; HER BEST IS YET TO BE Sweeney, Louise. The Christian Science Monitor11 June 1981.
- Dyan Cannon Eschews Limits: DYAN CANNON Saunders, Dick. Los Angeles Times 7 Jan 1977: f18.
- on YouTube
- DYAN CANNON/SHE'S 'MASTER OF THE GAME': DYAN CANNON/MATRIARCH OF 'MASTER' BY MICHAEL E. HILL. The Washington Post 19 Feb 1984: TV5.
- "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Dyan Cannon". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
- Dyan's desire: To be the next Madonna: [FINAL Edition] Green, Tom. USA TODAY 4 Feb 1988: 03D.
- Lunch With a Loose Cannon;Daffy Dyan Does Duke's, Gets Kissed, Sheds Innocence' Sherrill, Martha. The Washington Post 8 Feb 1991: b01.
- "$3 Million Wedding Gift for Jennifer" Joyce Haber Los Angeles Times; Jul 5, 1972; pg. H19
- "Actress Dyan Cannon Ministers at 'God's Party'", Christianity.com May 1, 2001