Cannon in the 1950s
|Born||Samille Diane Friesen
January 4, 1937
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer|
(m. 1965; div. 1968)
(m. 1985; div. 1991)
Cannon was born in the state of Washington in 1937. Her mother, Claire (née Portnoy), was a housewife, and her father, Ben Friesen, sold life insurance. Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had emigrated from Russia; Dyan's father was Baptist. She attended West Seattle High School. Her younger brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.
Cannon made her film debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; she had appeared on television since the late 1950s, including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson as Mary Lowery in the 1959 episode entitled "Lady Luck" and again as Diane Jansen in "The Price of Paradise". She made another guest appearance in 1959 on CBS's Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen in episode 54 "Vanishing Act" as Nicole McCready. About this time, she also appeared on another CBS western, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, and on Jack Lord's ABC western adventure drama, Stoney Burke. She also appeared on an episode of Hawaiian Eye, using her name Diane Cannon, in 1961, opposite Tracey Steele, Robert Conrad, and Connie Stevens.
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.
She portrayed Mona Elliott, with fellow guest star Franchot Tone, in the episode "The Man Behind the Man" of the 1964 CBS drama series The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made guest appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, the 1960 episode of the syndicated series Two Faces West entitled "Sheriff of the Town" and the 1962 Ripcord episode called "The Helicopter Race".
Cannon's first major film role came in 1969's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In 1971 she starred in five films: The Love Machine, Doctors' Wives, The Anderson Tapes with Sean Connery, The Burglars, 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 that year, and gave a critically acclaimed performance in Child Under a Leaf in 1974.
She became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited. 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.
In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Author! Author! with Al Pacino, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, Caddyshack II (1988), as well as several made-for-TV movies.
In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis: Murder and The Practice, as well as being a semi-regular on Ally McBeal. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), and Out to Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. In 2005, she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.
On July 22, 1965, she 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. In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy. Cannon married real estate investor Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.
She is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and has attended Lakers games for over thirty years.
|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|
|1974||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|
|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)|
- "Actress Dyan Cannon Ministers at 'God's Party'", Christianity.com May 1, 2001
- "Dyan Cannon". Filmreference.com.
- "Dyan Cannon Discusses Her Faith". CNN.com. 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
- Hawaaian Eye Episode #11, Best of Hawaiian Eye, 1961, Warner Brothers archives.
- on YouTube
- Das, Lina (25 November 2011). "Cary Grant... devoted dad, despicable husband: Two women reveal very different accounts of life with the Hollywood enigma". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "$3 Million Wedding Gift for Jennifer" Joyce Haber Los Angeles Times; Jul 5, 1972; pg. H19