Diane Lane

Diane Lane

Birth name: Diane Colleen Lane
Born: January 22, 1965
Age: 58
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
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Diane Colleen Lane (born January 22, 1965)[1] is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City,[1] Lane made her screen debut in George Roy Hill's 1979 film A Little Romance.

She has since appeared in several notable films, including the 2002 film Unfaithful, which earned her Satellite, New York Film Critics Circle, and National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama). Her performance in Unfaithful also garnered her Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress.

Lane has starred in The Outsiders (1983), A Walk on the Moon (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Cinema Verite (2011), Trumbo (2015), and in the sixth season of House of Cards. She played Martha Kent in Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017).

Lane was born in New York City. Her mother, Colleen Leigh Farrington, was a nightclub singer and Playboy centerfold (Miss October 1957), who was also known as "Colleen Price". Her father, Burton Eugene Lane, was a Manhattan drama coach who ran an acting workshop with John Cassavetes, worked as a cab driver, and later taught humanities at City College.[2] When Lane was 13 days old, her parents separated. Lane's mother went to Mexico and obtained a divorce while retaining custody of Lane until she was six years old.[2] Lane's father received custody of her after Lane's mother moved to her native state, Georgia. Lane and her father lived in a number of residential hotels in New York City and she rode with him in his taxi.[3]

When Lane was 15, she declared her independence from her father and flew to Los Angeles for a week with actor and friend Christopher Atkins. Lane later remarked, "It was reckless behavior that comes from having too much independence too young."[3] She returned to New York and moved in with a friend's family, paying them rent. In 1981, she enrolled in high school after taking correspondence courses. However, Lane's mother kidnapped her and took her back to Georgia. Lane and her father challenged her mother in court, and six weeks later, she was back in New York. Lane did not speak to her mother for the next three years, but they eventually reconciled.[3]



Early work: From A Little Romance to A Walk on the Moon

Lane's grandmother, Eleanor Scott, was a Pentecostal preacher of the Apostolic denomination, and Lane was influenced theatrically by the demonstrative quality of her grandmother's sermons.[4][5] Lane began acting professionally at the age of six at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York, where she appeared in a production of Medea. When Lane was 12 years old, she had a role in Joseph Papp's production of The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep and Irene Worth.[2] At this time, Lane was enrolled in an accelerated program at Hunter College High School; however, her grades suffered from her busy schedule.[2] When Lane was 13, she turned down a role in Runaways on Broadway to make her feature-film debut opposite Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance.[3] Lane won high praise from Olivier, who declared her "The New Grace Kelly".[6] At the same time, Lane was featured on the cover of Time, which declared her one of Hollywood's "Whiz Kids".[7][8]

In the early 1980s, Lane made a successful transition from child actor to adult roles. She was cast as the teenaged female outlaw Little Britches in the 1981 Lamont Johnson film, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, with Amanda Plummer in her own debut role as Cattle Annie. Lane's breakout performances came with back-to-back adaptations of young adult novels by S. E. Hinton, adapted and directed by Francis Ford Coppola: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, both in 1983. Both films also featured memorable performances from a number of young male actors who would go on to become leading men in the next decade (as well as members of the so-called "Brat Pack"), including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage, and Matt Dillon.[2] Lane's distinction among these heavily male casts advanced her career while affiliating her with this young generation of male actors. Andy Warhol proclaimed her, "the undisputed female lead of Hollywood's new rat pack".[9]

However, the two films that could have catapulted her to star status, Streets of Fire (she turned down Splash and Risky Business for this film)[6][10] and The Cotton Club, were both commercial and critical failures, and her career languished as a result.[2] After The Cotton Club, Lane dropped out of the movie business and lived with her mother in Georgia.[11] According to the actress, "I hadn't been close to my mom for a long time, so we had a lot of homework to do. We had to repair our relationship because I wanted my mother back."[12]

Lane returned to acting to appear in The Big Town and Lady Beware, but Lane had not made another big impression on a sizable audience until 1989's popular and critically acclaimed TV miniseries Lonesome Dove,[11] and was nominated for an Emmy Award[13] for her role. She came very close to being cast as Vivian Ward in 1990's blockbuster hit Pretty Woman (which had a much darker script at the time), but due to scheduling conflicts, was unable to take the role. Apparently, costume fittings were made for Lane, before the role fell to Julia Roberts. She was given positive reviews for her performance in the independent film My New Gun, which was well received at the Cannes Film Festival. She went on to appear as actress Paulette Goddard in Sir Richard Attenborough's big-budget biopic of Charles Chaplin, 1992's Chaplin.[9] Over the next seven years Lane would star in ten movies, including Jack and Judge Dredd. It wasn't until 1999 that Lane earned further recognition for her role in A Walk on the Moon. The film also stars Liev Schreiber, Viggo Mortensen, and Anna Paquin. One reviewer wrote, "Lane, after years in post-teenaged-career limbo, is meltingly effective."[14] The film's director, Tony Goldwyn, described Lane as having "... this potentially volcanic sexuality that is in no way self-conscious or opportunistic."[15] Lane earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. At this time, she was interested in making a film about actress Jean Seberg in which she would play Seberg.[16]

Recent work: From Unfaithful to the present

In 2000, Lane had a supporting role as Mark Wahlberg's love interest in The Perfect Storm. In 2002, she starred in Unfaithful, a drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and adapted from the French film The Unfaithful Wife. Lane played a housewife who indulges in an affair with a mysterious book dealer. The film featured several sex scenes, and Lyne's repeated takes for these scenes were very demanding for the actors involved, especially for Lane, who had to be emotionally and physically fit for the duration.[17] Unfaithful received mostly mixed reviews, though Lane earned widespread praise for her performance. Besides winning the Best Actress National Society of Film Critics Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award, she also received Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman stated that "Lane, in the most urgent performance of her career, is a revelation. The play of lust, romance, degradation, and guilt on her face is the movie's real story."[18] Following Unfaithful, Lane starred in Under the Tuscan Sun, a film based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes for which Lane won a further Best Actress Golden Globe nomination. This was followed by lead roles in Fierce People, Must Love Dogs, and Hollywoodland.

In 2008, Lane reunited with Richard Gere for the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe. It is the third film Gere and Lane filmed together, and is based on the novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Lane also co-starred in Jumper and Untraceable in the same year. She then appeared in Killshot with Mickey Rourke, which was given a limited theatrical release before being released on DVD in 2009. While promoting Nights in Rodanthe, she expressed frustration with being typecast and stated that she was "gunning for something that's not so sympathetic. I need to be a bitch, and I need to be in a comedy. I've decided. No more Miss Nice Guy."[19] Lane had even contemplated quitting acting and spending more time with her family if she is unable to get these kinds of roles. She said in an interview, "I can't do anything official. My agents won't let me. Between you and me, I don't have anything else coming out."[19] Despite her concerns with being typecast, Lane signed on to Secretariat (2010), a Disney film about the relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner, Penny Chenery, whom Lane portrayed.[20]

Lane then starred in Cinema Verite (2011), an HBO movie about the making of the first reality television show An American Family. Lane earned Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Satellite, and Golden Globe award nominations for her portrayal of Pat Loud.[21] In 2012, Lane was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (produced by Show of Force along with Fugitive Films), which showcased women and girls living under very difficult circumstances and bravely fighting to challenge them.[22]

Following the success of Cinema Verite, Lane starred in Zack Snyder's Superman film Man of Steel, playing Martha Kent. Snyder said of her casting, "We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination."[23] Lane reprised her role as Martha Kent in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)[24] and Justice League (2017).[25]

Shortly after the release of Man of Steel, Lane was tapped to play Hillary Clinton in an NBC miniseries, Hillary, which was supposed to "start with the Monica Lewinsky morning-after ... And then continue on until she was embarking on her presidential bid."[26] Intense media backlash ultimately caused NBC to cancel the series.[27] In 2015, Lane appeared in the drama Every Secret Thing (alongside Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks),[28] had a voice role in the Pixar animated feature Inside Out, and co-starred in the biopic Trumbo (opposite Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren), which received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.[29] Besides Justice League, Lane appeared in two other films in 2017: Eleanor Coppola's Paris Can Wait and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.[30][31]

In the end of 2012, and before her divorce from Josh Brolin in early 2013, Lane returned to her theater roots and headlined a production of the David Cromer directed Sweet Bird of Youth (by Tennessee Williams) at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Lane played Princess Kosmonopolis, a fading Hollywood movie star, opposite Finn Wittrock, who portrayed Chance, her attractive gigolo. This was the first time she had done a stage play since 1989, when she played Olivia in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[32] Lane returned to theatre in the winter of 2015, starring with Tony Shalhoub in the off-Broadway original production of Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love and Sex.[33] In 2016, nearly four decades after she first appeared on Broadway, Lane starred in a play in which she previously performed: Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (1977). While Lane played a child peasant (with no lines) in Broadway's 1977 run of the play, this time she played the lead role of Madame Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya.[34]

Forthcoming film roles include playing Matthew McConaughey's love interest in the erotic thriller Serenity. She will also star in an untitled Reed Morano-directed film with Jeff Bridges (whom she previously worked with in Wild Bill).[35] In late 2017, it was announced that Lane would star in the Amazon original miniseries The Romanoffs, premiering in October 2018. While this role seemingly "mark a rare TV appearance for Lane, who has primarily worked in film throughout her career," it was soon revealed that Lane would appear in two other TV series.[36] In addition to starring in the forthcoming series on FX based on the post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series Y: The Last Man, Lane stars as Annette Shepherd in the final season of Netflix's hit series House of Cards, which was released on the streaming service on November 2, 2018.[37][38]

Personal life


Lane with then-husband Josh Brolin in December 2009

Lane met actor Christopher Lambert in Paris while promoting The Cotton Club in 1984.[3] They had a brief affair and split up. They met again two years later in Rome to make a film together, entitled Priceless Beauty, and in two weeks they were a couple again. Lane and Lambert married in October 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[3] They have a daughter Eleanor Lambert,[1] born on September 5, 1993.[39] Following a prolonged separation, they were divorced in 1994.[40]

Lane became engaged to actor Josh Brolin in July 2003[41] and they were married on August 15, 2004.[42] On December 20 of that year, she called police after an altercation with him, and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges, however, and the couple's spokesperson described the incident as a "misunderstanding".[43] Lane and Brolin filed for divorce in February 2013.[44] Their divorce was finalized on December 2, 2013.[45]

Charity work

Lane is also involved in several charities, including Heifer International, which focuses on world hunger,[46] and Artists for Peace and Justice, a Hollywood organization that supports Haiti relief. However, she tries not to draw attention to her humanitarian efforts: "Sometimes I give with my heart. Sometimes I give financially, but there's something about that I think ought to be anonymous. I don't want it to be a boastful thing."[47]

Lane was featured heavily in the documentary Half the Sky, based on the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The documentary had Lane and several other A-list actresses/celebrities visit Africa and other areas where women are oppressed. Lane has become very much an ambassador for this kind of work and charity work in general.

On August 22, 2014, Diane Lane was honored for her work with Heifer International at its third annual Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table gala at the Montage Beverly Hills. Lane says working with Heifer International has affected her life and nurtured the relationship she has with her daughter.[48]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 A Little Romance Lauren King
1980 Touched by Love Karen
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Jenny "Little Britches" Stevens
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Liza
1982 Six Pack Heather "Breezy" Aikens
1982 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Corinne Burns
1983 The Outsiders Sherri "Cherry" Valance
1983 Rumble Fish Patty
1984 Streets of Fire Ellen Aim
1984 The Cotton Club Vera Cicero
1987 Lady Beware Katya Yarno
1987 The Big Town Lorry Dane
1988 Priceless Beauty China
1990 Vital Signs Gina Wyler
1992 Knight Moves Kathy Sheppard
1992 My New Gun Debbie Bender
1992 The Setting Sun Lian Hong
1992 Chaplin Paulette Goddard
1993 Indian Summer Beth Warden
1995 Judge Dredd Judge Barbara Hershey
1995 Wild Bill Susannah Moore
1996 Jack Karen Powell
1996 Mad Dog Time Grace Everly
1997 The Only Thrill Katherine Fitzsimmons
1997 Murder at 1600 USSS Agent Nina Chance
1998 Gunshy Dr. Melissa
1999 A Walk on the Moon Pearl Kantrowitz
2000 My Dog Skip Ellen Morris
2000 The Perfect Storm Christina "Chris" Cotter
2001 The Glass House Erin Glass
2001 Hardball Elizabeth Wilkes
2002 Unfaithful Connie Sumner
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes
2005 Fierce People Liz Earl
2005 Must Love Dogs Sarah Nolan
2006 Hollywoodland Toni Mannix
2008 Untraceable FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh
2008 Jumper Mary Rice
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Adrienne Willis
2009 Killshot Carmen Colson
2010 Secretariat Penny Chenery
2013 Man of Steel Martha Kent
2014 Every Secret Thing Helen Manning
2015 Inside Out Riley's Mom Voice role
2015 Trumbo Cleo Trumbo
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Martha Kent
2017 Paris Can Wait Anne Lockwood
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Audrey Felt
2017 Justice League Martha Kent
2018 Tully Corrine Burns
2019 Serenity


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Great Performances Charity Royall Episode: "Summer"
1981 Child Bride of Short Creek Jessica Rae Jacobs Television film
1982 Miss All-American Beauty Sally Butterfield Television film
1989 Lonesome Dove Lorena Wood Miniseries; 4 episodes
1990 Descending Angel Irina Stroia Television film
1993 Fallen Angels Bernette Stone Episode: "Murder, Obliquely"
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Lucy Honicut Marsden Television film
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski Television film
1998 Grace & Glorie Gloria Television film
2000 The Virginian Molly Stark Television film
2011 Cinema Verite Pat Loud Television film
2018 The Romanoffs Katherine Ford 2 episodes
2018 House of Cards Annette Shepherd [49]


At age 6, Lane landed her first acting role in La Mama Experimental Theatre Company's 1971 production of Medea in which she played Medea's daughter. From then until 1976, she performed with La MaMa, E.T.C. in New York and toured with them abroad. Some of the plays she performed in include The Trojan Women, Electra, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan, Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding, Paul Foster's The Silver Queen, and Shakespeare's As You Like It.[50] Most of these plays were directed and/or adapted by Andrei Șerban and Elizabeth Swados.[51]

From 1976 to 1977, Lane appeared in The Cherry Orchard and Agamemnon at New York's Vivian Beaumont Theater. After participating in the first production of Runaways when it was off-Broadway, Lane took a decade-long hiatus from theatre. In 1989, Lane returned to the stage to play Olivia in Twelfth Night at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lane took another hiatus from theatre until 2012, when she starred opposite Finn Wittrock in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (directed by David Cromer). Lane then returned to New York theatre and starred off-Broadway in Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love and Sex in 2015 (alongside Tony Shalhoub) and in Broadway's revival of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in 2016 (alongside Joel Grey and Harold Perrineau).

Year Title Role Theatre/company Notes
1971-76 The Trojan Women, Electra, The Good Woman of Szechuan, Blood Wedding, The Silver Queen, As You Like It Various La MaMa, E.T.C. Performed in New York and toured abroad
1976-77 The Cherry Orchard Ensemble (child peasant) Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center (New York) Broadway; New York Shakespeare Festival
1976-77 Agamemnon Iphigenia Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center (New York) Broadway; New York Shakespeare Festival
1978 Runaways Jackie The Public Theater (New York)[52] Off-Broadway
1989 Twelfth Night Olivia American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA) Shakespeare play
2012 Sweet Bird of Youth Alexandra Del Lago / Princess Kosmonopolis Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
2015 The Mystery of Love and Sex Lucinda Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center (New York) Off-Broadway
2016 The Cherry Orchard Madam Ranevskya American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout Theatre (New York) Broadway

Awards and nominations

Four days before the New York Film Critics Circle's vote in 2002, Lane was given a career tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A day before that, Lyne held a dinner for the actress at the Four Seasons Hotel. Critics and award voters were invited to both.[53] She went on to win the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2003, she was named ShoWest's 2003 Female Star of the Year,[54] and was a co-recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award honoring outstanding women in entertainment.[55]

Lane ranked at No. 79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars. She was ranked No. 45 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2005,[56] No. 85 in 2006[57] and No. 98 in 2007.[58]


  • 2003: Honored as the Female Star of the Year by the ShoWest Convention.
  • 2004: Received the American Riviera Award during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
  • 2012: Received the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award during the Savannah Film Festival.
  • 2017: Received the Career Achievement Award during the Sarasota Film Festival.


Association Year Category Nominated Work Result
AARP Movies for Grown Ups Awards 2009 Best Grownup Love Story Nights in Rodanthe Nominated
Academy Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Behind the Voice Actors Awards 2016 Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Inside Out Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2001 Favorite Supporting Actress — Drama The Perfect Storm Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Critics Choice Movie Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2003 Lead Actress Unfaithful Nominated
2011 TV Movie/Miniseries Lead Actress Cinema Verite Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2003 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama Unfaithful Nominated
2004 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical Under the Tuscan Sun Nominated
2012 Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cinema Verite Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards 1985 Worst Supporting Actres Streets of Fire

The Cotton Club

Golden Schmoes Awards 2002 Best Actress of the Year Unfaithful Nominated
2002 Best T&A of the Year Unfaithful Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards 2003 Actress of the Year Unfaithful Won
International Online Cinema Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Italian Online Movie Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2000 Best Female Lead A Walk on the Moon Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2000 Best Actress A Walk on the Moon Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Won
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2002 Best Actress Unfaithful Won
OFTA Film Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
OFTA Television Awards 2011 Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Cinema Verite Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2003 Best Lead Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Lonesome Dove Nominated
2011 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Cinema Vertie Nominated
Satellite Awards 2003 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama Unfaithful Won
2004 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical Under the Tuscan Sun Nominated
2011 Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Cinema Verite Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Unfaithful Nominated
2012 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Cinema Verite Nominated
2016 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Trumbo Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards 2003 Best Actress Unfaithful Nominated
Western Heritage Awards 2001 Television Feature Film The Virginian Won
Women's Image Network Awards 2010 Actress Feature Film Secretariat Nominated
2011 Actress Made for Television Movie/Miniseries Cinema Verite Won
Young Artist Awards 1980 Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture — The Sybil Jason Award A Little Romance Won
1980 Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture A Little Romance Won
1981 Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture Touched by Love Won
1984 Best Young Motion Picture Actress in a Feature Film Rumble Fish Nominated
1984 Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture The Outsiders Nominated

Diane Lane supports the following charitable causes: Poverty, Cancer, AIDS, Children, Vision, Animals, Women's Rights, Hunger, Health Education, Disaster Relief.

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