Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd

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Diane Ladd is an American actress, film director, producer, and writer. Moreover, Diane Ladd is the President of the ‘Art and Culture Taskforce.’

Early life

Rose Diane Ladner, best known as Diane Ladd was born on 29th November 1935, in Laurel, Mississippi, the United States of America. As of now, this actress is 86 years old and holds a citizen of America. Moreover, she has a zodiac sign of Sagittarius and is a Roman Catholic by religion.

In addition, she belongs to the German-American ethnicity.  She is the daughter of Preston Paul Lanier (father) and Mary Lanier (mother). In addition, Diane is the only child of her parents. Her mother was a housewife and an actress, and her father was a veterinarian and a traveling salesman who invented and sold his poultry medicines throughout the South.

Talking about her academic career, she went to Mississippi High School Mississippi, where she sang in the choir and acted in plays. She graduated from secondary school in 1949, at the age of 16. After high school, she attended New Orleans University in Louisiana, where she studied acting. She holds a Master of Science degree in Esoteric Psychology.

Professional career

Diane Ladd began her acting career in series like ‘Decoy’ (1957) and ‘Naked City’ (1958–1959), as well as uncredited appearances in films like ‘Murder, Inc.’ (1960). Her first credited film performance was as ‘Gaysh’ in the hit 1966 American outlaw biker film ‘The Wild Angels.’ In 1968, she debuted on ‘Broadway’ with the American play ‘Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights.’ Her performance in the play ‘A Texas Trilogy: Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander’ earned her a ‘Drama Desk Award,’ nomination in 1976.

Other television and film appearances

After a series of additional TV and film roles, Diane earned a role as ‘Kitty Styles’ in the long-running ‘CBS’ soap opera ‘The Secret Storm’ in 1971, making her the second actress to play the character.  In the critically and commercially successful American neo-noir mystery thriller ‘Chinatown,’.

She played a minor role in ‘Ida Sessions.’  Florence Jean Castleberry’s portrayal of a tough, sharp-tongued waitress in the American romantic comedy-drama, ”Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. Moreover, she joined the cast of ‘Alice,’ a CBS sitcom based on the film ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,’ in 1980. From 1977 to 1981, this actress portrays Isabelle “Belle” Dupree, a strict yet kind-hearted woman, in 22 episodes of the series.

Noticeable work

Laura Dern, who played ‘Lula Pace Fortune’ in the American neo-noir black comedy ‘Wild at Heart,’ played ‘Marietta Fortune,’ the on-screen mother of her real-life daughter. The movie, which also includes Nicolas Cage, launched at the 1990 ‘Cannes Film Festival,’ where it won the ‘Palme d’Or,’ before hitting theaters on August 17 of that year.

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Caption: Diane Ladd giving her interview (Source: YouTube)

One of her most well-known films was the American drama ‘Rambling Rose,’ which was released in 1991 and starred Diane’s daughter, Laura, and Robert Duvall. Mrs. Hillyer was Diane’s supporting role in the movie. Diane has also appeared in the television series ‘Kingdom Hospital’ (2004) and ‘Enlightened’ (2011–2013), as well as the television films ‘Get a Clue’ (1997) and ‘Montana Sky’ (2007).

Direction and producer

Her real-life mother, Mary, co-starred alongside her in the independent screwball comedy film ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me’ (1992). This actress played ‘Lucille,’ a flirtatious, aging Southern belle in the film.  She has acted in several additional films throughout the years, including ‘The Cemetery Club’ (1993), ’28 Days’ (2000), and ‘Joy’ (2015). She also co-produced and starred in the 1995 film ‘Mother,’ as well as starring in, writing, and directing the 1995 American comedy film ‘Mrs. Munck.’

Diane was the first woman to direct her ex-husband in a film, which also starred her ex-husband, Bruce Dern. She starred as ”Alice Pitsenbarger” in the war drama ‘The Last Full Measure,’ which came out in 2019. She featured in the Canadian–American drama series ‘Chesapeake Shores’ as ‘Nell O’Brien.’ On August 14, 2016, the ‘Hallmark Channel’ premiered the series.

Writer and a member of the ‘’National Board of Directors”

She earned the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Award for her works ‘Spiraling Through The School of Life: A Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Discovery’ (April 2006) and ‘A Bad Afternoon for a Piece of Cake: A Collection of Ten Short Stories’ (November 2016). She has a master’s degree in esoteric psychology as well as a nutrition diploma.

Diane gives lectures on spiritual and health topics all across the country whenever she has time. She is the president of the ‘Art and Culture Taskforce’, and a member of the ‘Screen Actors Guild’s’National Board of Directors.’

Awards and Net Worth

In her acting, this actress has earned several awards and nominations. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress and also nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1981, She earns a Golden Globes Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1976. In 1991, she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.

As of  2022, her net worth estimates at around $10 million, and earns $19,564 – $207,748 salary.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Diane Ladd with her daughter Laura Dern (Source: Purple Clover)

Diane has been married thrice. In 1973, she married Bruce Dern who is an American actor. In the same years, the couple gave birth to their first child, But sadly, their child died in a swimming accident 18 months later. Laura Dern, the couple’s second child, was born in 1967. Moreover, Laura is following in her mother’s footsteps and is a well-known actress.

The couple separated in  1969, and the reason behind the separation is unknown. Secondly, she married William Shea Jr in 1973. William is a businessman. This actress is married to Robert Charles Hunter who is an Author, Speaker, Advisor, and Business Leader. The couple exchanged rings in 1999 and have been together ever since.

Body measurements and Social media

This actress is 5 feet 7 inches tall and her weight is known. Moreover, this actress has blonde hair with blue eyes and there is no more information regarding her other body measurements.

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Caption: Diane Ladd’s body measurement (Source: Closer Weekly)

On her Instagram page, there is more than 9.1k follower. Likewise, there are more than 6.7k followers on Twitter and 5.7k followers on Facebook.