Dianne Wiest Biography (1948-)

Born March 28, 1948, in Kansas City, MO; father, a former psychiatric socialworker for the U.S. Army then college dean; mother, a nurse; children: (adopted) Emily, Lily. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management,40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, director
Birth Details
March 28, 1948
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Gail, It's My Turn (also known as A Perfect Circle), Columbia, 1980
  • Nancy Morgan, Independence Day (also known as Follow Your Dreams), Warner Bros., 1982
  • Julie Addison, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Paramount, 1982
  • Vi Moore, Footloose, Paramount, 1984
  • Isabelle, Falling in Love, Paramount, 1984
  • Emma, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Orion, 1985
  • Holly, Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986
  • Lucy Emerson, The Lost Boys, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Stephanie, September, Orion, 1987
  • Aunt Bea, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • Mother, Bright Lights, Big City, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Helen Buckman Lampkin Brodsky, Parenthood, Universal, 1989
  • Lenore, Cookie, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Peg Boggs, Edward Scissorhands, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Dr. Jane Grierson, Little Man Tate, Orion, 1991
  • Helen Robberson, Cops and Robbersons, TriStar, 1994
  • Helen Sinclair, Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994
  • Doctor H. Aaron, The Scout, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Louise Keeley, The Birdcage (also known as Birds of a Feather), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Sally, The Associate, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Herself, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen (documentary), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1998
  • Diane Booker, The Horse Whisperer, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Aunt Bridget "Jet" Owens, Practical Magic, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Evil Queen, The 10th Kingdom: The Making of an Epic (documentary short film), 2000
  • Annie, I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Paula, Not Afraid, Not Afraid, Capitol Films, 2001
  • Portofino, Storm Entertainment, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • District Attorney Nora Lewin, Law & Order, NBC, 2000-
  • Movies
  • Symka Mazor, The Wall, CBS, 1982
  • Rebecca Hammill, The Face of Rage, ABC, 1983
  • Bigfoot, 1987
  • Rachel, Drunks, Showtime, 1995
  • Sarah McClellan, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, CBS, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • The Evil Queen/Christine Lewis, The 10th Kingdom (also known as Das 10te Koenigreich and Das Zehnte Koenigreich), NBC, 2000
  • Specials
  • Nina, Zalman (also known as Zalmen: Or, The Madness of God), 1975
  • Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, Out of Our Father's House, 1978
  • Presenter, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards, 1991
  • Inside the Academy Awards, 1995
  • The 68th Annual Academy Awards, 1996
  • Herself, Visions of Grace: Robert Redford and 'The Horse Whisperer,' Lifetime, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart, Lifetime, 2001
  • Voice, Echoes from the White House, PBS, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Lillian Hepworth, "Woman of Importance," Road to Avonlea, 1996
  • District Attorney Nora Lewin, "One," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2001
  • District Attorney Nora Lewin, "Ridicule," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Ashes, Public Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Lizzard, Leave It to Beaver Is Dead, Public Theatre, 1979
  • Elizabeth Barrow Colt, The Art of Dining, Public Theatre, 1979
  • Nicole, Bonjour La Bonjour, Phoenix Theatre, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Title role, Hedda Gabler, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • Elizabeth Lavenza, Frankenstein, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Masha, Three Sisters, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1982
  • Desdemona, Othello, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • A Doll's House, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1982
  • Prudence, Beyond Therapy, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City,1982
  • Deborah, Other Places, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1983
  • Serenading Louie, 1983
  • Maggie, After the Fall, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1984
  • Anka, Hunting Cockroaches, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1987
  • Gertruse Eastman Cuevas, In the Summer House, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Harris Yulin, Don Juan in Hell, Symphony Space, 1994
  • Blue Light, Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY, 1994
  • Aunt, The Shawl, Jewish Repertory Theatre, 1996
  • Mischa Barton, One Flea Spare, Public Theatre, 1997
  • Also appeared in Agamemnon, Public Theatre; Heartbreak House, Arena Stage; Our Town, Arena Stage; The Dybbuk, Arena Stage;Inherit the Wind, Arena Stage; Three Sisters; as Dianne, Square One, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City; understudy Penelope/Mildred, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City.
  • Stage Director
  • (With Edward Parone, Marybeth Hurt, Jennifer Warren, and Fran Hill) Dusa, Fish, Stas and VI, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1978
  • Not About Heroes, Williamstown Theatre Festival, then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1985

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Newsmakers 1995, Issue 4, Gale Research, 1995
    Periodicals
    • America, January 14, 1995, p. 22
    • Back Stage, June 2, 1995, p. 43; June 28, 1996, p. 44
    • Entertainment Weekly, January 13, 1995, p. 7; November 1, 1996, p.41; April 11, 1997, p. 64
    • Nation, May 19, 1997, pp. 34-35
    • National Review, April 8, 1996, p. 58
    • People Weekly, March 18, 1996, p. 122
    • Vogue, February, 1986

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