Dyan Cannon Biography (1937-)

Original name, Samile Diane Friesen; born January 4, 1937, in Tacoma, WA; daughter of a life insurance salesperson and a homemaker; married Cary Grant (anactor; real name, Archibald Leach), July 22, 1965 (divorced, March 21, 1968); married Stanley Finberg (an attorney), April, 1985 (divorced, 1991); children: (first marriage) Jennifer Grant (an actress). Education: Attendedthe University of Washington; studied acting with Sanford Meisner. Avocational interests: Reading, swimming, watching basketball games. Addresses: Agent-- Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., 12thFloor, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Career: Actress. Appeared in televisioncommercials and worked as a model. Also a singer and songwriter. Also billedas Diane Cannon. Member: Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America. Awards, Honors: New York Film Critics Circle Award, best supporting actress, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Award, actress of the year, Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, and Golden GlobeAward nominations, best motion picture actress in a musical or comedy and most promising female newcomer, all 1969, for Bob & Carol & Ted &Alice; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actress in a drama, 1971, for Such Good Friends; Academy Award nomination (with Vince Cannon), best live-action short film, 1976, for Growing Pains: Number One; Golden Globe Award, best motion picture actress in a supporting role,and Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, both 1978, and SaturnAward nomination, best supporting actress, 1979, all for Heaven Can Wait; Q Award nomination, Viewers for Quality Television, best recurring player, 1998, for Ally McBeal. Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Birth Details
January 4, 1937
Tacoma, Washington, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Dixie, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, Warner Bros., 1960
  • Wiggles, This Rebel Breed(also known as The Black Rebels and Three Shades of Love), Warner Bros., 1960
  • Alice Henderson, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Columbia,1969
  • Ingrid Everleigh, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971
  • Judith Austin, The Love Machine, Columbia, 1971
  • Julie Messinger, Such Good Friends, Paramount, 1971
  • Lorrie Dellman, Doctors' Wives, Columbia, 1971
  • Lena, Le casse(also known as The Burglars), Columbia, 1972
  • Alexis, Shamus(also known as Passion for Danger), Columbia,1973
  • Christine, The Last of Sheila, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Domino, Child under a Leaf(also known as Love Child), Cinema National, 1974
  • Julia Farnsworth, Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978
  • Simone Legree, Revenge of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1978
  • Madie Levrington, Coast to Coast, Paramount, 1980
  • Viv Bonham, Honeysuckle Rose(also known as On the Road Again), Warner Bros., 1980
  • Alice Detroit, Author, Author, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Myra Elizabeth Maxwell Bruhl, Deathtrap, Warner Bros., 1982
  • (Uncredited) Cameo appearance, She's Having a Baby, Paramount,1988
  • Elizabeth Pearce, Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Stephanie Lewis, The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991
  • Eileen Stone, The Pickle, Columbia, 1993
  • Annette Bennett, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Orion, 1997
  • Karen Schneider, Allie and Me, Dollhouse Pictures, 1997
  • Liz LaBreche, Out to Sea, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Mrs. Flint, That Darn Cat, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Leslie, Drop-Dead, Libra Pictures/Regent Entertainment, 1998
  • Leslie, Kiss of a Stranger, Libra Pictures/Regent Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared in One Point of View.
  • Film Work
  • Director, producer (with Vince Cannon), and editor, Growing Pains: Number One(short film), Film Forum, 1976
  • Director and producer, The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991
  • Also directed One Point of View.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • For Better or Worse, CBS, 1959-60
  • Lisa Crowder, Full Circle, CBS, 1960-61
  • Jennifer "Whipper" Cone, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997-
  • Jennifer "Whipper" Cone, Ally, Fox, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Kate Blackwell, Master of the Game, CBS, 1984
  • Jenny Baines, Jenny's War, Harlech Television, 1985
  • Movies
  • Virginia Hill, The Virginia Hill Story, NBC, 1974
  • Sally Stanford, Lady of the House, CBS, 1978
  • Thera Baylin, Having It All, ABC, 1982
  • Katherine, Arthur the King(also known as Merlin and the Sword), CBS, 1985
  • Annie Hackett, "Rock "n' Roll Mom," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC,1988
  • Rosie LaCroix, Jailbirds, CBS, 1991
  • Elizabeth Blane, Christmas in Connecticut, TNT, 1992
  • Varda Gray, Based on an Untrue Story, Fox, 1993
  • Josie Joplin, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1995
  • Jess Wilding, Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits(also known as Rockford Files: Suitable for Framing), CBS, 1996
  • Marsha Robinson, Beverly Hills Family Robinson, ABC, 1997
  • Abby "Bubblin'" Browne, Black Jaq,1998
  • Abby Montana, Diamond Girl(also known as Harlequin's Diamond Girl), The Movie Channel, 1998
  • Gina Fairfax, The Sender, HBO, 1998
  • Gloria (Alison's mother), My Mother, the Spy, Lifetime, 2000
  • Specials
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1972
  • The Bob Hope Special, NBC, 1974
  • The Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982
  • Night of 100 Stars II(also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985
  • Willie Nelson, the Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration, CBS, 1993
  • The NBA at 50, TNT, 1996
  • Canned Ham: 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Comedy Central, 1997
  • A Day with..., Lifetime, 1997
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards, syndicated, 1988
  • The 13th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1989
  • Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, ABC, 1992
  • The 13th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1992
  • Presenter, Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards,1999
  • Episodic
  • "Lady Luck," Bat Masterson, NBC, 1959
  • "Shadows," Zane Grey Theater, CBS, 1959
  • "Vanishing Act," Wanted: Dead or Alive, CBS, 1959
  • "Soft Cargo," Johnny Ringo, CBS, 1960
  • "The Big Dealer," Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1961
  • "A Certain Time, a Certain Darkness," Ben Casey, ABC, 1961
  • "The Diana Adventure," Malibu Run, CBS, 1961
  • "The Gentleman from Brazil," Acapulco, NBC, 1961
  • "The Price of Paradise," Bat Masterson, NBC, 1961
  • "The Radioactive Object Adventure," Malibu Run, CBS, 1961
  • "Sheriff of the Town," Two Faces West, syndicated, 1961
  • "The Woman Who Never Was," Follow the Sun, ABC, 1961
  • "The Wrestler," Guestward Ho, ABC, 1961
  • "The Bridal Trail Caper," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1962
  • Mavis Carroll, "The Silent Partner," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962
  • "Death Rides a Pale Horse," Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963
  • "Between the Rats and the Finks," Mr. Broadway, CBS, 1964
  • "The Man behind the Badge," The Reporter, CBS, 1964
  • "Sam Houston," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1964
  • Ivy Norton, "Aunt Thede," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1964
  • "The Weapon," Amos Burke, Secret Agent, ABC, 1965
  • Elinor Crawford, "The Victim," Medical Center, CBS, 1969
  • Host, Saturday Night Live(also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1976
  • Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1979
  • "Natalie Wood," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1987
  • At Rona's, NBC, 1989
  • "Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1991
  • Bonnie Valin, "The Last Laugh" (parts one and two), Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994
  • Mitzi Wilde, "Girl Buys Soup While Woman Weds Ape!," The Naked Truth(also known as Wilde Again), ABC, 1995
  • Judge Jennifer "Whipper" Cone, "Line of Duty," The Practice, ABC,1997
  • Host and narrator, Intimate Portrait: Olivia Newton-John, Lifetime, 1998
  • "People Are Assets Too," Arli$$(also known as Arliss), HBO,1999
  • Panelist, The List, VH1, 1999
  • Herself, Larry King Live, CNN, 2000
  • Appeared in "The Ding-a-Ling Girl," Playhouse 90, CBS; also appeared in Matinee Theater, NBC; and Hollywood Squares, syndicated.
  • Pilots
  • Malibu, ABC, 1983
  • Stage Appearances
  • Night of 100 Stars II(also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Appeared in The Fun Couple and Ninety-Day Mistress, both Broadway productions.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.
  • Screenplays
  • Growing Pains: Number One(short film), Film Forum, 1976
  • The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991
  • Also wrote One Point of View.
  • Other Writings
  • Also composed songs.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, July 18, 1997 .
    • Interview, May 1, 2000 .
    • People Weekly, April 28, 1997 .
    • TV Guide, February 28, 1998 , pp. 24-25.

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