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Dianne Wiest

Birthday: 
Sunday, March 28, 1948
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Birth Place: 
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Height: 
5'5"

One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on 28 March 1948. Her original ambition was to be a ballerina, but she was bitten by acting bug after some stage work, most notably playing Desdemona to James Earl Jones' Othello on Broadway. She made her film debut in 1980, but didn't make a name for herself until her performance as Emma, a prostitute during the 1930s Depression, in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Allen was so impressed by Wiest's acting ability that he has directed her on four more occasions since. Under Allen's direction, Wiest won a well deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her brilliant performance as the neurotic, wannabe actress Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). She followed her Academy Award success with performances in The Lost Boys (1987) and Bright Lights, Big City (1988) before stealing the show from the likes of Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Keanu Reeves, and Martha Plimpton in Ron Howard's Parenthood (1989). Playing Helen Buckman, the divorced mother of two difficult teens, Wiest was both touching and hilarious, and received her second Oscar nomination.

Arguably her most beloved role came as Peg Boggs, the kindly Avon Lady who discovers the titular Edward Scissorhands (1990). Wiest returned to Woody Allen in 1994 for Bullets Over Broadway (1994), a superb comedy set in 1920s New York, winning her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her magnificent portrayal of Helen Sinclair, a boozy, glamorous and neurotic star of the stage, who could made the words "Don't speak!" the funniest sentence ever captured on film. Recently enjoying great success with witchy roles in the film Practical Magic (1998) and the TV mini-series "The 10th Kingdom" (2000), Dianne Wiest lives in New York City with her two adopted daughters, Emily and Lily. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

1995 - Won - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bullets Over Broadway)
1990 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Parenthood)
1987 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hannah and Her Sisters)

Reviews

Darling Companion (BLU-RAY)

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

One of the greatest joys in life is having a child, but what if something prevented you from conceiving. Sure, there’s always adoption and other means but it doesn’t make the news any less devastating.... Read more
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Rabbit Hole

 We all have different ways of grieving. Whether it be to our favorite sports team losing the championship or over a lost loved one, no one person grieves the same. In Rabbit Hole, Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart show just exactly how relationships can be affected when we lose a loved one.... Read more
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

This is the story of writer/director Dito Montiel’s coming of age in 1980’s Astoria, Queens.... Read more
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The Lost Boys: Two-Disc Special Edition

Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) are brothers having to move to a new town after their parents divorce.  I love this movie, the cheesy script, the bad acting, the horrible effects, it is a perfect 80’s movie. The special edition contains so many extra features.... Read more
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Videos

The Humbling (Trailer #1)

The Humbling (Trailer #1)

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green FEATURETTE

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green: Aunt Mel & Uncle Bub CLIP

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green: Keeping Secrets CLIP

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green: Celebrate 30 TV SPOT

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