Dyan Cannon

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Dyan Cannon
Born Samile Diane Friesen
(1937-01-04) January 4, 1937 (age 77)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Cary Grant (m.1965–1968)
Stanley Finberg (m.1985–1991)
Children Jennifer Grant

Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.

Early life

Cannon was born in Washington State in 1937. Her mother Claire (née Portnoy) was a housewife; Cannon's father, Ben, sold life insurance.1 Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had emigrated from Russia; Dyan's father was Baptist.2 She attended West Seattle High School. Her younger brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.

Career

Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; however her small screen debut was in the late 1950s including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson as Mary Lowery in the 1959 episode entitled "Lady Luck". She made another guest appearance in 1959 on CBS's Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen in episode 54 "Vanishing Act" as Nicole McCready. About this time, she also appeared on another CBS western, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, and on Jack Lord's ABC adventure drama, Stoney Burke.

In 1963, Cannon joined the national touring production of the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. She played Rosemary.

She portrayed Mona Elliott, with fellow guest star Franchot Tone, in the episode "The Man Behind the Man" of the 1964 CBS drama, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and the syndicated Two Faces West in the 1960 episode entitled "Sheriff of the Town".

Cannon's first major film role came in 1969's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In 1971 she starred in five films: The Love Machine, Doctors' Wives, The Anderson Tapes with Sean Connery, The Burglars, and Such Good Friends, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Cannon starred opposite Burt Reynolds in Shamus (1973) and gave a critically acclaimed performance in Child Under a Leaf in 1974. She became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited. It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity. In 1978, Cannon starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared in Heaven Can Wait, for which she received another Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1976, she hosted Saturday Night Live during its first season. She was a guest in the fourth season of The Muppet Show in 1979.3

In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Author! Author! with Al Pacino, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, Caddyshack II (1988), as well as several made-for-TV movies.

In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis: Murder and The Practice, as well as being a semi-regular on Ally McBeal. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), and Out to Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. In 2005, she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.

Personal life

On July 22, 1965, she married actor Cary Grant, who was 33 years her senior. They had one daughter, Jennifer (born February 26, 1966), who also is an actress. They were divorced on March 21, 1968, and custody disputes over their daughter went on for years.citation needed In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy.4 Cannon married real estate investor Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.

She is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and has attended Lakers games for over thirty years.

Cannon is a devout Christian.2

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Dixie
This Rebel Breed Wiggles (as Diane Cannon)
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1971 Doctors' Wives Lorrie Dellman
The Anderson Tapes Ingrid
The Love Machine Judith Austin
The Burglars Lena
Such Good Friends Julie Messinger Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973 Shamus Alexis Montaigne
The Last of Sheila Christine
1974 Child Under a Leaf Domino
1976 Number One Matt's mother Writer, director, producer, film editor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1978 Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Revenge of the Pink Panther Simone Legree
1980 Honeysuckle Rose Viv Bonham
Coast to Coast Madie Levrington
1982 Deathtrap Myra Bruhl Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Author! Author! Alice Detroit
1984 Master of the Game Kate McGregor/Blackwell (TV miniseries)
1985 Jenny's War Jenny Baines (TV)
1988 Rock & Roll Mom Annie Hackett (TV)
She's Having a Baby Herself (uncredited)
Caddyshack II Elizabeth Pearce
1990 The End of Innocence Stephanie (also director and writer)
1991 Jailbirds Rosie LaCroix (TV)
1992 Christmas in Connecticut Elizabeth Blane (TV)
1993 The Pickle Ellen Stone
1996 The Rockford Files Jess Wilding
1997 Allie & Me Karen Schneider
That Darn Cat Mrs. Flint
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Annette Bennett
Out to Sea Liz LaBreche
1997–2000 Ally McBeal Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone (17 episodes)
Nominated — Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
1998 The Sender Gina Fairfax
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Leslie
2001 Three Sisters Honey Bernstein-Flynn TV series
2003 Kangaroo Jack Anna Carbone
2004 After the Sunset Herself at the Basketball Game (uncredited)
2005 Boynton Beach Club Lois
2008 A Kiss At Midnight Kay Flowers (TV)

References

  1. ^ "Dyan Cannon". Filmreference.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Dyan Cannon Discusses Her Faith". CNN.com. 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  3. ^ "The Muppet Show - Ending with Dyan Cannon" on YouTube
  4. ^ "$3 Million Wedding Gift for Jennifer" Joyce Haber Los Angeles Times; Jul 5, 1972; pg. H19

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