Diane Kruger Biography

Diane Kruger is a German actress and fashion model. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, achievements and timeline.

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Birthday: July 15, 1976

Nationality: American, German

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Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Diane Heidkruger

Born Country: Germany

Born in: Algermissen, Lower Saxony, West Germany

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Canet (m. 2001 - div. 2006)

father: Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger

mother: Maria-Theresa, Maria-Theresa Heidkrüger

siblings: Stefan

Partner: Joshua Jackson (2006 – 2016), Norman Reedus (2016 – present)

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education: Royal Ballet School

awards: 2009 - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2009 - Golden Camera for Best International Actress
2009 - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast

2009 - San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2009 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 - Cannes Film Festival for Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation
2004 - Bambi Award for Career
2010 - SAG Award for Best Cast
2010 - Goldene Kamera for Best International Actress

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Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is famous in Hollywood for her critically acclaimed roles like, ‘Helen of Sparta’ in ‘Troy’, ‘Bridget von Hammersmark’ in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in ‘National Treasure’, etc. Kruger started her career in the entertainment business as a model, after her dream of becoming a ballerina got crushed because of an injury, and she was trained in modeling in France. She modeled for many years for brands like, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Dior, etc. and made to the cover pages of Vogue Paris, Cosmopolitan, etc. In pursuit of acting, she decided to quit modeling at the age of 22, when her career was at peak. Her interest in acting was turned into a concrete passion after she took lessons at the Cours Florent and after making small appearances in French movies, she got her first big break in 2003 with ‘Michel Vaillant’. Apart from acting in the movies, she is still associated with the fashion world as she is the global spokesperson of L’Oreal and the face for Calvin Klein’s fragrance ‘Beauty’.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Kruger moved to Paris and pursued modeling. She represented her country Germany in the Elite Model Look in 1982 and managed to get advertisement assignments for brands like, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, etc.
  • She did runway shows for Marc Jacobs, D&G, and Sonia Rykiel and modeled for the cover page of fashion magazines like, Vogue Paris, Cosmopolitan, etc. After pursuing modeling for years, she stopped modeling to get into acting.
  • She started taking acting lessons at the Cours Florent. This helped her to get cameos in some French movies but it was not until 2002 that she made a proper appearance in a movie—‘The Piano Player’.
  • In 2003, Kruger played the lead role of ‘Julie Wood’ in the French movie, ‘Michel Vaillant’, starring opposite Sagamore Stevenin. The movie was directed by Louis-Pascal Couvelaire and written by Jean Graton.
  • She played ‘Lisa’ in ‘Wicker Park—an American psychological romantic mystery film—in 2004, starring along with Josh Harnett and Rose Byrne. It was a remake of the French movie ‘L’Appartement’.
  • After these medium-hit movies came the most important role of her career when she played ‘Helen of Sparta’ in Wolfgang Petersen's epic ‘Troy’ in 2004. The movie, based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’, starred Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom etc along with her.
  • Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage in ‘National Treasure’ in the same year and later on appeared in films like, ‘Joyeux Noël (2005)’, ‘Copying Beethoven (2006)’ and reprised her role as ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)’.
  • She was offered to be the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the following year, she was selected as a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • In 2009, Tarantino cast her in his movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’ in which she starred along with Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz etc. She was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’.
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  • During late ‘2000s, Kruger made appearances in films like: ‘Mr. Nobody (2009)’, ‘cameo in Fox show ‘Fringe (2010)’, Mark Ronson’s music video ‘Somebody to Love Me (2010)’, ‘Unknown (2011)’, French-language film, ‘Les Adieux à la Reine (Farewell, My Queen) (2012)’, etc.
  • She was a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel ‘The Host’, with the same title, in 2013.
Major Works
  • By far, Kruger’s role in Tarantino’s German-American black comedy war film ‘Inglourious Basterds (2009)’ is considered to be her most prominent role. For her role of a German actress turned Allied spy, she earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Kruger married French actor and director Guillaume Canet in 2001, after dating for two years. The couple got divorced in 2005 and do not have any children.
  • She told media that her marriage did not work because their work kept them apart for long periods of time during their marriage. She is still good friends with her ex-husband.
  • She has been in relationship with Canadian-American actor Joshua Jackson since she got divorced.
  • Besides German, Kruger speaks English and French fluently.
  • She is the global spokesperson of L’Oreal and the face for Calvin Klein’s fragrance ‘Beauty’.
  • She always dubs herself in three languages—English, French and German.
  • She was trained at the Cours Florent and won the Classe Libre award for best actor in her year.
  • She was named as the ‘Sexiest international import’ by Victoria's Secret What Is Sexy list (2012).

1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

  (Adventure, War, Drama)

2. Mr. Nobody (2009)

  (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance)

3. Joyeux Noël (2005)

  (War, Music, Drama, Romance, History)

4. Troy (2004)

  (Drama, Romance, History, Action)

5. Wicker Park (2004)

  (Romance, Mystery, Drama, Thriller)

6. National Treasure (2004)

  (Family, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Action)

7. Fathers & Daughters (2015)


8. Pour elle (2008)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)

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