Diane Lane Biography

Diane Lane is an American actress, famous for her role in ‘Unfaithful’. Explore this biography to learn more about her childhood, life, works, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 22, 1965

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Diane Lane Actresses

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born in: New York City

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


Spouse/Ex-: Josh Brolin (m. 2004), Christopher Lambert (m. 1988–1994)

father: Burton Eugene Lane

mother: Colleen Farrington

children: Eleanor Lambert

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Hunter College High School

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With her enigmatic appeal and prolific talent, Diane Lane is a versatile and unconventional actress, who has enthralled the audiences with her riveting performances. She joined theatre when she was only six and made her debut in films with ‘A little Romance’ garnering praise and appreciation for her talent. The Hollywood fraternity, however, was not very welcoming as despite proving her acting abilities, she did not get the kind of roles she desired. Unwilling to compromise on her choice of roles, she did not immediately hit stardom and worked in several commercially unsuccessful films. Realising that her career was spiralling downwards, she quit work for a few years and made a comeback with ‘Unfaithful’. This time around, she took on a number of challenging roles and cemented place in the world of glitz and glamor. She has appeared in noticeable roles in movies like ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, ‘Must Love Dogs’, ‘Hollywoodland’, ‘Secretariat’ and ‘Cinema Verite’. She has also earned several nominations for her roles and has also been involved in several charitable organizations such as ‘Heifer International’.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Diane Lane was born to Colleen Leigh Farrington, a nightclub singer and Burton Eugene Lane in New York City.
  • Her parents split when she was just thirteen days old and she was in the custody of her mother up to six years of age. By that time, she was already a professional actor at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club.
  • At the age of 12, she was enrolled at Hunter College High School. Around the same time, she was offered a role alongside Meryl Streep in the play, ‘The Cherry Orchard’.
  • In 1979, she made her film debut with ‘A Little Romance’ winning great appreciation for her work and was featured on the cover of ‘Time’.
  • She lived with her father in New York City until she ran away to Los Angeles for a week, at the age of fifteen.
  • After returning to New York, she registered for high school in 1981 until her mother kidnapped her and took her to Georgia. After legal action, she returned back to New York.
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  • In 1983, she appeared in the film adaptations of adult novels by S.E. Hinton: ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘Rumble Fish’, transitioning to more serious, adult roles.
  • In 1984, she appeared in two films ‘Streets of Fire’ and ‘The Cotton Club’. The films could not get success and hit her career.
  • After a brief hiatus, she made her comeback in 1987 with ‘Lady Beware’, which also went unnoticed.
  • The TV miniseries ‘Lonesome Dove’ in 1989 was her big comeback for which she also earned an Emmy nomination.
  • In 1992, her film ‘My New Gun’, earned her critical acclaim and her performance was appreciated at the Cannes Film Festival. The same year, she appeared in the biographical movies ‘Chaplin’ and ‘The Setting Sun’.
  • In 1999, she appeared in ‘A Walk on the Moon’ for which she received critical appreciation and it also earned her the nomination for ‘Best Female Lead’ at the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • After a appearing in supporting role in ‘The Perfect Storm’ in 2000, she appeared in the drama film ‘Unfaithful’, two years later. Her role in this movie was well-received and won her great critical praise.
  • In 2003, she starred in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination in the category, ‘Best Actress’.
  • From 2005 to 2006, she appeared in less famous films like ‘Fierce People’ and ‘Hollywoodland’.
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  • In 2008, she appeared in ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ with Richard Gere. This year, she also played supporting roles in ‘Jumper’ and ‘Untraceable’.
  • Returning to theatre in 2012, she acted in the play ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ at the Goodman Theatre. This year, she also featured in the documentary ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’.
  • Her latest appearance was as Martha Kent, Clark Kent’s mother, in the 2013 blockbuster film, ‘Man of Steel’.
Major Works
  • ‘Unfaithful’ is one of her highly appreciated works, marking her comeback into films. Her role was hugely appreciated and also earned her an Academy award nomination and won her the National Society of Film Critics award. The film grossed $119 million worldwide.
Awards & Achievements
  • Lane won her first award in 1979 for her film ‘A Little Romance’. She was awarded the ‘Youth in Film Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Motion Picture’
  • In 2002, she won several awards and nominations for ‘Unfaithful’. Besides being nominated for Academy Award for ‘Best Actress’, she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for ‘Best Actress’, New York Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Actress’ and Satellite Award for ‘Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • After a brief affair with Christopher Lambert, she married him in 1988 in New Mexico. They have a daughter; Eleanor Jasmine. However, the couple split six years later.
  • She married actor Josh Brolin in 2004, but the couple filed for divorce in February, 2013.
  • This Hollywood actress of ‘Unfaithful’ fame was turned down from modelling as her neck was apparently, ‘too short’.

1. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

2. A Little Romance (1979)

  (Romance, Adventure, Comedy)

3. Secretariat (2010)

  (History, Family, Biography, Drama, Sport)

4. Unfaithful (2002)

  (Drama, Thriller)

5. The Outsiders (1983)

  (Drama, Crime)

6. Streets of Fire (1984)

  (Romance, Drama, Thriller, Music, Crime, Action)

7. Rumble Fish (1983)


8. Chaplin (1992)

  (Drama, Comedy, Biography)

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