Cannon in the 1950s
Samille Diane Friesen
January 4, 1937
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
(m. 1965;div. 1968)
(m. 1985;div. 1991)
|Relatives||David Friesen (brother)|
Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards.
Cannon was born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, Washington on January 4, 1937, the daughter of housewife Claire (née Portnoy) and life insurance salesman Ben Friesen.She was raised in the Jewish faith of her Ashkenazi mother, who was a Russian immigrant, though her father was Baptist. She attended West Seattle High School and spent two-and-a-half years at the University of Washington. Her younger brother is jazz musician David Friesen.
Cannon made her film debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond ; she had appeared on television since the late 1950s, including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson as Mary Lowery in the 1959 episode entitled "Lady Luck" and again as Diane Jansen in "The Price of Paradise". She made another guest appearance in 1959 on CBS's Wanted: Dead or Alive , in episode 52 "Vanishing Act" as Nicole McCready. About this time, she also appeared on another CBS western series, Johnny Ringo , starring Don Durant, and on Jack Lord's western adventure drama Stoney Burke on ABC. She also appeared on an episode of Hawaiian Eye , using her name Diane Cannon, in 1961, opposite Tracey Steele, Robert Conrad, and Connie Stevens.
In 1963, Cannon joined the national touring production of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying , in which she played Rosemary.
She portrayed Mona Elliott in the episode "The Man Behind the Man" of the 1964 CBS drama series The Reporter . She also made guest appearances on 77 Sunset Strip , The Untouchables , the perennial western series Gunsmoke , the 1960 episode "Sheriff of the Town" of the first-run syndicated western series Two Faces West with Walter Coy as Cauter and the 1962 Ripcord episode "The Helicopter Race" as Ripcord Inc.'s secretary and receptionist Marion Hines.
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 co-starred opposite Burt Reynolds in Shamus (1973), in the mystery The Last of Sheila , and gave a critically acclaimed performance in Child Under a Leaf in 1974. She starred in the TV movie Virginia Hill with Harvey Keitel. Following this she took a four-year absence from acting.
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 co-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 and she guest starred in the fourth season of The Muppet Show in 1979.
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.
For her contributions to the film industry, Cannon was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 with a motion pictures star located at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard.
Cannon wrote, directed, and starred in the semi-autobiographical film The End of Innocence , and had roles in Jailbirds and Christmas in Connecticut .
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 the films 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.
On July 22, 1965, Cannon 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. She married real estate investor Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.
In 1972, Cannon revealed that she engaged in primal therapy.She is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and has attended Lakers games for over three decades. She is a born-again Christian.
|1960||The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond||Dixie|
|This Rebel Breed||Wiggles||(billed 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|
|Such Good Friends||Julie Messinger||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|The Last of Sheila||Christine||(Cannon's character is believed to have been based on Sue Mengers.)|
|1974||Child Under a Leaf||Domino|
|Virginia Hill||Virginia Hill||(TV movie)|
|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|
|Lady of the House||Sally Stanford||(TV movie)|
|1980||Honeysuckle Rose||Viv Bonham||Cannon also sings three songs on the soundtrack:|
"Two Sides To Every Story," "Loving You Is Easier," and "Unclouded Day."
|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, based on the novel written by Sidney Sheldon)|
|1985||Jenny's War||Jenny Baines||(TV)|
|1988||Rock & Roll Mom||Annie Hackett||(TV)|
Cannon also does her own singing here; at first, however, her character is kept almost anonymous.
|She's Having a Baby||Herself||(uncredited)|
|Caddyshack II||Elizabeth Pearce|
|1990||The End of Innocence||Stephanie||(also director and writer)|
|1992||Christmas in Connecticut||Elizabeth Blane||(TV)|
|1993||The Pickle||Ellen Stone|
|1996||The Rockford Files||Jess Wilding||(TV Movie) Produced 20 years after the original series|
|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||The Honorable Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone||(17 episodes)|
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
|1998||The Sender||Gina Fairfax|
|Diamond Girl||Abby Montana||(TV)|
|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)|
|2020||Thomas & Friends||Molly||(Film)|
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Playing for a small but select audience that included his sister, Dyan Cannon, Friesen performed during most of the set on a French acoustic bass, made in 1795.