Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.
Cannon was born in the state of Washington in 1937. Her mother Claire (née Portnoy) was a housewife; Cannon's father, Ben, sold life insurance. Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had emigrated from Russia; Dyan's father was Baptist. She attended West Seattle High School. Her younger brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.
Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; 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" and again, more notably, as Diane Jansen in "The Price of Paradise". 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. 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. 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) as well as the mystery The Last of Sheila that year, 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.
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.
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. In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy. 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.
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
This Rebel Breed
(as Diane Cannon)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
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
The Anderson Tapes
The Love Machine
Such Good Friends
Nominated--Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
The Last of Sheila
Child Under a Leaf
Writer, director, producer, film editor,
Nominated--Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Heaven Can Wait
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
Coast to Coast
Nominated--Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Master of the Game
Rock & Roll Mom
She's Having a Baby
The End of Innocence
(also director and writer)
Christmas in Connecticut
The Rockford Files
Allie & Me
That Darn Cat
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Out to Sea
Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone
Nominated--Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
Kiss of a Stranger
After the Sunset
Herself at the Basketball Game
Boynton Beach Club
A Kiss At Midnight
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