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Born Nov. 29, 1932, in Meridan, Miss., Diane Ladd worked as a model and showgirl at the famed Copacabana Club. Critical acclaim for her stage work in a revival of Tennessee Williams's "Orpheus Descending" led to her film debut in 1961's Something Wild.

Ladd played routine television and film roles during the '60s (including co-starring with then-husband Bruce Dern in The Wild Angels). She gained higher visibility in some important '70s films, especially Chinatown (as the fake Mrs. Mulwray) and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination).

For 1991's Rambling Rose, both Ladd and daughter Laura Dern were nominated (an Oscar first); they teamed again in Citizen Ruth (1996). Ladd was also nominated for Wild at Heart (1990) and was memorable in Something Wicked This Way Comes, Primary Colors and many other films.

Diane Ladd in Joy

Joy

2015 PG-13

After 10 years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing miracle.

  • Diane Ladd in AmeriGeddon AmeriGeddon
  • Diane Ladd in Sophie and the Rising Sun Sophie and the Rising Sun
  • Diane Ladd in Chinatown Chinatown
  • Diane Ladd in Wild at Heart Wild at Heart
  • Diane Ladd in Something Wicked This Way Comes Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Diane Ladd in The World's Fastest Indian The World's Fastest Indian
  • Diane Ladd in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Diane Ladd in Inland Empire Inland Empire
  • Diane Ladd in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Diane Ladd in 28 Days 28 Days
  • Diane Ladd in White Lightning White Lightning
  • Diane Ladd in Come Early Morning Come Early Morning
  • Diane Ladd in Primary Colors Primary Colors
  • Diane Ladd in All Night Long All Night Long
  • Diane Ladd in Rambling Rose Rambling Rose
  • Diane Ladd in Daddy & Them Daddy & Them
  • Diane Ladd in A Kiss Before Dying A Kiss Before Dying
  • Diane Ladd in Rain Rain
  • Diane Ladd in Redemption of the Ghost Redemption of the Ghost
  • Diane Ladd in Enlightened Enlightened
  • Diane Ladd in Damaged Care Damaged Care
  • Diane Ladd in Gracie's Choice Gracie's Choice
  • Diane Ladd in The Young Racers / The Wild Angels The Young Racers / The Wild Angels
  • Diane Ladd in Forever Forever
  • Diane Ladd in Christy: Return to Cutter Gap Christy: Return to Cutter Gap
  • Diane Ladd in Kingdom Hospital: The Complete Series Kingdom Hospital: The Complete Series
  • Diane Ladd in When I Find the Ocean When I Find the Ocean
  • Diane Ladd in Montana Sky Montana Sky
  • Diane Ladd in Jake's Corner Jake's Corner
  • Diane Ladd in American Cowslip: A Redneck Comedy American Cowslip: A Redneck Comedy