A talented blonde beauty with a sly, seductive smile, Diane Cilento (pronounced CHILL-en-to) was born in Brisbane, Australia to Sir Raphael and Lady Phyllis Cilento, both physicians. She went on to ha...
The Academy Award nominee, who was previously married to Bond star Sir Sean Connery, passed away at Australia's Cairns Base Hospital after a lengthy battle with ill health.
Gow, a close friend of the actress, reveals Cilento was in good spirits during a meal at the weekend (01-02Oct11) before her health deteriorated.
He tells ABC News, "She was a performer to the end, and she put on a great display for all the guests at that dinner.
"She kept us all hugely entertained until the day before (she died), when she just couldn't manage anymore and we took her to hospital."
The Academy Award nominee, who was previously married to Bond star Sir Sean Connery, passed away at the Cairns Base Hospital, in Cairns, Australia on Thursday (06Oct11).
Cilento moved to England in the 1950s after winning a scholarship at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and she soon started acting in British films.
During her career she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in a 1956 production of Tiger at the Gates, while she picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1963's Tom Jones.
She also starred with Charlton Heston in 1965's The Agony and the Ecstasy and with Paul Newman in 1967 western Hombre.
Cilento married second husband Connery in 1962, but the marriage ended in 1973 after nine years. The pair share a son, actor Jason Connery.
The actress then went on to marry playwright Anthony Shaffer, who she met when she appeared in his 1973 film The Wicker Man. The couple was married until Shaffer's death in 2001.
Awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her distinguished service to the arts
London stage debut, "Arms and the Man"
Cast opposite Charlton Heston's Michaelangelo in the historical drama "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
Made theater debut at age 16 at the Barter Theatre in Virginia
Appeared on the British television series "Rogues' Gallery" as Lady Sarah Bellasize
Joined Library Theatre, Manchester; played Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"
First major screen role in "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp"
Received final acting credit with a recurring role on the Australian TV series "Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left"
Family moved to the U.S. when father was appointed a member of the Australian delegation to the United Nations
Published first novel The Manipulator
Won acclaim for performances at Mercury Repertory Theatre, London
Directed an episode of BBC series "Everyman" titled "Turning"
Film acting debut in "Dead on Course"
Broadway debut as Helen of Troy in "Tiger at the Gates"
British TV debut in the "Armchair Theatre" (ITV) presentation of "Rain"
Cast as Miss Rose in the mystery thriller "The Wicker Man"
Starred in the ABC TV-movie "Dial M for Murder"
Starred in the Australian drama feature "The Boy Who Had Everything"
Wrote her autobiography My Nine Lives
Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Tom Jones" opposite Albert Finney
Stage directing debut, "tuff" at the Theatre Upstairs, London
A talented blonde beauty with a sly, seductive smile, Diane Cilento (pronounced CHILL-en-to) was born in Brisbane, Australia to Sir Raphael and Lady Phyllis Cilento, both physicians. She went on to have a successful stage career, notably as Helen of Troy in 1955's Broadway production of "Tiger at the Gates," but appeared in few substantial films. Her most memorable movie performances included the enticing Molly in "Tom Jones" (1963) which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, and the harlot with a heart of gold in "Rattle of a Simple Man" (1964). Cilento turned to writing in the late 1960s, publishing her first novel, <i>The Manipulator,</i> in 1967. After working in England as a stage director in the 1970s, she moved back to her native Australia in the '80s, where she has appeared in an occasional film role, but devoted most of her attention to the Karnak Theater Company, an open-air venue in Queensland. The talented actress - who was married to Sean Connery from 1962 to 1973 and who bore him a son - passed away at age 78 on Oct. 7, 2011 in Northern Australia.
Member of Australian delegation to the United Nations in the late 1940s and early 1950s