Diane Cilento

Actor, Novelist, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/04/1933 in Brisbane, Queensland, AU

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Boy Who Had Everything 1985 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

For the Term of His Natural Life 1984 (Movie)

Lady Ellinor (Actor)

Partners 1980 (Movie)

Margot Martin (Actor)

The Tiger Lily 1974 (Movie)

Charlotte Brain (Actor)

The Wicker Man 1974 (Movie)

Miss Rose (Actor)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days 1973 (Movie)

Hanna Reitsch (Actor)

Z.P.G. 1972 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Negatives 1968 (Movie)

Reingard (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

Jessie Brown (Actor)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

Contessina De'Medici (Actor)

Rattle of a Simple Man 1964 (Movie)

Cyrenne (Actor)

The Third Secret 1963 (Movie)

Anne Tanner (Actor)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

Molly Seagrim (Actor)

I Thank a Fool 1961 (Movie)

Liane Dane (Actor)

The Full Treatment 1961 (Movie)

Denise Colby (Actor)

The Naked Edge 1961 (Movie)

Mrs Heath (Actor)

Jet Storm 1959 (Movie)

Angelica Como (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Ambrosine Viney (Actor)

The Admirable Crichton 1956 (Movie)

Tweeny (Actor)

Spell of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Wings of Danger (Movie)

Jeannette (Actor)

Biography

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, The Manipulator, 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.

Relationships

Raphael Cilento

Father
Member of Australian delegation to the United Nations in the late 1940s and early 1950s

Jason Connery Actor

Son
orn Jan. 11, 1963; father, Sean Connery; married to actress Mia Sara

Sean Connery Actor

Husband
Met when they appeared together in a production of "Anna Christie" Married Dec. 6, 1962 Divorced Sept. 6, 1973 She wrote 2006 autobiography My Nine Lives that painted unflattering portrait Connery

Phyllis McGlew

Mother

Anthony Shaffer Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 27, 1985 until his death Nov. 6, 2001

Andrea Volpe Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 12, 1955 Divorced Aug. 22, 1962

Giovanna Volpe

Daughter
Born Dec. 10, 1957; father, Andrea Volpe

EDUCATION

Glennie Memorial School

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1950

Washington Irving High School

New York , New York
did not graduate

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York
attended on scholarship

Milestones

2006

Wrote her autobiography My Nine Lives

2001

Awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her distinguished service to the arts

1994

Received final acting credit with a recurring role on the Australian TV series "Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left"

1985

Starred in the Australian drama feature "The Boy Who Had Everything"

1980

Returned to Australia (date approx.)

1978

Directed an episode of BBC series "Everyman" titled "Turning"

1977

Stage directing debut, "tuff" at the Theatre Upstairs, London

1973

Cast as Miss Rose in the mystery thriller "The Wicker Man"

1968

Appeared on the British television series "Rogues' Gallery" as Lady Sarah Bellasize

1967

Published first novel The Manipulator

1967

Starred in the ABC TV-movie "Dial M for Murder"

1965

Cast opposite Charlton Heston's Michaelangelo in the historical drama "The Agony and the Ecstasy"

1963

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Tom Jones" opposite Albert Finney

1960

British TV debut in the "Armchair Theatre" (ITV) presentation of "Rain"

1955

Broadway debut as Helen of Troy in "Tiger at the Gates"

1954

First major screen role in "The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp"

1953

Joined Library Theatre, Manchester; played Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"

1953

London stage debut, "Arms and the Man"

1952

Film acting debut in "Dead on Course"

1949

Made theater debut at age 16 at the Barter Theatre in Virginia

1947

Family moved to the U.S. when father was appointed a member of the Australian delegation to the United Nations

Won acclaim for performances at Mercury Repertory Theatre, London

Bonus Trivia

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Some reference books gave Cilento's date of birth as April 2. Others also indicated that she was born in New Guinea, not in Australia.

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During the 1980s, Cilento built her own outdoor theater in a rainforest in Mossman, Queensland, Australia. It was called Karnak Playhouse.

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