Diane Ladd

Actor, Singer, Nightclub dancer
Oscar-nominated character actress Diane Ladd achieved notoriety as the wisecracking waitress Flo in the feature classic "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), only to later reestablish herself with an unhinged ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1932 in Meridian, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

AmeriGeddon 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chesapeake Shores 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Chesapeake Shores 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Donovan 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joy 2015 (Movie)

Mimi (Actor)

I Dream Too Much 2014 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enlightened 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hart's Location 2013 (Movie)

Betty Ann Hart (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1998, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

Roe (Actor)

When I Find the Ocean 2007 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Come Early Morning 2006 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Marilyn Levens (Actor)

Cold Case 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The World's Fastest Indian 2005 (Movie)

Ada (Actor)

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rain 2002 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Christy: The Movie 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

Bobbie Jean (Actor)

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

Jewel (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Best Actress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Forever Together 1999 (Movie)

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Late Last Night 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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More Than Puppy Love 1999 (Movie)

Aunt Edna (Actor)

The Law of Enclosures 1999 (Movie)

Bea (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Mamma Stanton (Actor)

The Staircase 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Lazarus 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean: Race With Destiny 1997 (Movie)

Pier Angeli's Mother (Actor)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

Ruth's Mother (Actor)

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Caroline Moore (Actor)

Mrs. Munck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Raging Angels 1995 (Movie)

Sister Kate (Actor)

The Gift 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hush Little Baby 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother (Laloggia, 1996) 1994 (Movie)

Olivia Hendrix/Mother (Actor)

Carnosaur 1993 (Movie)

Dr Jane Tiptree (Actor)

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me 1993 (Movie)

Lucille (Actor)

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

Lucille Rubin (Actor)

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever 1992 (Movie)

Mabel Normand (Actor)

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Corliss (Actor)

Code Name: Chaos 1991 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

Mother Hillyer (Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Marietta Pace (Actor)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Jane Melway (Actor)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Etta (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Nightshade (Actor)

All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Helen Dupler (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IX 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Addie and the King of Hearts 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Embryo 1975 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The November Plan 1975 (Movie)

Laura Taylor (Actor)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

Flo (Actor)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

Ida Sessions (Actor)

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

White Lightning 1973 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Barmaid at Railroad Station (Actor)

Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

The Wild Angels 1965 (Movie)

Gaysh (Actor)

Best Actress (Movie)

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Bluegrass (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration Family (TV Show)

Actor

Crime of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Damaged Care (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Kelly (TV Show)

Actor

Gracie's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

I Married a Centerfold (TV Show)

Actor

Montana Sky (TV Show)

Actor

Redemption of the Ghost (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson (TV Show)

Actor

Sharing the Secret (TV Show)

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Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (TV Show)

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The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

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The Lookalike (TV Show)

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The Westing Game (TV Show)

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Willa (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Oscar-nominated character actress Diane Ladd achieved notoriety as the wisecracking waitress Flo in the feature classic "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), only to later reestablish herself with an unhinged portrayal as an obsessed mother opposite her real-life daughter Laura Dern in "Wild at Heart" (1990). After receiving her training on the stages of New York, Ladd became a fixture on episodic television prior to landing roles in low-budget films such as "The Wild Angels" (1966), alongside her actor husband, Bruce Dern. The same year as "Alice," Ladd also appeared in the masterful "Chinatown" (1974), directed by Roman Polanski. In 1980, she revisited the gang at Mel's diner when she joined the cast of the spin-off sitcom "Alice" (CBS, 1976-1985), as the replacement for Flo, the character she had created in the original Martin Scorsese film. Ladd followed her Academy Award-nominated turn in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" with another Oscar nod for her performance in "Rambling Rose" (1991), also alongside daughter Laura. Ladd teamed with her daughter several more times, most notably in Alexander Payne's "Citizen Ruth" (1996) and again with Lynch for "Inland Empire" (2006). Boasting an incredibly diverse array of onscreen characterizations over a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ladd remained a vibrant presence in film and television well into the 21st Century.

Relationships

Bruce Dern Actor

Husband
Met while appearing off-Broadway in "Orpheus Descending" (1959) Married in 1960 Divorced in 1969

Laura Dern Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 10, 1967; father, Bruce Dern Appeared with mother in "Wild at Heart" (1990) Mother and daughter both received Oscar nominations for "Rambling Rose" (1991)

Diane Dern

Daughter
Born Nov. 27, 1960; father, Bruce Dern Drowned at 18 months in a pool while in a teenage maid's care on May 18, 1962

Ellery Harper

Grandson
Born Aug. 21, 2001 to Laura Dern and Ben Harper

Jaya Harper

Granddaughter
Born Nov. 28, 2004 to Laura Dern and Ben Harper

Robert Hunter

Husband
Married Feb. 14, 1999 at the Bel Air, CA home of Connie Stevens; ceremony officiated by Della Reese

Preston Ladner

Father

Mary Lanier Actor

Mother
Born Aug. 15, 1912 Acted together in "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" (1992) Died May 23, 2002

William Shea

Husband
Married in 1969 Divorced in 1977

Tennessee Williams Play as Source Material

Cousin

EDUCATION

gave up a law scholarship at Louisiana State University to pursue theater

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Frank Corsaro

St Aloysius Academy

Mississippi

Milestones

2011

Returned to series TV with supporting role opposite daughter Laura on HBO's "Enlightened"

2010

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with ex-husband Bruce and daughter Laura

2007

Released the book Spiraling Through the School of Life: A Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Discovery

2006

Appeared in David Lynch's "Inland Empire," starring her daughter Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons

2006

Co-starred with Ashley Judd in Joey Lauren Adams' screenwriting and directing debut "Come Early Morning"

2002

Landed featured role in "Rain"; film screened at Sundance

2001

Acted with daughter and Laura's then-boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton in Thornton's "Daddy and Them"; screened at Montreal

2000

Appeared in Betty Thomas' "28 Days"

1998

Portrayed Mamma Stanton (mother of Clintonesque presidential candidate played by John Travolta) in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors"

1996

Played mother to Laura Dern's character in "Citizen Ruth"

1996

Film directing debut, "Mrs. Munck" (Showtime); also scripted; featured ex-husband Bruce Dern; daughter Laura made a behind-the-scenes documentary titled "Mom and Dad's Movie," which aired on Showtime following the picture

1996

Appeared alongside daughter in CBS miniseries "Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy," directed by Roger Young

1994

Acted in daughter Laura Dern's directorial debut "The Gift" that aired on Showtime's "Directed By" series

1993

Guest starred on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS)

1991

Starred opposite Mark Harmon in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" remake of "Shadow of a Doubt" (CBS), originally directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1991

Co-starred with daughter Laura Dern in Coolidge's "Rambling Rose"; became first mother-daughter team to win Oscar nominations (Dern, Best Actress; Ladd, Best Supporting Actor) in the same year for the same film

1990

Played the insane, obsessive mother of Lula (played by real-life daughter Laura Dern) in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"; garnered second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination

1988

Gained 24 pounds to play character 15 years her senior in Martha Coolidge's pleasant teen flick "Plain Clothes"

1983

Portrayed Margaret Kelly, mother of the actress in the ABC biopic "Grace Kelly"

1980

Co-starred as Belle Dupree on the CBS sitcom "Alice", based on the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

1976

Starred on Broadway as Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander in Preston Jones' "A Texas Trilogy"

1974

Played Ida Sessions in Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"

1974

Delivered breakthrough film role, the tough-talking waitress Flo in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1973

TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Daughter" (ABC)

1970

Joined the cast of CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm"

1969

Appeared with Robert De Niro in Shelley Winters' play "One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger"

1969

Reteamed with Dern for another biker pic "Rebel Rousers"

1968

Made Broadway debut in "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights," co-starring with Louis Gossett Jr. and Cicely Tyson

1966

Played first major film role in Roger Corman's biker pic "The Wild Angels" (with husband Dern)

1961

Made film debut in "Something Wild"

1960

Toured in revue "Medium Rare"

1959

Off-Broadway debut, "Orpheus Descending," a play written by her cousin Tennessee Williams ; met her future first husband, actor Bruce Dern

1956

Early TV credit, a guest appearance on the syndicated "Big Story"

Worked as a model and as a Copacabana nightclub dancer

Cast by Carradine in his San Francisco production of "Tobacco Road"

"Discovered" by John Carradine while performing at the Galley Circle Theatre in New Orleans, LA

Made stage debut in "The Verdict" in Meridian, MS

Appeared in touring production of "A Hatful of Rain"

Bonus Trivia

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About directing ex-husband Bruce Dern in "Mrs. Munck": "There was one intimate scene between [actress Kelly] Preston and Dern that had to be reshot, but I couldn't get Kelly back on the set. So I had to put on her wig and sit with Bruce in the car. It's hard enough to have his ex-wife directing him, but then to suddenly have me sitting next to him...He was bungling lines, everything." – Ladd to Daily News, Jan. 28, 1996

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