Dianne Wiest

Actor, Director
Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest was a highly respected New York stage veteran who initially carved out a reputation for intense dramatic chops, but found herself more frequently cast in comedy when her career ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Life in Pieces 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Nights in Maine 2015 (Movie)

Lucinda (Actor)

Not Afraid, Not Afraid 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

Penny (Actor)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

Ms. Bernice Crudstaff (Actor)

Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

Nat (Actor)

In Treatment 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Passengers 2008 (Movie)

Toni (Actor)

The Return of Jezebel James 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

Dedication 2007 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (2007) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

Flaurie (Actor)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Copperbottom (Voice)

Merci Docteur Rey 2004 (Movie)

Elisabeth Beaumont (Actor)

Law & Order 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Practical Magic 1998 (Movie)

Aunt Jet (Actor)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

Diane Booker (Actor)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight: The Birdcage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

Louise Keeley (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Helen Sinclair (Actor)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

Helen Robberson (Actor)

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

Doctor Aaron (Actor)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

Dr Jane Grierson (Actor)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

Peg Boggs (Actor)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Lenore (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Aunt Bea (Actor)

September 1987 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

Footloose 1984 (Movie)

Vi Moore (Actor)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

Julie Addison (Actor)

Independence Day 1982 (Movie)

Nancy Morgan (Actor)

The Wall 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Out of Our Father's House 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Zalmen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bigfoot (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

Actor

The Blackwater Lightship (TV Show)

Actor

The Face of Rage (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest was a highly respected New York stage veteran who initially carved out a reputation for intense dramatic chops, but found herself more frequently cast in comedy when her career expanded to include feature films. A favorite of filmmaker Woody Allen, the director offered her every stage actress' dream of playing complex, well-developed characters which she brought to sparkling life in films including "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "Radio Days" (1987) and "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Hollywood generally gave the versatile actress less adventurous work and Wiest obliged with innumerable supporting roles as underwritten moms, though some of Tinseltown's more visionary directors captured her quirky qualities in "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Parenthood" (1989) and "Edward Scissorhands" (1990). Wiest's steady Hollywood offers financed the actress' frequent returns to the New York stage, and she remained a figure both on- and off-Broadway throughout her film and eventual primetime television career, culminating in the revered role of a therapist on HBO's "In Treatment" (2008- ), all which helped cement her status as one of Hollywood's most esteemed and beloved character actresses.

Relationships

Sam Cohn Special Thanks

Companion
Together in the 1980s

Emily Wiest

Daughter
Adopted born c. 1987

Lily Wiest

Daughter
Adopted born c. 1991

Don Wiest

Brother

Greg Wiest

Brother

EDUCATION

School of American Ballet

New York , New York
Attended as a teenager

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland 1969

Milestones

2011

Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

2010

Played Nicole Kidman's mother in the drama "Rabbit Hole"

2008

Cast as Paul's (Gabriel Byrne) own therapist and mentor on the HBO series "In Treatment"; earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations in 2009 for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2007

Played the mother of Dane Cook and Steve Carell in "Dan in Real Life"

2006

Cast in the coming-of-age drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"

2005

Voiced Mrs. Copperbottom in the animated feature "Robots"

2004

Portrayed an opera-diva mother in "Merci Docteur Rey"

2001

Played a neighbor who befriends a mentally retarded man (Sean Penn) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning) in "I Am Sam"

2000

Reteamed with John Lithgow as husband and wife in the period comedy "Portofino"

2000

Cast as the Evil Queen out to usurp the throne from the heir in the elaborate NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"

2000

Joined cast of the NBC drama series "Law & Order" as the district attorney

1999

Played the restaurant owner friend to a local craftsman (Sidney Poitier) in the CBS drama "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn"; received Emmy nomination

1998

Portrayed the sister-in-law of Robert Redford in "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Returned to the NY stage in "One Flea Spare" at the New York Shakespeare Festival

1996

Cast as the wife of a conservative politician in Mike Nichols' "The Bird Cage"; film loosely based on "La Cage aux Folles"

1996

Played the lead role in George Bernard Shaw's "Jitta's Atonement" at the Bershire Theater Festival; directed by and co-starred Harris Yulin

1996

Won an Emmy guest-starring on The Disney Channel's "Avonlea"

1995

Acted in the film, "Drunks"; directed by Peter Cohn (the son of Wiest's agent and former off-screen companion Sam Cohn)

1994

Acted with Harris Yulin in "Don Juan in Hell"

1994

Delivered one of her best screen performances as an over-the-hill actress in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"; won second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award; first performer to win two Oscars in films directed by same person

1994

Created role of a Holocaust survivor in Cynthia Ozick's play "Blue Light"; directed Sidney Lumet

1991

Portrayed the child psychologist who clashes with the mother of a genius in Jodie Foster's directorial debut "Little Man Tate"

1990

Played the Avon Lady who befriends the title character in Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"

1989

Earned second Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as the exasperated single mother in "Parenthood"

1987

Played the mother of teenagers who fall prey to a gang of young vampires in Joel Schumacher's flashy "The Lost Boys"

1987

Co-starred with Ron Silver (as Polish emigres) in the play "Hunting Cockroaches"

1987

Offered a lovely turn as the high-strung Aunt Bea in Allen's nostalgic "Radio Days"

1986

Breakthrough screen role, as the somewhat neurotic Holly in Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"; won Best Supporting Actress Academy Award

1985

Directed the play "Not About Heroes" featuring Edward Hermann and Dylan Baker at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; production transferred to Off-Broadway

1985

First film with director Woody Allen, "The Purple Rose of Cairo"; played a hooker

1984

Cast as the long-suffering minister's wife in "Footloose"; first onscream teaming with John Lithgow

1984

Portrayed Maggie (the character based on Marilyn Monroe) opposite Frank Langella in Arthur Miller's "After the Fall"

1983

Played the leading role of a rape victim in the ABC movie "The Face of Rage"

1982

Network TV-movie debut in "The Wall" (CBS), a fictionalized account of the Jewish Resistance to the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII

1982

Returned to Broadway as Desdemona opposite James Earl Jones in "Othello"

1982

First featured film role, supporting Jill CLayburgh in "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can"

1981

Made Broadway debut in the ill-fated "Frankenstein"

1980

Played title role in Long Wharf staging of "Hedda Gabler"

1980

Feature film debut in "It's My Turn" starring Jill Clayburgh

1979

Breakthrough stage role, "The Art of Dining"

1976

Appeared in a supporting role in the New York Shakespeare Festival production "Ashes"

1975

TV debut in a "Great Performances" (PBS) presentation of the Arena Theater's production of Elie Wiesel's "Zalmen/Zalmen, or the Madness of God"

1964

At age 16, dropped ballet in favor of acting

Left college and toured with the American Shakespeare Company

As a child and adolescent, moved frequently due to father's military career

Studied at the School of American Ballet in NYC as a teenager

Spent four years with the Arena Theater in Washington, DC; travelled to the USSR with company

Bonus Trivia

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"This character [Helen Sinclair in 'Bullets Over Broadway'] was so unlike who she is in life, so different than anything she's played. But she's a tremendously gifted actress. She can play comedy to Lady Macbeth or Arthur Miller. It really just becomes a problem of exploring with her a little bit, And very quickly, she got it." – Woody Allen on Dianne Wiest in The New York Times, Oct. 9, 1994

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"You can't take a stage performance and put it on film. It's like painting with marble." – Wiest, quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 9, 1994

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