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Diana Lane Biography

Notable for playing sultry women in films such as The Cotton Club, actress Diane Lane began her film career at age 13, beginning with a role in George Roy Hill's, A Little Romance (1979) starring opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. Lane's enchanting combination of sexuality and innocence made her popular with adolescent audiences and landed her on the cover of Time magazine. Despite such a promising beginning to her career, Lane was subsequently relegated to work in a series of unremarkable films throughout the rest of the decade; it was not until the late '90s that she re-emerged into the spotlight, thanks to strong work in such films as A Walk on the Moon (1999). The daughter of drama coach Burt Lane, Lane made her acting debut at the age of six, working with New York's renowned experimental group Cafe La Mama. With them, Lane toured Europe in productions of Medea and The Trojan Women, among other plays. Working for Joseph Papp, Lane appeared in his productions of The Cherry Orchard and Agamemnon at Lincoln Center. In 1978, she received critical acclaim for her lead performance in the off-Broadway hit Runaways. Following her success in A Little Romance (1979), Lane was lucky enough to be able to sustain a steady career as a young adult actress. Her profile was noticeably enhanced after director Francis Ford Coppola became
her mentor and provided her with roles in such films as The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), and The Cotton Club (1984). Her career suffered several blows during the latter half of the '80s and early '90s, thanks largely to work in films of low quality. With her acclaimed portrayal of a dissatisfied 1960s Jewish housewife in A Walk on the Moon, however, Lane once again found herself basking in the glow of Hollywood adulation.

 

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