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Dyan Cannon
Born Samile Diane Friesen
January 4, 1937 (1937-01-04) (age 73)
Tacoma, Washington USA
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Cary Grant (1965–1968) 1 daughter
Stanley Finberg (1985–1991)

Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.


Early life

Cannon was born in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of Claire (née Portnoy), a homemaker, and a father who sold life insurance.[1] Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had immigrated from Russia (Cannon's father was Baptist).[2] She attended West Seattle High School.


Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, however her small screen debut was in a late 1950s roles was as Mona Elliott, with fellow guest star Franchot Tone, in the episode "The Man Behind the Man" of the 1964 CBS drama, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and the syndicated Two Faces West in the 1960 episode entitled "Sheriff of the Town".

In 1969, Cannon starred with an ensemble cast led by Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, a film about sexual revolution in which she played Alice. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Most of Cannon's later roles in the 1970s were less-successful, although she did receive a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for Such Good Friends (1971). In addition, she became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited. It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity. In 1978, Cannon starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared opposite Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and James Mason in Heaven Can Wait. This performance earned her a second Oscar nomination and also won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1976, she hosted Saturday Night Live during its first season. She was a guest in the fourth season of The Muppet Show in 1979.[3]

In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, Caddyshack II (1988) and has starred in several TV movies.

In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis Murder and The Practice, as well as being a semi-regular on Ally McBeal. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), Out to Sea (1997) with the duo Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and Kangaroo Jack (2003). She also starred on the short-lived sitcom Three Sisters (2001-2002). In 2005 she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.

Personal life

On July 22, 1965, she married Cary Grant, who was 33 years her senior. The couple lived together for three years prior to their wedding. They had one daughter, Jennifer (born February 26, 1966), also an actress. They were divorced on March 21, 1968, but the custody disputes over their daughter went on for years. In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy.[4] Cannon married producer Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.

Her brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.[5] She has one grandchild, Cary Benjamin Grant, born on August 12, 2008.[6]

Cannon is now a devout Christian. She resides in West Hollywood and can be seen walking her two Chihuahuas, JC and Matilda.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Dixie
This Rebel Breed Wiggles (as Diane Cannon)
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1971 Doctors' Wives Lorrie Dellman
The Anderson Tapes Ingrid
The Love Machine Judith Austin
The Burglars Lena
Such Good Friends Julie Messinger Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973 Shamus Alexis Montaigne
The Last of Sheila Christine
1974 Child Under a Leaf Domino
1976 Number One Matt's mother Writer, director, producer, film editor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1978 Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Revenge of the Pink Panther Simone Legree
1980 Honeysuckle Rose Viv Bonham
Coast to Coast Madie Levrington
1982 Deathtrap Myra Bruhl
Author! Author! Alice Detroit
1984 Master Of The Game Kate McGregor/Blackwell (TV miniseries)
1988 Rock & Roll Mom Annie Hackett (TV)
She's Having a Baby Herself (uncredited)
Caddyshack II Elizabeth Pearce
1990 The End of Innocence Stephanie (also director and writer)
1991 Jailbirds Rosie LaCroix (TV)
1992 Christmas in Connecticut Elizabeth Blane (TV)
1993 The Pickle Ellen Stone
1997 Allie & Me Karen Schneider
That Darn Cat Mrs. Flint
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Annette Bennett
Out to Sea Liz LaBreche
1997-2000 Ally McBeal Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone (17 episodes)
1998 The Sender Gina Fairfax
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Leslie
2003 Kangaroo Jack Anna Carbone
2004 After the Sunset Herself at the Basketball Game (uncredited)
2006 Boynton Beach Club Lois


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