Diana Scarwid

Lowest Rated: 20% Heat (1986)
Birthday: Aug 27, 1955
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, USA
Character actress Diana Scarwid's pre-film credentials are impeccable. Scarwid was active with the University of Georgia Theatre Workshop, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the Film Actor's Workshop at Burbank Studios before making her first movie appearance in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby (1978). She was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of John Savage's girlfriend in Inside Moves (1980), then moved on to her most talked-about screen role: Cristina Crawford, the much-abused adopted daughter of Hollywood star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) in Mommie Dearest (1980). Opinions are split right down the middle concerning Scarwid's work in this film: Some congratulate her for bringing artistry and craftsmanship to an impossibly written role, while others condemn her for never rising above the tawdry material--and for failing to shed her Southern accent. Evidently Mommie Dearest did more harm than good for Scarwid; thereafter, with isolated exceptions like 1981's Silkwood (in which she was superb as Cher's humorless lesbian lover), she was largely confined to garbage like Psycho III (1986) and Brenda Starr (1993). Happily, there are still some producers willing to cast Diana Scarwid in worthwhile parts; the most recent of these was the role of Rose Kennedy in the made-for-TV JFK: The Restless Years (1993).


Highest Rated Movies



44% Another Happy Day Donna $9K 2011
No Score Yet Dream Boy Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Psycho Legacy Actor 2010
No Score Yet Tribute Cathy Morrow 2009
No Score Yet Valley of the Heart's Delight Natalie Walsh 2008
No Score Yet Dream Boy Vivian Davies 2008
35% Local Color Edith Talia 2006
No Score Yet Valley of the Heart's Delight Actor 2006
43% The Clearing Eva Finch $5.6M 2004
29% Party Monster Elke Alig $0.3M 2003
24% A Guy Thing Sandra $15.5M 2003
No Score Yet The Angel Doll Fronia Black 2002
No Score Yet Path to War Marny Clifford 2002
46% What Lies Beneath Jody $155.1M 2000
40% Dirty Pictures Dianne 2000
No Score Yet Down Will Come Baby Dorothy 1999
No Score Yet A Will of Their Own Crystal Eastman 1998
80% Ruby Bridges Miss Woodmere 1997
No Score Yet The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue Annie 1996
100% Bastard out of Carolina Raylene 1996
88% If These Walls Could Talk Marcia Shulman 1996
55% The Neon Bible Sarah 1996
No Score Yet Critical Choices Diana 1996
50% Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Lynette Salerno 1995
88% Truman Bess Turman 1995
45% The Cure Gail 1995
No Score Yet JFK: Reckless Youth Rose Kennedy 1993
No Score Yet Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story Darlene 1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb 1992
No Score Yet After the Promise Actor 1987
20% Heat Cassie 1986
44% Extremities Terry 1986
58% Psycho III Maureen Coyle 1986
No Score Yet The Ladies Club Lucy Bricker 1986
No Score Yet A Bunny's Tale Toby 1985
79% Silkwood Angela 1983
70% Rumble Fish Cassandra 1983
63% Strange Invaders Margaret 1983
No Score Yet Inside Moves Louise 1982
No Score Yet Desperate Lives Eileen Phillips 1982
53% Mommie Dearest Christina Crawford (adult) 1981
60% Honeysuckle Rose Jeanne 1980
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Sheila 1980
74% Pretty Baby Frieda 1978
No Score Yet Forever Sybil Davidson 1978
No Score Yet Battered Doris Thompson 1978
No Score Yet The Possessed Lane 1977
No Score Yet Woman Accused Casey 1977
No Score Yet In the Glitter Palace Casey 1977


No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Jane Winmar
  • 2009
55% Heroes
  • 2009
96% Pushing Daisies
Mother Superior
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Cold Case
Rayanne Leland
  • 2008
90% Lost
  • 2007
60% Prison Break
Jeanette Owens
  • 2007
  • 2006
75% Wonderfalls
Karen Karen Tyler
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Jackie Madden
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
Lisa Russo
  • 2001
74% The X-Files
Linda Bowman
  • 1998
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
  • 1976