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Diana Scarwid



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
44% Another Happy Day
  • Donna
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
36% Local Color
  • Edith Talia
2006
No Score Yet Valley of the Heart's Delight
  • Actor
2006
43% The Clearing
  • Eva Finch
2004
29% Party Monster
  • Elke Alig
2003
24% A Guy Thing
  • Sandra
2003
No Score Yet The Angel Doll
  • Fronia Black
2002
No Score Yet Path to War
  • Marny Clifford
2002
46% What Lies Beneath
  • Jody
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
60% 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 Brenda Starr
  • Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb
1992
No Score Yet After the Promise
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Heat
  • Cassie
1986
50% 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
75% Silkwood
  • Angela
1983
71% Rumble Fish
  • Cassandra
1983
63% Strange Invaders
  • Margaret
1983
No Score Yet Inside Moves
  • Louise
1982
No Score Yet Desperate Lives
  • Eileen Phillips
1982
55% Mommie Dearest
  • Christina Crawford (adult)
1981
No Score Yet Honeysuckle Rose
  • Jeanne
1980
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
  • Sheila
1980
80% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Actor
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Linda Bowman
89% Lost
2004-2010
  • Isabel
No Score Yet Prison Break
2005-2009
  • Jeanette Owens
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lisa Russo
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Rayanne Leland
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Jane Winmar
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jackie Madden
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Mother Superior

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