Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd

Highest Rated: 100% Rambling Rose (1991)

Lowest Rated: 10% Father Hood (1993)

Birthday: Nov 29, 1932

Birthplace: Not Available

Whether playing a wiseacre waitress, an insane bioengineer, or a vengeful, darkly comic widow, Diane Ladd brings energy and accomplishment to her roles. Born Rose Diane Ladner in Meridian, MS, she moved to New York City as a teen. Before making her stage debut in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending, Ladd worked as a model and a dancer at the Copacabana nightclub. In 1961, Ladd debuted in her first feature film, Something Wild. Though she subsequently appeared in a few more films during the '60s, including The Reivers (1969), Ladd focused on her stage career. In film, 1974 proved to be a great year for Ladd. Her portrayal of Flo, the tough waitress who helps out a recently widowed Ellen Burstyn in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More, garnered her nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a British Academy Award. She then appeared opposite Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Roman Polanski's Chinatown. Beginning in 1976, Ladd became a familiar face in television movies like The Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and miniseries such as Black Beauty (1978). Though she continued to sporadically appear in feature films through the '80s, her movie career didn't perk up again until the early '90s. Formerly married to character actor Bruce Dern, Ladd is the mother of willowy leading lady Laura Dern. Mother and daughter have appeared in several films together, notably 1991's Rambling Rose and David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) -- the former film earned mother and daughter a place in Oscar history when they became the first such duo to be nominated for the same film (Ladd for Best Supporting Actress and Dern for Best Actress).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Last Full Measure Actor 2020
No Score Yet Christmas Lost and Found Grandma Frances 2018
64% Sophie and the Rising Sun Ruth Jeffers $30.8K 2017
No Score Yet Amerigeddon Betty $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Vera 2016
60% Joy Mimi $42.6M 2015
No Score Yet Boonville Redemption Grandma Mary 2015
No Score Yet American Cowslip Roe 2009
No Score Yet Jake's Corner Fran 2008
No Score Yet Nora Roberts' Montana Sky Bess 2007
84% Come Early Morning Nana $50.7K 2006
72% Inland Empire Marilyn Levens 2006
No Score Yet When I Find the Ocean Edna 2006
No Score Yet Rain Actor 2006
82% The World's Fastest Indian Ada $5.2M 2005
No Score Yet Gracie's Choice Grandma Lou 2004
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Regina 2002
No Score Yet Redemption of the Ghost Aunt Helen 2002
86% Daddy and Them Jewel 2001
No Score Yet Rain Audrey 2001
No Score Yet Aftermath (A Long Way Home) Mother 2001
No Score Yet Christy: Return to Cutter Gap Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Law of Enclosures Bea 2000
No Score Yet Sharing the Secret Nina's Mother 2000
32% 28 Days Bobbie Jean 2000
No Score Yet Christy: A New Beginning Actor 2000
No Score Yet Can't Be Heaven Nana Gina 1999
No Score Yet More Than Puppy Love Aunt Edna 1999
No Score Yet Late Last Night Actor 1999
81% Primary Colors Mamma Stanton 1998
No Score Yet The Staircase Sister Margaret 1998
No Score Yet James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young Mama Pierangeli 1997
No Score Yet Get a Clue! Mrs. Crow 1997
No Score Yet Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II Shelly Fein 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Caroline Moore 1996
81% Citizen Ruth Ruth's mother 1996
No Score Yet Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy Irma Coulter 1996
No Score Yet I Married a Centerfold Jeanette Bryan 1996
No Score Yet Mrs. Munck Rose Munck Screenwriter Executive Producer Director 1995
No Score Yet Raging Angels Sister Kate 1995
No Score Yet Mother Actor 1995
10% Father Hood Rita 1993
No Score Yet Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Lucille 1993
No Score Yet Hush Little Baby Edie 1993
11% Carnosaur Dr. Jane Tiptree 1993
57% The Cemetery Club Lucille Rubin 1993
No Score Yet Moadon Beit Hakvarot (The Cemetery Club) Actor 1993
No Score Yet Forever Mabel Normand 1993
No Score Yet Spies Inc. (Spies, Lies And Alibis) Actor 1992
100% Rambling Rose Mother 1991
31% A Kiss Before Dying Mrs. Corliss 1991
No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Emma 1991
65% Wild At Heart Marietta Pace Fortune 1990
No Score Yet The Lookalike Mary Helen Needam 1990
66% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Nora Griswold 1989
No Score Yet Plain Clothes Jane Melway 1988
No Score Yet Code Name: Chaos Alice 1988
48% Black Widow Etta 1987
No Score Yet Crime of Innocence Actor 1985
60% Something Wicked This Way Comes Mrs. Nightshade 1983
No Score Yet Grace Kelly Margaret Kelly 1983
No Score Yet Desperate Lives Carol Cameron 1982
29% All Night Long Helen Dupler 1981
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Mrs. Jones 1980
No Score Yet Willa Mae 1979
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Actor 1977
No Score Yet Embryo Martha 1976
99% Chinatown Ida Sessions 1974
87% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Flo 1974
86% White Lightning Maggie 1973
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Alice Shaw 1973
No Score Yet The Steagle Mrs. Forbes 1971
No Score Yet WUSA Barmaid at Railroad Station 1970
No Score Yet Macho Callahan Girl 1970
80% The Reivers Phoebe 1969
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Karen 1969
63% The Wild Angels Gaysh 1966
43% Something Wild Actor 1961


No Score Yet Chesapeake Shores
Nell O'Brien 2019
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2013
87% Enlightened
Helen 2013
No Score Yet ER
Mrs. Pooler 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
Zelda 2005
46% Stephen King's 'Kingdom Hospital'
Sally Druse 2004
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
Annabelle Annabelle Lee Stowe 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
Louise 1997
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Lulu Bonnie Mae Haley Elena Guest 1975
No Score Yet Ironside
Peggy Barnard 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Stella 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Miss Frances 1963
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital
Sally Druse


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