Diane Ladd - Rotten Tomatoes

Diane Ladd

Highest Rated:   100% Rambling Rose (1991)
Lowest Rated:   11% Father Hood (1993)
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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).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% 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
No Score Yet Chesapeake Shores
  • Actor
2016
59% 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
83% 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
31% 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
80% 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
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Caroline Moore
1996
80% 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
11% 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
67% 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
64% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Nora Griswold
1989
No Score Yet Plain Clothes
  • Jane Melway
1988
No Score Yet Code Name: Chaos
  • Alice
1988
44% Black Widow
  • Etta
1987
No Score Yet Crime of Innocence
  • Actor
1985
58% 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
98% Chinatown
  • Ida Sessions
1974
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Flo
1974
83% 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
No Score Yet The Reivers
  • Phoebe
1969
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers
  • Karen
1969
58% The Wild Angels
  • Gaysh
1966
43% Something Wild
  • Actor
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
86% Enlightened
2011-2013
  • Helen
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mrs. Pooler
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Zelda
  • 2005
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Kingdom Hospital'
2004
  • Sally Druse
  • 2004
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Louise
  • 1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital
  • Sally Druse

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