Dianne Wiest

Birthday: Mar 28, 1948
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
One of Hollywood's more well-established and often underrated actresses, Dianne Wiest possesses a versatility that has allowed her to go from playing hookers to flamboyant stage actresses to some of the most memorable matriarchs this side of Barbara Billingsley. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wiest decided to forgo a ballet career in favor of the theatre while attending the University of Maryland. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1976's Ashes; three years later she won the coveted Obie and Theatre World awards for her work in The Art of Dining. She made her first film, It's My Turn, in 1980, then returned to the stage, appearing with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival and on Broadway in 1982's Frankenstein. In the mid-1980s, Wiest returned to films, where (except for the occasionally foray into live performing) she has remained ever since. Often as not, Wiest has been cast in maternal roles, most memorably in Footloose (1984), The Lost Boys (1987), Parenthood (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and The Birdcage (1996). Some of her best screen work can be found in her neurotic, self-involved characterizations for director Woody Allen. Beginning with a cameo as a hooker in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), she has been generously featured in five Allen films, winning Academy Awards for her dazzling performances as unlucky-in-love Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and hyperbolic stage actress Helen Sinclair in Bullets Over Broadway (1994). Wiest could be seen playing another motherly figure in Robert Redford's 1998 adaptation of The Horse Whisperer; that same year, she appeared as one of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman's otherworldly aunts (along with Stockard Channing) in Practical Magic. In 1999, she could be seen in the made-for-TV The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, starring alongside Sidney Poitier. Her big-screen career continued with I Am Sam, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Dan in Real Life, and Synecdoche New York. She also found interesting work on television playing a DA on Law & Order for a couple of seasons, and playing the psychiatrist of a psychiatrist on HBO's In Treatment. She appeared in Rabbit Hole in 2010, and was Diane Keaton's flighty sister in Darling Companion.


Highest Rated Movies



70% The Mule Mary 2018
28% Five Nights in Maine Lucinda $15.6K 2016
60% Sisters Deanna Ellis $66.7M 2015
51% The Humbling Actor 2015
34% The Odd Life of Timothy Green Bernice Crudstaff $51.9M 2012
22% Darling Companion Penny $0.8M 2012
41% The Big Year Brenda $7.2M 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
86% Rabbit Hole Nat $2.3M 2010
29% Rage Miss Roth 2009
20% Passengers Toni $0.3M 2008
68% Synecdoche, New York Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems $3.1M 2008
64% Dan in Real Life Nana $30.1M 2007
40% Dedication Carol 2007
76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Flori $0.5M 2006
64% Robots Mrs. Copperbottom $128.2M 2005
No Score Yet Category 6: Day of Destruction Shirley Abbott 2004
No Score Yet The Blackwater Lightship Lily 2004
0% Merci Docteur Rey Elisabeth Beaumont 2002
35% I Am Sam Annie $40.3M 2001
No Score Yet Echoes from the White House Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Sarah 1999
21% Practical Magic Aunt Jet 1998
74% The Horse Whisperer Diane Booker 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
28% The Associate Sally 1996
79% The Birdcage Louise Keeley 1996
57% Drunks Rachel 1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair 1994
22% The Scout Dr. Aaron 1994
14% Cops And Robbersons Helen Robberson 1994
73% Little Man Tate Jane Grierson 1991
90% Edward Scissorhands Peg Boggs 1990
93% Parenthood Helen 1989
18% Cookie Lenore 1989
63% Bright Lights, Big City Mother 1988
67% September Stephanie 1987
74% The Lost Boys Lucy Emerson 1987
88% Radio Days Bea 1987
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Holly 1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Emma 1985
58% Falling in Love Isabelle 1984
51% Footloose Vi Moore 1984
No Score Yet Independence Day Nancy Morgan 1983
20% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Julie Addison 1982
No Score Yet The Wall Symka Mazor 1982
No Score Yet It's My Turn Gail 1980
No Score Yet Zalmen or the Madness of God Actor 1975


No Score Yet Life in Pieces
Joan Short
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
91% The Blacklist
Ruth Kipling
  • 2014
84% In Treatment
Dr. Gina Toll
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
DA Nora Lewin
  • 2006
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
DA Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
Evil Queen
  • 2000
No Score Yet Avonlea