Dianne Wiest - Rotten Tomatoes

Dianne Wiest

Highest Rated:   96% Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
26% 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
40% The Big Year
  • Brenda
$7.2M 2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
86% Rabbit Hole
  • Nat
$2.3M 2010
17% Rage
  • Miss Roth
2009
20% Passengers
  • Toni
$0.3M 2008
69% Synecdoche, New York
  • Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
$3.0M 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
34% 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
20% 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
50% Drunks
  • Rachel
1995
96% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Helen Sinclair
1994
22% The Scout
  • Dr. Aaron
1994
15% Cops And Robbersons
  • Helen Robberson
1994
76% Little Man Tate
  • Jane Grierson
1991
89% Edward Scissorhands
  • Peg Boggs
1990
92% Parenthood
  • Helen
1989
18% Cookie
  • Lenore
1989
61% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Mother
1988
62% September
  • Stephanie
1987
72% The Lost Boys
  • Lucy Emerson
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Bea
1987
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Holly
1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Emma
1985
64% Falling in Love
  • Isabelle
1984
53% Footloose
  • Vi Moore
1984
No Score Yet Independence Day
  • Nancy Morgan
1983
No Score Yet 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
62% Life in Pieces
2015
  • Joan Short
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
84% The Blacklist
2013
  • Ruth Kipling
  • 2014
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Dr. Gina Toll
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • DA Nora Lewin
  • 2006
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • DA Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Evil Queen
  • 2000
No Score Yet Avonlea
1990-1996
  • Actor

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