Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon

Highest Rated: 89% Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Lowest Rated: 4% Caddyshack II (1988)

Birthday: Jan 4, 1937

Birthplace: Not Available

With her luxurious, sun-streaked, long mane of curly blond hair, voluptuous and beautiful Dyan Cannon is an actress who is hard to miss. She has been in films and occasionally on television since making her debut opposite Art Carney in The Ding-a-Ling Girl, a presentation on the television series Playhouse 90. Born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, WA, Cannon got her start as a showroom model in L.A. following two years of study in anthropology at the University of Washington. Thanks to the help of writer/producer Jerry Wald, who came up with her stage name (which was originally Diane Cannon), she landed a contract at MGM and made her feature film debut playing Wiggles, a troubled high school student in This Rebel Breed (1960). She then appeared in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960). After a couple appearances on Broadway and some work on television, Cannon met and fell in love with Cary Grant, who was 38 years her senior. While involved with him, she placed her acting career on hold. The two married in 1965 and she bore him a daughter. Three years later, Grant and Cannon went through a bitter public divorce. In 1969, Cannon returned to films in the then-controversial sex comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and won the Best Supporting Actress award from the New York Film Critics. Her role also won her an Oscar nomination. The 1970s were her most active period as an actress and Cannon appeared frequently in films. In 1978, she earned another Best Supporting Actress nomination for playing a conniving, adulterous wife in Heaven Can Wait. By the early '80s, Cannon sharply curtailed her feature-film career, but did appear in a few television movies and miniseries. In 1976, Cannon wrote, produced, directed, and even helped edit a 42-minute film sponsored by the American Film Institute. Titled Number One, Cannon designed it to teach children about sexuality and their bodies. It earned an Oscar nomination for best live-action short. Cannon has since directed two more films, including The End of Innocence, which is based on her autobiography. Cannon returned to acting on a limited basis in the 1990s and continued to appear on television in such outings as Arnold Schwarzenegger's Christmas in Connecticut (1992) and features such as Out to Sea (1997).Cannon would appear in several films and TV shows over the coming years, memorably appearing on shows like Ally McBeal and Three Sisters.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Jane Actor 2014
No Score Yet A Kiss at Midnight Actor 2008
60% Boynton Beach Club Lois $3.1M 2006
No Score Yet Kiss of a Stranger Leslie Clarke 2005
8% Kangaroo Jack Anna Carbone $66.8M 2003
No Score Yet My Mother the Spy Gloria Schaeffer 2000
No Score Yet Allie & Me Karen Schneider 1998
No Score Yet Diamond Girl Abby 1998
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Family Robinson Marsha Robinson 1998
36% Out to Sea Liz 1997
11% 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Annette Bennett 1997
13% That Darn Cat Mrs. Flint 1997
No Score Yet The Sender Gina 1997
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Jealous Jokester Josie Joplin 1995
No Score Yet Based on an Untrue Story Varda Gray 1993
20% The Pickle Ellen Stone 1993
No Score Yet Jenny's War Jenny Baines 1992
No Score Yet Christmas in Connecticut Elizabeth Blane 1991
No Score Yet The End of Innocence Screenwriter Director Stephanie Lewis Stephanie 1990
4% Caddyshack II Elizabeth Pearce 1988
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll Mom Annie Hackett 1988
No Score Yet Arthur the King (Merlin & the Sword) Katherine 1985
No Score Yet Master of the Game Actor 1984
No Score Yet Author! Author! Alice Detroit 1982
75% Deathtrap Myra Bruhl 1982
No Score Yet Having It All Thera Baylin 1982
50% Honeysuckle Rose Viv Bonham 1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Madie Levrington 1980
78% The Revenge of the Pink Panther Simone Legree 1978
89% Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth 1978
No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story Virginia Hill 1976
86% The Last of Sheila Christine 1973
33% Shamus Alexis 1973
No Score Yet Le Casse (The Burglars) Lena 1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Julie 1971
70% The Anderson Tapes Ingrid 1971
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Lorrie Dellman 1971
No Score Yet The Love Machine Judith Austin 1971
87% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson 1969
71% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Dixie 1960
No Score Yet This Rebel Breed Wiggles 1960


19% Three Sisters
Honey Bernstein-Flynn 2002
61% Ally McBeal
Whipper Cone Jennifer `Whipper' Cone Whipper 2000
No Score Yet The Practice
Judge Cone 1998
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1980
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1976
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Ivy 1964


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