Dyan Cannon
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Birth Place:
Tacoma, Washington
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Famous for:
Her role in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969)
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Heaven Can Wait


"Sure, I would like to be remembered for my work in films and television. But I would much prefer to be noted for my spirituality and love for God. Now, THAT is something." Dyan Cannon

The first woman in the history of the Motion Picture Academy to have received Oscar nominations for her work in front of and behind the camera, Dyan Cannon was nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her work in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). As for her behind-the-camera work, Cannon received an Oscar nomination for "Number One" (1976), a live-action short she directed, wrote, and produced.

Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch her in the films "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), "Such Good Friends" (1971), "Deathtrap" (1982), "The End of Innocence" (1990), "That Darn Cat" (1997), "Out to Sea" (1997), "Kangaroo Jack" (2003), and "The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club" (2005).

On the small screen, she could be seen in the TV movie "The Virginia Hill Story" (1974; playing the mob boss' mistress), the miniseries "Master of the Game" (1984; as Katherine 'Kate' Blackwell), and the TV series "Ally McBeal" (as Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone; 1997-2000) and "Three Sisters" (as the title roles' mother Honey Bernstein-Flynn; 2001-2002).

This 5' 5" sexy, zany, spirited curly blonde recently came in fourth, behind Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, and Raquel Welch, in the "Sexiest Older Actress" category on the website Third Age. She has been married twice, once to actor Cary Grant (from 1965 to 1967) and to real estate mogul and film executive producer Stanley Fimberg (from 1985 to 1991). She has one daughter with Grant, actress Jennifer Grant.

A three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning film and television veteran, Cannon has a star on the Walk of Fame (Motion Picture) at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.


Childhood and Family:

Born Samille Diane Friesen on January 4, 1937, in Tacoma, Washington, Dyan Cannon changed her name to Diane Cannon in1960, with the suggestion coming from writer/producer Jerry Wald who said he kept seeing something explosive in her. She later modified her stage name to Dyan Cannon. Her brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.

Cannon, nicknamed “Frosty” in high school, attended West Seattle High School and later the University of Washington, in Seattle, but didn't graduate. She was crowned “Miss West Seattle” in 1955.

In 1961, Cannon met British-born American actor Cary Grant (born on January 18, 1904) and they began to live together in 1963. They were married on July 22, 1965, which made Cannon his fourth wife. At the time, Cannon was 28 years old and Grant was 61. Their daughter, Jennifer Grant, was born on February 26, 1966, seven months after their wedding. After only 18 months of marriage, Grant left Cannon and they subsequently had a bitter and messy divorce that was finalized on May 28, 1967.

In the early 1970s, Cannon was involved with Hal Ashby. She married her second husband, Stanley Fimberg, a real estate mogul who executive produced her movie “The End of Innocence” (1990), on April 18, 1985. Cannon and Fimberg divorced in 1991.

Considered the second most-famous, die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan, behind Jack Nicholson, Cannon has held courtside seats at Lakers home basketball games for decades. Cannon, who likes to listen to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, and rock & roll classics of the '70's, practices mediation, Yoga, and Tai Chi as part of her daily workout. She is a follower of Benny Hinn, one of the foremost faith healers in the country.

Born to a Baptist father and a Jewish mother, Cannon is a devout Christian. She resides in West Hollywood and can be seen walking her two Chihuahuas, JC and Matilda.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice


Crowned “Miss West Seattle” in 1955, Dyan Cannon was originally discovered on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California, while having lunch. In 1957, she worked as a model and showroom manager for a dress manufacturer in Los Angeles.

In 1959, Cannon made her professional TV acting debut in “The Ding-a-Ling Girl” on “Playhouse 90,” opposite Art Carney. She made her feature film acting debut in "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), an Oscar-nominated gangster movie directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Ray Danton. On stage, Cannon made her Broadway debut in 1962 in the play “The Fun Couple” with Jane Fonda. In 1967, she was featured in the Broadway show “The 90-Day Mistress.”

In 1969, Cannon delivered her first Oscar-nominated role in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” In the comedy film directed by Paul Mazursky, she played Alice, opposite Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, and Elliott Gould. Besides receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cannon was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy and another one for Most Promising Newcomer – Female. She took home a New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Cannon received another Golden Globe Award nomination in 1972 for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama for playing Julie Messinger, a New York housewife who discovers her husband (played by Laurence Luckinbill) has been having affairs with her friends, in Otto Preminger's romantic movie “Such Good Friends” (1971).

On working with director Otto Preminger in “Such Good Friends,” Cannon said, "I was warned about him, but could anybody really be that bad? Yeah, they could. Elaine May wrote a great screenplay. He took a piece of beauty and screwed it up. It was an incredible part and he destroyed it. I have been the victim of some killers in my time. He's one of the biggest. He's a horrible man. Phew! But who ever hears of him anymore? Is he still alive?"

In 1974, Cannon starred in NBC's "The Virginia Hill Story," which was directed by Joel Schumacher. Two years later, in 1976, she debuted as director, writer, and producer of the live-action short “Number One.” The 42-minute film garnered positive reviews and received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film, Live Action.

Cannon earned her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination in 1978 for her performance of Julia Farnsworth, Warren Beatty's murderous wife, in “Heaven Can Wait” (1978), a remake of the 1941 film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." Her work in the film also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role and an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Saturn Award) for Best Supporting Actress.

Following her two Oscar nominations, Cannon received a Razzie Award nomination for

Worst Supporting Actress in 1983 for her role of Myra Bruhl, the wife of a gay Broadway playwright (played by Michael Caine), in Sidney Lumet's thriller film based on Ira Levin's play, "Deathtrap" (1982; also starred Christopher Reeve). Cannon subsequently retreated to television and starred as entrepreneur Katherine 'Kate' Blackwell in the CBS Emmy-nominated miniseries “Master of the Game” (1984), which was based on a 1982 thriller novel by Sidney Sheldon.

In the 1990s, Cannon wrote and directed the semi-biographical film “The End of Innocence” (1990), in which she also starred as Stephanie. She then starred in the 1997 films "That Darn Cat" (with Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug), Bob Spiers' remake of the 1965 film based on the book "Undercover Cat" by Gordon and Mildred Gordon, and "Out to Sea" (with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Rue McClanahan, and Brent Spiner), Martha Coolidge's romantic comedy in which Cannon portrayed Liz LaBreche.

Meanwhile, from 1997 to 2000, Cannon played the recurring role of Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone on the Fox series starring Calista Flockhart, “Ally McBeal.” Her performance in the hit show earned her a Q Award nomination for Best Recurring Player at the Viewers for Quality Television Awards in 1998. During this time, she also appeared in a TV commercial for

2001-2002 saw Cannon portray the free-spirited mother of the “Three Sisters” in the NBC midseason replacement sitcom. Afterward, she joined the cast of David McNally's action movie “Kangaroo Jack” (2003; with Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, and Adam Garcia) and Susan Seidelman's romantic movie "The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club" (2005; with Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Bologna, Michael Nouri, Sally Kellerman, and Len Cariou).

Cannon was recently seen in the romantic TV movie "A Kiss at Midnight" (2008), alongside Faith Ford, Cameron Daddo, and Kim Rhodes.

"I don't acknowledge age. I'm not afraid of what's called age. The only thing that would ever frighten me would be losing my vitality or energy or the stars in my eyes or love for life. And I don't believe that's connected with numbers." Dyan Cannon


  • Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role, "Heaven Can Wait," 1979

  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award - Best Supporting Actress, "Heaven Can Wait," 1979

  • New York Film Critics Circle: NYFCC Award - Best Supporting Actress, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," 1969

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