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DIANE LANE (Elizabeth Wilkes) has bridged childhood stardom with classic leading-lady status. Born in New York City, the daughter of drama coach Burt Lane and singer Colleen Farrington, Lane became a professional actress at the age of six. Answering a call for child actors at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York, she won a role in Andrei Serbian's definitive production of "Medea" and worked over the next five years touring Europe in his versions of "Electra," "The Trojan Women," and "As You Like It." After performing in Joseph Papp's productions of "The Cherry Orchard," and "Agamemnon" at Lincoln Center (1976-77), Lane starred at The Public Theatre in "Runaways" (1977-78).

Lane made her film debut in George Roy Hill's "A Little Romance" (as a wealthy child of divorce who ditches her parents in Europe). She subsequently appeared on the August 13, 1979 cover of Time magazine. Additional film credits include four movies for director Francis Ford Coppola: "The Outsiders," "Rumble Fish," "The Cotton Club" and "Jack." She has also acted in such diverse films as "Indian Summer," "Judge Dredd," "Chaplin," portraying movie star Paulette Goddard under the direction of Sir Richard Attenborough; "Murder at 1600," "Wild Bill," and "My Dog Skip," the highly successful adaptation of Willie Morris' childhood memoir.

On television, Lane starred with, and was directed by, Bill Pullman in TNT's western, "The Virginian." She portrayed Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire" for CBS; the award-winning CBS miniseries, "Lonesome Dove" earning Lane an Emmy nomination; and the CBS and Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Grace & Glorie."

Recent feature films include "A Walk on the Moon" produced by Dustin Hoffman; the smash hit action drama, "The Perfect Storm," under the direction of Wolfgang Petersen; "The Glass House," a dark thriller for Sony Pictures; and "Unfaithful," directed by Adrian Lyne and due for release in 2002.

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