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DIANE LANE (Frances) has been a star since she was 13, when her attention-getting debut performance in "A Little Romance” (1979) landed her a solo spot on the cover of Time magazine. Since then, she has blossomed into one of the finest actresses of her generation. Most recently, her portrayal of an adulterous wife under the spell of Olivier Martinez in Adrian Lyne's "Unfaithful” garnered critical praise and an Oscar® nomination, as well as re-teamed her with "Cotton Club” co-star Richard Gere (Peter Travers from Rolling Stone wrote of her in "Unfaithful”: "Diane Lane is a force of nature.”) Prior to this, Lane was pitted against a force of nature, alongside Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney in the box office hit, "The Perfect Storm.” Her work in the drama "A Walk on the Moon” not only won Lane critical acclaim, but a Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. 

On television, Lane has played Stella opposite Alec Baldwin's Stanley and Jessica Lange's Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire,” and been nominated for an Emmy for her work in "Lonesome Dove.” In the epic miniseries, "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” she portrayed the title character from her early teens into her sixties. 

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 Theater, she won a role in Andrei Serbian's unique version of "Medea” and subsequently appeared over the next five years in his productions of "Electra,” "The Trojan Women,” "The Good Woman of Szechuan,” and "As You Like It.” After performing in Joseph Papp's productions of "The Cherry Orchard,” and "Agamemnon” in 1976- 77, Lane was tapped by director George Roy Hill to make her film debut opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in "A Little Romance.” 

Other bright spots in Lane's long and varied career include her collaborations with Francis Coppola – "The Outsiders,” "Rumble Fish” and "The Cotton Club”– and her portrayal of actress Paulette Goddard in "Chaplin,” for director Sir Richard Attenborough.

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