Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Neal moved to Colorado as a child when her father was promoted to federal attorney working out of Denver. The youngest of three girls, Neal graduated from high school early and moved to Hawaii to attend college. Although a pre-med major, Neal soon left…more
Diane Neal has her own website, complete with her blog, pictures, and other nice tidbits-- www.dianeneal.com
Diane's first date with her husband was on 14 February 1998. They got engaged and moved in together three weeks later.
Diane Neal first met Marcus Fitzgerald on a blind date on Valentine's Day. She called the experience "love at first sight."
Diane Neal has two toy poodles, Winny Rosenbaum and Father Ted Fitzgerald.
Diane Neal is a die-hard fan of the Yankees baseball team.
In August of 2006, while Diane Neal and her husband were doing publicity for Law and Order SVU, two of her teeth broke.
Diane Neal and her husband were engaged for 7 years before they got married.
Diane and Marcus's wedding was held at the Hideaway Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic in July 2005.
Neal's husband, Marcus, is a mechanical engineer.
Diane likes local restaurants. She also enjoys going to big chains like Chili's to get classic American food.
According to the August 2006 issue of InTouch magazine, Diane and Marcus' wedding was ranked #6 of the 10 most Romantic Beach Weddings.
Diane Neal graduated from high school at the age of 16.
One time, Diane Neal was asked to testify for a woman who lived in her building, and at one point, the judge had to remind her that just because she was a TV lawyer didn't mean she could speak whenever she wanted to.
Diane Neal hosted a Star Wars-themed baby shower for one of her executive producers at Sapa Restaurant in New York.
Diane Neal co-hosted Mariska Hargitay's baby shower along with Tupperware.
In 2004 Diane was the event co-chair for the AmFAR Rocks event where many celebrities and people gathered to support AIDS awareness.
Diane Neal has two older sisters, Leigh and Erin.
Diane Neal was asked to be interviewed via phone call on a radio talk show on FM99 WNOR, and was mistakenly identified as Nanny Deb, who was also asked to be interviewed on the show. Nanny Deb was the star of Fox's Nanny 911.
Diane Neal and her husband appeared in Richard Belzer's comedic mini-show called Belzervision as doctors of "Louse", Belzer's parody of the hit show, House.
At one time, she was a competitive figure skater.
She has studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.
Diane's favorite causes are health care for families around the world and promoting better living standards.
Diane enjoys studying ancient history and foreign languages.
Diane loves traveling and has been to Taiwan, Egypt, and Israel.
Neal and her husband are seen at many of New York's top social and charitable events.
Diane Neal auctioned off a signed dog carrier in support of breast cancer on ebay.
At one point Diane studied archaeology in Egypt.
Diane likes to camp and hike in her spare time.
She was a pre-med major in college before dropping out to be a model.
Her father is a real-life attorney.
Diane Neal first showed up on SVU when she played a female rapist in the season three episode "Ridicule" - quite a contrast to the hard-hitting, justice serving ADA Casey Novak.
When not working, she enjoys playing basketball and softball.
Formerly a resident of New York City, Diane Neal currently lives in New Jersey.
Diane Neal: (on Paris Hilton marrying Paris Latsis) If you shout out your own name during sex, it works out well.
Diane Neal: (on the Brad and Jennifer Aniston situation) I love Angelina, but it's like "Please! Only use your powers for good!"
Diane Neal: (Imitating Casey Novak) This is how it is. You're going to court. I'll see you there. I'll spank ya! Or ... perhaps not.
Diane Neal: (on having a baby) Marcus and I have been together for 10 years now...so yeah, it's coming...but you can only really have one pregnant woman (Mariska) on the set when there aren't that many of you!
Diane Neal: (on smoking) I watched my Great Aunt Jesse die of lung cancer. It's a disgusting death to watch; 178,000 American women will die from smoking, and I don't want to be one of them.
Diane Neal: If I'm at home, I'll stop by Taco Bell. Don't judge me!
Diane Neal: My older sister has all her degrees in theater, and I couldn't stand the theater geeks!
Diane Neal: My friends and family know me to be silly, funny and a little ridiculous,so when I first meet new people, they might expect a stern cross-examination, but they quickly learn that Casey doesn't get to express her humor as much as I do.
Diane Neal: I'm usually dressed like a four-year-old boy. I'm trying to dress more like a lady.
Diane Neal: If you put like a whoopie cushion under someone's chair, like under a witness chair, and it's like the witness is crying about how they were raped, people will kill you.
Diane Neal: You really, really appreciate every day that you're making what to normal people is a ludicrous amount of money to say things that aren't true.
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