Dianne has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 1997, Dianne won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series playing Lillian Hepworth on Road to Avonlea: Woman of Importance. In 1999, Dianne was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Sarah McClellan on The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. In 2008, Dianne won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series playing Gina Toll on In Treatment.
Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for The Art of Dining (1980) (Nomination)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for other Places and Serenading Louie (1984) (Nominations)
Outstanding Actress in a Play for Hunting Cockroaches (1987) (Nomination)
Theatre World Awards
For The Art of Dining (1980) (Won)
She has been nominated for 4 SAG Awards. In 2001 and 2002, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role as Interim District Attorney Nora Lewin in Law & Order. In 1997, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, for the film, The Birdcage. In 1995, she won the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the film, Bullets Over Broadway.
Keanu Reeves, who is sixteen years her junior, proposed to her during the filming of Parenthood.
She currently lives in New York City, New York.
She was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
Her first film was It's My Turn.
In 1989, she received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Parenthood.
She usually plays somewhat off-kilter women struggling with life's everyday problems.
She is currently dating a Hollywood agent named Sam Cohn.
Her surname is pronounced "Wee-st."
She majored in drama at the University of Maryland but dropped out when she was hired by the American Shakespeare Company.
She has never been married and has rarely been romantically linked with anyone.
In April 2005, her daughter Emily and two teenage classmates from The Beekman School, a high school located in an East Side townhouse, were accused of robbing and beating up a fourth student on a midtown sidewalk after getting into a shoving and pushing match on school property.
Her father was an Army pilot and her mother was a nurse.
She is Brad Pitt's favourite actress.
She has two adopted daughters, Emily (b. 1987) and Lily (b. 1991).
She wanted to be a ballerina as a child.
She has two brothers, Donald and Gregory.
Dianne Wiest: All I've done since is three days on Bright Lights, Big City as Michael J. Fox's mother. That's what an Oscar does for you.