Dianne Wiest

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Dianne Wiest

Born

3/28/1948, Kansas City, Missouri

Birth Name

Dianne Evelyn Wiest

Gender

Female
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Dianne Wiest is an American film, television and stage actress from Kansas City, Missouri. She was born on March 28th, 1948; her mother was a Scottish immigrant, and her father was a psychiatric social worker in the U.S. Army. Although Miss Wiest was a successful theatre actress for…more

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    • Dianne Wiest's Awards/Recognitions
      Academy Awards, USA
      1995 Won Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
      1990 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Parenthood (1989)
      1987 Won Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      Golden Globes, USA
      2009 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance in In Treatment (2008)
      1995 Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
      1990 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her performance in Parenthood (1989)
      1987 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her performance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      Primetime Emmy Awards
      2009 Nominated Primetime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in In Treatment (2008)
      2008 Won Primetime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in In Treatment (2008) 
      1999 Nominated Primetime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance in The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
      1997 Won Primetime Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Road to Avonlea, episode: "Woman of Importance" (1990)
      BAFTA Awards
      1988 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Radio Days (1987)
      Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA
      1992 Nominated Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Edward Scissorhands (1990)
      American Comedy Awards, USA
      1999 Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Practical Magic (1998) 
      1997 Won American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in The Birdcage (1996) 
      1995 Won American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1990 Nominated American Comedy Award Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Parenthood (1989) 
      Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
      1999 Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance for her performance in Practical Magic (1998) 
      1997 Won Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy for her performance in The Birdcage (1996) 
      Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
      1994 2nd place BSFC Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1987 Won BSFC Award Best Supporting Actress f or her performance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
      1995 Won CFCA Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1991 Nominated CFCA Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Edward Scissorhands (1990) 
      Chlotrudis Awards
      2011 Nominated Chlotrudis Award Best Supporting Actress  for her performance inRabbit Hole (2010) 
      1995 Won Chlotrudis Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Note: Narrowly won over Kirsten Dunst by a single vote.
      Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
      1995 Won DFWFCA Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      Gotham Awards
      2008 Won Best Ensemble Cast for her performance in Synecdoche, New York (2008) Note: Shared award with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Watson, Hope Davis, and Tom Noonan. Tied with Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).


      Gracie Allen Awards
      2009 Won Gracie Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series - In Treatment (2008)
      Independent Spirit Awards
      2009 Won Robert Altman Award - Synecdoche, New York (2008) Note: Shared with Charlie Kaufman (director), Jeanne McCarthy (casting director), Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, and Michelle Williams.
      1995 Won Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female - Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
      Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
      1994 Won KCFCC Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
      Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
      1994 Won LAFCA Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1990 2nd place LAFCA Award Best Supporting Actress - Edward Scissorhands (1990) 
      1986 Won LAFCA Award Best Supporting Actress - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Note: Tied with Cathy Tyson for Mona Lisa (1986). 
      National Board of Review, USA
      1986 Won NBR Award Best Supporting Actress - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
      1995 Won NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1991 3rd place NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress - Edward Scissorhands (1990) 
      1987 Won NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      New York Film Critics Circle Awards
      1994 Won NYFCC Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      1986 Won NYFCC Award Best Supporting Actress - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 
      1983 3rd place NYFCC Award Best Supporting Actress - Independence Day (1983)
      New York Women in Film and Television
      1997 Won Muse Award 
      Online Film and Television Association
      2014 Nominated OFTA Television Award Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series - The Blacklist (2013)
      2004 Nominated OFTA Television Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - The Blackwater Lightship (2004) 
      Satellite Awards
      2010 Nominated Satellite Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Rabbit Hole (2010) 
      2008 Nominated Satellite Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - In Treatment (2008) 
      2005 Won Golden Satellite Award Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television - The Blackwater Lightship (2004) 
      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      2002 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Law and Order (1990) Note: Shared with Angie Harmon, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jerry Orbach, Elisabeth Röhm, and Sam Waterston.
      2001 Nominated Actor Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Law and Order (1990) Note: Shared with Angie Harmon, Steven Hill, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jerry Orbach, and Sam Waterston.
      1997 Won Actor Outstanding Performance by a Cast - The Birdcage (1996) Note: Shared with Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, and Dan Futterman.
      1995 Won Actor Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      Society of Texas Film Critics Awards
      1994 Won STFC Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
      1995 Won SEFCA Award Best Supporting Actress - Bullets Over Broadway (1994) 
      Sundance Film Festival
      2006 Won Special Jury Prize Dramatic - A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) Note: Shared with Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Rosario Dawson, Chazz Palminteri, and Channing Tatum for the ensemble performance. 
      1996 Won Tribute to Independent Vision Award
      Women's Image Network Awards
      2008 Won WIN Award Outstanding Actress Drama Series - In Treatment (2008)

    • Dianne Wiest spent September 2010 as a visiting teacher at Columbia University's Graduate Acting Program, working with a group of 18 first-year MFA Acting students on selected plays by Anton Chekhov and Arthur Miller.

    • As a child who grew up as a "Military brat," Diane Wiest lived in so many different places, she admits she has trouble remembering them all: Kansas City, Missouri; Nuremberg, Germany; San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Staten Island, New York; Washington, D.C., and West Point, New York.

    • The way that Dianne Wiest squints her eyes was once memorably described as "looking as if she had just come in from the rain with her lashes still wet."

    • During a 1979 theater performance of The Art of Dining, a flaming dessert ignited Dianne Wiest's costume. Although she spent three weeks in the hospital with burns, Wiest won the coveted Obie and Theatre World awards for her work in the play.

    • Dianne Wiest stands 5' 4.5" (1.64m).

    • During an interview on Entertainment Tonight about her latest movie, Practical Magic (1998), Sandra Bullock admitted she and co-stars Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing and Nicole Kidman actually consumed alcohol during the "Midnight Margaritas" scene, and offered this about Miss Wiest: "She's got that innocent thing where you think with that voice and that demeanor she's so angelic, but I think she could drink us all under the table."

    • Dianne Wiest said one of the reasons she took the role of "Ileen," a white woman at odds with her African-American coworker in Joel Drake Johnson's 2015 off-Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking, was "to explore my own latent racism."

    • As part of a tenant group in 2011, Dianne Wiest was involved in a lawsuit against the landlord at her West 78th Street apartment building on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York City. The landlord was allegedly charging tenants market-rate rent, despite getting a tax break from the city, which should have provided for rent stabilization.

    • Theatre Awards 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.

    • Costar Keanu Reeves, who is sixteen years her junior, proposed to her during the filming of Parenthood, a comedy movie in which she was playing his mother-in-law (1989).

    • Dianne Wiest was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.

    • Dianne Wiest appeared with Steven Hill in It's My Turn (1980). In 2000, she succeeded him as the District Attorney on NBC's crime/drama series Law & Order.

    • In 1989, she received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Parenthood.

    • Dianne's surname is pronounced "Wee-st."

    • In April 2005, Dianne Wiest's 17-year-old daughter Emily and two teenage classmates were arrested for allegedly roughing up a male classmate from the Beekman School in Manhattan and stealing his digital music player. The actress's child entered a plea of guilty to petit larceny in Manhattan Criminal Court in exchange for a sentence of two days of community service and restitution of $150.

    • Dianne Wiest was the first performer to win two Oscars (1986 Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Hannah and Her Sisters and 1994 Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Bullets Over Broadway) in films directed by the same person (Woody Allen).

    • Dianne Wiest is Brad Pitt's favourite actress.

    • Dianne Wiest has never been married and, other than a three-year relationship (1984-1987) with her agent, Sam Cohn, has rarely been romantically linked with anyone. She does, however, have two adopted daughters, Emily (b. 1987) and Lily (b. 1991).

    • Although Dianne Wiest's earliest passion was ballet (She studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City.), getting cast as "Cornelia Otis Skinner" in a high school production of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay altered her course forever. Miss Wiest would later major in drama at the University of Maryland, dropping out to instead tour with the American Shakespeare Company.

    • Dianne Wiest is the elder sister of her two brothers, Donald and Gregory.

  • Quotes

    • Dianne Wiest: (giving the reasons why she has done so many films with Woody Allen) Because he asked me to! I keep thinking they take the plaque (referring to Sundance Film Festival honoring her with the 1996 Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision) away from me! So much for my independent spirit. But Woody is so musical in his film making. There are rhythms and beats. I have called him up to ask if I can be in his next film. I've never worked with anyone I've trusted so completely. He won't let you hit a false note.

    • Dianne Wiest: (about how she has changed since the start of her acting career) I'm more aware of time. The element of time. I wouldn't understand how you were kept standing around. They forget about you. I look at the kids coming out of Yale. They are so intelligent with their careers. I wish I had that. Young people are more intelligent and sophisticated.

    • Dianne Wiest: (when asked what role she would like to do) Gone With The Wind and I'd play everyone.

    • Dianne Wiest: (about what she is most proud of in her career) I have more than a technique, a knowledge. It's not anxiety filled. I relish it. It is like flying and it's new to me. I used to be anxiety filled.

    • Dianne Wiest: (about the repercussions of growing up around the world, following her father's military career) Since I was a kid I've always identified with the stray dog, with the misplaced. And I guess it's because when you move around a lot you do feel lost and vulnerable.

    • Dianne Wiest: (on being typecast as fragile or neurotic characters) I'd like to play a real cold, mean, mass murderer. Some cruel, hard-bitten women, like the roles that Glenn Close gets, just to show that I am capable of not being vulnerable and not being fragile onscreen. (smilingly checks her confidence) I may eat my words.

    • Dianne Wiest: (when asked if she'd consider writing her own roles in an effort to create employment for herself because of the lack of high-paying acting work available) I think that if it's meant to happen, it will happen, which is, I guess, a real sign of stupidity.

    • Dianne Wiest: (about having to live in so many different places growing up) It's rough on a kid, having to pull up and leave friends you've made. It's very painful. There are benefits: you see the world, you develop some sophistication, and when you go to new places you're forced to go through this period of adjustment, which I guess has served me well. But it wasn't like having a hometown and friends you've known all your life.

    • Dianne Wiest: (laughingly responding to Keanu Reeves, sixteen years her senior, after he proposed to her on the set of the 1989 film Parenthood) You're very charming, and get off your knee, and... leave me alone.

    • Dianne Wiest: (on whether the film roles she plays as anxious, insecure women reflect her true nature) I view myself as a sort of normal lady. (laughingly) But of course I'm familiar with deep anxiety. I'm familiar with neurosis. That's certainly in me, but I would hope that wouldn't be what you would think upon meeting me.

    • Dianne Wiest: (recalling the night she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 'Hannah and Her Sisters' in 1987) I thought my life was changed, that producers would be ringing my phone off the hook, and vans filled with script offers would be rolling up my drive. It didn't happen. What did happen was it gave me credibility: It said `you're certified.'

    • Dianne Wiest: What I love is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. I'll just have peanut butter and bananas, then peanut butter and pickles. Peanut butter and chocolate I don't recommend.

    • 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.

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