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 an American Navy officer. Wiest was a successful theatre actress for over ten years, taking her first roles as a college student at the University of Maryland; however, she did not appear on film until "It's My Turn," released in 1980. A chance meeting with director Woody Allen became a landmark event in Wiest's career, and as her film star soared she was forced to reduce her live theatrical performances. She never completely abandoned live theater, however, and appears regularly in productions on and off Broadway. Wiest's recent stage appearances include "The Seagull," in which she starred opposite Alan Cumming, and "All My Sons," in which she shared the stage with Katie Holmes, Patrick Wilson and John Lithgow. She also teaches acting seminars for graduate students at Columbia University.