Intimate Portrait

Season 8 Episode 28

Diane Lane

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Aired Monday 7:00 PM Dec 16, 2002 on Lifetime
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Diane Lane: A Star Is Reborn It was Diane Lane's destiny to crave the spotlight: Her mother was an aspiring nightclub performer, and her father was an acting coach. These starry-eyed parents had dreams of Hollywood fame for their little girl, and at the age of six she was cast in an off-off-Broadway play about ancient Greek mythology. From then on, Lane spent summers traveling without her parents to appear in regional theater productions. At one show, the prepubescent thespian dazzled a Hollywood director, who cast her in 1979's "A Little Romance," opposite the legendary Sir Laurence Olivier. At 14, she graced the cover of Time for a story on young breakout performers. Lane had a lot to live up to, and she certainly tried, working nonstop in movie after movie. Unfortunately, her films floundered at the box office — even the much-hyped "The Cotton Club" (1984) with heartthrob Richard Gere. After six years in show business and 13 films under her belt, the 18-year-old Lane decided to quit the biz. Once her professional life was on hiatus, Lane's personal life kicked into full gear. At 19, she fell for a charming actor named Christopher Lambert, and four years later, on March 27, 1988, the couple tied the knot. Around the same time, Lane decided to give Hollywood a second chance. She appeared in the critically acclaimed 1989 TV series "Lonesome Dove," for which she earned her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries. In September 1993, Lane gave birth to daughter Eleanor Jasmine. Unfortunately, her marriage fizzled a year later, and the single mom threw herself into motherhood and her work. But it would take another six years before her comeback was complete. In 1999, she played against type as an adulterous 1960s Jewish housewife in "Walk on the Moon" and won accolades from the critics. After a string of good movies, including "The Perfect Storm" and "My Dog Skip," Lane was tapped to portray another cheating spouse in the 2002 movie "Unfaithful." She plays the wife of Richard Gere's character who falls in lust with a young Frenchman. Her powerful performance stunned audiences, and now Lane's reputation as a formidable talent is stronger than ever before.moreless

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