Dyan Cannon

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Dyan Cannon
BornSamile Diane Friesen
(1937-01-04) January 4, 1937 (age 77)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Cary Grant (m.1965–1968)
Stanley Finberg (m.1985–1991)
ChildrenJennifer Grant
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Dyan Cannon
BornSamile Diane Friesen
(1937-01-04) January 4, 1937 (age 77)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Cary Grant (m.1965–1968)
Stanley Finberg (m.1985–1991)
ChildrenJennifer Grant

Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Cannon was born in the state of Washington in 1937. Her mother Claire (née Portnoy) was a housewife; Cannon's father, Ben, sold life insurance.[1] Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had emigrated from Russia; Dyan's father was Baptist.[2] She attended West Seattle High School. Her younger brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.


Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; however her small screen debut was in the late 1950s including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson as Mary Lowery in the 1959 episode entitled "Lady Luck" and agan, more notably, as Diane Jansen in "The Price of Paradise". She made another guest appearance in 1959 on CBS's Wanted: Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen in episode 54 "Vanishing Act" as Nicole McCready. About this time, she also appeared on another CBS western, Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, and on Jack Lord's ABC adventure drama, Stoney Burke. She also appeared on an episode of Hawaiian Eye, using her name Diane Cannon, in 1961, opposite Tracey Steele, Robert Conrad, and Connie Stevens.[3]

In 1963, Cannon joined the national touring production of the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. She played Rosemary.

She portrayed Mona Elliott, with fellow guest star Franchot Tone, in the episode "The Man Behind the Man" of the 1964 CBS drama, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and the syndicated Two Faces West in the 1960 episode entitled "Sheriff of the Town".

Cannon's first major film role came in 1969's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In 1971 she starred in five films: The Love Machine, Doctors' Wives, The Anderson Tapes with Sean Connery, The Burglars, and Such Good Friends, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Cannon starred opposite Burt Reynolds in Shamus (1973) and gave a critically acclaimed performance in Child Under a Leaf in 1974. She became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited. It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity. In 1978, Cannon starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared in Heaven Can Wait, for which she received another Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1976, she hosted Saturday Night Live during its first season. She was a guest in the fourth season of The Muppet Show in 1979.[4]

In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Author! Author! with Al Pacino, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, Caddyshack II (1988), as well as several made-for-TV movies.

In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis: Murder and The Practice, as well as being a semi-regular on Ally McBeal. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), and Out to Sea (1997) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. In 2005, she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.

Personal life[edit]

On July 22, 1965, she married actor Cary Grant, who was 33 years her senior. They had one daughter, Jennifer (born February 26, 1966), who also is an actress. They were divorced on March 21, 1968, and custody disputes over their daughter went on for years.[citation needed] In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy.[5] Cannon married real estate investor Stanley Fimberg in 1985. They divorced in 1991.

She is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and has attended Lakers games for over thirty years.

Cannon is a devout Christian.[2]


1960The Rise and Fall of Legs DiamondDixie
This Rebel BreedWiggles(as Diane Cannon)
1969Bob & Carol & Ted & AliceAlice HendersonNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1971Doctors' WivesLorrie Dellman
The Anderson TapesIngrid
The Love MachineJudith Austin
The BurglarsLena
Such Good FriendsJulie MessingerNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973ShamusAlexis Montaigne
The Last of SheilaChristine
1974Child Under a LeafDomino
1974Virginia HillVirginia Hill(TV movie)
1976Number OneMatt's motherWriter, director, producer, film editor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1978Heaven Can WaitJulia FarnsworthGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Revenge of the Pink PantherSimone Legree
1980Honeysuckle RoseViv Bonham
Coast to CoastMadie Levrington
1982DeathtrapMyra BruhlNominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Author! Author!Alice Detroit
1984Master of the GameKate McGregor/Blackwell(TV miniseries)
1985Jenny's WarJenny Baines(TV)
1988Rock & Roll MomAnnie Hackett(TV)
She's Having a BabyHerself(uncredited)
Caddyshack IIElizabeth Pearce
1990The End of InnocenceStephanie(also director and writer)
1991JailbirdsRosie LaCroix(TV)
1992Christmas in ConnecticutElizabeth Blane(TV)
1993The PickleEllen Stone
1996The Rockford FilesJess Wilding
1997Allie & MeKaren Schneider
That Darn CatMrs. Flint
8 Heads in a Duffel BagAnnette Bennett
Out to SeaLiz LaBreche
1997–2000Ally McBealJennifer 'Whipper' Cone(17 episodes)
Nominated — Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
1998The SenderGina Fairfax
Diamond GirlAbby Montana(TV)
1999Kiss of a StrangerLeslie
2001Three SistersHoney Bernstein-FlynnTV series
2003Kangaroo JackAnna Carbone
2004After the SunsetHerself at the Basketball Game(uncredited)
2005Boynton Beach ClubLois
2008A Kiss At MidnightKay Flowers(TV)


  1. ^ "Dyan Cannon". Filmreference.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Dyan Cannon Discusses Her Faith". CNN.com. 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  3. ^ Hawaaian Eye Episode #11, Best of Hawaiian Eye, 1961, Warner Brothers archives.
  4. ^ "The Muppet Show - Ending with Dyan Cannon" on YouTube
  5. ^ "$3 Million Wedding Gift for Jennifer" Joyce Haber Los Angeles Times; Jul 5, 1972; pg. H19

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