Cannon, Dyan 1937–

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Cannon, Dyan 1937–

(Diana Cannon, Diane Cannon)


Original name, Samile Diane Friesen; born January 4, 1937, in Tacoma, WA; father, a life insurance salesperson; mother's name Claire Friesen (a homemaker); married Cary Grant (an actor), July 22, 1965 (divorced March 21, 1968); married Stanley Fimberg (an attorney), April 18, 1985 (divorced, 1991); children: (first marriage) Jennifer (an actress). Education: Attended University of Washington, Seattle; studied acting with Sanford Meisner. Avocational Interests: Reading, swimming, watching basketball games. Religion: Christian.

Addresses: Office—Dyan Cannon Outreaches, Inc., 8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1681, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Agent—Cunningham/Escott/Slevin & Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Career: Actress, producer, director, editor, writer, singer, and songwriter. Appeared in television commercials, including one for the medical Web site, 2000; worked as a model and showroom manager for a dress manufacturer in Los Angeles, 1957. Dyan Cannon Outreaches, Inc., affiliate; also supporter of such charities as God's Party with Dyan Cannon and You, Martine Collette's Wildlife Waystation, Operation Lookout, and Special Olympics.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: New York Film Critics Circle Award, best supporting actress, 1969, Showest Award, actress of the year, National Association of Theatre Owners, Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, and Golden Globe Award nominations, best actress in a musical or comedy film and most promising female newcomer, 1970, all for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a motion picture drama, 1972, for Such Good Friends; Academy Award nomination (with Vince Cannon), best live-action short film, 1977, for Growing Pains: Number One; Golden Globe Award, best supporting actress in a film, Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, and Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, International Press Academy, all 1979, for Heaven Can Wait; named female star of the year, Hollywood Women's Press Club, 1979; Q Award nomination, best recurring player, Viewers for Quality Television, 1998, for Ally McBeal; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Film Appearances:

Dixie, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, Warner Bros., 1960.

Wiggles, This Rebel Breed (also known as The Black Rebels and Three Shades of Love), Warner Bros., 1960.

Alice Henderson, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Columbia, 1969.

Ingrid Everleigh, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971.

Judith Austin, The Love Machine (also known as Jacqueline Susann's "The Love Machine"), Columbia, 1971.

Julie Messinger, Such Good Friends, Paramount, 1971.

Lorrie Dellman, Doctors' Wives, Columbia, 1971.

Lena, Le casse (also known as The Burglars and Gli scassinatori), Columbia, 1972.

Alexis Montaigne, Shamus (also known as Passion for Danger), Columbia, 1973.

Christine, The Last of Sheila, Warner Bros., 1973.

Domino, Child Under a Leaf (also known as Love Child), Cinema National, 1974.

Julia Farnsworth, Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978.

Simone Legree, Revenge of the Pink Panther, United Artists, 1978.

Madie Levrington, Coast to Coast, Paramount, 1980.

Viv Bonham, Honeysuckle Rose (also known as On the Road Again), Warner Bros., 1980.

Alice Detroit, Author! Author!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Myra Elizabeth Maxwell Bruhl, Deathtrap (also known as Ira Levin's "Deathtrap"), Warner Bros., 1982.

(Uncredited) Herself, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

Elizabeth Pearce, Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988.

Stephanie Lewis, The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991.

Ellen Stone, The Pickle, Columbia, 1993.

Annette Bennett, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Orion, 1997.

Karen Schneider, Allie & Me, Dollhouse Pictures, 1997.

Liz LaBreche, Out to Sea, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.

Mrs. Flint, That Darn Cat, Buena Vista, 1997.

Leslie, Kiss of a Stranger, Libra Pictures/Regent Entertainment, 1999.

Anna Carbone, Kangaroo Jack, Warner Bros., 2003.

(Uncredited) Herself, at basketball game, After the Sunset, New Line Cinema, 2004.

Lois, The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (also known as Boynton Beach Club), NOW Productions/Snow Bird Films, 2005.

Also appeared in One Point of View.

Film Work:

Producer (with Vince Cannon), director, and editor, Growing Pains: Number One (short film; also known as Number One), Film Forum, 1976.

Producer and director, The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991.

Also directed One Point of View.

Television Appearances; Series:

For Better or Worse, CBS, 1959–60.

Lisa Crowder, Full Circle, CBS, 1960–61.

Jennifer "Whipper" Cone, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997–2000.

Honey Bernstein-Flynn, Three Sisters, NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Katherine "Kate" Blackwell, Master of the Game, CBS, 1984.

Jenny Baines, Jenny's War, Harlech Television, 1985.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Virginia Hill, The Virginia Hill Story, NBC, 1974.

Sally Stanford, Lady of the House, CBS, 1978.

Thera Baylin, Having It All, ABC, 1982.

Katherine, Arthur the King (also known as Merlin & the Sword), CBS, 1985.

Annie Hackett, "Rock 'n' Roll Mom," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988.

Rosie LaCroix, Jailbirds, CBS, 1991.

Elizabeth Blane, Christmas in Connecticut, TNT, 1992.

Varda Gray, Based on an Untrue Story, Fox, 1993.

Josie Joplin, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1995.

Jess Wilding, Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits (also known as Rockford Files: Suitable for Framing), CBS, 1996.

Marsha Robinson, Beverly Hills Family Robinson, ABC, 1997.

Abby Montana, Diamond Girl (also known as Harlequin's "Diamond Girl" and Un amour inattendu), The Movie Channel, 1998.

Gina Fairfax, The Sender, HBO, 1998.

Gloria Schaeffer, My Mother, the Spy, Lifetime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Diane Cannon) Fifi, "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk," Have Gun—Will Travel, 1958.

Gloria, "The Velvet Alley," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959.

Carol, "Change of Heart," Lock Up, 1959.

Mary Lowery, "Lady Luck," Bat Masterson, NBC, 1959.

(As Diane Cannon) Annie, "Shadows," Zane Grey Theatre (also known as Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theatre" and The Westerners), CBS, 1959.

(As Diane Cannon) Nicole McCready, "Vanishing Act," Wanted: Dead or Alive, CBS, 1959.

(As Diane Cannon) Rhoda, "Soft Cargo," Johnny Ringo (also known as The Westerners), CBS, 1960.

"Sheriff of the Town," Two Faces West, syndicated, 1960.

(As Diana Cannon) Julie Brent, "The Big Dealer," Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1961.

"A Certain Time, a Certain Darkness," Ben Casey, ABC, 1961.

(As Diane Cannon) Diana Hogarth, "The Diana Adventure," The Aquanauts (also known as Malibu Run), CBS, 1961.

"The Gentleman from Brazil," Acapulco, NBC, 1961.

(As Diane Cannon) Jean Jansen, "The Price of Paradise," Bat Masterson, NBC, 1961.

(As Diane Cannon) Thelma, "The Radioactive Object Adventure," The Aquanauts (also known as Malibu Run), CBS, 1961.

"The Woman Who Never Was," Follow the Sun, ABC, 1961.

"The Wrestler," Guestward Ho, ABC, 1961.

(As Diane Cannon) Kathy Culver, "The Bridal Train Caper," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1962.

Sheila, "The Bouncing Chip," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1962.

Mavis Carroll, "Silent Partner," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962.

Marion Hines, "The Helicopter Race," Ripcord, 1962.

Flatbush, "Death Rides a Pale Horse," Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963.

Marianne, "Between the Rats and the Finks," Mr. Broadway, CBS, 1964.

Mona Elliott, "The Man behind the Badge," The Reporter, CBS, 1964.

"Sam Houston," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1964.

Ivy Norton, "Aunt Thede," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964.

Francesca Szabo, "The Weapon," Amos Burke, Secret Agent (also known as Burke's Law), ABC, 1965.

Elinor Crawford, "The Victim," Medical Center, CBS, 1969.

Singer, The Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1969.

The Movie Game, 1971.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live, and SNL), NBC, 1976.

Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1979.

"Natalie Wood," Crazy About the Movies, Cinemax, 1987.

"Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold," Crazy About the Movies, Cinemax, 1991.

Herself, "Senior Poll," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1993.

Bonnie Valin, "The Last Laugh: Parts 1 & 2," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

Mitzi Wilde, "Girl Buys Soup While Woman Weds Ape!," The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), ABC, 1995.

Judge Jennifer "Whipper" Cone, "Line of Duty," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Herself, "People Are Assets Too," Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 1999.

Herself, "Earvin "Magic" Johnson," ESPN SportsCentury ESPN, 2000.

Herself, One-Hit Wonders, VH1, 2002.

(In archive footage) Cinema mil, Televisio de Catalunya, 2005.

Appeared in "The Ding-a-Ling Girl," Playhouse 90, CBS; also appeared in Matinee Theater, NBC.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1972.

The Bob Hope Special, NBC, 1974.

"Mickey's 50," Disneyland (also known as Disney's Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie, The Magical World of Disney, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World of Disney), NBC, 1978.

The Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love—Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982.

Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985.

Willie Nelson, the Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration, CBS, 1993.

(In archive footage) A Bob Hope Christmas, 1993.

The NBA at 50, TNT, 1996.

Canned Ham: 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Comedy Central, 1997.

A Day with …, Lifetime, 1997.

Host and narrator, Intimate Portrait: Olivia Newton-John, Lifetime, 1998.

Intimate Portrait: Raquel Welch, Lifetime, 2001.

Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau, Fox Movie Channel, 2001.

Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Al Pacino: Inside Out, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

(Uncredited) Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

The Curious Case of Inspector Clouseau, Channel 4, 2002.

(In archive footage) Cary Grant: A Class Apart, TNT, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 45th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1973.

The 46th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1974.

Presenter, The 51st Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1979.

Presenter, The 56th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1984.

The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards, syndicated, 1988.

The 13th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1989.

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, ABC, 1992.

The 13th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1992.

Presenter, Thirteenth Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 1999.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in (also known as Laugh-in), NBC, 1972.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1972, 1973.

Guest cohost, The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1974.

Dinah (also known as Dinah! & Friends), 1977.

At Rona's, NBC, 1989.

Panelist, The List, VH1, 1999.

Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2000.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2000, 2001.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2001.

Praise the Lord (also known as TBN's "Praise the Lord'), TBN, 2002.

"Best of Cheap Seats," Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker, ESPN, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Malibu, ABC, 1983.

Stage Appearances:

The Fun Couple, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Leona Hastings, Ninety-Day Mistress, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985.

Major Tours:

Toured in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.


Film Scripts:

Growing Pains: Number One (short film; also known as Number One), Film Forum, 1976.

The End of Innocence, Skouras Pictures, 1991.

Also author of One Point of View.



Entertainment Weekly, July 18, 1997; July 27, 2001, p. 76.

Interview, May 1, 2000.

People Weekly, April 28, 1997.

Star, January 9, 2001, p. 18.

TV Guide, February 28, 1998, pp. 24-25.


Dyan Cannon Official Site,, May 26, 2006.