Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon

Cannon in the 1950s
Born Samille Diane Friesen
(1937-01-04) January 4, 1937
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter, film editor, film producer
Years active 1958–present
Religion Christian[1]
Spouse(s) Cary Grant
(m. 1965; div. 1968)

Stanley Finberg
(m. 1985; div. 1991)
Children Jennifer Grant

Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen; January 4, 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

Early life

Cannon was born in the state of Washington in 1937. Her mother, Claire (née Portnoy), was a housewife, and her father, Ben Friesen, sold life insurance.[2] Cannon was raised in the Jewish faith of her mother, who had emigrated from Russia; Dyan's father was Baptist.[3] She attended West Seattle High School. Her younger brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.


Cannon made her film debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond; she had appeared on television since the late 1950s, including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson as Mary Lowery in the 1959 episode entitled "Lady Luck" and again 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 western 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.[4]

In 1963, Cannon joined the national touring production of the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in which 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 series The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made guest appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, the 1960 episode of the syndicated series Two Faces West entitled "Sheriff of the Town" and the 1962 Ripcord episode called "The Helicopter Race".

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) as well as the mystery The Last of Sheila that year, 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 co-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.[5]

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

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.[6] In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy.[7] 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 born again Christian.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Dixie
This Rebel Breed Wiggles (billed as Diane Cannon)
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Alice Henderson National 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
1971 Doctors' Wives Lorrie Dellman
The Anderson Tapes Ingrid
The Love Machine Judith Austin
The Burglars Lena
Such Good Friends Julie Messinger Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973 Shamus Alexis Montaigne
The Last of Sheila Christine (Cannon's character is believed to have been based on Sue Mengers.)
1974 Child Under a Leaf Domino
1974 Virginia Hill Virginia Hill (TV movie)
1976 Number One Matt's mother Writer, director, producer, film editor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
1978 Heaven Can Wait Julia Farnsworth Golden 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 Panther Simone Legree
1980 Honeysuckle Rose Viv Bonham Cannon also sings three songs on the soundtrack:
"Two Sides To Every Story," "Loving You Is Easier," and "Unclouded Day."
Coast to Coast Madie Levrington
1982 Deathtrap Myra Bruhl Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Author! Author! Alice Detroit
1984 Master of the Game Kate McGregor-Blackwell (TV miniseries, based on the novel written by Sidney Sheldon)
1985 Jenny's War Jenny Baines (TV)
1988 Rock & Roll Mom Annie Hackett (TV)
Cannon also does her own singing here; at first, however, her character is kept almost anonymous.
She's Having a Baby Herself (uncredited)
Caddyshack II Elizabeth Pearce
1990 The End of Innocence Stephanie (also director and writer)
1991 Jailbirds Rosie LaCroix (TV)
1992 Christmas in Connecticut Elizabeth Blane (TV)
1993 The Pickle Ellen Stone
1996 The Rockford Files Jess Wilding
1997 Allie & Me Karen Schneider
That Darn Cat Mrs. Flint
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Annette Bennett
Out to Sea Liz LaBreche
1997–2000 Ally McBeal The Honorable Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone (17 episodes)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Recurring Player
1998 The Sender Gina Fairfax
Diamond Girl Abby Montana (TV)
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Leslie
2001 Three Sisters Honey Bernstein-Flynn TV series
2003 Kangaroo Jack Anna Carbone
2004 After the Sunset Herself at the Basketball Game (uncredited)
2005 Boynton Beach Club Lois
2008 A Kiss At Midnight Kay Flowers (TV)



    1. "Actress Dyan Cannon Ministers at 'God's Party'", Christianity.com May 1, 2001
    2. "Dyan Cannon". Filmreference.com.
    3. 1 2 "Dyan Cannon Discusses Her Faith". CNN.com. 2001-04-23. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
    4. Hawaaian Eye Episode #11, Best of Hawaiian Eye, 1961, Warner Brothers archives.
    5. "The Muppet Show - Ending with Dyan Cannon" on YouTube
    6. Das, Lina (25 November 2011). "Cary Grant... devoted dad, despicable husband: Two women reveal very different accounts of life with the Hollywood enigma". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
    7. "$3 Million Wedding Gift for Jennifer" Joyce Haber Los Angeles Times; Jul 5, 1972; pg. H19
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