Diane Lane is an American actress. She is known for starring in films such as "Man of Steel," "The Perfect Storm," and "The Outsiders," as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Unfaithful," co-starring Richard Gere.
Diane Lane was born and in New York City, New York on January 22, 1965. The daughter of nightclub singer and eventual Playboy centerfold, Colleen Farrington (who is also known as Colleen Price), and acting coach Burt Lang, who separated when Diane was just thirteen days old, she lived with her mother in Mexico until she was six. After this, she moved back to New York to be with her father, and would often ride along with him during his days as a taxi driver. At 15, Diane decided to declare her independence from her father and traveled to Los Angeles, California for a week before deciding to again return to New York to live with a family friend.
Throughout her childhood, Diane aspired to be an actress. Her inspiration came from her grandmother, Eleanor Scott, who was a preacher at an Apostolic church and showed Diane how to influence others theatrically through her sermons. Her first professional acting gig came at just six years old in the form of the play, Medea, which she performed in with the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club. It was through her performances in plays such as this and Medea and The Cherry Orchard that Diane was eventually noticed by Hollywood, being cast alongside famed actor Lawrence Olivier in the film, "A Little Romance" at age 13, where she was declared by the actor to be "the new Grace Kelly."
Unfortunately for Diane, her career didn't quite take off the way she would have hoped initially, with roles in flops such as "Streets of Fire" and "The Cotton Club" sullying her good name after successes such as "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish." She retired from acting at the tender age of 19, claiming the she'd forgotten why she got into the business and deciding to then rekindle her relationship with her mother. But before long, Diane got back into the game in a big way, earning herself an Emmy nomination for her role in the TV miniseries, "Lonesome Dove," and even an eventual Oscar nomination for her performance in "Unfaithful." Since her resurgence into the world of acting, the future has been brighter than ever for the gifted actress, with role in films such as 2013's "Man of Steel" showing us that she won't be slowing down anytime soon.