Diane Venora is an American film and stage actress. Born on Aug 10, 1952, in East Hartwood Connecticut, Diane always had a passion for stage plays and acting which was easily seen due to her involvement in music and plays in school. She won a scholarship to ‘The Julliard School’ in
, where she became a member of the Drama Department’s ‘Group 6’ from 1973 to 1977. And then she studied Boston Conservatory of Music for two years. She has appeared in some movies including “Bird (1988)”, directed by
which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and the New York film critics circle award, both in the best-supporting actress category. She was the runner-up for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and won the prestigious Creu de Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress She made her debut in 1981 in the movie ‘Wolfen’ starring opposite
and Gregory Hines. She then starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival in ‘Hamlet’ in the lead role, the first women ever to do so.
After this, she appeared in some stage production work of W. Shakespeare. Her other movies include the 1995 thriller ‘Heat’ playing the role of Al Pacino’s wife caught in a troubled marriage which earned her great regards and praise and was nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then appeared in ‘Romeo+ Juliet’, ‘The Jackal’, The 13th Warrior, The Cotton Club. Her latest movie was
All Good Things
(2010). For ‘The Jackal’, she got a nomination for Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress – Suspense. She also appeared in the ABC TV series ’Thunder Alley’ for eight episodes and a recurring role of a surgeon Geri Infante in ‘Chicago Hope’ for 11 episodes which earned her an Emmy Award.
She was married to the ‘Speed’ cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak from 1980-89.She then took a break from the cinema to spend time with her daughter, Madzia. They live in New York where she taught disadvantaged children and occasionally took part in plays.