Happy Birthday, Diane Lane: Everything to Know About the Hollywood Star Actress

by Suzanne Halliburton

Diane Lane, here’s to another dynamic trip around the sun.

In honor of her 56th birthday, we’re telling you everything you’d want to know about the about the super-talented actress. She’s been rocking Hollywood since she was a teenager.

Outsider audiences may know Lane as a co-star of Kevin Costner’s in the movie “Let Him Go.” The movie was released in November. It’s set in the 1960s and revolves around Costner and Lane as a married couple trying to get their grandson back. As the movie opens, their son dies in an accident. Lane then witnesses her daughter-in-law’s new husband abuse his wife and stepson. The young couple skips town. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane then go to the rescue.

Did you know that this movie isn’t the first time Costner, who entertains us all as John Dutton in “Yellowstone” and Lane played a married couple in a movie? They were Superman’s parent’s in “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Now, to celebrate the brilliant Diane Lane and her birthday, we’re going to give you more Diane Lane details.

Diane Lane Went Through an Unconventional Childhood

Lane was born in New York. Her mother was a nightclub singer who also posed for Playboy — she was Miss October, 1957. Lane’s dad worked as a Manhattan drama coach and a college professor. Her parents split up almost immediately — 13 days after she was born. Lane’s mother retained custody. But by age 6, Lane lived with her father.

By age 15, Lane declared herself independent from her parents and moved to Los Angeles with fellow actor Christopher Atkins (he later starred with Brooke Shields in “Blue Lagoon.”) But Lane’s stay in California was brief. She moved back to New York. She also had a falling out with her mother.

Actress Turned Down Parts in Blockbusters

Diane Lane probably rarely looks back at her career, pondering the age-old “what if” questions. But the actress did turn down some huge roles.

She didn’t film “Risky Business,” the movie that launched Tom Cruise. She turned down “Splash.” And she also couldn’t make her schedule work to be in “Pretty Woman.” Otherwise, it could’ve been Lane in the movie opposite Richard Gere instead of Julia Roberts.

Lane’s First Major Role Was In A Movie Based In Paris

Diane Lane’s first major role was in “A Little Romance” in 1979. The movie featured Laurence Olivier, the four-time Academy Award winner.

Lane played a 13-year-old whose well-to-do family was living in Paris. Lane, as Lauren, meets another teenager and falls in love. Her parents don’t approve. With Olivier’s help, Lane and her new boyfriend run away when Lane learns her family is returning to the United States. They head to Venice. That’s where they’ll ride a gondola, kiss underneath the Bridge of Sighs at sunset as the church bells chime. It’ll cement their love forever.

Lane played more younger characters, including starring opposite country star Kenny Rogers in “Six Pack” in 1982.

In 1983, Lane was in the “Outsiders” a coming-of-age movie that helped inspire the 1980s “Brat Pack.” Other actors in the movie included C. Thomas HowellRob LoweEmilio EstevezMatt DillonTom CruisePatrick Swayze and Ralph Macchio.

Still, Lane’s career started to fizzle, so she moved in with her mother in Georgia for a reboot.

‘Lonesome’ Dove Flies in For Career Rescue

Diane Lane struck gold when she was cast as a prostitute in “Lonesome Dove,” the blockbuster television mini-series that drew 26 million viewers an episode back in early 1989. Lane was a co-star with Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Anjelica Huston.

Lane received an Emmy nomination for best actress in a mini series.

Part in Unfaithful Earn Lane Multiple Honors

In 2002, Diane Lane’s part in “Unfaithful” secured her invitations to all the best award shows. She played a housewife who was cheating on her husband, played by Richard Gere.

Lane was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She won acting honors from the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics.

Six years later, she and Gere were together again, playing a couple in the romantic “Night In Rodanthe.”

By 2015, Lane co-starred in “Trumbo, another movie that received some adoration from the awards show. The cast, which also included Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, Trumbo received a nod for Best Ensemble from the Screen Actors Guild.

And now, she and Kevin Costner are out with their new movie.

Happy birthday to Diane Lane. And here’s to more movies and brilliant complex parts.