The most beautiful woman in the world was born on January 22 , 1965 to acting coach Burt Lane of the Burton Lane/John Cassavetes Workshop and singer and Playboy centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents separated soon after her birth and so young Diane Lane spent most of her early life being shuttled between her father's New York apartment and her mother's house in Savannah, Georgia. Starting at age six, Diane appeared in several plays including "Medea," "Electra," "The Trojan Women," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Runways." Her big break came in 1979 at the age of 13 when she debuted opposite Laurence Olivier in "A Little Romance," a role which landed her on the cover of Time Magazine and forever etched her face in the minds of young boys everywhere, including yours truly.
Francis Ford Coppola also saw the potential of the girl critics had called a "budding Grace Kelly," and the two went on to collaborate on the films "The Outsiders," "Rumble Fish" and "The Cotton Club" (In 1996, Coppola directed Diane in "Jack"). After starring in "Streets of Fire" in 1984, Diane had 14 movies under her belt and was in need of a break. She returned three years later (stronger than ever) and has since completed 22 more movies, making her one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood.
Director Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, a retooling of Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infid謥, once again found Lane in the throws of an alluring stranger. Unfaithful pondered the crushing reverberations of extramarital relations, and Lane provided an ample and intriguing center of gravity for the film. Following up with roles in Just Like Mona (2002) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), one could only hope that Lane's career had finally found solid ground. When February 2003 rolled around and the Oscar nominations for the previous year were announced, Lane recieved her first-ever Academy Award nomination for her emotional turn in Unfaithful.
Diane has come a long way from her role as Lauren, the young girl in "A Little Romance." Her marriage to French actor and former "luckiest man in the world" Christopher Lambert ended in 1995, but the two have remained good friends. Today Diane lives with her 5 year-old daughter Eleanor in Los Angeles.