Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

  • Highest Rated: 97% Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
  • Birthday: Mar 28, 1948
  • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • One of Hollywood's more well-established and often underrated actresses, Dianne Wiest possesses a versatility that has allowed her to go from playing hookers to flamboyant stage actresses to some of the most memorable matriarchs this side of Barbara Billingsley. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wiest decided to forgo a ballet career in favor of the theatre while attending the University of Maryland. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1976's Ashes; three years later she won the coveted Obie and Theatre World awards for her work in The Art of Dining. She made her first film, It's My Turn, in 1980, then returned to the stage, appearing with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival and on Broadway in 1982's Frankenstein. In the mid-1980s, Wiest returned to films, where (except for the occasionally foray into live performing) she has remained ever since. Often as not, Wiest has been cast in maternal roles, most memorably in Footloose (1984), The Lost Boys (1987), Parenthood (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and The Birdcage (1996). Some of her best screen work can be found in her neurotic, self-involved characterizations for director Woody Allen. Beginning with a cameo as a hooker in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), she has been generously featured in five Allen films, winning Academy Awards for her dazzling performances as unlucky-in-love Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and hyperbolic stage actress Helen Sinclair in Bullets Over Broadway (1994). Wiest could be seen playing another motherly figure in Robert Redford's 1998 adaptation of The Horse Whisperer; that same year, she appeared as one of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman's otherworldly aunts (along with Stockard Channing) in Practical Magic. In 1999, she could be seen in the made-for-TV The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, starring alongside Sidney Poitier. Her big-screen career continued with I Am Sam, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Dan in Real Life, and Synecdoche New York. She also found interesting work on television playing a DA on Law & Order for a couple of seasons, and playing the psychiatrist of a psychiatrist on HBO's In Treatment. She appeared in Rabbit Hole in 2010, and was Diane Keaton's flighty sister in Darling Companion.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

70% The Mule Mary 2018
28% Five Nights in Maine Lucinda $15.6K 2016
60% Sisters Deanna Ellis $66.7M 2015
52% The Humbling Actor 2015
35% The Odd Life of Timothy Green Bernice Crudstaff $51.9M 2012
21% Darling Companion Penny $0.8M 2012
41% The Big Year Brenda $7.2M 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
86% Rabbit Hole Nat $2.3M 2010
29% Rage Miss Roth 2009
19% Passengers Toni $0.3M 2008
68% Synecdoche, New York Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems $3.1M 2008
64% Dan in Real Life Nana $30.1M 2007
40% Dedication Carol 2007
76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Flori $0.5M 2006
64% Robots Mrs. Copperbottom $128.2M 2005
No Score Yet Category 6: Day of Destruction Shirley Abbott 2004
No Score Yet The Blackwater Lightship Lily 2004
0% Merci Docteur Rey Elisabeth Beaumont 2002
35% I Am Sam Annie $40.3M 2001
No Score Yet Echoes from the White House Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Sarah 1999
21% Practical Magic Aunt Jet 1998
74% The Horse Whisperer Diane Booker 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
28% The Associate Sally 1996
79% The Birdcage Louise Keeley 1996
57% Drunks Rachel 1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway Helen Sinclair 1994
22% The Scout Dr. Aaron Doctor H. Aaron 1994
14% Cops And Robbersons Helen Robberson 1994
73% Little Man Tate Jane Grierson 1991
90% Edward Scissorhands Peg Boggs 1990
91% Parenthood Helen 1989
15% Cookie Lenore 1989
60% Bright Lights, Big City Mother 1988
67% September Stephanie 1987
74% The Lost Boys Lucy Emerson 1987
89% Radio Days Bea 1987
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Holly 1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Emma 1985
58% Falling in Love Isabelle 1984
51% Footloose Vi Moore 1984
No Score Yet Independence Day Nancy Morgan 1983
20% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Julie Addison 1982
No Score Yet The Wall Symka Mazor 1982
No Score Yet It's My Turn Gail 1980
No Score Yet Zalmen or the Madness of God Actor 1975

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Life in Pieces
2015
Joan Short
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
91% The Blacklist
2013
Ruth Kipling
  • 2014
87% In Treatment
2008-2010
Dr. Gina Toll
  • 2009
  • 2008
13% The Return of Jezebel James
2008
Talia Tompkins Talia Thompkins
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
DA Nora Lewin
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
DA Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Nora Lewin
  • 2001
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
Evil Queen
  • 2000
No Score Yet Avonlea
1990-1996

QUOTES FROM Dianne Wiest CHARACTERS

Max
I told you never to come in here. Wild kids.
Lucy Emerson
Oh, they're just young. We were that age, too, once. But they dress better.
Ellen Bascomb/Millicent Weems
What was once before you - an exciting, mysterious future - is now behind you. Lived; understood; disappointing. You realize you are not special. You have struggled into existence, and are now slipping silently out of it. This is everyone's experience. Every single one. The specifics hardly matter. Everyone's everyone. So you are Adele, Hazel, Claire, Olive. You are Ellen. All her meager sadnesses are yours; all her loneliness; the gray, straw-like hair; her red raw hands. It's yours. It is time for you to understand this.
Helen Sinclair
No, no, don't speak. Don't speak. Please don't speak. Please don't speak. No. No. No. Go. Go, gentle Scorpio, go. Your Pisces wishes you every happy return.
David Shayne
Just one...
Helen Sinclair
Don't speak.
Aunt Jet
You see that couple here? Well, he's having an affair with the babysitter and she can eat a pound cake in under a minute.
Sally Owens
[after Michael's death; brings the spell book out] You brought him into my life and now I want you to bring him back. Bring him back! I have never asked you for anything. I've never asked you for spells but do this. I know you can bring him back.
Aunt Jet
No, dear. We won't do that.
Aunt Frances
We don't do that.
Sally Owens
But you can. You can do this. I know you can. I remember. I found it here when mommy and daddy died.
Aunt Frances
Even if we did bring him back, it wouldn't be Michael. It would be something else. Something dark and unnatural.
Sally Owens
[Starts crying] I don't care what he comes back as. As long he comes back. Please do this for me. Please? Please? Please? Please?
Diane Booker
Tom's a good man. He's got a gift, I swear it's from Heaven above. But he's just a man.
Peg Boggs
The light concealing cream goes on first. Then you blend, and blend, and blend. Blending is the secret.
Senator Keeley
I don't understand.
Barbara Keeley
He's a man, the're both men.
Senator Keeley
Can't be, you can't be jewish.
Barbara Keeley
No Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. This is a man.
Senator Keeley
What?
Louise Keeley
Don't you understand the're gay. They own the drag club downstairs, the're two men.
Bill Boggs
So Edward, did you have a productive day?
Edward Scissorhands
Mrs. Monroe showed me where the salon's going to be.
Edward Scissorhands
[turns to Peg] You could have a cosmetics counter.
Peg Boggs
Oh, wouldn't that be great!
Bill Boggs
Great.
Edward Scissorhands
And then she showed me the back room where she took all of her clothes off. [everyone stares, Kevin snickers]
Peg Boggs
No matter what, Edward will always be special.
Peg Boggs
Never let anyone tell you you're handicapped. You're.... special.
Peg Boggs
(putting make-up on Edward).. The light concealing cream goes on first. Then you blend, and blend, and blend. Blending is the secret.
Peg Boggs
(putting make-up on Edward) The light concealing cream goes on first. Then you blend, and blend, and blend. Blending is the secret.
Becca
Does it ever go away?
Nat
No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't - has gone on for eleven years. But it changes though.
Nat
No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't - it has gone on for eleven years. But it changes though.
Nat
No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't, and that's goin' on eleven years. It changes, though.
Becca
How?
Becca
I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be aweful - not all the time. It's kinda...
Becca
I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be awful - not all the time. It's kinda...
Nat
I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be awful - But not all the time. It's kinda... not that you like it exactly, but it's what you have instead of your son, so you don't wanna let go of it either. So you carry it around. And it doesn't go away, which is...
Becca
What.
Nat
Fine... actually.