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Diane Ladd : Nell O’Brien

Diane Ladd, actress/writer/director/author is a winner of over 35 International Awards including The British Academy Award, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Film Award, the Cannes’ Palme d’or Award and she is also 3X Emmy and 3X Oscar Nominee; Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore/ Lynch’s Wild At Heart/and Rambling Rose (in which she and actress Laura Dern were the first Mother/daughter tandem to both be nominated for Oscars creating “show business history!” The late Princess Diana chose this film as one of her all-time favorites honoring it with a London Royal Premier and a party in their Honor.

Ladd’s newest movie is Twentieth Century Fox’s, Joy, by Director David O. Russell to be released Christmas Day. Other films to be released are I Dream Too Much starring Diane (Executive Producer, Richard Linklater), which premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest in 2015 and Sophie and the Rising Sun with Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson. Ladd has been in over 200 films and TV shows including the Alice TV Series for which she won the Golden Globe, Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital, and co-starred in the hit TV series, Enlightened with her daughter Laura Dern for HBO. She also won kudos and 3 “Best Director/Writer” awards for her film, Mrs. Munck in which she was the first woman to direct an ex-husband, Bruce Dern.

She has authored the book, Spiraling Through the School of Life – A Mental Physical and Spiritual Discovery; Find Your Miracles which received endorsements from, among others; Marianne Williamson, Stephen King, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Wayne Dwyer . As a writer, she was honored at the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans, celebrated for her newest book, A Bad Afternoon for a Piece of Cake. The book garnered praise by critic Rex Reed comparing her to Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and Carson McCullers as well as her cousin Tennessee Williams, stating “She has the same gift they do and you can’t learn this stuff in writing class.” Diane is President of the Art and Culture Taskforce, a 501(c) 3 that promotes culture and arts in schools across America. She is the proud grandmother of ten loving grandchildren.