Oscar Actors: Cannon, Dyan

Born as Samille Diane Friesen on January 4, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington

The daughter of a Baptist insurance broker and a Jewish housewife, she began singing at a Seattle Reform synagogue. After two years of college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a showroom model.

In the early 1960s, she played a couple of minor roles in films and appeared in a number of Broadway flops and numerous TV programs. She retired from show business in 1965 after marrying Cary Grant and bearing him his only child, a girl. She was granted a divorce in 1968, after which she returned to acting in the role of the uptight Alice in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” for which she was honored by the New York Film Critics as best supporting actress of 1969. She was nominated for an Academy Award for that film and later for “Heaven Can Wait”(1978). roles.

In 1976, she wrote, produced, directed and coedited a 42minute film, “Number One,” under the sponsorship of the American Film Institute. The film was nominated for an Academy Award.

Oscar Alert

Oscar Nominations: 2

1969: Bob & Carol Ted & Alice (Supporting Actress)
1978: Heaven Can Wait (Supporting Actress)

Oscar Context:

In 1969, Cannon competed for the Supporting Actress Oscar with Goldie Hawn (who won) in “Cactus Flower,” Cathy Burns in “Last Summer,” Sylvia Miles in “Midnight Cowboy,” and Susannah York in “They Shoot Horses, Don't They”

In 1978, Cannon vied for the Supporting Oscar in a competition that included Maggie Smith (who won) in “California Suite,” Penelope Milford in “Coming Home,” Maureen Stapleton in “Interiors,” and Meryl Streep in “The Deer Hunter.”