Oscar Actors: Ladd, Diane

Diane Ladd, first nominated for her worthy role as a waitress in “Alice Doesn't Here Anymore,” received a second nomination for an over-the-top role, as the wicked mother, smearing her face with lipstick and acting “big” in David Lynch's “Wild at Heart.”

After being so out of control in this film, critics were amazed by Ladd's restrained performance as the sensitive and liberal wife-mother opposite Robert Duvall in “Rambling Rose,” for which she received a third supporting nomination.

In all three films, Ladd appeared with her real-life daughter with actor Bruce Dern, Laura Dern.

Oscar Context:

In 1974, the Supporting Actress winner was Ingrid Bergman for “Murder on the Orient Express,” in 1990, Whoopi Goldberg in “Ghost,” and in 1991, Mercedes Ruehl in “The Fisher King.”