Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon
Los Angeles Times


Dyan Cannon
Film: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Jan. 4, 1937 in Tacoma, WA

Dyan Cannon has never done things the typical way. In her 20s, the Oscar-nominated actress shocked Hollywood by marrying 61-year-old matinee idol Cary Grant—a man older than her own father and one dogged by rumors of homosexuality to boot. When Cannon was in her 50s, she founded a Christian revival group—a novel choice for someone who had been raised Jewish.

So maybe it makes sense that now, later in life, Cannon has confounded the conventional wisdom that says an actress who's over the hill is over, period.

At an age when her peers are finding fewer and fewer opportunities, the star of such classics as "Heaven Can Wait" and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" has never been busier. She starred in the NBC sitcom "Three Sisters," playing the free-spirited mom of a trio of adult daughters. Before that, she had a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" as a hot-to-trot judge romanced by younger men.

"The End of Innocence" (1990), a comedy-drama about a woman's search for self-discovery, marked Cannon's feature-film directorial debut. Previously, she received an Oscar nomination for best live-action short film for 1976's "Number One," a 48-minute gem .

She also starred in "Boynton Beach Club" (2005), a romantic comedy.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1969 Best Supporting Actress Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Nomination
    1976 Best Short Film - Live Action Number One Nomination*
    1978 Best Supporting Actress Heaven Can Wait Nomination
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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