The Info List - Diane Venora

Diane Venora (born August 10, 1952) is an American stage, television and film actress. Venora graduated from the Juilliard School
Juilliard School
in 1977 and made her film debut in 1981 opposite Albert Finney
Albert Finney
in Wolfen. She won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1988 film Bird directed by Clint Eastwood. Her other films include The Cotton Club (1984), Heat (1995), Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet
(1996), The Jackal (1997), The Insider (1999) and Hamlet


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Venora was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, one of six children of Marie (née Brooks) and Robert P. Venora, who owned a dry cleaning establishment.[1][2] Diane graduated from East Hartford High School (class of 1970), during which she was active in musicals and plays. She studied at Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston Conservatory of Music
and two years later won a scholarship to The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School
in New York City, where she graduated in 1977.[3] At Juilliard she was a member of the Drama Department's Group 6 (1973–1977),[4] which also included Kelsey Grammer, Harriet Sansom Harris, and Robin Williams.[5] Career[edit] After graduation, Venora performed extensively on the stage, particularly in Shakespearean plays.[6] She made her film debut alongside Albert Finney
Albert Finney
and Gregory Hines in Wolfen (1981). In 1983, she starred in Joseph Papp's production of Hamlet
at the New York Shakespeare
Festival in the lead role, the first woman to play the role at the prestigious showcase. She has a long history with Hamlet, having played the title role, having played Ophelia opposite Kevin Kline, and having played Gertrude onscreen opposite Ethan Hawke. In 1988, her critically acclaimed performance in Clint Eastwood's biographical feature of jazz great Charlie Parker, Bird, as Chan Parker, his wife, earned her a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
nomination and the New York Film Critics Circle Award. In 1994, after taking five years off to care for her daughter, Venora landed a starring role in the ABC TV series
TV series
Thunder Alley (playing Ed Asner's character's daughter), followed by a recurring role as plastic surgeon Geri Infante in the Emmy-winning TV series
TV series
Chicago Hope. In 1995, she starred opposite Al Pacino
Al Pacino
and Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
in Heat, earning high regard from both critics and audiences for her portrayal of Justine Hanna, the Pacino character's troubled wife.[6] That performance and her follow-up as Juliet's mother, Gloria Capulet, in Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet
(1996) earned her supporting roles in The Jackal (1997), The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior
(1999), and The Insider (1999). She was most recently seen in the 2010 film All Good Things. Personal life[edit] Venora was married to cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak
Andrzej Bartkowiak
in 1980; the couple divorced in 1989. She quit show business in 1989 to spend more time with her daughter Madzia, then eight years old. During her hiatus, Venora lived in New York, teaching disadvantaged children and acting in an occasional play. In 1994, Venora and her daughter moved to Los Angeles.[3] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1981 Wolfen Rebecca Neff

1984 Cotton Club, TheThe Cotton Club Gloria Swanson

1985 Terminal Choice Anna Lang

1986 F/X Ellen Keith

1987 Ironweed Margaret 'Peg' Phelan

1988 Bird Chan Parker New York Film Critics Circle, Best Actress Sant Jordi Awards, Best Foreign Actress

1995 Three Wishes Joyce

1995 Heat Justine Hanna

1996 Substitute, TheThe Substitute Jane Hetzko

1996 Surviving Picasso Jacqueline

1996 Romeo + Juliet Gloria Capulet

1997 Seed: A Love Story Julia Short

1997 Jackal, TheThe Jackal Major Valentina Koslova

1999 True Crime Barbara Everett

1999 13th Warrior, TheThe 13th Warrior Queen Weilow

1999 Joyriders, TheThe Joyriders Celeste

1999 Young Girl and the Monsoon, TheThe Young Girl and the Monsoon Giovanna

1999 Insider, TheThe Insider Liane Wigand

2000 Hamlet Gertrude

2000 Looking for an Echo Joanne Delgado

2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Gabriella Francini

2002 Heartbreak Hospital Sunday Tyler / Andrea Harmon

2004 Stateside Mrs. Hengen

2005 Self Medicated Louise Eriksen Phoenix Film Festival, Best Ensemble

2005 Touched Carole Davis

2008 Stiletto Sylvia Vadalos

2008 Childless Mary

2009 Follow the Prophet Red

2009 Little Hercules in 3-D Hera

2009 Ministers, TheThe Ministers Gina Santana

2010 All Good Things Janice Rizzo


Year Title Role Notes

1980 Getting There Melanie TV short

1981 Nurse Ellen Brill "Rivals"

1982 Midsummer Night's Dream, AA Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta TV film

1983 Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole Marie Fidele Hunt TV film

1985 A.D. Corinna TV miniseries

1990 Great Performances Ophelia "Hamlet"

1993 Law & Order Mara Feder "Night & Fog"

1994 Thunder Alley Bobbi Turner Recurring role

1994–95 Chicago Hope Dr. Geri Infante Recurring role

1996 Special
Report: Journey to Mars Lt. Tanya Sadavoy TV film

2000 Race Against Time Dr. Helen Steele TV film

2000 Practice, TheThe Practice Margaret Wakefield "Appeal and Denial"

2004 Class Actions Justine Harrison TV film

2004 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Marilyn Nesbit "Home"

2005 Threshold Andrea Hatten / Angela Hatten "Trees Made of Glass: Parts 1 & 2", "Shock", "The Order"

2005 C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia Joy Gresham TV film documentary

2006 Criminal Minds Doris "The Fisher King: Part 1"

2007 Medium Sarah Jane Levitt "Very Merry Maggie"

2008 Eleventh Hour Lea Muller "Resurrection"

2009 Private Practice Sharon "Second Chances"

2009 NCIS Shada Shakarji "Outlaws and In-Laws"

2010 Grey's Anatomy Audrey Taylor "Push"

2010 Wish List, TheThe Wish List Brenda TV film

2016 Victorians, TheThe Victorians Mary Rutherford TV film


^ " Diane Venora Biography (1952-)". FilmReference.com.  ^ "Venora. Robert P. Venora, Sr". Hartford Courant. February 23, 1997.  ^ a b Lang, Steven (December 8, 1997). "Second Act: Having Once Left Acting to Care for Her Daughter, Diane Venora Takes a Run at Stardom in The Jackal". People.  ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.  ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.  ^ a b Diane Venora- Biography

External links[edit]

Diane Venora on IMDb Diane Venora at AllMovie

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