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Diane Cilento

Diane Cilento (born 5 October 1933 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian theatre and film actress and author. Cilento's parents, Sir Raphael Cilento  and Lady (Phyllis) Cilento,  were both distinguished medical practitioners.  At a young age she decided to follow a career as an actress, and after a period living with her father in New York, won a scholarship to RADA and moved to England in the early 1950s.  She soon secured roles in British films and steadily worked until the end of the decade. In 1956, Cilento was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Helen of Troy in Jean Giraudoux' Tiger at the Gates. Cilento was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones in 1963  and appeared in The Third Secret the following year, but she allowed her film career to decline following her marriage to actor Sean Connery, the second of her three husbands, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1973. They are the parents of actor Jason Connery. In Connery's James Bond film You Only Live Twice, she doubled for her husband's co-star Mie Hama in a diving scene because Hama was indisposed. Cilento starred with Charlton Heston in the 1965 classic "The agony and the ecstacy" and with Paul Newman in the 1967 western film Hombre. In 1985, Cilento married Anthony Shaffer, a playwright, who wrote the script of The Wicker Man; she met him when she appeared in the film in 1973, and joined her when she returned to Queensland in 1975. During the 1970s, she studied Sufism under the British spiritual teacher John G. Bennett. Cilento continued working as an actress, both in films and in television and, in the 1980s, settled in Mossman, north of Cairns, where she built her own outdoor theatre, named "Karnak", in the rainforest. The venture allows her to participate in experimental drama. In 2006, Cilento released her autobiography, My Nine Lives. Description above from the Wikipedia article Diane Cilento, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Oct 5, 1933 In Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie The Boy Who Had Everything 1985-07-05
Known For
Poster of The Wicker Man
Poster of Hombre
Poster of Meet Mr Lucifer
Poster of All Hallowe'en
Movie The Boy Who Had Everything Mother 1985-07-05
Series For the Term of His Natural Life Lady Elinor Devine 1983-05-23
Movie Duet for Four Margot Mason 1982-02-26
Series Thriller Unknown 1973-03-14
Movie Hitler: The Last Ten Days Hanna Reitsch 1973-04-19
Movie The Wicker Man Miss Rose 1973-12-01
Movie Spell of Evil Unknown 1973-06-16
Movie Z.P.G. Edna Borden 1972-05-25
Series The Persuaders! Unknown 1971-09-17
Series Rogues' Gallery Lady Sarah Bellasize 1968-01-01
Movie Negatives Reingard 1968-09-05
Movie Hombre Jessie 1967-03-21
Movie Dial M for Murder Margo Wendice 1967-11-15
Movie Once Upon a Tractor Geraldine 1965-09-09
Movie The Agony and the Ecstasy Contessina de'Medici 1965-10-07
Series Thirty-Minute Theatre Unknown 1965-10-07
Movie The Third Secret Anne Tanner 1964-02-02
Movie Rattle of a Simple Man Cyrenne 1964-12-20
Movie Tom Jones Molly Seagrim 1963-08-24
Series Festival Lysistrata 1963-10-09
Movie I Thank a Fool Liane Dane 1962-09-14
Movie The Naked Edge Mrs. Heath 1961-06-30
Movie The Full Treatment Denise Colby 1960-10-01
Movie Jet Storm Angelica Como 1959-09-16
Movie The Truth About Women Ambrosine Viney 1957-01-01
Movie The Admirable Crichton Eliza Tweeny 1957-12-16
Movie Passage Home Ruth Elton 1955-03-17
Movie The Woman for Joe Mary 1955-08-25
Movie The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp The Angel 1954-09-09
Movie The Passing Stranger Jill 1954-11-30
Movie All Hallowe'en Unknown 1953-08-01
Movie Meet Mr Lucifer Woman in Street (uncredited) 1953-11-30
Movie Wings of Danger Jeannette 1952-04-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24