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Sean Connery
Phyllis Margaret CilentoRaphael C F Cilento
Diane
Jason Connery
Royal Academy Of Dramatic ArtRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
Cancer
Mooloolaba
170
Female
Raphael Cilento
Phyllis Cilento
Libra
Mooloolaba
78
Cairns
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Who is Diane Cilento?

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Diane Cilento was an Australian actress who had acted in films such as ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’. Born in Queensland, Australia, she wanted to be an actress from a very early age. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she started her acting career with important roles in films like 'Passage Home'. She soon earned a nomination for the Tony Award in the category of 'Best Supporting or Featured Actress' for her performance in the play 'Tiger at the Gates.' As her career progressed, she was seen in a supporting role in the Oscar winning film 'Tom Jones'. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress'. The film was declared the 51st greatest British film of the 20th century by the British Film Institute. Other films she appeared in over the next years include 'Rattle of a Simple Man' where she played the role of a prostitute. The last films in her life were 'For the Term of His Natural Life' and 'The Boy Who Had Everything'. She passed away in 2011 from liver cancer.

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Diane Cilento Career

Diane Cilento was able to find work almost immediately after her graduation. Her first lead role was in the 1955 British movie ‘Passage Home’. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker. The following year, she earned a nomination for the Tony Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her performance in the play ‘Tiger at the Gates’ wherein Cilento had portrayed the legendary character Helen of Troy.

In the ensuing years she appeared in films, such as ‘The Woman for Joe’ (1955), ‘Jet Storm’ (1959), ‘The Full Treatment’ (1960) and ‘I Thank A Fool’ (1962). In 1963, she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the British comedy film ‘Tom Jones’. The film, which was directed by Tony Richardson, was a commercial success. It was also nominated for ten Oscars out of which it won four.

Diane Cilento was next seen in the British drama film ‘The Third Secret’ in 1964. It was directed by Charles Crichton. She appeared in many other important films in the 1960s including ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ (1965) and ‘Hombre’ (1967). Her later filmography includes movies, such as ‘Hitler: The Last Ten Days’ (1973), ‘Big Toys’ (1980), ‘Duet For Four’ (1982), and ‘The Boy Who Had Everything’ (1985). In 2001, she was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for her ‘distinguished service to the arts especially theatre’.

Diane Cilento Personal Life

Diane Cilento was born in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia on 5 October 1933 to Sir Raphael Cilento and Phyllis, Lady Cilento. Both her parents practiced medicine.

From an early age, Diane Cilento aspired to become an actress. She was expelled from her school, after which she went to New York to pursue her education. Later she earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England.

Her first marriage was with Andrea Volpe from 1956 to 1960. They had one daughter named Giovanna Volpe. From 1962 to 1973, she was married to Sean Connery. They had one son named Jason Connery. She was married to Anthony Shaffer from 1985 till his death in 2001. Her third husband had two daughters from a previous marriage.

Cilento wrote an autobiography named ‘My Nine Lives’, in 2006, where she said that her second husband had abused her.

She passed away from liver cancer on 6th October 2011, just a day after her 78th birthday, at Cairns Base Hospital. She was interred at the Highgate Cemetery located at High Gate, Greater London, England. After her death, some items from her estate were donated to the Queensland University of Technology.

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Diane Cilento biography timelines

  • Diane Cilento was born in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia on 5 October 1933 to Sir Raphael Cilento and Phyllis, Lady Cilento. Both her parents practiced medicine.
    5th Oct 1933
  • Diane Cilento was able to find work almost immediately after her graduation. Her first lead role was in the 1955 British movie ‘Passage Home’. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker. The following year, she earned a nomination for the Tony Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her performance in the play ‘Tiger at the Gates’ wherein Cilento had portrayed the legendary character Helen of Troy.
    1955
  • Her first marriage was with Andrea Volpe from 1956 to 1960. They had one daughter named Giovanna Volpe. From 1962 to 1973, she was married to Sean Connery. They had one son named Jason Connery. She was married to Anthony Shaffer from 1985 till his death in 2001. Her third husband had two daughters from a previous marriage.
    1956
  • In the ensuing years she appeared in films, such as ‘The Woman for Joe’ (1955), ‘Jet Storm’ (1959), ‘The Full Treatment’ (1960) and ‘I Thank A Fool’ (1962). In 1963, she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the British comedy film ‘Tom Jones’. The film, which was directed by Tony Richardson, was a commercial success. It was also nominated for ten Oscars out of which it won four.
    1963
  • Diane Cilento was next seen in the British drama film ‘The Third Secret’ in 1964. It was directed by Charles Crichton. She appeared in many other important films in the 1960s including ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ (1965) and ‘Hombre’ (1967). Her later filmography includes movies, such as ‘Hitler: The Last Ten Days’ (1973), ‘Big Toys’ (1980), ‘Duet For Four’ (1982), and ‘The Boy Who Had Everything’ (1985). In 2001, she was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for her ‘distinguished service to the arts especially theatre’.
    1964
  • Cilento wrote an autobiography named ‘My Nine Lives’, in 2006, where she said that her second husband had abused her.
    2006
  • She passed away from liver cancer on 6th October 2011, just a day after her 78th birthday, at Cairns Base Hospital. She was interred at the Highgate Cemetery located at High Gate, Greater London, England. After her death, some items from her estate were donated to the Queensland University of Technology.
    6th Oct 2011
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Frequently asked questions about Diane Cilento

  • What is Diane Cilento birthday?

    Diane Cilento was born at October 5, 1933

  • Where is Diane Cilento's birth place?

    Diane Cilento was born in Mooloolaba

  • What is Diane Cilento nationalities?

    Diane Cilento's nationalities is Australian

  • Who is Diane Cilento spouses?

    Diane Cilento's spouses is Sean Connery

  • Who is Diane Cilento siblings?

    Diane Cilento's siblings is Phyllis Margaret Cilento, Raphael C F Cilento

  • Who is Diane Cilento childrens?

    Diane Cilento's childrens is Jason Connery

  • What was Diane Cilento universities?

    Diane Cilento studied at Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art university

  • What was Diane Cilento notable alumnis?

    Diane Cilento's notable alumnis is Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art

  • What is Diane Cilento's cause of dead?

    Diane Cilento dead because of Cancer

  • How tall is Diane Cilento?

    Diane Cilento's height is 170

  • Who is Diane Cilento's father?

    Diane Cilento's father is Raphael Cilento

  • Who is Diane Cilento's mother?

    Diane Cilento's mother is Phyllis Cilento

  • What is Diane Cilento's sun sign?

    Diane Cilento is Libra

  • When was Diane Cilento died?

    Diane Cilento was died at October 6, 2011

  • Where was Diane Cilento died?

    Diane Cilento was died in Cairns

  • Which age was Diane Cilento died?

    Diane Cilento was died at age 78