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Diane Kruger is a German actress and fashion model

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BirthdayJuly 15, 1976
NationalityGerman
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
SpousesGuillaume Canet
SiblingsStefan
Known asDiane Heidkruger
Universities
  • Royal Ballet School
Birth PlaceAlgermissen
Height170cm
GenderFemale
FatherHans-Heinrich Heidkrüger
MotherMaria-Theresa
Net Worth$25 million as of Jul 19,2016
Sun SignCancer
Born inAlgermissen

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Who is Diane Kruger?

Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is famous in Hollywood for her critically acclaimed roles like, ‘Helen of Sparta’ in ‘Troy’, ‘Bridget von Hammersmark’ in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in ‘National Treasure’, etc. Kruger started her career in the entertainment business as a model, after her dream of becoming a ballerina got crushed because of an injury, and she was trained in modeling in France. She modeled for many years for brands like, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Dior, etc. and made to the cover pages of Vogue Paris, Cosmopolitan, etc. In pursuit of acting, she decided to quit modeling at the age of 22, when her career was at peak. Her interest in acting was turned into a concrete passion after she took lessons at the Cours Florent and after making small appearances in French movies, she got her first big break in 2003 with ‘Michel Vaillant’. Apart from acting in the movies, she is still associated with the fashion world as she is the global spokesperson of L’Oreal and the face for Calvin Klein’s fragrance ‘Beauty’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Diane Kruger was born in Algermissen, West Germany to Hans-Heinrich Heidkruger and Maria-Theresa. Her father was a computer specialist and mother used to work in a bank.

She was raised as a Roman Catholic and was sent to a Catholic school. She wanted to become a ballerina and secured admission in the Royal Ballet School, London, but after an injury she had to quit her dream.

Career

Kruger moved to Paris and pursued modeling. She represented her country Germany in the Elite Model Look in 1982 and managed to get advertisement assignments for brands like, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, etc.

She did runway shows for Marc Jacobs, D&G, and Sonia Rykiel and modeled for the cover page of fashion magazines like, Vogue Paris, Cosmopolitan, etc. After pursuing modeling for years, she stopped modeling to get into acting.

She started taking acting lessons at the Cours Florent. This helped her to get cameos in some French movies but it was not until 2002 that she made a proper appearance in a movie—‘The Piano Player’.

In 2003, Kruger played the lead role of ‘Julie Wood’ in the French movie, ‘Michel Vaillant’, starring opposite Sagamore Stevenin. The movie was directed by Louis-Pascal Couvelaire and written by Jean Graton.

She played ‘Lisa’ in ‘Wicker Park—an American psychological romantic mystery film—in 2004, starring along with Josh Harnett and Rose Byrne. It was a remake of the French movie ‘L’Appartement’.

After these medium-hit movies came the most important role of her career when she played ‘Helen of Sparta’ in Wolfgang Petersen's epic ‘Troy’ in 2004. The movie, based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’, starred Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom etc along with her.

Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage in ‘National Treasure’ in the same year and later on appeared in films like, ‘Joyeux No�l (2005)’, ‘Copying Beethoven (2006)’ and reprised her role as ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)’.

She was offered to be the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the following year, she was selected as a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2009, Tarantino cast her in his movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’ in which she starred along with Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz etc. She was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’.

During late ‘2000s, Kruger made appearances in films like: ‘Mr. Nobody (2009)’, ‘cameo in Fox show ‘Fringe (2010)’, Mark Ronson’s music video ‘Somebody to Love Me (2010)’, ‘Unknown (2011)’, French-language film, ‘Les Adieux � la Reine (Farewell, My Queen) (2012)’, etc.

She was a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel ‘The Host’, with the same title, in 2013.

Major Works

By far, Kruger’s role in Tarantino’s German-American black comedy war film ‘Inglourious Basterds (2009)’ is considered to be her most prominent role. For her role of a German actress turned Allied spy, she earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

Personal Life & Legacy

Kruger married French actor and director Guillaume Canet in 2001, after dating for two years. The couple got divorced in 2005 and do not have any children.

Trivia

She told media that her marriage did not work because their work kept them apart for long periods of time during their marriage. She is still good friends with her ex-husband.

She has been in relationship with Canadian-American actor Joshua Jackson since she got divorced.

Besides German, Kruger speaks English and French fluently.

She is the global spokesperson of L’Oreal and the face for Calvin Klein’s fragrance ‘Beauty’.

She always dubs herself in three languages—English, French and German.

She was trained at the Cours Florent and won the Classe Libre award for best actor in her year.

She was named as the ‘Sexiest international import’ by Victoria's Secret What Is Sexy list (2012).

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Diane Kruger awards

YearNameAward

Other

2009San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2009Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003Cannes Film Festival for Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation
2004Bambi Award for Career
2010SAG Award for Best Cast
2010Goldene Kamera for Best International Actress
2009 - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2009 - Golden Camera for Best International Actress
2009 - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast

Diane Kruger biography timelines

  • // 15th Jul 1976
    Diane Kruger was born in Algermissen, West Germany to Hans-Heinrich Heidkruger and Maria-Theresa. Her father was a computer specialist and mother used to work in a bank.
  • // 1982
    Kruger moved to Paris and pursued modeling. She represented her country Germany in the Elite Model Look in 1982 and managed to get advertisement assignments for brands like, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, etc.
  • // 2001 To 2005
    Kruger married French actor and director Guillaume Canet in 2001, after dating for two years. The couple got divorced in 2005 and do not have any children.
  • // 2002
    She started taking acting lessons at the Cours Florent. This helped her to get cameos in some French movies but it was not until 2002 that she made a proper appearance in a movie—‘The Piano Player’.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, Kruger played the lead role of ‘Julie Wood’ in the French movie, ‘Michel Vaillant’, starring opposite Sagamore Stevenin. The movie was directed by Louis-Pascal Couvelaire and written by Jean Graton.
  • // 2004
    She played ‘Lisa’ in ‘Wicker Park—an American psychological romantic mystery film—in 2004, starring along with Josh Harnett and Rose Byrne. It was a remake of the French movie ‘L’Appartement’.
  • // 2004
    After these medium-hit movies came the most important role of her career when she played ‘Helen of Sparta’ in Wolfgang Petersen's epic ‘Troy’ in 2004. The movie, based on Homer’s ‘Iliad’, starred Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom etc along with her.
  • // 2005 To 2007
    Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage in ‘National Treasure’ in the same year and later on appeared in films like, ‘Joyeux No�l (2005)’, ‘Copying Beethoven (2006)’ and reprised her role as ‘Dr. Abigail Chase’ in ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)’.
  • // 2007
    She was offered to be the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the following year, she was selected as a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, Tarantino cast her in his movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’ in which she starred along with Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz etc. She was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’.
  • // 2009 To 2012
    During late ‘2000s, Kruger made appearances in films like: ‘Mr. Nobody (2009)’, ‘cameo in Fox show ‘Fringe (2010)’, Mark Ronson’s music video ‘Somebody to Love Me (2010)’, ‘Unknown (2011)’, French-language film, ‘Les Adieux � la Reine (Farewell, My Queen) (2012)’, etc.
  • // 2009
    By far, Kruger’s role in Tarantino’s German-American black comedy war film ‘Inglourious Basterds (2009)’ is considered to be her most prominent role. For her role of a German actress turned Allied spy, she earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
  • // 2012 To 2013
    She was a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel ‘The Host’, with the same title, in 2013.
  • // 2012
    She was named as the ‘Sexiest international import’ by Victoria's Secret What Is Sexy list (2012).

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Diane Kruger's FAQ

  • What is Diane Kruger birthday?

    Diane Kruger was born at 1976-07-15

  • Where is Diane Kruger's birth place?

    Diane Kruger was born in Algermissen

  • What is Diane Kruger nationalities?

    Diane Kruger's nationalities is German

  • Who is Diane Kruger spouses?

    Diane Kruger's spouses is Guillaume Canet

  • Who is Diane Kruger siblings?

    Diane Kruger's siblings is Stefan

  • What was Diane Kruger universities?

    Diane Kruger studied at Royal Ballet School

  • How tall is Diane Kruger?

    Diane Kruger's height is 170

  • Who is Diane Kruger's father?

    Diane Kruger's father is Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger

  • Who is Diane Kruger's mother?

    Diane Kruger's mother is Maria-Theresa

  • What is Diane Kruger's sun sign?

    Diane Kruger is Cancer