Diane Franklin
Diane Franklin
Diane Franklin
General Information
Born: (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 57)
Birthplace: Plainview, New York, U.S.
Career Information
Occupation: Actress, producer, model
Years active: 1982-1991, 1999-2000, 2006-Present
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas:The Early Years (TV movie(
Appeared as: Amanda Lewis Ewing, Jock's first wife

Diane De Laurentis, better known professionally as Diane Franklin (born February 11, 1962) appears as Amanda Lewis Ewing, the first wife of Jock Ewing, in the 1986 CBS-TV movie Dallas:The Early Years. In addition to her career as a film and TV actress, Diane is also a well-recognized fashiom model. [1][2]

Perhaps Diane's best known role is in the 1985 comedy film Better Off Dead as Monique, the foreign exchange student from France; she's also notable as one of the Princesses in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.[2] Other well-known parts include her first in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin as Karen and the 1982 horror film []Wikipedia:Amityville II: The Possession|Amityville II: The Possession]] as Patricia Montelli. Television roles include the Steven Bochco produced NBC-TV series Bay City BluesMatlock, and Freddy's Nightmares.

During pre-production of the 1984 film Amadeus, Diane was flown to Prague for a week of auditions in competition with Elizabeth Berridge, who was eventually given the part in question. As Berridge tells it, Franklin was "too pretty" to play the part (of an innkeeper's daughter) >

Earlier in her career Franklin appeared in TV commercials for Coca-Cola], Trident gum, O Jell-O, and Maxwell House coffee.

Franklin has taken frequent breaks in her career which span from 1982-1991, 1999-2000, and 2006-Present, she took an 8 year break from acting in 1991, and didn't act again until 1999 in the CBS-TV showsFamily Law,[2] and Providence and took another long break, lasting 6 years, until restarting her career with the movie Punchcard Player and later acting in short films.

In 2012, Diane published a memoir, Diane_Franklin: The Excellent_Adventures_of the_Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80's through Amazon. [3]

Personal lifeEdit

Franklin is married to writer and producer Ray De Laurentis and has two children with him, with him, a daughter named Olivia DeLaurentis, and a son named Nicholas DeLaurentis. In addition to her feature-length filmography, Franklin has also acted in short films, including her daughter's.

Diane also sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2004.


  1. Maslin, Janet (1983-01-15). Movie Review - The Last American Virgin - FROLICS IN FLORIDA AND OTHER ANTICS - The New York Times. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Diane Franklin. The New York Times.
  3. 'Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s', pp. 134 (Paperback). Diane Franklin Publshing (August 2, 2012). ISBN .

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