Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen on January 4 1937) is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.
Cannon was born in Tacoma, Washington
, to a Baptist
father and a Jewish
mother, Claire Portnoy, who had immigrated from Russia
.She attended West Seattle High School
Cannon received two Oscar
nominations for Best Supporting Actress
, one for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
(1969) and another for Heaven Can Wait
(1978). In addition, she became the first Oscar
-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One
(1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited. It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity. Her most recent work had been as a semi-regular on the cult series Ally McBeal
and the short-lived sitcom Three Sisters
(2001-2002). In 2005 she appeared in Boynton Beach Club
, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses.
On July 22
, she married Cary Grant
, becoming his fourth wife. They had one daughter, Jennifer
(born February 26
). They separated within 18 months, with Cannon claiming that Grant spanked her for disobeying him. The divorce was finalized on March 21
, but the custody disputes over their daughter went on for years. In 1972, she told an interviewer that she was involved in Primal therapy
Cannon can often be seen sitting courtside at Los Angeles Lakers games, as she has been a fan of the team for decades. She has become a born-again Christian, although she still considers herself to be of Jewish descent. She resides in West Hollywood and can be seen walking her two chihuahuas JC and Matilda.
Her brother is jazz bassist David Friesen.
Cannon appeared in a cameo in the "Senior Poll" episode of Beverly Hills, 90210
(season 3). She was in the crowd during the L.A. Lakers
game when Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering
) made a shot from half-court.
She was on the fourth season of "The Muppet Show".