Diane Ladd is far more than Laura Dern’s mom or Bruce Dern’s ex. She’s a spitfire who followed her 1974 ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ breakthrough role with two more Oscar-nominated turns: as Laura’s on-screen mom in ‘Wild at Heart’ (1990) and in ‘Rambling Rose’ (1991), a role she feels was closest to the real her.
Diane, a Mississippi native who’s still a whirlwind of energy, ideas and passions she’s eager to explore, is also an ordained minister with degrees in psychology and nutrition and the author of the memoir ‘Spiraling Through the School of Life.’
Later this year, she’s planning to act alongside Laura once again in the upcoming love story ‘Woman Inside.’ “At around 50, the blinders start to come off and you see more than other people so,” Diane exclusively confides to ‘Closer.’
Diane and her daughter, Laura, in January 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty)
“You get what I call Diane’s Divine Ds: discernment, detachment, discipline and then divinity.”
When I was about 6, I wanted to be a missionary, than an attorney! But when I was in a school play at 13, I felt I could touch the hearts of everyone in the audience. When I cried, they cried, and when I laughed, they laughed. It was quite a discovery!
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At 16, I had enough credits to graduate. They put me in a finishing school and said I could have a career as a model. Though I earned a law scholarship at LSU, I wanted to act. I left it up to God, and my angels took over.
I’m always trying something new. Sometimes I’ll go to the gym, stretch at home, walk. The thing I love the best is swimming, but the most important thing is to laugh, love yourself and make your heart happy.
To read the full story on Diane, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now!
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