Diane Lane is one of those actresses who time doesn’t seem to affect, but believe it or not she is celebrating her 56th birthday today.

When I was reviewing her life and career in preparation to write this post, I learned something I found really astounding — and, if I’m being honest, kind of hilarious. Diane’s grandma was a preacher, and her mother was… a nightclub singer and Playboy centerfold!?! What?!?

Her parents separated before she was even two weeks old, and for the first six years of her life she was with her mother. Then her dad — an acting coach and cab driver (again, ???) — had custody until Diane was 15, at which point she declared herself independent from her parents and took off to live with a friend’s family in New York.

But her unusual upbringing doesn’t end there… she was then KIDNAPPED by her mother and taken to Georgia, after which her dad pressed charges and brought Diane back to New York. Unsurprisingly, Diane proceeded to cut her mother out of her life for the next three years.

I mean … just … wow. I guess her background gave Diane a lot of emotions and life experiences to channel into her films.

As an ‘80s kid, it’s impossible for me to not single out 1983 as THE year Diane Lane hit my (and so many others’) radar because she was in two Francis Ford Coppola films: The Outsiders, in which she played Sherri “Cherry” Valance, who gets involved with a group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks (C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze and more), and Rumble Fish, another coming-of-age tale set in Tulsa in which she starred opposite Matt Dillon once again.

Fast-forward to the year 2000, where her career started really heating up with roles that earned her industry respect. First came The Perfect Storm, the true story of a commercial fishing boat disaster that Lane starred in along with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. In 2002, her role as Richard Gere’s cheating wife in Unfaithful earned her an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination.

She lightened things up three years later opposite John Cusack in the rom-com Must Love Dogs, only to get serious again in the neo-noir Hollywoodland opposite Ben Affleck. In 2013, she melted hearts as Superman’s mom Martha Kent in Man of Steel — a role which she reprised in both Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Which brings us up to the recent past. In 2019 she took a supporting role in Serenity, a truly bizarre mystery thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. And then last year in the drama Let Him Go opposite Kevin Costner, she wowed audiences (and President Obama, who put the film on his Best of 2020 list) as the wife of a retired sheriff who wants to track down their only living grandson.

What’s next for the birthday gal? Like so many other big-name Hollywood players, Lane is taking to the small screen, where she will play Senator Jennifer Brown in FX’s highly anticipated Y: The Last Man comic adaptation that’s set to premiere later this year.

We wish you the best on your special day, Diane! If you’re a fan of hers, you can celebrate her birthday with one of her many movies currently at the Box or streaming through Redbox On Demand.

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