Dianne Wiest Life in Photos

From Broadway's Othello to Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands the actress — who celebrates her 75th birthday today — has had an illustrious career

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Dianne Wiest's Early Years

Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest and Calista Flockhart in a scene from the film 'The Birdcage', 1996. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
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Born on March 28, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, Wiest is one of three children.

According to IMDB, the actress originally wanted to be a ballerina, but switched tracks to acting after performing in some stage plays while in high school.

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Dianne Wiest's Early Career

Chevy Chase and Jack Palance and Dianne Wiest on the sofa with family in a scene from the film 'Cops And Robbersons', 1994. (Photo by TriStar Pictures/Getty Images)
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After graduating from the University of Maryland, Wiest moved to New York where she scored several notable roles on Broadway.

She earned an Obie Award for her role as Elizabeth Barrow Colt in The Art of Dining, played Masha in the 1982 production of Three Sisters and snagged the role of Desdemona in the 1985 production of Othello, which also starred James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer.

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Dianne Wiest Hits the Big Screen

Dianne Wiest, Barbara Hershey and Mia Farrow in a scene from the film 'Hannah And Her Sisters', 1986. (Photo by Orion/Getty Images)

With a robust stage career under her belt, Wiest set her sights to the big screen.

In 1986, she got the role of Holly in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters. Here she is pictured with costars Barbara Hershey and Mia Farrow.

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Dianne Wiest Wins Her First Oscar

Dianne Wiest during 59th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Her portrayal of the wannabe actress in Hannah and Her Sisters scored Wiest her first Oscar. She took home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role trophy at the 59th Academy Awards.

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Dianne Wiest Does it Again

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actress Dianne Wiest smiles as she holds the Oscar she won during the 67th Annual Academy Awards, 27 March, in Los Angeles. Weist won the best-supporting-actress Oscar for her role in "Bullets Over Broadway." AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)

In 1995, Wiest garnered her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Helen Sinclair in Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, making her the first person in Academy history to win twice for acting in movies directed by the same person.

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Dianne Wiest in 'Scissorhands'

Johnny Depp, Dianne Wiest Edward Scissorhands - 1991
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In 1991, Wiest starred in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands alongside Johnny Depp and Winona Rider.

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Dianne Wiest Goes Back to Broadway

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Actors Katie Holmes and Dianne Wiest during the opening night of "All My Sons" on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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In 2008, Wiest starred in the revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. The play also starred Katie Holmes, John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson.

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Diane Wiest Poses with Meryl Streep

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actresses Meryl Streep (L) and Dianne Wiest with Moet & Chandon At The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
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Wiest took a moment to pose for a pic with fellow acting powerhouse, Meryl Streep while at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Dianne Wiest Hangs with James Brolin

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: James Brolin and Dianne Wiest attend the 2015 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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The actress is pictured with James Brolin at the 2015 CBS Upfront. The pair played husband and wife on the network's Life in Pieces, which ran for four years.

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Dianne Wiest Honors a Friend

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Dianne Wiest speaks onstage at The 19th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) with Presenting Sponsor LACOSTE at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Wiest shines while on stage at the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) in 2017. She was there to help present her friend, Jeffrey Kurland with the Lifetime Achievement Award that night.

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Dianne Wiest Stands for a Cause

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Actress Dianne Wiest attends the 2019 Skin Cancer Foundation's Champions For Change Gala at The Plaza Hotel on October 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
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The actress lent her presence to the 2019 Skin Cancer Foundation's Champions for Change Gala.

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