Birth Name: Diane Ladd
Birth Place: Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Born Rose Diane Ladner on Nov. 29, 1935 in Meridian, MS, she was the only child of Mary Bernadette and Preston Paul Ladner, and was related to both playwright Tennesse Williams and poet Sidney Lanier. After attending finishing school, she was noticed by actor John Carradine while she was performing in a stage performance; he promptly cast her in a production of "Tobacco Road" for the touring show's San Francisco leg. Later, the Mississippi native moved to New York City where she enrolled at the famed The Actors Studio and supported herself as a model and dancer at the famed Copacabana for a short time. Ladd landed her first major stage role in an off-Broadway production of her cousin Tenness...
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