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Mother of Laura Dern
One daughter with Bruce Dern drowned.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Feisty character actress with a flair for eccentric Southern ladies, best known for her Oscar-nominated turn as the tarttongued waitress Flo in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). She has really come into her own (onscreen) in recent years, with meatier roles, and higher billing. In 1990 she costarred with her daughter Laura Dern in David Lynch's bizarre Wild at Heart playing her maniacally possessive mother; it earned her a second Oscar nomination. Then, in 1991, she and Laura became the first mother and daughter ever to earn simultaneous Oscar nominations, in Rambling Rose Laura taking the more flamboyant leading part this time, with Diane playing an independentthinking Southern woman. Ladd's first husband was actor Bruce Dern.
OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1961: Something Wild 1966: The Wild Angels (with Dern); 1969: The Reivers 1970: Macho Callahan, Rebel Rousers 1973: White Lightning 1974: Chinatown 1976: Embryo 1981: All Night Long 1983: Something Wicked This Way Comes 1987: Black Widow 1988: Plain Clothes 1989: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1991: A Kiss Before Dying 1992: Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me 1993: The Cemetery Club, Father Hood, Carnosaur