Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Diane's Interview

Ok people here it is, what you have all been waiting for, my interview with Diane.

This interview answers some of the questions people have sent in regarding Diane Franklin so I asked Diane and here are her answers:

"At the age of 4, I stood up in restaurants and sang to the musak! I was a very expressive kid. Although, neither of my parents were in the entertainment industry, they were both very supportive of my desire to perform. They brought me to an agent who thought my hair was "too short and curly" and did not sign me. (It is ironic that "my hair" is what contributed to my success. It just goes to show how important it is to "be yourself"). Anyway, I did not give up. I took singing and dancing lessons until the age of 10 and was eventually accepted by an agent. During this time, my family did not have a lot of money, so "television" was my main source of entertainment.

I loved watching Marlo Thomas, an actress in the 70's television series "That Girl". She was the only young "dark haired" actress on television and I really identified with her! Although, I don't remember telling my friends I was going to be an actress, I think I just attracted friends who could accept it. From age 10 to 14, I did commercials, modelling, fashion shows, industrials and voice -over, all while going to a public school.

I really enjoyed having a normal life, while pursuing an acting career. (I was very fortunate to do this.) At 15, I was hired in a professional play called "The Happy Journey From Camden to Trenton". It was very exciting, and I learned a tremendous amount about theatre. At 17, I recurred on a television soap opera, "As The World Turns". Where I played a trouble-making teenager, Lois Middleton, although, in real life I was quite the opposite! During this time, I also was performing in my high school plays, which I loved. I was cast as Leisel in "The Sound of Music", Sarah In "Guys and Dolls" and Rosemary in "How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying".

Because I acted so early, I was able to save up money for college. I started attending NYU and continued auditioning. Some of the films I was up for were "Karate Kid", "Exorcist", "Freaky Friday" (the original), "Amadeus", "Once Upon a Time in America" to name a few. I would have loved to work with Woody Allen, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Robert Redford, Christopher Guest and Robert De Niro, but I think I was too young. As far as romance with actors goes, I'll put those details in my memoirs! I've had crushes on all my leading men. (As an actress, you need to find something loveable about each guy, whether they are your type or not.) In my case, I've been pretty lucky that my leading men were all attractive to me.

My personal weakness is chocolate! I love dark chocolate the most! Godiva, Hershey, I have a sweet tooth! My perfect breakfast is a chocolate croissant, muffin or scone and coffee! (Although, when I'm acting, I skip the coffee!).

I don't know when I'll get a chance to visit the U.K. again. (I shot "Bill and Ted's" in England), but perhaps work will bring me there in the future! Recently, I completed "The Adventures of Lass", a very funny mockumentary, which won an award for "Best Parody" at the ISFFH. I still feel I have a lot to offer acting wise and look forward to more film and television work. I've written and illustrated a children's book (which I am presently looking for a publisher), sung the national anthem at Dodger Stadium, which was received very well and was a thrilling experience and have the most amazing family!,

I have to thank Brandy, in Texas as my first customer to my merchandise site! Thank you, Brandy! And I also want to say to anyone on this site, I am honoured that you took the time to read this! (It is a true complement to be remembered from the 80's!!)

I'd like to applaud all the hard work Mark did putting this blog together. He did a beautiful job!! Thank you Mark!!! It means a great deal to me and I am very proud that a fan would take the time to do this!

Love Always! Diane Franklin



KP said...

Great interview. Funny my wife would be the first one to buy from Dianes site. I am enjoying my new Diane coffee cup while reading the interview.

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind comment, Diane is a great friend now, she was very keen to tell all her fans what she has been upto theses last few yrs. If you would like to leave a message for her feel free as she reads all the messages she get, cheers

Anonymous said...

Hello Diane - I have enjoyed all your work and you are a special lady. My wife and I have 3 children and 2 are 8 month old girls. Olivia and Brooke along with our almost 4 year old boy Noah. We are older parents in our 40's. Hope your family is well and if you were to come to Bloomington, IN let us know on your site. God bless and you look Great!!!


Mark said...

Thanks for the kind comments tim, they are always welcome, I will pass your message onto Diane for you.

Doctor Squid said...

Thanks for publishing the interview and the filmography. It think one film is missing, however. I recall seeing a video in the early 1990's of a film from 1989 or 1988 which had some kind of duel between the Dveil and God about tempting some young couple, and the photo on the jacket had Diane Franklin biting into an apple. I rented it but fell alseep, so perhaps I'm mistaken and she's not in it. Maybe you can find out if this film exists and she did act in it. Thank you.

Mark said...

Hi Doctor Squid, yes Diane did act in the film your talking about, it was called Second Time Lucky, and is listed in the filmography, its also still available to buy on dvd, its a great film and Diane shows her true acting ability by acting out several characters in the film. Well worth watching.

William Allison said...

I can't thank you enough for this site. My wife and I are huge fans going back to the last american virgin days. I would be very interested in purchasing both a 1982 autographed picture as well as one of today for my movie room. Yours would be the only picture like that in the room. You are amazing and I just wanted you to know that. Keep smiling and God Bless you!!!

Mark said...

Thanks for your kind comments William, Diane will be happy your still a big fan after all these years

Scott Hoffman said...

Dearest Diane, I am an huge follower of all of your great work. I am an actor myself but stick to doing artwork. I have been a fan of your work since the age of 7, so in some ways, you almost feel like family,lol.! I think your wonderful and I think that your work is not yet done. You have a HUGE heart and I greatly respect all of the hard work you did to get to where you wanted to be. Your a strong woman who has lead a strong and successful life. Thank you for all that you have done over the years. You will always shine and I will always break out the art for you sweetheart. I wish you the best every step of the way. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane. I haven't seen all your films but you were very sexy in Amityville 2. I was 2 when that came out. It's on BBC 1 tonight. Gavin from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Britain. Xx