Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s
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This book follows the excellent acting career of 80s teen star Diane Franklin, revealing how she became the most "excellent babe" of the 80s!
really interested me. Would you believe it? Biochemistry really interested me. I was always fascinated with science, and somewhere in the back of my mind I wanted to find a cure for cancer. Crazy, maybe, but I do think big. I chose biochemistry as my major and really got into it. But I had no intentions of giving up on acting. My plan was to go to school and audition just as I had done in high school. I felt that the more education I had, the more it grounded me in the roles I played. And if I
happiness. I think she said this to me because I was naturally a joyful child, and she didn’t want the world to take that spirit away from me. She lived through wartime, and knew the fragility of life, so her advice was that of a grandmother—someone with a bigger perspective. I always felt my mother was very beautiful, had a lot of wisdom, and grace. She was the kind of person who felt that less was more, and instilled in me that the simple things in life were precious. My father, on the other
catapulted talented Laura Dern’s career. But, who’s to say the movie would have been as successful if I had done the role? I think what made that film so outstanding was Laura’s performance. I would not have had the same effect on the material. I was character-driven in my career, not story-driven. Strangely, the character roles I liked emerged more in comedies rather than in drama. In TerrorVision, I got play a pushy, confident, outspoken caricature of a teenager. I combined a valley girl voice
the biggest heart! Because of that we’ve been married for over 20 years. Over the last 15 years, my main role has been MOM. Yet, unlike most parents who are actors, who typically don’t want to even expose their kids to the entertainment business, I had both my kids start acting professionally when they were young. I did this for several reasons: 1) They are both actors by nature. 2) They are talented, smart, and creative. 3) They both wanted to do it! I did not get my kids into acting because I
not coddle the talent. That was to be expected. Yet, sometimes adults would take their frustrations out on the kids even if the kids weren’t doing anything wrong. One notorious New York catalog photographer would yell at everybody, including his child models, throughout his shoots. My mother asked me if I wanted to stop working for him, but I told her no. Like any job, I could choose to quit, but being from New York, I prided myself on not backing down or being intimidated. So I refused to take