Diane Baker’s distinguished career as an actress and producer of film and television spans over 50 years. First cast in director George Stevens’ film The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), her career quickly took off at Twentieth Century-Fox where her credits include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), The Best of Everything (1959), Tess of the Storm Country (1960), Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and Stolen Hours (1963). In the subsequent years, Baker worked across the major studios and with Hollywood’s biggest names, starring in The Prize (1963) with Paul Newman; Strait-Jacket (1964) with Joan Crawford; Marnie (1964) with Sean Connery for Alfred Hitchcock; and Mirage (1965) with Gregory Peck. Before returning to the screen in the ‘90s with contemporary classics like The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and The Joy Luck Club (1993), Baker expanded her career as producer, creating several award-winning documentaries and films including “Portrait of Grandpa Doc” in 1977, starring Melvyn Douglas, Barbara rush, and Anne Seymour, directed by Randal Kleiser; Never Never Land (1980) starring Petula Clark and Cathleen Nesbitt (An Affair to Remember); and her six-hour miniseries, A Woman of Substance in 1984, starring Deborah Kerr and Liam Neeson, which was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.
The recipient of numerous lifetime honors and awards, Baker’s career continues today as a documentarian and academic (Chair Emeritus: Executive Director of School of Motion Pictures and School of Acting at the Academy of Art University). Diane is co-producing a six-part series with partner Dennis Powers on the history of illustration for American television.
Baker is creating a postgraduate film program to give auditioning students an opportunity to work with professionals in an “industry setting” to learn to produce small meaningful films. She is also working on a project to continue the “legacy of TCM’s Robert Osborne,” with whom she enjoyed a lifelong friendship.