Diane

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She brought beauty and poise to the screen while she hobnobbed with mobsters in Johnny Eager, plotted murder in The Postman Always Rings Twice and helped expose the Hollywood dream factory in The Bad and the Beautiful. Renowned for steamy melodramas,... read more
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She brought beauty and poise to the screen while she hobnobbed with mobsters in Johnny Eager, plotted murder in The Postman Always Rings Twice and helped expose the Hollywood dream factory in The Bad and the Beautiful. Renowned for steamy melodramas, Lana Turner rarely starred in lavish costume dramas. But Diane was an exception that showcased her beauty and poise amid the finery of Renaissance France. Turner plays Diane de Poitiers in this historical romance, her last film under contract to MGM. The story begins in the mid-1500s. A marriage between France’s Prince Henri (Roger Moore) and Italy’s Catherine de Medici (Marisa Pavan) has the potential to establish peace, so Diane is asked to tutor Henri in the ways of a courtier. Fencing and etiquette are part of the instruction—falling in love is not. Diane and Henri begin an affair that continues despite the royal union…and precipitates a Medici plot to wrest control of France.

Original Release

01/12/1956

US Release

01/12/1956

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Cast

Lana Turner Diane de Poitiers - Countess de Breze
Pedro Armendariz King Francis I
Roger Moore Prince Henri
Marisa Pavan Catherine de Medici
Cedric Hardwicke Ruggieri
Torin Thatcher Louis - Count de Breze
Taina Elg Alys
John Lupton Regnault
Henry Daniell Gondi
Basil Ruysdael Chamberlain
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

David Miller

Writers

Christopher Isherwood, John Erskine

Cast

Lana Turner Diane de Poitiers - Countess de Breze
Pedro Armendariz King Francis I
Roger Moore Prince Henri
Marisa Pavan Catherine de Medici
Cedric Hardwicke Ruggieri
Torin Thatcher Louis - Count de Breze
Taina Elg Alys
John Lupton Regnault
Henry Daniell Gondi
Basil Ruysdael Chamberlain
Ian Wolfe Lord Tremouille
Stuart Whitman Henri's Squire
Gene Reynolds Montecuculli
Percy Helton Court Jester
Michael Ansara Count Ridolfi
Melville Cooper 1st Court Physician
Geoffrey Toone Duke of Savoy
Peter Brocco Court Painter
Paul Cavanagh Lord Bonnivet
Sean McClory Count Michel Montgomery

Producers

Editors

John McSweeney Jr.

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