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Name: Dyan Cannon                                                               
Birth name: Samile Diane Friesen                                               
Born: 4 January 1937 Tacoma, Washington                                         
Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Friesen on January 4, 1937) is a three-time     
Academy Award-nominated American film and television actress, director,         
screenwriter, editor, and producer.                                             
Cannon was born in Tacoma, Washington, to a Baptist father and a Jewish mother, 
Claire Portnoy, who had immigrated from Russia. She attended West Seattle High 
Cannon received two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress, one for Bob &
Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and another for Heaven Can Wait (1978). In addition, 
she became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short 
Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon       
produced, directed, wrote and edited. It was a story about adolescent sexual   
curiosity. Her most recent work has been as a semi-regular on the cult series   
Ally McBeal and the short-lived sitcom Three Sisters (2001-2002). In 2005 she   
appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just   
lost their spouses.