Dianne Evelyn Wiest is an American actress. Wiest won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets over Broadway , both directed by Woody Allen. She appeared in three other Allens films The Purple Rose of Cairo , Radio Days and September . She also starred in Ron Howards Parenthood, for which she received her third Oscar nomination. Wiest also received two Screen Actors Guild Awards and one BAFTA Award nomination.
Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her mother, Anne Stewart , was born in Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and worked as a nurse. Her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and former psychiatric social worker for the U.S. Army he was Americanborn, of German and Croatian descent. Wiests parents met in Algiers. She has two brothers Greg and Don Wiest. Wiests original ambition was to be a ballerina, but in her senior year at Nurnberg American High School she switched her goal to theatre.