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Diane Franklin (born February 11, 1962) is an American producer, fashion model and actress.[1][2]

Diane Franklin
Diane Franklin at a screening of Better Off Dead in San Francisco in 2009
Born (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 56)
Plainview, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, producer, model
Years active 1982–1991
Spouse(s) Ray DeLaurentis (?–present)
Children Olivia DeLaurentis (daughter)
Nicholas DeLaurentis (son)



Early in her acting career, Franklin appeared in TV commercials for Coca-Cola, Trident, Jell-O, and Maxwell House coffee.

Franklin's first film role was in 1982's The Last American Virgin as Karen.[1] That same year, she landed a part in the horror sequel Amityville II: The Possession[2] as Patricia Montelli. Television roles included Bay City Blues, Matlock, and Freddy's Nightmares. During pre-production of the 1984 film Amadeus, Franklin was flown to Prague for a week of auditions in competition with Elizabeth Berridge, who was eventually given the part in question. As Berridge tells it, Franklin was "too pretty" to play the part (of an innkeeper's daughter)[3]

Franklin's breakout role came as the female lead Monique, a French exchange student, in the 1985 comedy Better Off Dead.[2] She later played one of the Princesses in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.[2]

In 2012 Franklin published a memoir, Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s through Amazon.[4]

Franklin appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on September 30, 2016.

Personal lifeEdit

Franklin is married to writer and producer Ray DeLaurentis and has two children with him, a daughter named Olivia DeLaurentis (born 1996), and a son named Nicholas DeLaurentis. In addition to her feature-length filmography, Franklin has also acted in short films, including her daughter's.

Franklin sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2004.


Year Film Role Notes
2013 Lovechild Jenny Meyers Short Film
Royal Effups Earless of Incestia
Parole Officers Marge TV Movie
2012 My Better Half Viola Young Short Film
2011 Humanized Computer
2010 The Adventures of lass 3: Going to America Mum / Old Lass
Toon Wolf Network President
2009 The Adventures of lass 2: The Sweet Potato Rush Mum / Gramma
2008 The Adventures of lass Mum / Gramma
2006 Punchcard Player Sweetheart
1989 How I Got Into College Sharon Browne
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Princess Joanna
1986 Dallas: The Early Years Amanda Lewis Ewing, Jock's 1st Wife TV Movie
TerrorVision Suzy Putterman
1985 Better Off Dead Monique Junet
1984 Second Time Lucky Eve
1983 Summer Girl Cinni TV Movie
Deadly Lessons Stefanie Aggiston
1982 Amityville II: The Possession Patricia Montelli
The Last American Virgin Karen


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Family Law TV Announcer Episode 12: Media Relations
1999 Providence Diane Cavalero Episode 8: Blind Faith
1991 Murder, She Wrote Phyllis Grant Episode 7.11: Family Doctor
1990 Encyclopedia Brown Extra Episode 4: The Case Of The Ghostly Rider
1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Paula / Paulette Episode 14: Romance Machine
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Jessica Episode 10: The Bride Wore Red
1987 Charles In Charge Anna Grudov Episode 15: A Date From Heck
Matlock Nancy Lamont 2 Episodes
1985 The Insiders Extra Episode 6: After The Fox
Finder Of Lost Loves Emily Bennetts Episode 22: Broken Promises
1983 Bay City Blues Extra 2 Episodes


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1983-01-15). "Movie Review - The Last American Virgin - FROLICS IN FLORIDA AND OTHER ANTICS -". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Diane Franklin". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ As told by Elizabeth Berridge in Bonus Features - The Making of Amadeus, disc 2 Amadeus DVD, Director's Cut edition
  4. ^ Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s. Diane Franklin Publishing. August 2, 2012. pp. 134 (Paperback). ISBN 978-0615641362. 

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