Diane Franklin

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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)

Diane Franklin (born February 11, 1962), married DeLaurentis (1992), is an American fashion model and actress.[1][2]


Perhaps Franklin's best known role is in the 1985 comedy film Better Off Dead[2] as Monique, the foreign exchange student from France; she's also notable as one of the Princesses in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.[2] Other well-known parts include her first in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin as Karen[1] and the 1982 horror film Amityville II: The Possession[2] as Patricia Montelli. Television roles include 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]

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

Franklin has taken frequent breaks in her career which span from 1982-1991, 1999-2000, and 2006-Present, she took an 8 year break from acting in 1991 and didn't act until 1999 in TV shows Family Law,[2] and Providence and took another long break, lasting 6 years, until restarting her career with the movie Punchcard Player and later acting in short films.[citation needed]

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

Personal life

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. It just so happens that the ending scene in Better Off Dead shows her character and Lane Meyer at Dodger Stadium.


Diane Franklin in The Last American Virgin
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Lovechild Jenny Meyers Short Film
2013 Royal Effups Earless of Incestia Short Film
2013 Parole Officers Marge TV Movie
2012 My Better Half Viola Young Short Film
2011 Humanized Computer Short Film
2010 The Adventures of lass 3: Going to America Mum / Old Lass Short Film
2010 Toon Wolf Network President Short Film
2009 The Adventures of lass 2: The Sweet Potato Rush Mum / Gramma Short Film
2008 The Adventures of lass Mum / Gramma Short Film
2006 Punchcard Player Sweetheart
1989 How I Got Into College Sharon Browne
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Princess Joanna
1986 Dallas: The Early Years Amanda Lewis Ewing, Jock's 1st Wife TV Movie
1986 TerrorVision Suzy Putterman
1985 Better Off Dead Monique Junot
1984 Second Time Lucky Eve
1983 Summer Girl Cinni TV Movie
1983 Deadly Lessons Stefanie Aggiston TV Movie
1982 Amityville II: The Possession Patricia Montelli
1982 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 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
1987 Matlock Nancy Lamont 2 Episodes
1985 The Insiders Extra Episode 6: After The Fox
1985 Finder Of Lost Loves Emily Bennetts Episode 22: Broken Promises
1983 Bay City Blues Extra 2 Episodes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Maslin, Janet (1983-01-15). "Movie Review - The Last American Virgin - FROLICS IN FLORIDA AND OTHER ANTICS - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Diane Franklin". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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