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Diane Cilento
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Diane Cilento, photographed in 1954
Born (1933-10-05)5 October 1933
Died 6 October 2011(2011-10-06) (aged 78)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1950–2011
Spouse(s) Andrea Volpe
(m. 1956–1960; divorced)
Sean Connery
(m. 1962–1973; divorced)
Anthony Shaffer
(m. 1985–2001; his death)
Children Giovanna Volpe
Jason Connery
Parent(s) Raphael Cilento
Phyllis Cilento

Diane Cilento (5 October 1933 – 6 October 2011) was an Australian actress and author.

Early life

She was born on 5 October 1933 in Mooloolaba, Queensland. Her parents were medical practitioners Sir Raphael Cilento and Phyllis, Lady Cilento. At an early age, she decided to be an actress. She graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London and moved to England in the early 1950s. Cliento began to have roles in British movies. She went on to win international acclaim as an actress during the 1950s and 1960s.

Personal life

She was married three times and had two children. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Tom Jones. In 2001, she was awarded the Centenary Medal, for "distinguished service to the arts, especially theatre".


She died of cancer on 6 October 2011.

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