Diane Varsi

Born Feb 23, 1938

Diane Marie Antonia Varsi was an American film actress best known for her performances in Peyton Place – her film debut, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award – and the cult film Wild in the Streets. She left Hollywood in order to pursue personal and artistic aims, notably at Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied poetry with poet and translator Ben Belitt, among others.… Read More

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  • What's On Tonight
    NYTimes - Jul 17, 2006
  • Movies: Critics' Choice
    NYTimes - Dec 12, 1999
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    NYTimes - Jul 25, 1999
  • Diane Varsi, 54, Dies; Former Film Actress
    NYTimes - Nov 24, 1992


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1938 Birth Born on February 23, 1938.


1956 18 Years Old 1 More Event
She was even dropped by her agent in 1956, because he saw no future in her career. … Read More


1959 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Varsi rejected the role of Meg in the comedy film Holiday for Lovers in January 1959.
1961 23 Years Old She was married to Michael Hausman on May 21, 1961; they had a daughter, Willo.
1965 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Nevertheless, her contract with Fox did not expire until 1965. … Read More


1968 30 Years Old In 1968, while working on the set of Wild in the Streets, Varsi suffered extreme trauma to her cervical spine, which led to years of misdiagnosed pain.
1977 39 Years Old In 1977, she contracted Lyme disease and lived for five years with undiagnosed and unremitting meningitis which brought her close to death several times.


1989 51 Years Old The Lyme disease, combined with her neck injury, which had resulted from numerous surgeries, was not diagnosed until 1989.
1992 55 Years Old On November 19, 1992, Varsi died from respiratory failure at the age of 54 in Los Angeles. … Read More
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