Diane Varsi (1938–1992)


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This lovely, long-haired, fresh-faced and most promising product of the late 1950s was born Diane Marie Antonia Varsi in San Mateo, California, on February 23, 1938, the elder of two daughters of Russell Varsi, a florist, and wife Beatrice DeMerchant. A troubling childhood led to her dropping out of high school, toiling instead in a number of ... See full bio »

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Peyton Place Allison MacKenzie
(1957)
Bloody Mama Mona Gibson
(1970)
Wild in the Streets Sally LeRoy
(1968)

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 1972 The People (TV Movie)
Valancy Carmody
 1971 Cannon (TV Series)
Mrs. Long
- Country Blues (1971) ... Mrs. Long
 1971 Johnny Got His Gun
Fourth Nurse
 1970 Bloody Mama
Mona Gibson
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
Iris
- Computer Murder (1969) ... Iris
 1968 Killers Three
Carol Warder
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Sally LeRoy
 1967 Roseanna
Mary Jane Peterson
 1967 Sweet Love, Bitter
Della
 1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Claire Hanson
- Travel a Crooked Road (1966) ... Nurse Claire Hanson
- A Sometimes Distant Spring (1966) ... Nurse Claire Hanson
 1959 Compulsion
Ruth Evans
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lurene Dawson
- The Ding-A-Ling Girl (1959) ... Lurene Dawson
 1958 From Hell to Texas
Juanita Bradley
 1958 Ten North Frederick
Ann Chapin
 1957 Peyton Place
Allison MacKenzie
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 1958 The 30th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Herself - Nominee
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 1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (TV Movie documentary)
Actress 'Peyton Place' (uncredited)

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On August 29, 1958, Varsi won an uncontested divorce from her husband at the time, John Dickson, after testifying that Dickson criticized her until she had a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. The following March, she boarded a plane along with their son for a retreat in Vermont, having announced shortly before that she was quitting films forever. In 1960, she returned to her hometown ... See more »

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