Diane Cilento

Australian actress (1932–2011)

Diane Cilento (2 April 1932 – 6 October 2011) was an Australian actress and author.[1]

Diane Cilento
Diane Cilento, photographed in 1954
Born(1932-04-02)2 April 1932
Died6 October 2011(2011-10-06) (aged 79)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Occupation(s)Actress, author
Years active1950–2011
Spouse(s)Andrea Volpe
(m. 1955–1962; divorced)
Sean Connery
(m. 1962–1974; divorced)
Anthony Shaffer
(m. 1985–2001; his death)
ChildrenGiovanna Volpe
Jason Connery
Parent(s)Raphael Cilento
Phyllis Cilento

Early life


She was born on 2 April 1932[2][3][4][5] in Brisbane,[3][5] 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".[6]

She died of cancer on 6 October 2011.[1][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Peter Keepnews (2011-10-08). "Diane Cilento, Oscar-Nominated Actress, Dies at 78 [sic]". The New York Times.
  2. "Diane Cilento". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 24 January 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Australian Biography Series 8: Diane Cilento, Kanopy Streaming, 2015
  4. "Diane Cilento". Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Library. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Moran, Albert; Keating, Chris (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 87. ISBN 9780810870222.
  6. "It's an Honour". Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  7. Bergan, Ronald (2011-10-07). "Diane Cilento obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-26.