Birth Name: Diane Heidkrueger
Birth Date: July 15, 1976
Birth Place: Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany
Height: 5' 8"
Quote: "I really feel like the first day I
went to drama school and I went up on stage, that I found my vocation. It's
kind of a clichéd thing to say but I really feel like it was what I
was meant to do."
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrueger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, on July 15, 1976, and raised there with her younger brother, Stefan. When she was younger, Diane wanted to become a ballerina, so she traveled to London where she studied with the Royal Ballet. Unfortunately, an injury ended her career before it could really begin, and Diane turned to modeling instead.
In 1992, Diane was a finalist in Elite's Look of the Year competition, at the age of 15. After returning to Germany, Diane became a successful model in both Germany and Paris, in the mid-1990s.
Diane decided to pursue acting at the suggestion of celebrated French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), and she relocated to Paris. She married French actor and director, Guillaume Canet (from The Beach), in September 2001.
After making her debut in 2002's made-for-TV movie The Piano Player, Diane took roles in a number of French films. She co-starred with her husband Guillaume Canet in his film, Mon idole (My Idol, 2002), and also appeared in the movies Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (Not For or Against) and Michel Vaillant (both in 2003).
Diane beat out 2,000 women, including the likes of Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, to be cast as the beautiful Helen in 2004's summer spectacular, Troy. Troy, being directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One) and starring such big names as Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Peter O'Toole, Diane has certainly made the A list.
Diane Kruger Filmography
National Treasure: The Book of Secrets (2007) .... Abigail Chase
Spring Break in Bosnia (2007) .... Marjana
Âge des ténèbres, L' (2007) .... Véronica Star
Goodbye Bafana (2007) .... Gloria Gregory
Copying Beethoven (2006) .... Anna Holtz
Brigades du Tigre, Les (2006) .... Constance Radetsky
Frankie (2005) .... Frankie
Joyeux Noël (2005) .... Anna Sorensen
... aka Happy Christmas (International: English title)
... aka Merry Christmas (USA)
National Treasure (2004) .... Abigail Chase
... aka Sonomo (Philippines: English title: review title)
Narco (2004) .... La fille du night-club
Wicker Park (2004) .... Lisa
Troy (2004) .... Helen
Michel Vaillant (2003) .... Julie Wood
Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (2003) .... La call-girl
... aka Not for or Against (International: English title)
... aka Personne n'est comme tout le monde (France)
Mon idole (2002) .... Clara Broustal
... aka My Idol (USA: festival title)
... aka Whatever You Say (International: English title)
The Piano Player (2002) .... Erika
... aka The Target (Canada: English title) (USA: video title)
... aka The Piano Player - Brennende Seelen vergessen nie (Germany: DVD title)
"Duelles" .... Sabine (1 episode: "Mauvaise conduite" 2002)
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