Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s
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This book follows the excellent acting career of 80s teen star Diane Franklin, revealing how she became the most "excellent babe" of the 80s!
my head and not enough in the moment. So I went back to acting with my instincts, connecting to situations with my heart, and watching others actors. I studied actors/actresses on TV—with the sound off. I’d watch their body language and expressions, and I’d ask myself, “Do I really believe them?” “Are they sincere?” “What are they doing or not doing that makes me believe they are these characters?” And the big question: “What makes one person more captivating than another?” I discovered that
looking at every petite dark-haired girl they could find. Well-known and cool casting director, Bonnie Timmerman, knew me from auditioning for other projects in New York. She requested me specifically. The amazing part about this audition was when I was flying to Los Angeles to shoot Summer Girl, I sat next to a gentleman who was reading the Amadeus script. I asked him if he was an actor, and we got into conversation. He said that he had just finished shooting a film called Scarface and was on
my performances in the 80s still withstand the test of time. THANK YOU!! I am truly grateful! PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Joseph D’Allessio Greg Crowder Doyle Gray Barry King Thomas Kriegsmann Dan Nelken Manny Rodriguez Deadly Lessons, Leonard Goldberg Productions © 1983 Summer Girl, Bruce Lansbury Production / Roberta Haynes Production/Finnegan Associates/The Summer Girl Company © 1983 Last American Virgin, Golan – Globus Productions © 1982 Amityville II: The Possession, Dino De Laurentiis
Once again we returned to New York City. My mother and father had no idea how to get into the entertainment business, so unfortunately we fell prey to a so-called talent agency that charged us for auditions, classes, pictures, and the like. After being with this agency for about a month, we discovered the people there were scam artists. Through word of mouth, we found the name of a real talent manager. Her name was Barbara Jarrett, and she ran her own management company on the Upper East Side.
outfit, and had a Polaroid (instant photo) taken. There was no callback for modeling. The clothes either fit or didn’t fit, and that’s how you got the job. What I didn’t know at the time was that New York was the modeling capital of the world, and I was in for an education. I learned many things from modeling, one of them being how to behave professionally, or as I like to call it, “professional etiquette.” This included being punctual, waiting around patiently for hours until the photographer