• Diana Scarwid is a retired actress best known for her roles in "Mommie Dearest" and "Inside Moves".
• She grew up in Savannah, Georgia and studied at Pace University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
• Her career started in the 1970s and included roles in "Honeysuckle Rose", "Mommie Dearest", "Rumble Fish", and "What Lies Beneath".
• Her net worth is estimated to be $700,000 as of mid• 2018.
• She is active on Facebook, with over 5,000 followers.

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FactAppeared in the National Shakespeare Conservatory production of "Spoon River Anthology" in New York.

Who is Diana Scarwid?

Born Diana Elizabeth Scarwid on the 27th August 1955, in Savannah, Georgia USA, she is a retired actress, perhaps best known to the world as Christina Crawford in the biopic about the daughter of Joan Crawford, in the film “Mommie Dearest” in 1981, and also as Louise in the drama film “Inside Moves” a year prior, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Her career was active from the mid- ‘70s until 2011, during which time Diana appeared in over 70 film and TV titles.

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Diana Scarwid Bio: Early Life, Parents, and Education

Diana grew up on Tybee Island, Georgia with her parents, Elizabeth and Anthony John Scarwid, and her three brothers. She finished high school in her hometown, upon which she moved to New York, with a desire to become an actress, enrolling at Pace University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, finishing her studies as an honor student.

Career Beginnings

Diana’s career started with several minor roles in such TV series as “Police Woman”, then “Starsky and Hutch” and “Kojak”, all in 1976. After that, she started getting roles in television films, such as “Bunco”, with Tom Selleck in the lead role, and “The Possessed”, both in 1977. Before the ‘70s ended, Diana appeared in several other television films, however, it was the start of the ‘80s that brought a change in Diana’s career.

Rise to Prominence

Diana started the next decade with the role of Jeanne in the Academy Award-nominated film “Honeysuckle Rose”, and was then chosen for the lead role in the drama film “Inside Moves”, starring next to John Savage and David Morse, and which gained her an Academy Award nomination and launched her to prominence. She continued with another successful role, the part of Christina Crawford in the biopic about Christina’s childhood and adult life, “Mommie Dearest” – with these two roles, Diana was at the top of Hollywood. In 1983, Diana starred in the sci-fi horror film “Strange Invaders” with Paul Le Mat and Nancy Allen, and had a supporting role in the Golden Globe Award-nominated drama “Rumble Fish”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and a supporting role in the film “Silkwood”, starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher. Her next prominent appearance was in the thriller-horror film “Psycho III” (1986), co-starring Anthony Perkins and Jeff Fahey, and before the end of the decade, Diana also starred in the television film “After the Promise”, next to Mark Harmon.

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Mommie Dearest (1981) • Directed by Frank Perry

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Career Decline

The ‘90s weren’t so successful for Diana – though she featured in several films and TV series, only a few are worth mentioning, including the television film “Truman” (1995), in which she played Bess Truman, and for which she won an Emmy Award nomination. She tried to revive her career with the start of the new millennium, first with the role of Jody in the film “What Lies Beneath”, starring Harrison Ford, James Remar and Michelle Pfeiffer, and then as Elke in the highly-acclaimed biopic about Michael Alig, entitled “Party Monster” in 2003, starring with Macaulay Culkin and Wilson Cruz, but there was no stopping her career decline. Before retirement, Diana secured a couple more popular roles, as Karen Tyler in the short-lived fantasy drama series “Wonderfalls” in 2004, and as Vivian Davies in the romantic drama film “Dream Boy” in 2008.

Diana Scarwid Net Worth Today

During her career, Diana appeared in over 70 film and TV titles, some of which increased her wealth to a large degree, so do you know how rich Diana Scarwid is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Diana’s net worth is as high as $700,000, which is still pretty decent, considering that she hasn’t been active as an actress for quite some time.

Do You Know About Diana Scarwid’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Husband, Children?

When it comes to her personal life, Diana has been quite open about the ups and downs that happen to her behind the camera; she was married to physician Dr. Eric Allen Scheinbart from 1978 until 1995, and they welcomed two children, Jeremy Scheinbart and Ursula. There are no details as to why the two split up.

Internet Presence

Although she has been away from the public eye for quite some time, Diana has remained popular and can be found on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, on which she has over 5,000 followers, but there is no newer post than October 2017. Anyways, you can still become her fan if you just follow the link to her Facebook page. Diana isn’t active on Instagram and Twitter.


1Guest starring as "Isabel" on "Lost" [February 2007]
2Is only 14 years younger than Faye Dunaway, who played her mother in Mommie Dearest (1981).
3Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and Pace University's Theatre Arts Program.
4Appeared in the National Shakespeare Conservatory production of "Spoon River Anthology" in New York.
5In mini-movies, she won an Emmy nomination playing "First Lady" Bess Truman in Truman (1995) and later played Rose Kennedy in J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993).
6For her roles in Inside Moves (1980) and Mommie Dearest (1981), she became the first actress ever to go from being an Oscar nominee to a Razzie "winner" in just one year.
7Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1980" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol 32.




Another Happy Day2011Donna
Backyard Wedding2010TV MovieSusan Slauson
Criminal Minds2009TV SeriesJane Winmar
The Cleaner2009TV SeriesMrs. Geiler
Heroes2009TV SeriesAlice Shaw
Tribute2009TV MovieCathy Morrow
Pushing Daisies2008-2009TV SeriesMother Superior
Cold Case2008TV SeriesRayanne Leland
Dream Boy2008Vivian Davies
And Then She Was Gone2008ShortWoman in Disguise
Lost2007TV SeriesIsabel
Prison Break2006TV SeriesJeanette Owens
Swimming with the Virgin2006ShortMother
Local Color2006Edith Talia
Valley of the Heart's Delight2006Natalie Walsh
Red Thread2005Miss Johnson
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesJackie Madden
The Clearing2004Eva Finch
Wonderfalls2004TV SeriesKaren Tyler
Party Monster2003Elke
A Guy Thing2003Sandra
The Angel Doll2002Fronia Black
Path to War2002TV MovieMarny Clifford
Law & Order2001TV SeriesLisa Russo
What Lies Beneath2000Jody
Dirty Pictures2000TV MovieDianne Barrie
Down Will Come Baby1999TV MovieDorothy McIntyre
A Will of Their Own1998TV Mini-SeriesCrystal Eastman
Before He Wakes1998TV MovieJoanne Michaels
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesJoan Aldrin
The Wonderful World of Disney1998TV SeriesMiss Woodmere
The X-Files1998TV SeriesLinda Bowman
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue1996TV MovieMrs. Annie Feagan
Critical Choices1996TV MovieDiana
If These Walls Could Talk1996TV MovieMarcia Schulman (segment "1996")
Bastard Out of Carolina1996Aunt Raylene
The Outer Limits1996TV SeriesElizabeth Halsey
Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain1995Lynette Salerno
Truman1995TV MovieBess Truman
The Neon Bible1995Sarah
The Cure1995Gail
Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story1993TV MovieDarlene
American Experience1993TV Series documentaryLouisa Holt
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth1993TV Mini-SeriesRose Kennedy
Night of the Hunter1991TV MovieWilla Harper
Brenda Starr1989Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb
After the Promise1987TV MovieAnna Jackson
Psycho III1986Maureen
The Ladies Club1986Lucy Bricker
A Bunny's Tale1985TV MovieToby
Rumble Fish1983Cassandra
Strange Invaders1983Margaret
Thou Shalt Not Kill1982TV MovieSusan Masters
Desperate Lives1982TV MovieEileen Phillips
Mommie Dearest1981Christina Crawford (adult)
Inside Moves1980Louise
Honeysuckle Rose1980Jeanne
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones1980TV MovieSheila Langtree
Studs Lonigan1979TV Mini-SeriesCatherine Banahan
Hawaii Five-O1979TV SeriesCarole Walker
Battered1978TV MovieDoris Thompson
Pretty Baby1978Frieda
Forever1978TV MovieSybil Davidson
Bunco1977TV MovieLolly
Kingston: Confidential1977TV SeriesErica
The Possessed1977TV MovieLane
In the Glitter Palace1977TV MovieCasey Walker
Gibbsville1976TV SeriesKathleen
Kojak1976TV SeriesOut-of-Town Visitor
Starsky and Hutch1976TV SeriesLisa Graham
Police Woman1976TV SeriesIrene


The Neon Bible1995performer: "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral That's an Irish Lullaby"


The Psycho Legacy2010Video documentaryHerself
Mommie Dearest: Joan Lives On2006Video shortHerself
Mommie Dearest: Life with Joan2006Video shortHerself
Mommie Dearest: The Revival of Joan2006Video shortHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHerself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHerself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Archive Footage

Prison Break2006TV SeriesJeanette Owens


Won Awards

1982Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressMommie Dearest (1981)

Nominated Awards

2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - SuspenseWhat Lies Beneath (2000)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialTruman (1995)
1990Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst New Star of the DecadeFor Mommie Dearest
1984Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressStrange Invaders (1983)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleInside Moves (1980)
1981Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressMommie Dearest (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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