Dyan Cannon

by ethnic on July 12, 2010

Birth name: Samile Diane Friesen

Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, United States

Birth Date: January 4, 1937

*German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Dyan Cannon is an American actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.

Her father, Anton Benjamin Friesen, was born in Canada, to ethnic German parents from Russia. Her mother, Claire (Portnoy), was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Dyan was raised Jewish. In her adult years, she became a born-again Christian.

Dyan’s paternal grandparents were Jacob Peter Friesen (the son of Peter Friesen and Maria Buhr) and Maria Klassen.

Dyan’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Portnoy and Raechel/Rose Peckar.

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