Dyan Cannon

by ethnic on July 12, 2010

Birth name: Samile Diane Friesen

Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: 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 is the mother of actress Jennifer Grant, with her former husband, actor Cary Grant.

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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bablah June 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

She has a daughter, actress Jennifer Grant, with Cary Grant.

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