Dyan Cannon

Cannon in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

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, producer, and editor.

Her father, Anton Benjamin Friesen, was born in Canada, to ethnic German parents from Russia, with roots in Chortitza. 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 brother is jazz bassist David Friesen. Dyan has a daughter, actress Jennifer Grant, with her former husband, actor Cary Grant.

Dyan’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Peter Friesen (the son of Peter Friesen and Maria Buhr). Dyan’s great-grandfather Peter was the son of Kornelius Friesen and Agatha Thiessen. Maria was the daughter of Jacob Buhr and Maria Neufeld.

Dyan’s paternal grandmother was named Maria Klassen.

Dyan’s maternal grandfather was named Samuel Portnoy.

Dyan’s maternal grandmother was named Raechel/Rose Peckar.


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1 Response

  1. bablah says:

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

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