Biography

Diane has worked with Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme in The Silence of the Lambs, and her most recent television credits include Law & Order: SVU, ER with Noah Wyle and five episodes of HBO’s Unscripted, directed by George Clooney. Other television credits include The Blue and the Grey, Inherit the Wind (for which she received an Emmy nomination), About Sarah, and CBS’ four-hour miniseries, Jackie O, in the role of Rose Kennedy.

Diane’s first effort as a producer came in the self-financed documentary, Ashiana, which dealt with the end of feudalism and the beginning of democracy in India. Then followed by Grandpa Doc starring Melvyn Douglas and Barbara Rush, directed by Randal Kleiser. Several other award-winning documentaries followed, including HBO’s To Climb a Mountain and Emmy-nominated Miracles in the Making. She produced the film Never Never Land in London starring Petula Clark and Cathleen Nesbitt, which opened the door for a future project, the six-hour mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Mini-Series.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Irvine in Southern California, and Cinecom Career Award in 2005 given at the legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Ms. Baker has been a Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences voting member since early in her career. Additionally, Diane studied Telecommunications and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She is on the Advisory Board of the Documentary Channel. Diane also serves on the Board of Directors of Roots of Peace, an international  non-profit organization working to unearth dangerous landmines in war-torn countries and empower the local communities to build sustainable crops on land once too dangerous to traverse. The Roots of Peace model is DEMINE/REPLANT/REBUILD.

She produced and directed the Roots of Peace video on the Afghanistan trip made by Founder/Director Heidi Kuhn and Ambassador of Afghanistan’s wife Shamin Jawad.

 

Diane Baker was invited to the Academy of Art University to build an acting program for graduate and undergraduate students. She inaugurated the first sound stage at the university and its first black box theater, both of which are used by students in the Acting and Film programs to create their portfolios. She has recently been promoted to Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television and Acting. Her future dream is to build a film center for serious filmmakers who want to make meaningful films that will inspire, educate and entertain.