Diane Lane Net Worth

How much is Diane Lane worth?

Net Worth:$45 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:January 22, 1965 (age 57)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)

About Diane Lane

Diane Lane was born to acting coach Burton Eugene “Burt” Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her mother, was Playboy magazine’s Miss October 1957. Diane has English, and some German and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) roots, and growing up, she always wanted to be a model. One day, in her teens, she was hit in the eye with a tennis ball. The impact caused permanent pupil dilation. When she had tried to pursue a career as a teen model at the Ford Modeling Agency, she was told by Eileen Ford that her neck was “too short” and that she should look for a profession elsewhere.

American actress Diane Lane has an estimated net worth of $45 million dollars, as of 2022. After working on Broadway, Lane made her screen debut at age 14 in George Roy Hill’s 1979 film A Little Romance.

Diane had been acting since she was very young and began to take a greater interest in a film career. She has later said that, her biggest influences, were Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. When she was 13, George Roy Hill, who had seen her performances on stage, wanted her to star opposite Laurence Olivier in his film A Little Romance. Diane was already working on Broadway for Joseph Papp at the Public Theatre. She had been cast in the original production of The Runaways and both Hill and Papp wanted her. The filmmaker and theatrical producer were suddenly locking horns over who would get Diana, telegrams were being sent back and forth on a daily basis. In the end, under her father’s guidance, Diana dropped out of her theatre work and began her career as a film actress.

The stars had aligned for the young Diane Lane and the 1979 A Little Romance, was a major success for her. While it did not perform that well commercially, it landed her on magazine covers all around the world, including in TIME magazine, which declared her the “new young acting sensation”. However, the early ’80s would prove more difficult. She appeared in critical financial flops, including Touched by Love (1980), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1980), Movie Madness (1982), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) and, Six Pack (1982).

Fortunately, Diana’s work on TV fared better. She also picked up a fan, director Francis Ford Coppola, who was immediately taken by Lane and cast her in two “youth”-oriented films based on S.E. Hinton novels. Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1983) have since become cult classics and were major contributing factors to the foundational success of her early career. Still, however, despite her performances she continued to appear in flops. Including the Coppola epic The Cotton Club (1984) co-starring Richard Gere.

Despite being a multimillionaire by age 18, Lane “retired” from the film business saying that she had “forgotten what she had started acting for in the first place”. For the next two years, she did not go to an audition and did not accept parts. Then in 1987, she appeared in the straight-to-video thriller Lady Beware, followed by a critical success for her in the film The Big Town (1987) co-starring Matt Dillon and Tommy Lee Jones.

Then, in 1989, not a moment too soon, Diana appeared in the role of Lorena Wood in the smash hit TV mini-series, Lonesome Dove. She won an Emmy nomination and much praise for her role that was described as “a vulnerable whore with a heart”. It lit up her career once more and she soon after appeared in the major films, Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin (1992) and Mike Binder’s Indian Summer (1993), and in the independent films My New Gun (1992), Vital Signs (1990) and Knight Moves (1992).

Finally, firmly established in Hollywood, Lane began to appear in major blockbuster movies including Walter Hill’s Wild Bill (1995), the Sylvester Stallone actioner Judge Dredd (1995), the Robin Williams‘s comedy Jack (1996) and Murder at 1600 (1997) co-starring Wesley Snipes. However, it was the major box office success The Perfect Storm (2000) that finally made Diane Lane a household name. After its release, she was majorly in demand and earning far more per movie role than she ever had done before.

She earned a reported $3 million for her role in Unfaithful (2002), $5 million for Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and $6 million for Must Love Dogs (2005). Her earnings were made more so by her recognition from the Academy, she was nominated for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” in 2003 for her portrayal of Connie Sumner co-starring Richard Gere. She also won “Best Actress Golden Globe” nominations for her roles in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and Cinema Verite (2011), and has since notably appeared in Man of Steel (2013), Paris Can Wait (2016) and Let Him Go (2020).

Lane’s Total Net Worth

Diane Lane has worked hard in her career, ever since she was a child. At just 14 years old, she appeared in A Little Romance and had previously been working as a stage actress on Broadway. While her early film acting career appeared cursed, after The Perfect Storm it was never the same again and she proceeded to earn large sums per role from then on. More recently, she has appeared in TV series including House of Cards and Y: The Last Man, earning an estimated $100-150,000 per episode. In total, Diane Lane has earned estimated total career income of $70 million dollars.

Of that amount, $7-8 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $62.5 million, will have been taxed at a rate of around 50% as Diane Lane has been residing in the state of California and considering her earnings in the 2000s. After tax, it is estimated that her career earnings are at around $31.25 million dollars, having paid around the same amount in taxes.

Diane Lane met first husband Christopher Lambert while filming Priceless Beauty (1988), together. They married in 1988 and divorced six years later, in 1994, having had one child, Eleanor Lambert. Diane had the higher net worth and it is possible that she may have had to pay some spousal support to Christopher, somewhere in the region of $1-3 million. Diane later married Josh Brolin in 2004 and they divorced nine years later, in 2013. Diana did not seek spousal support.

In her personal life, Diane has likely spent $4-5 million dollars of her career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $1-2 million, not including investment assets. In her off time from her career, she likes to travel, ride her horses and go walking. She also keeps very fit and does yoga. As well as works with world hunger charity, Heifer International. It is likely that, for a person like Diane, she has fared well in her investments. She may have earned investment returns of $14-19 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Diane Lane has a net worth of a rounded up $45 million dollars.


Diane Lane grew up in a family of actors but originally wanted to be a model. After being turned away by Eileen Ford and being told that her neck was “too short”, Diane went all in on her acting career transitioning from stage to film not long after. While she struggled to appear in films that weren’t flops, she continued to apply her talents and eventually decided to duck out of the film business altogether. For a few years she made herself unavailable to casting agents and, likely, considered the perfect come back. Something which she achieved when she appeared in 1987 film The Big Town, and eventually, after many more performances, she became a household name from her role in The Perfect Storm in 2000. Since then, she has been able to demand much higher paychecks for her movie roles and, more so recently, appeared in hit TV shows, including House of Cards.

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