Diane Kruger (born 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former
fashion model who gained international recognition from 2004 to 2005 for her
performances in the films Troy, Wicker Park, National Treasure, and Joyeux
NoŽl. She won the Cannes Film Festival Chopard Trophy in 2003.
Diane was born Diane HeidkrŁger in Algermissen, Germany, near Hildesheim. Diane Kruger is the daughter of bank employee Maria-Theresa and computer specialist Hans-Heinrich HeidkrŁger. She was raised in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. As a child, Diane wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. After an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Diane moved to Paris and turned her energies toward modeling.
In 1992, at the age of 16, Diane was a finalist in Elite's "Look of the Year" competition. She returned to Germany and became a successful model in the mid-1990s in Germany and France. Her education in art led her to be able to speak nearly fluent English and French, in addition to her mother tongue, German.
Diane soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films. Diane Kruger then shortened her surname to ease her film career.
Diane Kruger made her onscreen debut in 2002 opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV-movie by Jean-Pierre Roux. Diane Kruger's first major role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's directorial debut "Mon Idole". She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne. Her most notable role to date is her portrayal of Helen in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked Number 50 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.
In 2004, Diane starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the popular film National Treasure, going on to appear in movies such as Joyeux NoŽl (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006). She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in December 2007.
Diane was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She was also a member of the jury of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.
After having dated since 1999, Diane Kruger married French actor and director Guillaume Canet on 1 September 2001. They divorced in 2006, but acted alongside one another in Joyeux NoŽl.
Diane Kruger is currently dating actor Joshua Jackson.
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