The X-Women

Monday, July 4, 2011

Some facts about star of the month DIANE KRUGER

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany on July 15th, 1976. Yes her birthday is this month, so expect a little celebration here on Hero Worship. It's the least I can do for Diane. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model. She later pursued acting and relocated to Paris at the suggestion of filmmaker Luc Beeson (The Professional, The Fifth Element).

She has a younger brother, Stefan.

Trained at the Cours Florent and won the Classe Libre award for best actor in her year.

People magazine included Diane in its annual "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" issue in 2004.

She married French actor Guillaume Canet (The Beach (2000/I)) in 2001. Divorced in 2006.

Learned Latin in school for eight years.

German citizen.She is fluent in English, French and German.

Attended a Catholic school in a small German town.

Her biggest hit film is 2004's Troy, which earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. She played the central role of Helen.

Diane as Helen of Troy

Other notable films include the two National Treasure films with Nicolas Cage; Wicker Park; and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Her most recent film is 2011's Unknown with Liam Neeson.

 Lived three weeks in a mental hospital to shoot Frankie (2005). She is the only actress in that film, all patients are real.

 She always dubs herself in three languages

 First German to become host (maitresse de cérèmonie) at the Cannes Film Festival (2007).

Longtime companion is Joshua Jackson.