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Diane Kruger
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Kruger at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
BornDiane Heidkrüger

(1976-07-15) 15 July 1976 (age 37)


Algermissen, West Germany
OccupationActress, model
Years active1992–present
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Spouse(s)Guillaume Canet (2001–2006)
Partner(s)Joshua Jackson (2006–present)
Diane Kruger (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪanə ˈkrʊɡɐ]; born Diane Heidkrüger; 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure and its sequel, Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds, Anna in Mr. Nobody, The Seeker/Lacey in The Host, and Gina in Unknown. As of July 2013 she stars as Detective Sonya Cross in the FX television series The Bridge.

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    Early life

    She was born as Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, Germany, in the west near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee. She was brought up Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school. She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.

    She was brought up in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. Her mother sent her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to improve her English. As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. However, after an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modelling and learning French.

    Modelling

    In 1992, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look and started modelling afterwards. Despite her relatively small frame for a model, she managed to add prestigious bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton; runway shows from Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel as well as appearances on the cover of Vogue Paris, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to her modeling repertoire. She gradually stopped modelling after deciding to pursue a career in acting.

    Acting career

    Kruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films. She made her onscreen début in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV film by Jean-Pierre Roux. Her first major acting role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's directorial début Mon Idole.



    Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
    She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne. One of her more high-profile roles to date is her portrayal of Helen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005. In 2004, Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the film National Treasure, going on to appear in films Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006). She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in December 2007.

    Kruger was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Kruger was a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. The festival is chaired by Costa Gavras.

    In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned Allied spy in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. In December 2009, she announced the nominations of the 67th Golden Globe Awards and also picked up nominations from the Screen Actors' Guild for Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Motion Picture for her role in Inglourious Basterds.

    Kruger played Anna in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody. Critical response has praised the film's artistry and Kruger's acting. Kruger made a cameo appearance in an April 2010 episode of the Fox show Fringe, in which her boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson is a star. In 2010, Kruger also appeared in Mark Ronson's music video for "Somebody to Love Me", where she plays Boy George.

    In the 2011 film Unknown, Kruger starred as Gina, a Bosnian illegal immigrant and key character alongside leading actor Liam Neeson. It was also announced in 2011 that Kruger had replaced Eva Green in the role of Marie Antoinette in the French-language film, Les Adieux à la Reine.

    In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. She starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, which was released in March 2013. More recently, Kruger portrayed El Paso, Texas, police officer Sonya Cross on FX's The Bridge, which aired in 2013.

    Endorsements




    Kruger at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
    Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre. In December 2009, she was announced as the global "spokesmodel" of L'Oréal. It was announced in May 2010 that she would become the latest face for Calvin Klein's newest fragrance line, Beauty.

    Personal life

    In 1999, she began dating French actor and director Guillaume Canet. They were married on 1 September 2001. They acted together in 2005's Joyeux Noël, but divorced in 2006, though they remain friends. Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.

    She has been in a relationship with Joshua Jackson since 2006. During an interview with magazine Glamour, she said, "Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don't believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There's no paper that will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning."

    Besides German, Kruger speaks English and French fluently. She is a friend of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Kruger divides her time between Paris, Germany and Vancouver. As of May 2013[update], she has been living in Los Angeles for her role in The Bridge.

    Kruger holds a U.S. green card.

    Filmography

    YearTitleRoleNotes
    2001Point de lendemainShort subject
    2002DuellesSabineTV episode, Mauvaise conduite
    2002The Piano PlayerErika
    2002Ni pour ni contre (bien au contraire)The call-girlNot for, or against (quite the contrary)
    2002Mon IdoleClara BroustalWhatever You Say
    2003Michel VaillantJulie Wood
    2004TroyHelen
    2004Wicker ParkLisa
    2004NarcoLa fille du night-club
    2004National TreasureAbigail Chase
    2005Joyeux NoëlAnna Sörensen
    2005FrankieFrankie
    2006Les Brigades du TigreConstance RadetskyThe Tiger Brigades
    2006Copying BeethovenAnna Holtz
    2007Goodbye BafanaGloria Gregory
    2007Days of DarknessVéronica StarL'Âge des ténèbres
    2007The Hunting PartyMirjana
    2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsAbigail Chase
    2008Anything for HerLisa
    2009Inglourious BasterdsBridget von Hammersmark
    2010Mr. NobodyAnna
    2010InhaleDiane Stanton
    2010FringeMiranda GreenTV episode: Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.
    2010Lily SometimesClaraPieds nus sur les limaces
    2011UnknownGina
    2011Forces spécialesElsaSpecial Forces
    2012Farewell, My QueenQueen Marie Antoinette
    2012Un plan parfaitIsabelleA Perfect Plan
    2013The HostThe Seeker / Lacey
    2013Me, Myself and MumIngeborgLes Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
    2013The Better AngelsSarah Bush Lincoln
    2013The BridgeDetective Sonya CrossTV series—13 episodes
    2014Midnight SunActressIn production
    2015Fathers and DaughtersPre-production;

    Awards and nominations

    YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
    2003Cannes Film FestivalChopard Trophy for Female RevelationN/AWon
    2004Bambi AwardN/AN/AWon
    2004Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressNational TreasureNominated
    2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress – Action, AdventureNational Treasure: Book of SecretsNominated
    2009Broadcast Film Critics AssociationBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
    2009Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
    2009San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
    2009Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressInglourious BasterdsNominated
    2009Online Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressInglourious BasterdsNominated
    2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureInglourious BasterdsWon
    2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleInglourious BasterdsNominated
    2010Volpi CupBest ActressMr. NobodyNominated
    2013Newport Beach Film FestivalBest ActressUn plan parfaitWon

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