Dianne Wiest: Mother -- A list of films where the actress has played ''Mom''

By Benjamin Svetkey
December 07, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

Dianne Wiest: Mother

Some actresses are born to play mothers. Others, like Dianne Wiest, have motherhood thrust upon them. For the last six years, the 42-year-old actress has played virtually nothing but dizzy, neurotic, and endearingly befuddled moms. This week Wiest slips into a slightly less traditional maternal figure, starring as Winona Ryder’s mother in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. The role adds to her already impressive repertoire.

Cookie 1989: Wiest played Peter Falk’s mistress and Emily Lloyd’s mom.

Parenthood 1989: In Ron Howard’s hit, she played a lonely divorcée with a 16-year-old pregnant daughter and a withdrawn, porn-aholic 13-year-old son.

Bright Lights, Big City 1988: As Michael J. Fox’s terminally ill mom, Wiest spent most of the picture on her deathbed, but still managed to give one of her best performances.

The Lost Boys 1987: Wiest played the mom of two teens ensnared by a gang of vampires.

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986: She wasn’t a mom, but in the film’s final few seconds, she reveals to Woody Allen that she is expecting.

Footloose 1984: Wiest played the wife of the anti-dancing minister — and mother of his children.