March 18, 2022

#51 - Interview with 80's Actress Diane Franklin ("The Last American Virgin", "Better Off Dead", and "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure")

#51 - Interview with 80's Actress Diane Franklin (
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She may have broke your heart as Karen in "The Last American Virgin".  Or maybe she terrified you as the tormented sister and daughter in "Amityville II: The Possession". Perhaps, she inspired you to learn French when she won your heart as Monique in "Better Off Dead". Or maybe, just maybe, you spent way too much time at the Circle K hoping for a time-traveling telephone booth that could transport you to meet her as Princess Elizabeth in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". No matter which 80's flick introduced you to the beauty and talent of this versatile 80's actress, today is a special treat as she joins host, Tim Williams, to share wonderful stories and memories from some of her most iconic 80's movie roles.  So sit back and relax as Diane Franklin joins the discussion for the very first interview episode of the 80's Flick Flashback Podcast.

Diane Franklin's Books/Amazon Links

  • Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s
  • Diane Franklin: The Excellent Curls of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s (Diane Franklin Book)
  • Diane Franklin: The Excellent COMEDY of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s: The Better Off Dead Movie Tribute Book

Diane Franklin's Website & Social Media

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  • InstaGram - ActressDianeFranklin
  • Twitter - DianeFranklin80

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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Diane Franklin

Iconic 80s Actress/Author/Acting Teacher & Coach

Diane Franklin is an iconic 80s actress. She began her professional career in 1970 at the age of ten, starting with modeling, commercials, soap opera and theater. In 1981 she landed her first screen role as dream girl “Karen” in the teen sex comedy, THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN, afterwhich she was cast as Patricia Montelli, in the 1982 AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION. She then starred in movies for television, SUMMERGIRL and DEADLY LESSONS and guest-starred on the TV series, CHARLES IN CHARGE, MURDER SHE WROTE and FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES.
In 1985, Diane played her most beloved role “Monique Junot,” a spirited French-exchange student, in the cult-comedy BETTER OFF DEAD, and continued to work in film with TERRORVISION (1987) and HOW I GOT INTO COLLEGE. But Diane’s best-known 80s role is that of the original medieval babe, Princess Elizabeth, in the time-travel film, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989).
After taking a break from acting to raise her family, Diane returned to the big screen to play mother, Louise Defeo. in AMITYVILLE MURDERS and perform a cameo in TED BUNDY: AMERICAN BOOGEYMAN, with her daughter, Olivia DeLaurentis in the role of Carole DaRonch.
Other film roles include WAKING NIGHTMARE and HIGH HOLIDAY with Tom Arnold, Jennifer Tilly, and the late, Cloris Leachman.
Diane has written three autobiographies and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer, Ray DeLaurentis. Her daughter Olivia DeLaurentis is an actor, comedian and writer, (PIVOTING/ SYD & OLIVIA/ APOCOLYPSE GOALS/) and her son Nick DeLaurentis is a musician and composer, (GOOD BOY on Spotify.)