Diane Gaidy has played lead roles in several independent feature films, including "The Dogwalker", dir. Jacques Thelemaque, “Need”, dir. Rob Nilsson, and "America So Beautiful", dir. Babak Shokrian. She is probably best known for her role as Simone in "Loving Annabelle", dir. Katherine Brooks, for which she won the Best Actress award at Outfest in 2006. She has also appeared in various episodic television guest spots, including the hit show "Medium".
In 1993, Diane co-founded Filmmakers Alliance in Los Angeles. Through FA, she starred in and produced numerous short films including the award-winning short, "Transaction" (Grand Prix du Jury, Clermont-Ferrand), "Egg" (Best Short – Comedy, Cinequest 2001, Best Short – Methodfest 2001), "Birth Of Indusry" (Cleveland International Film Festival) and "Thanksgiving", her short film directorial debut, from her original story. She also co-produced "The Dogwalker" which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won Best First Feature at Cinequest.
Diane now makes her home in Buffalo, NY. The thriving Buffalo theatre scene has provided her with opportunities to stretch into some coveted roles such as Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez in “Charley’s Aunt”, both at the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Diane has also played Harper in Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away” and Alexandra in Ariel Dorfman’s “Widows”. This season she is slated to play the role of Bella Manningham in “Angel Steet” with Playhouse of American Classics, and an original experimental theatre piece, “Trace” at the Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo.
Diane also holds a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is a life coach who assists her clients in living meaningful lives in alignment with their own unique purpose. You can visit her life coaching site at www.veritelifecoaching.com.