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Birth Name: Diane Heidkrüger
Date of Birth: July 15, 1976
Place of Birth: Hildesheim, Germany
Height: 5' 8"
Best Known For: Playing Helen in Troy and National Treasure
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Diane Kruger was born on July 15, 1976, in Hildesheim, Germany, where she grew up with her parents and younger brother, Stefan. She studied ballet for several years at age 11, she moved to London to study with the Royal Ballet. Two years later, however, she suffered a knee injury which ended her blossoming career. She then returned to Germany and began modeling. In 1992, Kruger won a national modeling competition and a contract with the Elite Modeling Agency. Kruger soon became a top fashion model in Germany, posing for top designers including Armani and Christian Dior.
Kruger relocated to Paris to pursue acting at the suggestion of French filmmaker Luc Besson. In 2002, she made her film debut in the video release movie The Piano Player, starring Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper. That same year, she won a starring role in Mon Idole also featuring and directed by her then husband Guillaume Canet. Kruger then appeared in Ni Pour Ni Contra (Not For or Against in 2003, followed by a starring role in Michel Vaillant, that same year.
Kruger's big break cam in 2004 when she played Helen in the blockbuster film Troy starring Brad Pitt. This was the film that gave her great exposure to the United States audience. That same year, she had a starring role in the thriller Wicker Park, a remake of the 1996 French film L’Appartement, opposite Josh Hartnett and her Troy co-star Rose Byrne. Her third big film, also released in 2004, was the action film National Treasure, co-starring Nicolas Cage and Harvey Keitel.
In 2005, Kruger starred alongside her husband, Guillaume Canet, in the French war drama Joyeux Noël, followed by the lead in Frankie. The next year, she was seen in the French action film LesBrigades du Tigre. She also acted in the Copying Beethoven in 2006, with Ed Harris. Kruger will next be seen in Goodbye Bafana, Spring Break in Bosnia with Richard Gere, and the biopic Within the Whirlwind.Kruger married French filmmaker Guillaume Canet on September 1, 2001. They have filed for divorce, and she is currently dating actor Joshua Jackson.
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