Born: July 15, 1976 in Algermissen, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Birth Name: Diane Heidkrüger
Height: 5′ 7″
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model. She later pursued acting and relocated to Paris at the suggestion of filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element (1997)). She married French actor Guillaume Canet (The Beach (2000)) in 2001.
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Represented Germany in Elite Model Management’s “Look of the Year” competition in 1992, at the age of 16.
Was considered too thin for the role of Helen of Troy in Wolfgang Petersen’s film Troy (2004) and had to gain 15 lbs. in order to appear rounder.
She has a younger brother, Stefan.
Was a professional model under her birth name, Diane Heidkrüger, from 1992 to 1997.
Became an American citizen in 2013.
Studied acting at the Cours Florent, a prestigious drama school in Paris, France. She won the Classe Libre award as the best actor in her year.
People magazine included Diane in its annual “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” issue in 2004.
Ranked #50 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list in 2005.
Began training at the Royal Ballet School in London during her summer breaks from school when she was 11 with aspirations of becoming a professional ballerina. However, when she was 13 she suffered a knee injury that required two metal plates to be inserted, effectively ending her dreams.
Is an active supporter of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
She is fluent in German, English, and French. Additionally, she studied Latin for eight years in school, and learned Russian for the film The Tiger Brigades (2006).
While filming Frankie (2005), she would live in an actual mental hospital where the film was shot with members of the crew in order to shoot scenes.
She always does her own German, French, and English voice dubbing for the foreign releases of her films.
Was the hostess (maitresse de cérèmonie) of the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She was the first German to host the film festival.
Parents are Hans-Heinrich, and computer specialist, and Maria-Theresa Heidkrüger, a bank employee.
Her father left the family, and her parents divorced when she was 13.
Was in a long-term relationship with Joshua Jackson from 2006 until 2016.
Member of the jury at the 58th Berlin Film Festival in 2008. She was a member of the jury for the main competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015.
Is very good friends with ex-husband Guillaume Canet.
Attended the Episcopal Gymnasium Josephinum, a Catholic high school in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, German, through the tenth grade.
Ranked #83 on AskMen’s “Top 99 Women” list in 2010.
Ranked #88 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list in 2009.
Named the “Sexiest International Import” on Victoria’s Secret’s “What Is Sexy” list in 2012.
Stated that she dreamed about having a career like Romy Schneider’s – an Austrian-German actress who had a successful career in France, had a relationship with a French actor and made Hollywood films.
Was made an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), a French Order of Merit, for her contributions to French cinema in 2014.
Was a finalist in the famous Elite Model Look contest the same year as future First Lady of the United States Melania Trump.
In a relationship with Norman Reedus since 2016. They have a daughter together (b. November 2018).
Born on the same date as Gabriel Iglesias.
Has stated that she has a deathly fear of horses and will not star in any movies that requires her riding a horse.
Born at 12:00 PM (MET).
In August 2021, Kruger announced her engagement to actor Norman Reedus.