Diane Polley

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Diane Polley
Born 1935
Died 1990-01-10
Nationality Canada
Other names Diane Elizabeth MacMillan (maiden name)
Occupation Actor, casting director
Known for Mother of Sarah Polley

Diane Polley was a Canadian actor and casting director.[1][2][3] Polley had five children, several of whom followed their parents into theatre, including her youngest, actor and director Sarah Polley.[4]

While working as a casting director Polley helped discover the comedy group The kids in the hall, and later guest starred on their show.[5] Polley also appeared in 44 episodes of the Canadian drama Street Legal.[6] Polley also appeared in stage productions.[7] She cast Jonathon Crombie in his first role, in the widely watched miniseries Anne of Green Gables.[8][9]

Polley's son John Buchan is also a casting director.[10] Her son Mark Polley is also an actor.[2]

In 2012 Polley's daughter Sarah directed a film about her own birth, after having confirmed, as an adult, that her conception was the result of an affair her mother had.[10] Sarah Polley says the affair was confirmed by a journalist who confronted her over keeping it a secret.


  1. Sid Adilman (1990-01-11). "Diane Polley, 54 was actress, talent agent". Toronto Star. p. A5. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/471412111.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jan+11%2C+1990&author=Sid+Adilman+Toronto+Star&pub=Toronto+Star&desc=Diane+Polley%2C+54+was+actress%2C+talent+agent&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2012-10-12. "Mrs. Polley was born in Toronto, attended Queen's University, studied in Scotland, received a masters degree in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and first became an actress in Montreal." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Biography for Diane Polley". IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0689568/bio. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. Stephen Schaefer (2003-10-09). "Sarah Polley recalls her own sorrow with new role in `My LIfe'". Boston Herald. p. 63. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/bostonherald/access/421326461.html?dids=421326461:421326461&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+09%2C+2003&author=Stephen+Schaefer&pub=Boston+Herald&desc=MOVIES%3B+Sarah+Polley+recalls+her+own+sorrow+with+new+role+in+%60My+LIfe%27&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2012-10-12. "The 24-year-old Polley plays Ann, a terminally ill wife and mother. It's a role all too familiar to Polley, whose mother, casting director Diane Polley, died of cancer when Polley was 11." 
  4. "Sarah Polley popolnoma zaljubljena v igro [Sarah Polley completely in love with the game]". Planet Siol. 2011-04-22. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.siol.net%2Ftv%2Fzanimivosti%2F2011%2F04%2Fsarah_polley.aspx&date=2012-10-12. 
  5. Rita Zekas (1989-07-17). "Loretta says it's genetics that make her look younger". Toronto Star. p. C5. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/470726331.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jul+17%2C+1989&author=Rita+Zekas+Toronto+Star&pub=Toronto+Star&desc=Loretta+says+it%27s+genetics+that+make+her+look+younger&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2012-10-12. "Actress Diane Polley, who plays Gloria on Street Legal, has a guest spot on the Kids In The Hall TV series, shooting here for U.S. pay TV. And it's only fair, since Polley, in her casting director days, helped discover the comedy group along with her son John Buchan and her former partner." 
  6. "Filmography for Diane Polley". IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0689568/filmotype. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  7. "Toronto: by David Fennario". Montreal Gazette. 1978-03-06. p. 38. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=15IuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UqEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2842,1622127&dq=diane-polley&hl=en. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. Michael Shulman (18 April 2015). "'Anne of Green Gables' star Jonathan Crombie dies at age 48". CTV News. http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/anne-of-green-gables-star-jonathan-crombie-dies-at-age-48-1.2333898. Retrieved 23 April 2015. "Crombie was a relative unknown until he caught the attention of Diane Polley, casting director of Anne of Green Gables and mother of Sarah Polley. After his performance in a high school play at Lawrence Park College Institute in Toronto, Polley convinced Sullivan to give the Canadian actor a shot." 
  9. Etan Vlessing (19 April 2015). "'Anne of Green Gables' Star Jonathan Crombie dies at 48". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jonathan-crombie-dead-anne-green-789940. Retrieved 23 April 2015. "Born in Toronto in 1966, Crombie was spotted as a 17 year-old by casting director Diane Polley, the mother of actress Sarah Polley, while performing in a high school performance of The Wizard of Oz." 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kate Taylor (2012-08-29). "Sarah Polley’s new film reveals her secret parentage". Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/sarah-polleys-new-film-reveals-her-secret-parentage/article4508957/. "After years of family jokes and rumours about the parentage of the youngest family member, Ms. Polley discovered in 2006 that she was the product of an affair her mother, actress Diane Polley, had in the 1970s."