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Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds Sydney.jpg
Diane Kruger, at the Sydney premiere.


Diane Kruger
(born Heidkrüger)


15 July 1976 (aged 45)
Algermissen, Germany




Actress, model

Years active


“ I guess the only character in the movie that could have maybe existed is Bridget von Hammersmark, so it’s a bit of a puzzle of different people. [Quentin] had a lot of actresses that he loved that he wanted me to watch. Of course being German I knew a lot of German actresses of that period. So I really like Hilde Konetzni. So you take a little a bit and then make it your own. But it was pretty much on the page.”
―Diane Kruger on her role[1]

Diane Kruger (born 15 July 1976, Algermissen) is a German actress and former fashion model.

Kruger was born as Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, West Germany, near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee. She was brought up Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school. She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.

In 1992, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look and started modelling afterwards. Despite her relatively short stature for a model (1.70 m), she managed to land bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

Kruger became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She made her film debut in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV film by Jean-Pierre Roux. The same year, she also starred in her then husband's directorial début Mon Idole.

She is known for roles such as Helen in Troy (2004) (which also starred Brad Pitt as Achiles), Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure (2004) and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), Anna in Mr. Nobody (2009), and Gina in Unknown (2011).

In 2017, she made her German-language debut in Fatih Akin's film In the Fade, for which she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and Satellite Award for Best Actress.



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