Diane became a mother to her only child, Eleanor Lambert, in 1993
Diane Lane raised a star in her own right: her daughter, Eleanor Lambert.
The Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans star welcomed her first and only child, Eleanor, 30, in 1993, in Los Angeles with her then-husband, French actor Christopher Lambert. Eleanor has since gone on to follow in her parents’ footsteps, pursuing a career in acting.
Though her mother kept her personal life private when she was growing up, Eleanor said that Diane was encouraging when she decided to go into Hollywood.
“Both my parents are incredibly supportive,” she said in a 2021 interview with Manny The Movie Guy. “I’ve been very privileged to be able to find my own footing in terms of my interests and then also in this field.”
From traveling together to Rwanda to following in her parents’ footsteps, here’s everything to know about Diane Lane’s daughter, Eleanor Lambert.
She was born in Los Angeles
Eleanor was born on Sept. 5, 1993, in L.A. to two actor parents. Her father, Christopher Lambert, is a famous actor in France, best known for starring in the series Highlander and earning awards for his work in 1985's Subway.
Diane picked the name after her grandmother who was also Eleanor — and because she wanted it to sound good in both her and her then-husband's native languages.
“We chose it because it had to sound good in French and English," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1994. "It’s a little tricky. Some of the American names don’t really click. ... [My husband] wanted to name her Bebe for a while. It seemed like a pinup name.”
Diane had to go back to work on the set of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All just a month after she welcomed Eleanor, and admitted it was a difficult adjustment for her to make.
“It was so heartbreaking for me just to be away from her at that time," she told the outlet. "I don’t know how working moms do it ... I lost her to the breast. She went on the bottle. I got so mad I cut all of my hair off after we wrapped.”
She accompanied her mom on her travels and to work events when she was younger
Diane brought Eleanor along to some of her charity work across the world, including a Rwanda trip in 2008 with Heifer International. She reminisced on the journey with PEOPLE in 2014, sharing that while she and her then-14-year-old daughter were the only mother-daughter duo there, it was important for Eleanor to see the efforts to end poverty and hunger firsthand.
“It was unforgettable,” she said. “And to travel to Africa was already something rather large compared to our previous history of mother-daughter trips.”
Diane added that Eleanor took on the role of photographer during the trip, snapping photos of everything she saw. Going to Rwanda was life-changing for Eleanor, Diane told PEOPLE.
“I think the scales fell from her eyes,” she said. “My daughter was sort of brought alive and I can’t imagine anything else would’ve impacted her the same way.”
In addition to charity work and travel, Eleanor also grew up accompanying her mom to red carpets and industry events like the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiere in 2016 and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.
She studied journalism at New York University
Eleanor was a student at New York University from 2011 to 2016, graduating with a degree in intersectional horizons in journalism and communication. She also had a minor in French, per her LinkedIn.
While she was there, she was acknowledged for academic excellence and placed on the Dean’s List both semesters in her junior year.
As she left the nest, Diane admitted to Oprah.com that she was struggling with her daughter being out of the house, calling it "bittersweet."
"You get comfortable in the role that you've been in for so long, and then you give them a pair of car keys and you're lucky if you even get a text," she said. "It happens pretty quickly, let me tell you. It's very unceremonious, that switch over, but I'll certainly miss her."
She wrote for outlets like Teen Vogue and VICE while also modeling
After graduating from college, Eleanor started a career in journalism and freelanced for Teen Vogue and VICE. She focused on writing about her experiences attending rallies and events in Washington, D.C., and N.Y.C., including a piece on a rally in the latter’s Washington Square Park on International Women’s Day in March 2017.
At the same time, Eleanor was signed to Wilhelmina and booked modeling gigs, which she also wrote about. In an October 2014 interview with TWELV, Eleanor shared that she wanted to continue down both the modeling and journalism paths in her career.
“I hope to be on the cover of Vogue AND the cover of Rolling Stone, one as the world's best model, the other as the world's best music journalist!” she said of her aspirations at the time.
She has starred in numerous short films
Despite her early start in modeling, Eleanor ultimately pivoted to an acting career in her mid-20s. She starred in a few short films and plays such as Rainfall, The Band, as well as a few episodes of TV series like FBI: Most Wanted. She ultimately had her breakout role in 2021’s Time Now.
In an interview with Traversing the Stars in 2021, Eleanor shared that she didn’t originally think she would go into acting because she didn’t “recognize the artistry” behind it, having grown up in a family of actors. However, when she was 24 she met her partner who was also in the industry, and she was inspired by watching him work and getting into character.
“He was the one who introduced me to the craft and the honoring of human experience and the empathy involved in the art form of acting,” she said. “It was like this lightbulb went off for me because my natural interest lies in the psychology of humans and why people do things the way that they do. I have an interest in the science side of it and the research.”
After that, she said she realized acting is the “outside-in” version of that and she wanted to pursue it.
Her mom was supportive of her acting but protected her when she was young
When Eleanor told her parents about booking Time Now, she said the actors were “super supportive.”
“They were like ‘Great, sounds super interesting, I’m excited to hear how you feel doing it,’ ” she said in her interview with Manny The Movie Guy.
However, when Eleanor was growing up, Diane tried to keep her out of the spotlight so she could make her own choices about fame when she was old enough.
“My mother never pushed me into the limelight in any way, at any point, and waited until I was of an age where I could make my own, informed decisions about how involved I wanted to be in their world,” she told TWELV. “I was probably about 15 when I began really attending events with my mom or my stepdad or even my father, who is usually in France.”
She added, “It was so important to my mom that I be the one in charge of that choice and not her, and I'm so happy she did that!”
Diane gives her advice on acting
When she was performing in a play, Eleanor admitted that she asked her mom to attend all three performances so she could ask for her input. She added that while it’s hard to hear criticism and feedback as an actor, she wanted to hear from Diane as someone she trusted.
“She gave me some amazing, fantastic, healing and fortifying advice,” she told Manny. “But asking for help is hard, it takes practice to say ‘I don’t know what to do here.’ ”
Eleanor also said she was still learning how to best receive her parents' advice.
"When I've got two masters of the craft, whose footsteps I get to follow — hopefully, maybe, in some capacity — I have learned and I am learning how to best lean on them," she said.
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