Diane Ladd born November 29,   is an American actress, film director, producer, and author. She has appeared in over film and television roles. Ladd is the mother of actress Laura Dern , with her ex-husband, actor Bruce Dern. Ladd was married to actor and one-time co-star Bruce Dern from to , and had two daughters; Diane Elizabeth Dern, who died at 18 months, and actress Laura Dern. She was the second actress to play the role of Kitty Styles on the long-running daytime serial. That film inspired the television series Alice , in which Flo was portrayed by Polly Holliday.