is a Jewish-Christian involved in divine healing at her God Parties. An amazing story
A review of the Larry King Live Show 4-24-2001

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Click to enlargeBirth name
Samile Diane Friesen

Date of birth (location)
4 January 1937, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Attended the University of Washington, Seattle, but didn't graduate.

Stanley Fimberg (1985 - 1991) divorced.
Cary Grant (1965 - 1968) divorced, 1 daughter.

Perhaps best known for her trademark curly blond tresses.

Diane Cannon
Diane Dannon

She made her screen debut in 1960 as Dixie in the critically acclaimed crime drama ?The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond,? about a thief-among-thieves based in New York. Soon following, Cannon starred in the television series ?This Rebel Breed.? Although the series didn?t do well, Cannon caught the attention of screen great Cary Grant who was 35 years older. After a rocky courtship, the couple wed in 1962, and Cannon took time out of her blossoming career to be a wife and a mother to Jennifer Grant (TV?s ?Movie Stars?), born in 1966.

After a divorce from Grant in 1968, Cannon returned to the big screen and starred in the pop-culture classic ?Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice? in 1969. Because of her performance as the uptight Alice, Cannon received her first Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Award for best supporting actress.

After mastering the art of acting, Cannon also proved her success behind the camera. In 1976, she produced, directed, wrote and edited the 42-minute film, ?Number One,? which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Short Films - Live Action, making her the first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for her work in front of and behind the camera. Rounding out the decade and receiving her third Oscar nomination, Cannon starred in 1978?s ?Heaven Can Wait,? opposite Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Charles Grodin. Where she portrayed a money-hungry, adulterous wife who hatches a plot to kill her husband only to find that another man has been reincarnated via her husband's body.

The '80s and '90s found Cannon on the small screen more often than the big one, as she starred in several made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances in numerous series. She had a her recurring role on ?Ally McBeal? as the smart and sexy Judge Jennifer ?Whipper? Cone (1997-98).

Cannon tried her hand behind the camera again in 1991 by writing, directing, and starring in ?End of Innocence,? where she received critical acclaim for her acting performance. Cannon?s most recent film credits include ?Drop-Dead,? ?Out to Sea? (1997, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon), and the comedic mystery ?8 Heads in a Duffel Bag? (1997), where Cannon starred opposite Joe Pesci as a recovering alcoholic. Her additional film credits include ?Revenge of the Pink Panther,? ?Deathtrap,? ?Honeysuckle Rose,? and 'That Darn Cat' (1997) 'Drop-Dead' (1998) and the upcoming television movie, ?My Mother, the Spy.?

Click to enlargeCurrently, Dyan Cannon stars as the vivacious and free-spirited Honey Bernstein-Flynn on NBC?s mid-season comedy series ?Three Sisters.?Click to enlarge Honey is a yoga and meditation enthusiast, as well as a die-hard Laker fan, whose open relationship with her three grown daughters -- played by Katherine LaNasa, Vicki Lewis, and A.J. Langer -- is unconventional and often outrageous.

Cannon has just finished a film for Jerry Bruckheimer called "Down and Under." It centers around two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician, who get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $100,000 to Australia, but things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo.

Cannon lives in Los Angeles, California. Her birthday is January 4. Her beauty is timeless.

Dyan Cannon's website http://www.dyancannon.com
God's Party with Dyan Cannon and You http://www.gpdcandu.com/

A review of the Larry King Live Show
April 23, 2001 (By David Bruce).
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Larry King opened his interview with Dyan Cannon by saying, "Last Saturday night, my producer, her husband, the wife and I went out to Studio City here at CBS Lot in California to see an amazing thing: Dyan Cannon perform a kind of service... A lot of people watching this. In fact, standing room only, people outside ... what is with the God thing? What happened to you? You're a Jewish person."

After much laughter Dyan Cannon responded, "You know, you come to point in your life and you say, I want to be happy and I'm not happy, and I really want to know what real love is. That's how it started with me, my search for love."

Click here to view opening of this Larry King interview. It's incredible

Click to enlargeHOW GOD'S PARTY BEGAN
Cannon does not call what she does a church service, but rather, "an outreach... called GPDC, God's Party With Dyan Cannon."

It started in her house which it quickly outgrew. So she called the president of the CBS Studio center, Michael Klausman, and made arrangements to lease the CBS lot to hold the party there two times a month on Saturday night. The party consists of singing with a band and a time of healing. It's been going on for 3 years. Large numbers of people come. It's standing room only. Many can not get in.

Click here to view Cannon discuss God's Party and the healings that go on.

One of the unique features of God's Party is when people are prayed for and healed. Dyan Cannon claims that God has healed many through her. Larry King was most fascinated by this.

Click here to view Dyan Cannon praying

"All you have to do is say yes. Yes, Christ, I will receive this love that you have taught me about. I'll receive it in my heart say yes just as I am right now, I don't have to lose weight or gain weight, get a job or lose a job, or do anything. I can, just right this minute, say "come in to my heart." I have been so hungry for love, I have been so thirsty I have been so needy, I have been at point of death... just come into my heart."
Click here to view Dyan Cannon preaching about God's love.

"I was addicted to marijuana. I would have to have a puff off a joint before every take. I'd run out to the bathroom and come back... Well, I just said I need help and I have to do this and I knew I had to do it. I'll tell you what happened. I was going to go make a film in Greece and in Greece, if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles, you know, in the bottom of my deodorant because I thought they'll never look in there. And I thought, what I am doing? Is this thing bigger than me? Yes, well, I need help with it."

And so she turned to God and opened her heart.

Click to enlargeBEAUTIFUL MUSIC
Dyan Cannon has made a bold step. She has come forth in a public way to proclaim her faith in Jesus Christ as a Jewish Christian. Her God Parties are an explosion of that faith with balloons, streamers and beautiful music. Her bottom line is to help others know the love of God.

Click here to view Dyan Cannon singing and leading worship

I thought this was a tremendous thing for Dyan Cannon to do. There are lots of people of faith in Hollywood, but few share in a public way as Dyan Cannon did. As you watch the video clips (at Hollywood Jesus) notice how Dyan seems to use laughter to mask her nervousness, and yet at the same time project a strong sense of confidence. I also thought she did an excellent job in not using religious language, and how she included a kindness toward people of other faiths. Here is a woman on a mission. Her life will never be the same again.

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Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002
From: Karen

Dear Dyan,
Bless you Sister! A friend told me first hand about your parties for God. Praise God for your strength and courage for Jesus!!! Amen! I've been praying that someone in Hollywood, would be a Christian role model to the masses. You are part of that prayer. Perhaps you will assist in bringing a Christian conscience to the forefront in Hollywood.

Once I wanted to make my mark as an actor/writer like my father and some his "successful" friends. However, successful Hollywood seemed to be missing Jesus. There are so many talented folks in Hollywood playing it safe sending politically correct messages.

My father, like you, converted from Judaism to Christianity. In the last years of his life he saw more clearly what was important through Jesus Christ.

I'm praying for you and all that you touch through your parties. I'm praying that more Christian role models will come out of Hollywood to influence positively the lives of so many.

God bless you and your ministry.
Sisters in His love,

P.S. Please see the attachment so that I may share a glimpse my father with you.

JOHN 14:6
Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002
From: "Larry and Debbie Asher"

Hi Dyan
I hope you personally read this;
I presently had the opportunity to see the video clip of you on Larry King live. I wanted to ask you if you understand that JOHN 14:6 is so important. You have become a vessel to reach out to people and with that an importance of truth that I hope you always follow. The video clip did not show but a small portion of the show and I just wanted to know if you share these values with us. If I understand correctly, your biological father knew this. I'm only trying to share, I'm not a minister.

JOHN 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

JOHN 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies

JOHN 9:37 Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.

To truly understand that JESUS CHRIST died for our sins is so important.

With the Love of Christ
He will always walk with you.
Hope to hear from you.
Larry and Debra Asher

Subject: Newsletter_23
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002
From: Donna

Hi Dyan,
I read about your God's Party in Chatisma magazine. I was filled with joy to know that a Hollywood actress is using her talents for God. I wanted you to know that since minutes after reading about you. God laid you and your ministry upon my heart and I have been praying for you and your ministry. I want to encourge you to continue the ministry that God has given you. My husband and I are in ministry at the church we attend in Findlay Ohio. May God continue to bless and your ministry.

A Friend and sister in Jesus

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002
From: Jill

Dear Dyan:
Hallelujah! May God continue to use you mightily that others may come to the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
With the Love of Christ,

Subject: Dyan
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002

Dear Dyan and Company, God gave me this song before I even heard of God's Party. I then read about Dyan Cannon's ministry in the newspaper. I'd like to send you the song. Enjoy! Mrs. Melody Crombie

God's Party Song

Let's have a party
Let's go out tonight
And share God's good love
until the morning light

Let's have a party
Spread his love throughout the land
Like no one can 'cause we're children of the light
Let's party with God tonight

By: Melody Crombie

Subject: Dyan Cannon
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002
From: Marie Elaina

I, like you, have found the power of God. He works in many ways. My life changed 15 years ago when HE sent me back to raise my sons. I was clinically dead. I began writing to help people cope with the loss of their loved ones or maybe their souls. Many people have thanked me for helping them. One man thanked me for restoring his faith in God!

When you can, please visit my website: www.feelingsinc.com I believe I was sent back to not only raise my sons, but to help comfort people who are suffering from some tragedy. Please keep doing what you are doing. God works through us, if we listen to Him!
God Bless You,
Marie Elaina

Subject: dyan_cannon
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001
From: Michael

Click to enlargeHey Dyan, I just wanted to say how beautiful you look. I was at the Los Angeles Lakers game in the Second row right above you to the left of you and I just wanted to say how happy you look and you must be a fun spirited person. I just wanted to send you a pic that I scanned of you that night well take care.

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2001
From: Adelheid

So great to read what Jesus has done in your life.I heard you at TBN.God Bless you and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
Best wishes from
Adelheid Gustavsen

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
From Jill M.
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001

Dyan Cannon is just a wonderful person! I go to the Gods Party Bible Studies, and I just love it! Dyan does a great job with her messages that God gives and speaks through her.
God Bless ! Jill

Subject: Dyan Cannon
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001
From: "lori hicks"

Mrs. Cannon, I am 36 years old and here latley it seems every where I go people tell me I look like you. I have certainly taken that as a complement. It has to be the natural curly hair, that I have fought with all my life. I just wanted to tell you it is quite an honor to be told I look like you, you are a unique woman, I could only dream to be like that. Well have a wonderful week.

Subject: Energy at 3am Dyan Cannon
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001
From: Bobby

Hi Dyan, About 18 years ago I woke up with all this energy covering me. Years later I read Cathy Crosby's book Let The Magic Begin. The same thing happened to her. Now I get something else when I do breathing exercises. I get this Wave of energy surrounding me. One time after I read a Angel book I sat down and lifted dumb bells and I felt this fire or flame and could see it a little. It was like The Burning Bush, the bush didn't burn. Could you explain this for me and why is this happening? I also have this pressure in my chest. I get something on the outside and I need it in the inside. I know healing scriptures too. Iam not getting the results i want. i heard you speak about Jesus, he's all in all. Now what to i do?
Thank you Bobby

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Sat, 04 Aug 2001
From: Tom Schiavone

I praise God, and rejoice over your salvation! It is an awesome thing to see how God can take a life and do great and awesome things; it is important to always make sure God gets ALL the glory; we need to male sure we never mislead people; we are INSTRUMENTS He uses, but it is JESUS who does the work! I would like to know what church you attend(It's important to be in a bible believing fellowship)! I may be coming out to L.A. soon; how can I find out when you will have your Bi-monthly service? Again, I am most heartened by what God is doing in you!

Love, peace, joy, contentment, in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Your brother in Christ;
Tom Schiavone
godsmantom (Online Name)

Subject: Newsletter 23--Dyan Cannon
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001
From: Carol Webster

Dear Mr. Bruce,
I just read your newsletter regarding Dyan Cannon's outreach program. I also read the comments that had been posted. As a believer, my heart shouts for joy that there are outspoken Christians in the Hollywood set. There are many Christians in LA, and they are becoming more outspoken everyday. There are also many branches of Christianity. We (born again Christians) are many parts of the body and we are diverse as we all have different gifts of the Spirit. I saw that some expressed a concern regarding the lack of Dyan's biblical knowledge, but if she is in the Word at least an hour a day (which is far more than the average Christian), than the greatest teacher is pouring in and throughout her. I would encourage her to spend time in study under some of the best preachers of our day and even read some of the great sermons of pastor of the past. I suspect that she may already be doing that, because once you get the passion for Jesus, then you have a passion to know more about him and be like him. Jesus did not "hang out" with the religious leaders of his day; he walked, talked, ate, and slept among the sinners. Dyan is sharing Jesus in the way that God has decided to use her and she is allowing him to do that. I do believe in healing prayers and I do believe that people are healed, but in God's will. Her desire to perform intercessory prayer for those who are suffering is an act of service for our Lord. By the way, for those who don't understand the Jewish Christian Concept or Messianic Jews, they might wish to check out "Jews for Jesus."
Thank you for your service! Your Sister-in-Christ!
Carol Webster

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001
From: Silvanus

My ego tends to judge her heavy makeup, but then I realize judgment of appearances is one of the biggest traps of all. I'm really glad for her. Having been raised around so many wacko, literalist Baptists (and thankfully, some good, conscious ones, too, mixed into the stew), I'm wary of that "born again" label, even though Diane makes a great argument for it when she notes that it REALLY means "being born into a new concept of yourself", as it is but our errant conceptualizations of ourselves as just little frightened minds cut off into lonely separate bodies that got us into confusion and "sin" and this pyscho hall of mirrors in the first place. This is a level of "born again-ness I can embrace, and I understand this, as my way to an understanding and acceptance of Christ-consciousness came through attention given to A Course in Miracles which allowed me to go back and understand and own the truths in the Bible, the Rig Veda, Zen, The Caballah, and on. I think so many of us in the industry do love God, but we suffered being raised by folks who may have meant well, but had allowed their religion to become tainted with judgment, ego, orthodoxy and literalism (form before content). I mean, the figures in my childhood dream of the church were teaching me that I was indeed separate from blacks and Jews and Buddhists and gays and Catholics and on and on and on, and I rejected that entirely as utter nonsense. We didn't see much content OR love in these fundamentalist and exclusionary ideas about God (that only serve to chop a mind into even more fragmented pieces of fear), so we entertained the fantasy of running away from this idea of "God" presented to us. As we come into maturity and our own faith, we recognize we have never left home, only in our minds, a brief thought of a journey already taken. God was and is and will always be Love, Love does not Condemn, and what more could you want?

Subject: Dyan Cannon
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001
From: Brent Young

I have always been amused by the Jewish leaders who chastised Jesus for healing a man on the Sabbath; completely ignoring the fact that a whithered hand had been healed. They saw the Law and could not see the supernatural right before their eyes. Dyan does not hold any degrees in theology (would a tax collector or fisherman be better credentials than an actor?) and does not conform with everyone's rules for how it is "supposed" to be done. This also reminds me of the disciples jealousy about other people casting out demons. It is obvious that the Holy Spirit is doing this, not Dyan.

Dyan, if you ever read this. God bless you, keep it up. Follow the Holy Spirit and ignore the Pharasee criticism.
Brent Young

Subject: Dyan_Cannon
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001
From: BK

Dear Ms. Cannon,
I have always loved your work and respected your acting ability. Of course, your hair is to die for! You are truly an inspiration for not only aging gracefully, but beautifully as well. I am of the Baby Boom generation, the generation that refuses to grow old so this is especially significant. But even more significant is my conversion to Christ twenty-two years ago. I was raised in a fundamentalist faith, abandoned it, became agnostic and after many years of soul searching became born again. I never publicized it or even talked about it much except with those who asked. I had organized religion shoved down my throat most of my life and never wanted to do that to anyone else but rather live a loving life. The Spirit would bring those of us with like minds and hearts together. I saw your interview on Larry King and you seem very sincere. I know it takes guts to put yourself out there as you have done and you are taking a lot of criticism from so called "well meaning" Christians. We have some things in common, first, my partner for life is a born again Jewish man. Yes, to all those who deny it, they do exist! Secondly, I have a Masters Degree in American Studies, particularly popular culture, of which you are presently the reigning queen. But most importantly, I have twenty years of spiritual research which not only led me to Christ, but enabled me to excel in apologetics or, defense of the faith. You see, you were drawn to Christ by His love. I was drawn to Him by His Truth. He appeals to each of us individually. What I have discovered in studying truth, not doctrine like most Christians, is that God's Truth in Christ will always meet with opposition because we have an enemy (there is a real devil) and we need to die to self. As a consequence of this fact, Christ, although loving, will never be popular. He wasn't when He walked the earth and He isn't today. He Himself said, They hate me, they will hate you, too. I know you are very popular and seek to do His will. Counterfeit Christs and gurus abound in this age of glossy image and media hype. I never got that impression from you. The red flag goes up when media makes coming to Christ a Hollywood extravaganza instead of the life changing experience it is. After all, we are talking about eternal destiny here, not just feeling good every day, right? I wish you strength to carry out His will and pray you don't let the self serving wolves in sheep's clothing deceive you with their private agendas, however well meaning they may seem.(This includes Christians). God be with you, Dyan and never lose that infectious laugh!
Sincerely, BK

Subject: Dyan Cannon And Spiritual Rebirth
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001
From: Maydole

(My response in blue -David)

Dear Mr. Bruce:
Although R. Chan's post of 7 May 2001 may read as harsh and mean-spirited, I believe the essential point is correct. Ms. Cannon appears to be focussing upon an emotional experience, rather than sound evangelism.

Note how Ms. Cannon describes spiritual rebirth, as quoted on your Web site: "All you have to do is say yes. Yes, Christ, I will receive this love that you have taught me about. I'll receive it in my heart say yes just as I am right now... ." She rightly describes God as Love, but misses an essential component of rebirth, the recognition that one is a sinner in need of a Saviour. (My gosh, it's a sound bite edited by CNN, from a service when Dyan knew the secular media was recording her. Basing your judgement on that is not a truly fair. Give her a break, she did a good job.)

Compare Ms. Cannon's view with that of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke: "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' "I [Jesus] tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:13-14) (Why are you doing this? Why do Christians continually bash Christians? In the conversion of the Ethiopian, and of Saul (Acts 8-9), is sin or repentance even mentioned? Where is the call to repentance when Peter preached to the Gentiles (Acts 11:34-48). Although I believe that repentance is certainly a part of regeneration (Acts 2:38), I point these scriptures out to you, because if we apply the grid you place on Dyan Cannon's CNN sound bite to certain Bible passages the same thing happens. Would you dismiss those passages due to your grid? So again, be kind. Dyan did a powerful thing my coming forward. Please stop throwing rocks, it is painful. I can only imagine Dyan's sadness as she reads your letter).

The Good News of the Gospel is not simply that God is Love, nor only that He Loves the world. Rather, the Good News is that we who are the natural enemies of God might be reconciled to Him through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:10-11). There is nothing wrong with becoming emotional about the grandeur, majesty, and generosity of God. But if in so doing we neglect to mention that the whole purpose of Christ's Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection was to save humans from their sins, then we have preached "a different gospel" -- a polite way of saying that we have actually preached deceit. (Deceit? Different Gospel? You are painful to read. May God forgive you. How can you speak against some precious soul that you don't know? How can you speak publicly against another when you do not have all the facts? May the love that Dyan Cannon speaks about penetrate your heart)
Sincerely, Leland Edward Stone

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