Diane Lane 'Really Happy' with Her Blended Family

10/09/2008 at 07:00 AM ET
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Diane Lane knows what it’s like to be a single mother. When her daughter Eleanor Jasmine was a toddler, the actress and her first husband Christophe Lambert divorced because Diane feels it "better to be friends and be functional than a married couple and [dysfunctional]." Even though Christopher is involved in his now 15-year-old daughter’s life, Diane admits that before she remarried,  she felt that life as a single mom "was like having a croquet mallet in one hand, a tennis racket in the other, a baseball bat in the other, and some fins on my feet." Now that she’s wed to actor Josh Brolin, she cares for his children — Trevor, 20, and Eden, 15  with his ex-wife Alice Adair — as well. Life is pretty busy the actress says, but it’s okay because she’s "really happy" with her life.

Diane isn’t the only one enjoying the benefits of a blended family — Eleanor is too, but for a different reason than mom! Diane, 43, confides that her daughter loves visiting with stepgrandparents James Brolin and Barbra Streisand. Not only does Barbra makes a gourmet spread for the family during the holidays, she’s also a "mensch" and even "comes to the kids’ plays!"

Diane’s latest film, Nights in Rodanthe, is currently in theaters.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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maya on

His name is Christophe, not Christopher. And he’s so in love with his daughter, talking about her in all his interviews !

SouthernBelle on

I have loved Diane Lane forever! I could watch anything she’s in. I knew she was a single mother for years (as was I) and now has a blended family (as have I) and she would be the celeb that I would most want to be friends with if I ever had the chance. Sounds like she’s got a great life with great kids and I love that everyone is involved in the children’s lives.

Anais on

I would love if Barbra was my grandmother! It’s always good to see when being a blended family actually works.

Gina on

I love Diane Lane! She is one of my favorite actresses and just seems very normal and grounded to me not to mention the coolest person! It’s nice to hear about a healthy blended family.

Nicole Marie on

That is so nice to hear about blended families being happy and content. And having Barbra as a grandmother? That would be cool! (This would probably insult my grandmother though lol)

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