Anywhere she strolls, Diane Amos, AKA The Pinesol Lady (or the Pinesol Lady, AKA Diane Amos) causes a stir. A group of young women shriek in excitement and surround her in loving familiarity as she makes her way down the sidewalk. A salesman in the door of a store sees her pass and in his excitement shouts out only, “Oh, oh, where are you from?” She smiles and says, “Pinesol.” She knows what he means. As she enters the store to tell him a real hello, he is jumping up and down in disbelief at his good luck.
Diane has risen to a wonderfully familiar stardom in that supermarket aisle where she dutifully and cheerfully stands to give reliable advice on how not to go wrong when cleaning. Diane is charmed. She came into this world with talent, and a star she was meant to be.
Born to a mother who was a special ed teacher and into a family of performers, she was doubly fortunate as her talent was nurtured by the unqualified encouragement that came from an authentic recognition and appreciation of all she was. By the time she was four she was watching television with an eye on the production details.
Her mother happily paid nickels, quarters or dimes to watch whatever show Diane was performing for the family and friends who were only too happy to cancel their evening plans to be her ticket-buying audience. She performed as a child while at San Francisco’s Lafayette Elementary School, and kept her grades good at Washington High School so she could take the performing classes offered. She thought her career would be singing, but the acting won out from her having taken, by mistake, an improv class that set her on her true path to success, radio, voice overs, acting roles, stand up comedy.
Diane is a natural comedienne who was beyond delighted to find out she could get paid for being funny. You can find her in Angels in the Outfield, in Nine Months, Copycat and most recently in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. If you have not seen Diane in her movie roles, you need not be left behind. Netflix, folks, is at your service.
Life challenge free? It seems so, but as she says, “Let’s get real.” To listen to her tell the story of her life is to get real, to learn something not just about this wonderful woman and her family but also about movie and television history and how she came to be the personification of a popular commercial product. And, bonus time, you get to hear all this in her one-of-a-kind voice, which is in itself a totally joyful experience.
Diane is a serious, reliable, talented human being who approaches life always offering her full self while never being full of herself. Plans for a love letter? So many options. Her mother? Or perhaps the high school teacher who propelled her into that improv class? And maybe even a love note to that little bottle of Pinesol that sits on a shelf in her home. Letters to her children telling them about the person she was before she was their mother? Whatever her letter will be, it will be a valuable piece of personal, cultural and theater history documented in her own hand.
From me to you with love in the air,
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