On Episode 016 of the RETROZEST podcast, your host Curtis Lanclos conducts an exclusive interview with DIANE FRANKLIN (aka Monique Junot) in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Savage Steve Holland’s cult classic film, BETTER OFF DEAD (released on August 23, 1985)! Starring in the film with Diane are John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Dan Schneider, Amanda Wyss, Curtis Armstrong, Laura Waterbury, Taylor Negron, Chuck Mitchell, Vincent Schiavelli and Demian Slade.

Diane is a true “Lady of the ’80s,” and she shares many fun stories about the making of the movie, as well as some other roles from her career (commercials, The Last American Virgin, Summer Girl, Amityville II: The Possession, TerrorVision, etc.).

Incidentally, you may help the podcast by purchasing a BETTER OFF DEAD T-Shirt or two (many different designs and colors!) from our store by clicking HERE.

Check out this fun slideshow of images below (click on the right arrow to advance to the next photo)! Many of these photos were taken at 80s in the Sand! They feature Diane with…

  • Curtis Lanclos of RetroZest
  • Amanda Wyss
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • Terri Nunn of Berlin (she performed “Dancing in Isolation” for the Better Off Dead soundtrack)
  • Superfan Ken Potocki (the only fan to ever get a photo with John Cusack and Diane together)
  • Andy Marrow and Carol Bassie (as the Pig Burger mascots)

Diane’s daughter, Olivia DeLaurentis (seriously, she could be Diane’s clone!), is a filmmaker as well! Check out her NEW SNAPSHOT SHOW!

Also, her son Nick DeLaurentis is a musician! Check out his NEW ALBUM!!

Diane Franklin – TV Movies

Diane Franklin – Videos at 80s in the Sand!

Diane Franklin – Media

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