Oscar Winner Dianne Wiest: I'm Struggling to Pay My Rent

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Dianne Wiest at the 1987 Oscar ceremony

The actress laments that, despite her two Academy Awards, she only got offers to play "a nice mom."

Despite bringing new opportunities in the short term, the sheen of an Oscar victory can sometimes only last so long. Just ask two-time winner Dianne Wiest.

The 66-year-old actress, who begins previews Tuesday for off-Broadway production Rasheeda Speaking, told the New York Times she is facing money issues due to a lack of high-paying work.

"I have to move out of my apartment soon," Wiest said of her struggle to cover her rent. 

She earned Oscars for best supporting actress for 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters and 1994's Bullets Over Broadway, both directed by Woody Allen. But after that, she found she was only getting offered roles to play "a nice mom, and that's it. That's all that ever came, except in theater."

Wiest, who was the focus of one of the vignettes in 2007's David Wain-directed comedy The Ten, added that she doesn't plan on trying to write her own roles. "I think that if it's meant to happen, it will happen,” she said. “Which is I guess a real sign of stupidity."

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Her recent credits include the Al Pacino-starring The Humbling, released Friday, and 2012's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, along with a 2014 episode of NBC's The Blacklist.

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