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"I have been assigned a secretary. Her name is Diane ... She seems an interesting cross between a saint and a cabaret singer."
Dale Cooper[src]

Diane Evans was FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper's secretary to whom he dictated all of his tapes.


Diane was assigned as Cooper's secretary on his first day working for the FBI, December 19, 1977. He described her as an "interesting cross between a saint and a cabaret singer," and addressed most of his tapes to her from that moment on, even ones where he appeared to be talking to himself.[1]

She appeared to show concern for Cooper, as she sent him flowers during his absence after taking a life for the first time.[1]


Cooper standing outside of Diane's office

One day in early 1988, Cooper stood outside of Diane's office and mentioned that she had not changed her hair and was wearing a dress she had worn before, but he noticed that she had indeed changed something in the room. He took a moment to figure it out and excitedly noted that she moved a clock twelve inches to the left. Before leaving, he requested a "damn great pot of coffee" made from Sally's ground coffee.[2]

Diane joined Cooper for a Chinese food dinner on June 10, 1988, and he noted the next day that despite having known her for over 10 years, he did not know her last name.[1]

"Special Agent Cooper . . . Dale and I had dinner once. We ate Chinese. We had wonton soup, egg rolls, and Peking duck. That's the one where they inflate the bird with air, swelling it to over double its original size. Without a doubt the most delicious skin I've ever eaten, firm and at the same time delicate. And the meat itself takes on a flavor when slid into the mouth. . . . Well, I couldn't get enough of it."

During Cooper's investigation in Twin Peaks of the murder of Laura Palmer, Diane fulfilled Cooper's requests for a pair of earplugs[3] and back issues of Flesh World.[4]

Twenty-five years after Cooper's disappearance, Diane regularly drank at Max Von's Bar in Philadelphia, where Albert Rosenfield found her one evening.[5] She refused to assist him in a case that involved Cooper, but reluctantly agreed when Deputy Director Gordon Cole accompanied him the next morning.[6]

She went with them and Agent Tammy Preston to South Dakota, where she briefly met with Cooper, with whom she recalled a night they both clearly remembered. Shaken by the meeting with Cooper, she told Cole that this was not the Cooper she knew, for he lacked the heart that she knew Dale had.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Cooper with the tape recorder he uses to address tapes to Diane

During the first season, it was reported by several outlets that Carol Lynley had been cast as Diane.[7][8] Mark Frost confirmed in 2014 that this report was false.[9]

Diane appeared on-screen for the first time in the 2017 revival, played by Laura Dern, who has appeared in several David Lynch projects, including his films Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Inland Empire.


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