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"I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk-cabbage."
This article is about Anne Shirley's best friend. You may be looking for Gilbert and Anne Blythe's daughter, Diana Blythe, or Jerry and Nan Meredith's daughter, Diana Meredith.
Diana Barry
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Biographical information
Born February 1865
Died Unknown
Also known as
Di
Aunt Diana
Diana Wright
Mrs. Wright
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Black
Eye colour Black
Skin colour Fair
Family information
Family members
Parents

Siblings

Aunts and uncles

  • Charles Murray (uncle)
  • Josephine Barry (great-aunt) †
  • Atossa Coates (great-aunt) †
  • Sarah (great-aunt) †

Cousins

  • Rhoda Murray (cousin)

Spouse

Issue

In-law family

  • Jim Wright (brother in-law)
Affiliation
Affiliation A.V.I.S.
Story Club
"Stella Maynard is the dearest girl in the world except one and you are that one, Diana."
Anne Shirley to her best friend, Diana[src]

Diana Wright (nee Barry) was the daughter of George and Mrs. Barry, the older sister of Minnie May, the wife of Fred Wright, the mother of Fred Jr., Anne Cordelia, and Jack Wright and the bosom friend of Anne Shirley.

Biography

Early life

Diana was born in February 1865 in Orchard Slope, Avonlea, to George and Mrs. Barry. There was a schoolmaster boarding with the Barry's at the time and he named the newborn girl Diana.

She was raised there along with her friends, Jane Andrews and Ruby Gillis. In September of 1871, Diana and her friends attended Avonlea school. When she was eight years old, her younger sister Minnie May was born.

Arrival of Anne Shirley

When Anne Shirley moved into Green Gables, Marilla suggested Diana as a possible friend for her. Anne, the optomistic and dreamy, was immediately exuberant and excited. She was worried if Diana's mother would approve of her, the orphan of nowhere. Fortunately for Anne, Mrs. Barry did allow her to be Diana's playmate. The two became dear friends, following a serious ceremony in which they swore to be "bosom friends" forever. 

Diana's mother (Mrs. Barry) worried that Diana read too much. After Anne Shirley arrived, however, it is assumed that she stopped reading so much and became intimate friends with Anne

School years

Much to Anne's surprise, Diana said yes when Fred Wright asked her to marry him. During the course of Anne of Avonlea the two were engaged. Anne was glad her bosom friend was happy, but secretly considered Fred far different from the dashing, handsome, and wicked ideal Diana had dreamed of in younger years.

Marriage with Fred Wright

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Wedding of Fred and Diana

In June 1886, Diana and Fred got married in Orchard Slope, Avonlea. She chose Anne for bridesmaid, Gilbert was Fred's groomsman. Diana wore a beautiful white wedding gown, pink roses, and a misty veil.

Diana and Fred had together three children. In July 1887, she gave birth to her eldest son, Fred Jr. who was named after his father and was extremely fat and round

In December of next year, her second child was born. She named her daughter Anne Cordelia after her childhood best friend Anne and her dream name, Cordelia Fitzgerald. Only Anne and Diana knew the reason behind it, however, simple Avonlea was shocked that she chose name Cordelia.

In late 1890, Diana gave birth to her youngest son and named him Jack.

Personality

Relationships

Anne Shirley

Fred Wright

Gilbert Blythe

Mrs. Barry

Physical appearance

"She was a very pretty little girl, with her mother's black eyes and hair, and rosy cheeks, and the merry expression which was her inheritance from her father."
Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 12[src]

Diana was rosy cheeked with black, curly hair and black eyes. She was plump but wished to be tall and slender.

Etymology

Diana is female given name of Latin origin and means divine.

  • Diana's friend Anne Shirley named one of her twin daughters Diana. Years later, her sister Nan named her only daughter Diana.

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

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Schuyler Grant

Trivia

  • Diana was modeled after Laura Pritchard Agnew, one of Lucy Maud Montgomery's first kindred spirits, who lived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Gilbert Blythe was modeled after Laura's brother Will.
  • Diana's name was originally Laura, then it was changed to Gertrude.
  • In the books, Diana is known for her black hair and she is married to Fred Wright. In the 1934 film, Diana was blonde and she was married to Mr. Roberts. Their wedding took place during Anne's stay in Charlottetown, so she wasn't able to attend her friend's wedding.

Gallery

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Appearances

Main article: Diana Barry/Appearances

Book appearances

Short story appearances

Film appearances

TV series appearances

Radio dramas

Web series

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