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Lane’s on ShoWest route

Thesp to be honored at show's gala closing

Diane Lane, who drew wide praise for her recent role as an adulterous wife in 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s “Unfaithful,” has been named female star of the year for ShoWest 2003.

Lane will be honored at an awards gala set to close the exhib trade show March 6. ShoWest opens March 3 at the Paris and Bally’s hotels in Las Vegas.

“Who can forget Diane Lane when she first captured our hearts in the wonderful film ‘A Little Romance?’ ” said Robert Sunshine, chairman of ShoWest organizer Sunshine Group Worldwide, of the thesp’s 1979 breakout perf. “Her Oscar-caliber performance in ‘Unfaithful’ highlights her astounding talent,” Sunshine said. “And we are honored to present her with this award.”

Lane has also starred in pics including 2000’s “The Perfect Storm” and three Francis Ford Coppola films — “The Cotton Club” (1984), “The Outsiders” (1983) and “Rumble Fish” (1983). TV credits include playing Stella in a CBS production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” opposite Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

Previous ShoWest female stars of the year include Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg and Annette Bening.