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Diana Hyland

Diana Hyland, a striking, knowing beauty with a confident air about her, was born Diane Gentner on January 25, 1936, in Ohio and appeared on stage in summer stock as a teen before graduating from Cleveland Heights High School. Moving to New York in 1955 to test her acting mettle, the slim-faced, honey-blonde actress began to find TV roles almost immediately (one of her first being a "Robert Montgomery Presents" episode) in between supplementing her income as a switchboard operator. Initially billed Diane Gentner, she changed it to Diana Hyland (taking her mother's maiden name). Following a tour of the play "Look Back in Anger," she broke through quite impressively on the Broadway boards as the neurotic ingénue in the acclaimed 1959 Tennessee Williams production of "Sweet Bird of Youth" starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page. Her role of Heavenly Finley could have made her a film star had she been allowed to take it the big screen, but Shirley Knight was given that honor. In the early 60s, Diana focused on the small screen with strong, emotional roles on such soaps as "Young Dr. Malone" (1958) and "Peyton Place" (1964) (in a particularly showy role as a minister's alcoholic wife). She also scored well in a series of guest parts, notably "The Twilight Zone," "The Fugitive," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Alcoa Presents," the last for which she received an Emmy nomination. She was a particularly sought-after presence on medical shows as well, spicing up such popular tearjerkers as "Ben Casey," "Dr. Kildare," "The Doctors and the Nurses," "Medical Center" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.". Strangely, Diana made noticeably few films during her career, her best showcase being that of the unconventional minister's wife opposite Don Murray's Rev. Norman Vincent Peale in One Man's Way (1964). In addition to a small, downbeat supporting turn in The Chase (1966) starring Marlon Brando, Robert Redford and, Jane Fonda, she also co-starred with Fess Parker in the routine western yarn Smoky (1966). Remaining focused on TV, Diana continued to brightened up the TV medium into the 1970s with an emphasis on crime ("Kojak, "Harry O", "Cannon," "Mannix," etc.). IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh /

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Jan 25, 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
Primul film:
In series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Ultimul film:
Serial Eight Is Enough 1977-03-15
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of Scalplock
Poster of Hercules and the Princess of Troy
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Filme in care a jucat
Serial Eight Is Enough 1977-03-15
Film The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Mickey Lubitch 1976-11-12
Serial S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Serial Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Serial Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Serial Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Serial Banyon Unknown 1972-09-15
Serial Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Serial Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Serial Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Film Ritual of Evil Leila Barton 1970-02-23
Serial Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Serial Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Serial Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Serial Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Film The Chase Elizabeth Rogers 1966-02-17
Film Scalplock Marta Grenier 1966-04-09
Serial Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Film Smoky Julie Richards 1966-08-03
Serial The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
Serial Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Serial The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Serial Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Film Hercules and the Princess of Troy Princess Diana 1965-03-08
Serial Peyton Place 1964-09-15
Film One Man's Way Ruth Stafford Peale 1964-02-26
Serial Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Serial The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Serial Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Serial Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Serial Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Serial The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Serial Young Doctor Malone 1958-12-29
Serial Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Serial Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10