Biography

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 / gr-home@pacbell.net

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 / gr-home@pacbell.net

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1936-01-25

Day of Death 1977-03-27

Place of Birth Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1977 Eight Is Enough (112 episodes)
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble as Mickey Lubitch
1975 S.W.A.T. (1 episode)
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1974 Happy Days (2 episodes)
1973 Kojak (2 episodes)
1972 Banyon (1 episode)
1972 Search (1 episode)
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 Ritual of Evil as Leila Barton
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (1 episode) as Janice Graham
1967 Judd for the Defense (2 episodes)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1967 The Invaders (2 episodes) as Ellie Markham (1 episode) as Sherri Vikor
1966 The Iron Horse (2 episodes) as Marta Grenier
1966 Felony Squad (1 episode)
1966 The Green Hornet (1 episode) as Claudia Bromley
1966 Tarzan (1 episode) as Diana Russell
1966 Smoky as Julie Richards
1966 Scalplock as Marta Grenier
1966 The Chase as Elizabeth Rogers
1965 The F.B.I. (4 episodes)
1965 Run for Your Life (2 episodes)
1965 Hercules and the Princess of Troy as Princess Diana
1964 Peyton Place (517 episodes)
1964 One Man's Way as Ruth Stafford Peale
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (4 episodes)
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1961 Alcoa Premiere (62 episodes)
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare (2 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 Young Doctor Malone (322 episodes)
1958 Naked City (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)

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