Diana Hyland

Diana Hyland Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: January 25, 1936

Death Date: March 27, 1977

Birth Place: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Partners: John Travolta

After graduating from high school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where she'd been involved in summer stock theater, Diana Hyland moved to New York City to take her chances there. She got a job as a telephone operator, and began to get small acting roles. Soon she got into television, starting with an appearance on the drama "Robert Montgomery Presents" in 1955. In 1959, she appeared alongside Paul Newman and Geraldine Page in the Tennessee Williams drama "Sweet Bird of Youth," a major hit that ran for 375 performances and was nominated for four Tony Awards. At the same time, Hyland was making regular appearances as Gig Houseman Malone, the wife of the younger Dr. Malone on the soap-opera "Young Doctor Malone." Soon after that character was killed off, she decided to try her luck in Hollywood.

It didn't take long for her to find success there, landing a role alongside Robert Redford in the Fred Astaire-hosted program "Alcoa Premiere," which featured a new story each week and was known for using big-name actors and writers. In 1976, she appeared as the title character's mother in the made-for-TV movie "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," which starred John Travolta. (She would posthumously be awarded an Emmy for this role). The following year, she was seen as the matriarch, Joan Bradford, in four episodes of the family comedy-drama "Eight is Enough," before she was written out of the series because of her failing health.

Credits

Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

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1996

Eight Is EnoughStream

Actor
Joan Bradford
Series
1977

The Boy in the Plastic BubbleStream

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Mickey Lubitch
Movie
1976

Harry O

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1974

Happy DaysStream

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Adriana
Series
1974

Candidate for Murder

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Jennifer Pearson
Movie
1974

The Things I Never Said

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1974

KojakStream

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Cleo Donatello
Series
1973

Hawkins

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1973

Barnaby JonesStream

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Series
1973

Cannon

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Nedra Cameron
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1971

Alias Smith and Jones

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1971

Dan August

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Phyllis Hendricks
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1970

The Interns

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1970

Marcus Welby, M.D.Stream

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Cynthia Crowley
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1969

Ritual of Evil

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Leila Barton
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1969

The Name of the Game

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1968

MannixStream

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Janice Graham
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1967

ScalplockStream

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Marta Grenier
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1967

The Felony Squad

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Cloris Harte
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1966

Iron HorseStream

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1966

The Green Hornet

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1966

Tarzan

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Diana Russell
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1966

Smoky

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Julie Richards
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1966

The Chase

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Elizabeth Rogers
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1966

Sweet Taste of Vengeance

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Laura DeLinda Stevenson, Laura Murdoch
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1966

Wackiest Ship in the Army

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1965

I SpyStream

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1965

A Man Called Shenandoah

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1965

Hercules and the Princess of Troy

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Princess Diana
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1965

Hercules vs. the Sea Monster

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Princess Diana
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1965

Hercules

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Princess Diana
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1965

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Stream

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1964
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12 O'Clock High

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1964

Peyton Place

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Susan Winter
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1964

One Man's Way

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Ruth Stafford Peale
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1964

Burke's Law

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1963

The FugitiveStream

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Carol Hollister
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1963

Alfred Hitchcock HourStream

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1962

Ben Casey

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Greta Bauer
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1961

Dr. Kildare

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1961

The Twilight ZoneStream

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Anne Henderson
Series
1959
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Wagon TrainStream

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1957

GunsmokeStream

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Dallas Fair
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1955