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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 27, 1977 ~Actress Diana Hyland, a one-time striking beauty of stage and screen, including memorable performances on TV's "Peyton Place", and "Twilight Zone", dies after long battle w/cancer w/boyfriend actor John Travolta by her side to the end, which came at 41. …


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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 08:01:38pm


Diana Hyland
(January 25, 1936 – March 27, 1977

Early years & Career…

Hyland was born Diana Gentner (or Diane Gentner, according to some sources) in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gentner. She made her acting debut in 1955 at age 19 in an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents. Over the next decade she appeared often in guest and supporting roles in various television series, including Naked City, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Invaders and The Twilight Zone as well as cast in the feature film The Chase (1966) with Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford.

Hyland in memorable TWILIGHT ZONE episode 'Spur of the Moment (1964). …


In 1959, she originated the role of Heavenly Finley in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, appearing with Geraldine Page and Paul Newman. In 1966, she co-starred in the movie Smoky in which she played Julie Richards, owner of the Rockin' R Ranch, who falls in love with Clint Barkeley (Fess Parker), owner of Smokey, a black stallion turned cutting horse. The same year she appeared in an episode of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. titled "The Candidate's Wife Affair". From 1958 to 1963, Hyland was a regular on the NBC soap opera Young Doctor Malone, playing Gig Houseman, wife of the younger Dr. Malone.

Hyland's debut in a feature film was in One Man's Way (1963). She had a continuing role as Susan Winter in the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place:829 from 1968 to 1969. She appeared in the 1976 television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, for which she won a posthumous Emmy Award. The following year, she co-starred with Dick Van Patten in the series Eight Is Enough, but appeared in only four episodes before her death, and her character, Joan Bradford died as well. …


Personal life …
Hyland dated actor Joe Goodson briefly before they were married on April 24, 1969. Their son Zachary Goodson was born in 1973. They divorced in 1975. She began a romantic relationship with actor John Travolta, 18 years her junior, in 1976 after meeting him on the set of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. …


Death …
Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977, and underwent a mastectomy.
However, the cancer spread and her health deteriorated. Hyland and Travolta
remained together until her death on March 27, 1977 in Los Angeles, when
Travolta was by her side while on break of filming "Saturday Night Fever".

Links …
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0405076/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Hyland
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6165897/diana-hyland

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