Diana Hyland

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Diana Hyland
Diana Hyland Peyton Place 1968.jpg
Hyland as Susan Winter in Peyton Place, 1968
BornDiana Gentner
(1936-01-25)January 25, 1936
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 27, 1977(1977-03-27) (aged 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1955–1977
Spouse(s)Joe Goodson (1969–1975; divorced); 1 child
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Diana Hyland
Diana Hyland Peyton Place 1968.jpg
Hyland as Susan Winter in Peyton Place, 1968
BornDiana Gentner
(1936-01-25)January 25, 1936
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 27, 1977(1977-03-27) (aged 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1955–1977
Spouse(s)Joe Goodson (1969–1975; divorced); 1 child

Diana Hyland (January 25, 1936 – March 27, 1977) was an American stage, film and television actress.


Hyland was born Diana Gentner in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. (Some sources indicate Diane Gentner). She made her acting debut at age 19 (in 1955) in an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents. Over the next decade she played numerous guest and supporting roles in various television series, including Naked City, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive and The Twilight Zone, before being cast in a featured role in The Chase (1966) with Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

In 1959, she originated the role of Heavenly Finley in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway with Geraldine Page and Paul Newman.

Hyland was a regular on the NBC soap opera Young Doctor Malone from 1958–63, playing Gig Houseman, wife of the younger Dr. Malone. She played a continuing role in the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place from 1968–69. 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 signed on to play the wife of Dick Van Patten's character in the series Eight is Enough. She appeared in only the first four episodes prior to her death.

Personal life[edit]

Hyland dated actor Joe Goodson briefly before the two were married on April 24, 1969. The union bore one child in 1973, a son, Zachary Goodson, before their divorce in 1975.[1]

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.[2]


Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977, and underwent a mastectomy.[3] Despite the mastectomy, her cancer continued to spread and her health deteriorated. Hyland and Travolta remained together until her death on March 27, 1977, in Los Angeles; she died in Travolta's arms.[2] After Hyland's death, her son was placed in Goodson's custody.


1964One Man's WayRuth Stafford Peale
1966Chase, TheThe ChaseElizabeth Rogers
1966SmokyJulie Richards
1955Robert Montgomery PresentsJudyEpisode: "Second Chance"
1956Star TonightLouiseEpisode: "Two Windows"
Episode: "Will Power"
1960Play of the WeekMabelEpisode: "Climate of Eden"
1961Play of the WeekEpisode: "No Exit/The Indifferent Lover"
Episode: "A Cool Wind Over the Living"
1961–1962Young Dr. MaloneGig Houseman MaloneTV series
1962Defenders, TheThe DefendersMary DiFalco RobinsonEpisode: "The Unwanted"
1962United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel HourEpisode: "Wanted: Someone Innocent"
1962Alcoa PremiereLiza LaurentsEpisode: "The Voice of Charlie Pont"
1962Sam BenedictDonna HeistandEpisode: "The Bird of Warning"
1963Ben CaseyGreta BauerEpisode: "Rigadoon for Three Pianos"
1963Stoney BurkeEileen FowlerEpisode: "To Catch the Kaiser"
1963The DuPont Show of the WeekEllen GrahamEpisode: "The Shark"
1963Naked CityVivian NorthEpisode: "Stop the Parade! A Baby Is Crying!"
1963Wagon TrainKitty PryerEpisode: "The Kitty Pryer Story"
1963Dr. KildareDr. Lilith McGrawEpisode: "Love Is a Sad Song"
1963Alfred Hitchcock PresentsJanet NelsonEpisode: "To Catch a Butterfly"
1964Alfred Hitchcock PresentsGrace RenfordEpisode: "Beyond the Sea of Death"
1964Twilight ZoneAnne HendersonEpisode: "Spur of the Moment"
1964Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh HourMadelyn MarnerEpisode: "A Full Moon Every Night"
1964Kraft Suspense TheatreLaura DeLinda Stevenson / Laura MurdochEpisode: "The Sweet Taste of Vengeance"
1964Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveCarol HollisterEpisode: "When the Bough Breaks"
1965Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveStella SavanoEpisode: "Set Fire to a Straw Man"
1965Dr. KildareMarguerite WilliamsEpisode: "Please Let My Baby Live"
1965Burke's LawCeleste MartelEpisode: "Run for the Money"
1965Nurses, TheThe NursesDr. Mai LindEpisode: "The April Thaw of Doctor Mai"
1965Hercules and the Princess of TroyPrincess DianaTV movie
1965ConvoyLt. Katya KatrovichEpisode: "Katya"
1965Wackiest Ship in the Army, TheThe Wackiest Ship in the ArmyMargaret CochranEpisode: "The Sisters"
Episode: "I'm Dreaming of a Wide Isthmus"
1965Run for Your LifeEllen HendersonEpisode: "The Girl Next Door Is a Spy"
1966Run for Your LifeDiana HaysEpisode: "I Am the Late Diana Hays"
1966Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreMrs. CollierEpisode: "Guilty or Not Guilty"
1966ScalplockMarta GrenierTV movie
1966Man Called Shenandoah, AA Man Called ShenandoahNancy PruittEpisode: "An Unfamiliar Tune"
1966Iron HorseMarta GrenierTV movie
1966I SpyMarisa TerizcuEpisode: "So Coldly Sweet"
1966Green Hornet, TheThe Green HornetAttorney Claudia BromleyEpisode: "Give 'Em Enough Rope"
1966Twelve O'Clock HighHeidi VossEpisode: "Practice to Deceive"
1966Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.Mara
Miranda Bryant / Irina
Episode: "The Nowhere Affair"
Episode: "The Candidate's Wife Affair"
1966Felony SquadCloris HarteEpisode: "Killer with a Badge"
1966Fugitive, TheThe FugitivePennyEpisode: "The Devil's Disciples"
1967Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveAlison PriestleyEpisode: "Dossier on a Diplomat"
1967F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.Marie-Louise Karn
Virginia Lamberth
Episode: "The Hostage"
Episode: "Overload"
1967TarzanDiana RussellEpisode: "The Fanatics"
1967Invaders, TheThe InvadersSherri Vikor
Ellie Markham
3 episodes
1968Judd, for the DefenseJessie TreeEpisode: "Fall of a Skylark: Part 1 - The Trial"
Episode: "Fall of a Skylark: Part 2 - The Appeal"
1968–1969Peyton PlaceSusan Winter56 episodes
1969Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the GameLisa AdrianEpisode: "The Perfect Image"
1970Ritual of EvilLeila BartonTV movie
1970Bracken's WorldMary DraperEpisode: "The Mary Tree"
1971IronsideHrûska PazoureckEpisode: "From Hrûska, with Love"
1971Interns, TheThe InternsWriterEpisode: "Casualty"
1971Marcus Welby, M.D.Cynthia CrowleyEpisode: "Cynthia"
1971Alias Smith and JonesClara PhilipsEpisode: "Return to Devil's Hole"
1971Dan AugustPhyllis HendricksEpisode: "Days of Rage"
1971Medical CenterSusanEpisode: "Suspected"
1971F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.Joanne KensterEpisode: "The Stalking Horse"
1972F.B.I, TheThe F.B.IPat LanerEpisode: "Arrangement with Terror"
1972BanyonJulia EganEpisode: "The Graveyard Vote"
1973SearchAnjeanette Marie ShanahanEpisode: "Let Us Prey"
1973GunsmokeDallas FairEpisode: "Shadler"
1973Owen Marshall: Counselor at LawLita ColemanEpisode: "Final Semester"
1973ABC Afternoon Playbreak, TheThe ABC Afternoon PlaybreakEpisode: "The Things I Never Said"
1974HawkinsJennifer PearsonEpisode: "Candidate for Murder"
1974Medical CenterPat LondeanEpisode: "Three-Cornered Cage"
1975Marcus Welby, M.D.Janet TrentEpisode: "Dark Fury: Part 1"
Episode: "Dark Fury: Part 2"
1975Harry OSandra DawesEpisode: "The Confetti People"
1975MannixJanice GrahamEpisode: "A Ransom for Yesterday"
1975S.W.A.T.Joanna BishopEpisode: "Kill S.W.A.T."
1975CannonNedra CameronEpisode: "The Melted Man"
1976KojakCleo DonatelloEpisode: "A Grave Too Soon"
1976Barnaby JonesNora BradfordEpisode: "Deadly Reunion"
1976Boy in the Plastic Bubble, TheThe Boy in the Plastic BubbleMickey LubitchTV movie
1977Happy DaysAdrianna PrescottEpisode: "Fonzie's Old Lady"
1977Eight Is EnoughJoan Bradford4 episodes


  1. ^ Diana Hyland's NNDb profile
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Douglas (2009-01-03). "'For John Travolta, protecting Jett was everything. He had to be in control. That's why he flew his own plane' says biographer". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  3. ^ Smilgis, Martha (1977-08-13). "Life After Loss". People. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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