Publicity photo from Eight Is Enough premiere (1977)
January 25, 1936
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
|Died||March 27, 1977
Los Angeles, California
|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, Happy Days, 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.
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.
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.
Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977, and underwent a mastectomy. 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. After Hyland's death, her son (then four years old) was placed in Goodson's custody.
|1964||One Man's Way||Ruth Stafford Peale|
|1966||Chase, TheThe Chase||Elizabeth Rogers|
|1955||Robert Montgomery Presents||Judy||Episode: "Second Chance"|
|1956||Star Tonight||Louise||Episode: "Two Windows"
Episode: "Will Power"
|1960||Play of the Week||Mabel||Episode: "Climate of Eden"|
|1961||Play of the Week||Episode: "No Exit/The Indifferent Lover"
Episode: "A Cool Wind Over the Living"
|1961-1962||Young Dr. Malone||Gig Houseman Malone||TV series|
|1962||Defenders, TheThe Defenders||Mary DiFalco Robinson||Episode: "The Unwanted"|
|1962||United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel Hour||Episode: "Wanted: Someone Innocent"|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Liza Laurents||Episode: "The Voice of Charlie Pont"|
|1962||Sam Benedict||Donna Heistand||Episode: "The Bird of Warning"|
|1963||Ben Casey||Greta Bauer||Episode: "Rigadoon for Three Pianos"|
|1963||Stoney Burke||Eileen Fowler||Episode: "To Catch the Kaiser"|
|1963||DuPont Show of the Week, TheThe DuPont Show of the Week||Ellen Graham||Episode: "The Shark"|
|1963||Naked City||Vivian North||Episode: "Stop the Parade! A Baby Is Crying!"|
|1963||Wagon Train||Kitty Pryer||Episode: "The Kitty Pryer Story"|
|1963||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Lilith McGraw||Episode: "Love Is a Sad Song"|
|1963||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Janet Nelson||Episode: "To Catch a Butterfly"|
|1964||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Grace Renford||Episode: "Beyond the Sea of Death"|
|1964||Twilight Zone||Anne Henderson||Episode: "Spur of the Moment"|
|1964||Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour||Madelyn Marner||Episode: "A Full Moon Every Night"|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Laura DeLinda Stevenson / Laura Murdoch||Episode: "The Sweet Taste of Vengeance"|
|1964||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Carol Hollister||Episode: "When the Bough Breaks"|
|1965||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Stella Savano||Episode: "Set Fire to a Straw Man"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Marguerite Williams||Episode: "Please Let My Baby Live"|
|1965||Burke's Law||Celeste Martel||Episode: "Run for the Money"|
|1965||Nurses, TheThe Nurses||Dr. Mai Lind||Episode: "The April Thaw of Doctor Mai"|
|1965||Hercules and the Princess of Troy||Princess Diana||TV movie|
|1965||Convoy||Lt. Katya Katrovich||Episode: "Katya"|
|1965||Wackiest Ship in the Army, TheThe Wackiest Ship in the Army||Margaret Cochran||Episode: "The Sisters"
Episode: "I'm Dreaming of a Wide Isthmus"
|1965||Run for Your Life||Ellen Henderson||Episode: "The Girl Next Door Is a Spy"|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Diana Hays||Episode: "I Am the Late Diana Hays"|
|1966||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Mrs. Collier||Episode: "Guilty or Not Guilty"|
|1966||Scalplock||Marta Grenier||TV movie|
|1966||Man Called Shenandoah, AA Man Called Shenandoah||Nancy Pruitt||Episode: "An Unfamiliar Tune"|
|1966||Iron Horse||Marta Grenier||TV movie|
|1966||I Spy||Marisa Terizcu||Episode: "So Coldly Sweet"|
|1966||Green Hornet, TheThe Green Hornet||Attorney Claudia Bromley||Episode: "Give 'Em Enough Rope"|
|1966||Twelve O'Clock High||Heidi Voss||Episode: "Practice to Deceive"|
|1966||Man 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"
|1966||Felony Squad||Cloris Harte||Episode: "Killer with a Badge"|
|1966||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Penny||Episode: "The Devil's Disciples"|
|1967||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Alison Priestley||Episode: "Dossier on a Diplomat"|
|1967||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Marie-Louise Karn
|Episode: "The Hostage"
|1967||Tarzan||Diana Russell||Episode: "The Fanatics"|
|1967||Invaders, TheThe Invaders||Sherri Vikor
|1968||Judd, for the Defense||Jessie Tree||Episode: "Fall of a Skylark: Part 1 - The Trial"
Episode: "Fall of a Skylark: Part 2 - The Appeal"
|1968-1969||Peyton Place||Susan Winter||56 episodes|
|1969||Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game||Lisa Adrian||Episode: "The Perfect Image"|
|1970||Ritual of Evil||Leila Barton||TV movie|
|1970||Bracken's World||Mary Draper||Episode: "The Mary Tree"|
|1971||Ironside||Hrûska Pazoureck||Episode: "From Hrûska, with Love"|
|1971||Interns, TheThe Interns||Writer||Episode: "Casualty"|
|1971||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Cynthia Crowley||Episode: "Cynthia"|
|1971||Alias Smith and Jones||Clara Philips||Episode: "Return to Devil's Hole"|
|1971||Dan August||Phyllis Hendricks||Episode: "Days of Rage"|
|1971||Medical Center||Susan||Episode: "Suspected"|
|1971||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Joanne Kenster||Episode: "The Stalking Horse"|
|1972||F.B.I, TheThe F.B.I||Pat Laner||Episode: "Arrangement with Terror"|
|1972||Banyon||Julia Egan||Episode: "The Graveyard Vote"|
|1973||Search||Anjeanette Marie Shanahan||Episode: "Let Us Prey"|
|1973||Gunsmoke||Dallas Fair||Episode: "Shadler"|
|1973||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Lita Coleman||Episode: "Final Semester"|
|1973||ABC Afternoon Playbreak, TheThe ABC Afternoon Playbreak||Episode: "The Things I Never Said"|
|1974||Hawkins||Jennifer Pearson||Episode: "Candidate for Murder"|
|1974||Medical Center||Pat Londean||Episode: "Three-Cornered Cage"|
|1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Janet Trent||Episode: "Dark Fury: Part 1"
Episode: "Dark Fury: Part 2"
|1975||Harry O||Sandra Dawes||Episode: "The Confetti People"|
|1975||Mannix||Janice Graham||Episode: "A Ransom for Yesterday"|
|1975||S.W.A.T.||Joanna Bishop||Episode: "Kill S.W.A.T."|
|1975||Cannon||Nedra Cameron||Episode: "The Melted Man"|
|1976||Kojak||Cleo Donatello||Episode: "A Grave Too Soon"|
|1976||Barnaby Jones||Nora Bradford||Episode: "Deadly Reunion"|
|1976||Boy in the Plastic Bubble, TheThe Boy in the Plastic Bubble||Mickey Lubitch||TV movie|
|1977||Happy Days||Adrianna Prescott||Episode: "Fonzie's Old Lady"|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||Joan Bradford||4 episodes|
- Diana Hyland's NNDb profile
- 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.
- Smilgis, Martha (1977-08-13). "Life After Loss". People. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- Diana Hyland at the Internet Movie Database
- Diana Hyland at the Internet Broadway Database
- Diana Hyland at Find a Grave
- Diana Hyland portrait gallery at NY Public Library (Billy Rose collection)