|Born||Diane C.O.G. Dirsztay
8 July 1938
London, England, UK
|Died||21 June 2013
|Spouse(s)||Barry England (1967–2009; his death)|
Kate (born 1969)Christopher (born 1971)
She started acting at a very young age playing uncredited baby parts in films such as The Ghosts of Berkeley Square and The Silver Fleet, and for a time was one of the most highly paid babies in British films.  At the age of three, Clare was too old to continue playing babies so her career went on standstill.
"I'd been longing to play in pictures from the time I was dropped all those years ago – because I'd become to old to play baby parts," Clare said in an interview in the late 1950s, after her comeback with roles in The Reluctant Debutante (a part she received with three days notice, as the original actress cast for the part, Anna Massey had to drop out at the last moment) and Ice Cold in Alex. She received excellent reviews from playing in the latter film, and one journalist even wrote; "I forecast that Miss Diane Clare is going to be one of the big names among actresses in the future." Clare appeared in many horror films during the 60s such as Hammer Horror's Plague of the Zombies during her career. In 1967 she was screen tested for the role of Tara King in The Avengers, but for unknown reasons did not get the part. The test is available to watch on The Avengers series 6 box set.
Diane Dirsztay was born on 8 July 1938 in Wandsworth, London. She lied about her age so she could study at R.A.D.A. After her film comeback in 1958, Clare attributed it to a her 'lucky' black beret which she always wore to auditions. "It brings me luck," she told one journalist after appearing in Ice Cold in Alex, "I wore it when I went to the audition for Anna Massey's part, and again when I went to Elstree Studios for my film test. Clare retired from acting when she married the novelist and playwright Barry England (born 1932 — died 2009) in 1967; the couple had two children, Kate (born 1969) and Christopher (born 1971). Her hobbies included dancing, riding, swimming and going to the cinema. During the 1950s she owned a silver poodle called Picot.
Diane Clare died on 21 June 2013, age 74, from undisclosed causes.
|1958||Ice-Cold in Alex||Norton, Sister DeniseSister Denise Norton|
|Indiscreet||, ––||minor role, uncredited|
|The Reluctant Debutante||Claremont, ClarissaClarissa Claremont|
|1960||Let's Get Married||, GladGlad|
|1961||The Green Helmet||, PamelaPamela|
|The Naked Edge||Betty, Betty|
|'Out of the Shadow||Johnson, MaryMary Johnson||Starring role|
|Lunch Hour||, ––||minor role, uncredited|
|Whistle Down the Wind||Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Teacher|
|1962||Go to Blazes||'Girl lover', 'Girl lover'|
|Mrs. Gibbons' Boys||, ––||minor role, uncredited|
|The L-Shaped Room||Nurse, Nurse|
|1963||The Double||Osmonde, SelenaSelena Osmonde|
|Tamahine||, ––||minor role, uncredited|
|The Haunting||Fredricks, CarrieCarrie Fredricks|
|1964||Witchcraft||Whitlock, AmyAmy Whitlock|
|1966||The Plague of the Zombies||Forbes, SylviaSylvia Forbes||Starring role|
|The Wrong Box||Mercy, Mercy|
|The Trygon Factor||O'Connor, ClareClare O'Connor|
|1967||The Vulture||Lutens, TrudyTrudy Lutens||Starring role|
|1968||The Hand of Night||Chantal, Chantal||Starring role|
- "Diane Clare profile". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Diane Clare dies aged 74". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- , Names to watch: Diane Clare.
- Diane Clare obituary at thetimes.co.uk (PAYWALL NOTE: subscription required for access to whole article)
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