Diane Nyland

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Diane Nyland
Born 20 January 1944[1]
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died 6 October 2014(2014-10-06) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Known for The Trouble with Tracy

Diane Nyland Proctor (20 January 1944 – 6 October 2014) was a Canadian actress, director and choreographer. She is perhaps best known for having portrayed the title role in the 1970-71 CTV television series The Trouble with Tracy.[2]

She joined the National Ballet of Canada for two seasons, turning to acting in the mid-1960s. She joined the Charlottetown Festival in 1965 and remained there for several years, with roles including Josie Pye in the original production of Anne of Green Gables - The Musical and Belinda in Johnny Belinda.[2] She was cast in the title role in CTV Television's The Trouble with Tracy in 1970. After that show's production run ended in 1971, she became a director and choreographer in musical theatre,[2] with only one further television role, in a 1992 episode of Street Legal.

Her directorial credits included both Toronto and national touring productions of musicals such as Dancing in the Dark,[3] Rose Is a Rose,[4] Mame,[5] Oklahoma!,[6] My Fair Lady,[7] Guys and Dolls[8] and I Do! I Do!.[9] She served as artistic director of the Kawartha Summer Theatre in Kawartha Lakes in the 1990s;[6] in 1997 she returned to the Charlottetown Festival to direct productions of both Johnny Belinda and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical.[10]


Nyland died in Toronto from heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on 6 October 2014.[2]






  1. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth (2001). International Who's Who of Women. Psychology Press. p. 458. ISBN 9781857431223. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ouzounian, Richard (7 October 2014). "Diane Nyland Proctor dead at 70". Toronto Star. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cast does its best with skimpy '30s-style plot". Toronto Star, 9 February 1986.
  4. ^ "Enchanting kids' show blazes with color, life". Toronto Star, 14 May 1987
  5. ^ "Acting's great in Leah Posluns version of Mame". Toronto Star, 3 May 1988.
  6. ^ a b "Director can't escape her sitcom past". Calgary Herald, 27 November 1996.
  7. ^ "A welcome return for an evergreen musical". Calgary Herald, 3 December 1999.
  8. ^ "Stage West on right track: This Guys and Dolls has brio". Calgary Herald, 29 November 1998.
  9. ^ "Lightweight musical fine for summer". Ottawa Citizen, 16 August 1990.
  10. ^ "Johnny joins Anne at Charlottetown Fest". The Globe and Mail, 23 November 1996.
  11. ^ "Spring Awakening sweeps Doras". Toronto Star, 17 June 1986.

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