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Name: Diana Hyland  
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Date of Birth: 25th January 1936
Place of Birth: Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
Profession: Actress
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Diana Hyland (January 25, 1936 – March 27, 1977) was an American actress.

Born Diana Gentner in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Hyland made her acting debut 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 The Twilight Zone, before being cast in a featured role in The Chase (1966) with Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford. She also played a continuing role in the soap opera Peyton Place from 1968 until 1969.

In 1976 she began a relationship with the actor John Travolta, 17 years her junior and beginning to find success as an actor in the television series Welcome Back, Kotter. The two appeared together in a television movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), and Hyland was then signed to play the wife of Dick Van Patten in the series Eight is Enough.

Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Despite this, her health deteriorated and after filming four episodes she left the series, but did not tell the cast her true predicament. She pretended she had suffered damage from a skiing accident, and when cast members would visit she would have her leg in traction to keep up the ruse. However, Hyland's illness overwhelmed her quickly and less than a year later she died, reportedly in Travolta's arms, at the age of 41. When Eight is Enough resumed for its second season, it was explained in the story that her character had died.

Travolta accepted an Emmy Award on her behalf, when she won posthumously for her role in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Hyland was survived by a four year-old son from a previous relationship and it is unclear in whose custody he was placed after his mother's death (e.g. his father, his grandparents, etc).

External link

  • Diana Hyland at the Internet Movie Database

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