Diana Millay

Diana Claire Millay

Diana Millay(bornDiana Claire Millay, June 7, 1935 in Rye , New York )is an American actress . She is best known for her work in television, having guest starred in close to one hundred prime time shows, both live and filmed, and for playing continuing roles on two daytime soap operas,Dark ShadowsandThe Secret Storm.

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 Diana Millay's Career

Diana started her career as a model, first as a child for the Montgomery Ward catalog, and later as a top Conover model for John Robert Powers .

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay,The Girl on the Via Flaminia,Come Back, Little Sheba,Time of the Cuckoo,The Seven Year Itch,Ladies in Retirement,Bell, Book and Candle,Time Out for Ginger,Picnic,The Little Foxes,Tobacco Road,Life With Fatherand many more. In total, she appeared in seven seasons of summer stock. In 1957, Broadway came calling and she starred opposite Sam Levene and Ellen Burstyn inFair Game.Her subsequent Broadway appearances includeDrink to Me Onlyopposite Tom Poston ,Roger the Sixthopposite Alan Alda,The Glass Roosteropposite Michael Allinson andBoeing Boeingopposite Ian Carmichael . In addition, she spent a year touring the United States and Canada opposite Eddie Bracken inThe Seven Year Itch.

, opposite George Montgomery .

She began her extensive television career when she guest starred onStar Tonightin an episode entitled "Taste". She continued to appear in other "live" productions such asRobert Montgomery Presents,Kraft Television Theatre,Studio One,U.S. Steel Hour,Omnibus,Pond's Theatre,Philco Television Playhouse,Playhouse 90, and many others. She made three guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama seriesPerry Mason, starring Raymond Burr . In 1961 she played Debra Bradford in "The Case of the Resolute Reformer," and title character and defendant Sue Ellen Frazer in "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride." In 1963 she played murder victim Eula Johnson in "The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang."

Her filmed television credits include guest star roles on most of the major shows that were running during the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, includingStagecoach West,Father Knows Best,My Three Sons,The Americans,Gunsmoke,Bonanza,The Virginian,Arrest and Trial,77 Sunset Strip,Rawhide,Tales of Wells Fargo,Wagon Train,Laramie,Route 66,Hawaiian Eye,The Rifleman,Thriller,Maverick(in the episode "Dodge City or Bust" with Jack Kelly ),The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,Dobie Gillis,The Westerner, andThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Millay made three television pilots for prospective new television series,Slezak and Son,Boston Terrier, andLas Vegas Beat.

She went on to appear in sixty-two episodes,and became the show's first supernatural character, playing an immortal phoenix-woman who is burned in a fire and reborn to spend another century on Earth. After her present day incarnation was again consumed in a fire, she returned during the flashback story which took place in the 19th century, as yet another reincarnation of "Laura Collins". She appeared in a feature film inspired by the series, MGM's 1971Night of Dark Shadowsopposite David Selby .

In 1970, Millay was offered another daytime role, this time as "Kitty Styles" on the CBS soapThe Secret Storm. Her run on this show provided her the opportunity to work once again with formerDark Shadowsalumni Robert Costello , who was a producer on both shows and Joel Crothers who played "Joe Haskell" onDark Shadowsand "Ken Stevens" onThe Secret Storm.

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 Diana Millay's Personal life

She was married to Broadway producer Geoffrey Jones, but they separated shortly after the birth of their son, Kiley Christopher, born on Diana's birthday, June 7, 1967. She currently lives in New York.

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 Diana Millay's References

  1. "Diana Claire Millay, Actress, Betrothed to Geoffrey Jones". The New York Times. August 5, 1966. p. 27. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. "Diana Millay entry, Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen". Glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. Hamrick, Craig (2004). 'About Diana,' introduction to 'I'd Rather Eat Than Act'. p. xi. ISBN 978-0-595-32608-2. 
  4. "Diana Will Be Miss Emmy". St. Petersburg Times. 1962-05-13. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  5. Bowker (1983). "Variety"'s Film Reviews: 1964-1967 Volume 11. R. R. Bowker. ISBN 978-0-8352-2790-2. 
  6. Halliwell, Leslie; John Walker; Ruth Halliwell (2007). John Walker, ed. Halliwell's Film, DVD & Video Guide 2007 (21 ed.). HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-723470-7. 
  7. "entry". Darkshadowsonline.com. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  8. Hamrick, Craig (2003). Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows. iUniverse.com. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-595-29029-1. 
  9. Willis, John. Screen world 1972, Volume 23. 
  10. Millay, Diana (2004). I'd Rather Eat Than Act. ISBN 978-0-595-32608-2. 

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