Diana Hyland

Diana Hyland
Diana Hyland

in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
Born Diane Gentner
January 25, 1936(1936-01-25)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Died March 27, 1977(1977-03-27) (aged 41)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Diane Gentner
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955-1977
Spouse Joe Goodson (divorced)

Diana Hyland (January 25, 1936 – March 27, 1977) was an American actress best known for her television appearances and occasional films.


Early life

Hyland was born Diane 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 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.

In 1959 she originated the role of Heavenly Finley in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, with Geraldine Page and Paul Newman. From 1958-1963, Hyland was a regular on the NBC soap opera, Young Doctor Malone, where she played the role of Gig Houseman, wife of the younger Dr. Malone. She also played a continuing role in the primetime soap opera Peyton Place from 1968 until 1969.

In 1976, she appeared in the 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. The first four episodes would be her last role.

Personal life

She dated actor Joe Goodson briefly before the two were married on April 24, 1969. The union bore one child in 1973, a son named Zachary, before they divorced in 1975.[1]

In 1976, she began a romantic relationship with the actor John Travolta after meeting him on the set of the television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.[2] She was eighteen years older than Travolta.


In 1977, Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a mastectomy.[3] 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. Hyland died in Travolta's arms.[2]

After Hyland's death, her son (then four years old), was placed in Goodson's custody.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1964 One Man's Way Ruth Stafford Peale
1966 Smoky Julie Richards
Year Title Role Notes
1956 Star Tonight Louise 2 episodes
1962 The Defenders Mary DiFalco Robinson 1 episode
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Janet Nelson 1 episode
1963 Ben Casey Greta Bauer 1 episode
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Linda Stevenson 1 episode
1964 Twilight Zone Anne Marie Henderson 1 episode
1964 The Fugitive Carol Hollister 1 episode
1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army Margaret Cochran 2 episodes
1965 The Fugitive Stella Savano 1 episode
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Nancy Pruitt 1 episode
1966 The Green Hornet Claudia Bromley 1 episode
1966 The Fugitive Penny 1 episode
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Miranda Bryant
2 episodes
1967 The Invaders Sherri Vikor
Ellie Markham
3 episodes
1967 The Fugitive Alison Priestley 1 episode
1968 Judd, for the Defense Jessie Tree 2 episodes
1968-1969 Peyton Place Susan Winter 52 episodes
1969 The Name of the Game Lisa Adrian 1 episode
1970 Bracken's World Mary Draper 1 episode
1970 Ritual of Evil Leila Barton TV movie
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Clara Phillips 1 episode
1972 Banyon Julia Egan 1 episode
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Lita Coleman 1 episode
1973 Gunsmoke Dallas Fair 1 episode
1975 Harry O Sandra Dawes 1 episode
1975 Mannix Janice Graham 1 episode
1976 Barnaby Jones Nora Bradford 1 episode
1977 Happy Days Adrianna Prescott 1 episode
1977 Eight is Enough Joan Bradford 4 episodes


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