Who is Diana Muldaur?

Diana Charlton Muldaur was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 19 August 1938 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with over 100 acting credits to her name, while she’s probably still known best for her portrayal of Chris Coughlin in the action crime series “McCloud”, created by Herman Miller and which aired from 1970 to 1977. It follows a deputy marshal from New Mexico who’s now assigned to Manhattan’s 27th Precinct – the series won one of the 11 awards for which it was nominated, including six Primetime Emmy nominations.

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Early life and education

Diana was raised in Brooklyn alongside her younger brother Geoff Muldaur, an American musician, by their parents Charles Edward Arrowsmith Muldaur and Alice Patricia Muldaur.

She grew up being interested in acting, and it was during her freshman year at a local high school that she appeared in her first play, before in 1954 aged 16, Diana launched her acting career with her portrayal of Ann Wicker in the romantic drama series “The Secret Storm”. However, her following role would come nine years later, because upon matriculating in 1956, Diana enrolled at Sweet Briar College from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960, and then practiced acting under the American actress and acting teacher Stella Adler.

Roles in TV series

In 1963, Diana was cast to play Ann Carwell in the long-running romantic drama “The Doctors”, which aired from 1963 to 1982 numbering 3,687 episodes. In 1969, she was cast to play one of the lead characters, Belle in the drama “The Survivors” which also starred Lana Turner, George Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy, and follows a woman who’s trying to protect her son from her family’s influence.

The following years saw Diana appear in an episode or two of many series, such as the crime drama “Dan August”, the western “Alias Smith and Jones”, and the drama “Marcus Welby, M. D.” In 1974, she portrayed Joy Adamson, one of the lead characters in the family adventure “Born Free”, which also starred Gary Collins and Hal Frederick, and follows the lives of two married game wardens working in Kenya.

Between 1976 and 1978, Diana could’ve been seen portraying Judge Eleanor Hooper in the comedy “The Tony Randall Show”, and in 1979, she played Ginny Linden in the comedy “Hizonner”. In 1988 and 1989, she was cast as Doctor Pulaski in the critically acclaimed mystery action adventure “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, created by Gene Roddenberry, and which starred Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes. It follows several Starfleet officers who have embarked on a mission ‘to go where no one has gone before’, and the series won 36 awards including 18 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 61 other awards.

Diana’s final TV series role before retiring from acting was her voicing of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the animated action adventure “Batman: The Animated Series”, created by five people and which starred Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

It aired from 1992 to 1995, and follows The Dark Knight who’s fighting crime in Gotham City, while sometimes being helped by his friends Batgirl and Robin. The series won five awards including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 19 other awards.

Roles in movies

During her career, Diana was mostly focused on appearing in TV series, and doesn’t have as many movie credits.

She made her debut film appearance in 1968, with her portrayal of Cynthia in the drama “The Swimmer”, which starred Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard and Janice Rule, and follows a man who’s spending a single summer day swimming in many pools. The movie eventually won a 2015 Satellite Award for Outstanding Overall Blue-Ray/DVD. Some of Diana’s following roles were in the sports drama “Number One”, the crime drama “The Last of the Powerseekers” both in 1969, and the 1970 mystery crime drama “The Lawyer”.

Diana Muldaur

In 1972, she was cast to play Alexandra, one of the lead characters in the mystery horror drama “The Other”, adapted by Tom Tryon based on his novel, and directed by Robert Mulligan. It also starred Uta Hagen and Chris Udvarnoky, and follows several accidents which have happened in a small American farming community, with the people blaming two identical twin brothers and their parents. The movie won Robert Muligan a Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Director. A couple of Diana’s following appearances were in the 1973 drama “Ordeal”, the 1974 action crime drama “McQ” and the 1977 drama “Pine Canyon Is Burning”.

In 1986, she played a supporting character in the mystery crime drama “Murder in Three Acts”, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, directed by Gary Nelson and which starred Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis and Emma Samms. It follows Hercule Poirot who’s investigating the death of two people at two parties – the movie was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Three of Diana’s final movie roles before retiring from acting were in the 1989 action thriller “The Return of Sam McCloud”, the 1991 mystery crime drama “Perry Mason: The Cast of the Fatal Fashion”, and later that year the drama “Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage”. It appears as she has just recently come out of retirement, and is currently shooting for the upcoming drama “Finding Hannah”.

Other credits

Diana has been featured in various TV specials, including “The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards” in 1984, “The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” in 1985, and “The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” in 1991.

She’s also appeared in a couple of documentary movies, including the 2012 “Making It So: Continuing Star Trek – The Next Generation” and the 2014 “Chaos on the Bridge”.

Diana has made a guest appearance in several talk-shows too, such as “The Alan Hamel Show”, “Hour Magazine” and “Donahue”.

Awards and nominations

She has been nominated for four awards for her performance in the series “L. A. Law”. In both 1990 and 1991, Diana was nominated for a Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series and in the same two years for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Love life and relationships

Diana met her future first husband James Vickery, the late American actor, on the set of the soap opera “The Secret Storm”, and they exchanged vows on 26 July 1969 in front of their closest friends and family members.

The two could’ve been seen attending all their events together – it’s widely believed that neither wanted children as they preferred to focus on their careers. The marriage ended on 19 October 1979, when James lost his fight against cancer.

On 11 October 1981, Diana married the American film writer and producer Robert Dozier and the two also decided not to have children; some believe that Diana’s perhaps infertile. The marriage lasted until 6 January 2012 when Robert died of prostate cancer.

Diana hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of May 2021, she’s single, was married twice and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Diana’s a huge dog-lover and was once a breeder and owner of Airedale Terriers. She also served as a judge at various dog competitions.

Diana loves to travel, and has been all around the US, visiting nearly every state thanks to her acting career. She has also been to various European countries, while her dream travel destination is Paris in France.

In 2000, she wanted to undergo face-lift surgery but eventually decided against it, claiming that ‘somebody has to look the right age’.

She’s keen on reading books, and has read numerous.

In her spare time, Diana likes to watch movies starring her favorite actors and actresses Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts, such as “The Dark Knight”, the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Runaway Bride”.

Age, height and net worth

Diana’s age is 82. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.66m) and she weighs around 128lbs (58kgs).

As of May 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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