Diana Millay





6/7/1935 , Rye, New York, USA

Birth Name

Diana Claire Millay




Diana Millay appeared in more than 100 episodes of such TV classics as "My Three Sons," "Perry Mason," "Wagon Train," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "Rawhide."

Her film credits include "Night of Dark Shadows" (1971), "Street of Sinners" (1957), and "Tarzan and the Great River" (1967). She also had numerous stage roles, including the Broadway productions "Boeing-Boeing," "Fair Game," Roger the Sixth," "Drink to me Only," and "The Glass Rooster." She co-starred with Eddie Bracken in the national touring company of "Seven Year Itch."

In December 1966, Diana joined the cast of the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows," which was struggling in the ratings. She played the series' first supernatural main character--Laura Collins, a Phoenix that drew power from fire--which gave the show's ratings a boost. Later, expanding on this success, series creator Dan Curtis added a vampire (Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid) and eventually other monsters, including werewolves, witches, and ghosts.

When Diana left "Dark Shadows" in March 1967, to give birth to a son, her character was killed in a fire. Like many other "DS" characters, however, Laura was later resurrected. Diana returned to the show from April to May 1969.

After leaving "Dark Shadows," Diana joined the cast of another soap, "The Secret Storm," as Kitty in 1971. (When she left, the role was taken over by Diane Ladd).

After leaving "The Secret Storm," Diana concentrated on being a wife and mother, occasionally dabbling in real estate and fine art representation.

In the late 1990s she wrote her first book, a collection of anecdotes and recipes called "I'd Rather Eat Than Act." She maintains contact with her fans through her web site, www. dianamillay.com, and she attends fan conventions such as the annual Dark Shadows Festivals from time to time. She lives in New York City, where she is presently at work on another book.