In December 2022, Diane McBain of Cleveland, Ohio, US, model, actress, and co-star of Elvis Presley, passed away in Los Angeles, where she spent most of her life. She was 81 years old.
Who was Diane McBain?
As a television and print advertisement model, Diane Mcbain started her career early in adolescence. While appearing in a play in Los Angeles, she was spotted by Warner Bros Talent Scout and was signed as a contract performer. She made her debut on television with the show Maverick. Following this, she did a series of Television shows and films which showered her with positive responses.
The studio soon realized her potential, and her film debut was made with Ice Palace (1960) alongside Richard Burton and Robert Ryan. During the 1960s, the actress enjoyed a busy work life starring in various TV shows and films; she also played a brief role in the Batman series.
She was known for her regular role in Surfside 6. She died on Wednesday at the age of 81, battling with Liver Cancer.
Her career Post-Warner Bros and controversial life incidents:
After her contract with Warner Bros, she guest starred in movies like Arrest and Trail, Wendy and Me, Kraft Suspense Theatre, The Man from UNCLE, etc. Some other films were announced with her but have yet to be made.
But briefly, after that, she confessed that she did not receive much work stating, “We were going through a revolution in society with the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War,” Nobody wanted to see beautiful people on the screen; they wanted average people.
Tragedies following Diane’s Life:
In 1965, she disappeared and was later discovered to have been in San Diego with a different identity to escape and feel like Nobody from Nowhere for a while. In 1982, she was beaten, robbed and raped by two men in her Garage in West Hollywood while returning from a Christmas Party.
The culprits were never located. This impacted her life deeply, which she later talked about, and made her start a second career as a rape victim counsellor.
Diane McBain Cause of Death?
Apart from the physical and mental agony she suffered due to her personal and professional struggles. She was diagnosed with Liver Cancer and died fighting it on December 21 at 81. She was at her home in Motion Pictures Hollywood when her writing partner Michael Gregg Michaud revealed her death.