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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDiana Charlton Muldaur
Nickname Dinny
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Diana Muldaur is known for L.A. Law (1986), Star Trek: The Next Generation, McCloud, Born Free, The Other and McQ. In the eighties, Diana became the president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the academy handing out the Emmy awards). Diana's L.A. Law character, Rosalind Shays, was a widely discussed character in the nineties. Short after her success with L.A. Law, Diana decided to take a long break from acting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eva Jonsson

Spouse (2)

Robert Dozier (11 October 1981 - 6 January 2012) ( his death)
James Vickery (26 July 1969 - 19 October 1979) ( his death)

Trade Mark (4)

Dr. Pulaski on "Star Trek: the next generation" (season 2).
Piercing eyes
Rosalind Shays in "L.A. Law" (season 4 and 5).
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (20)

Fairly well-known breeder, owner, and judge of Airedale Terriers.
Graduate of Sweet Briar College (1960).
Former president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
A former Screen Actors Guild board member, she later went on to become president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Was the graduation speaker for Sweet Briar College (her alma mater) on 7 May 2000.
Appeared in the TV episode Gunsmoke: Fandango (1967), a portion of which can be heard on the album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, during the intro to the song "Is There Anybody Out There".
Playmates Toys released an action figure in her likeness as the character "Dr. Pulaski" from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
In celebration of the Star Trek (1966) 40th Aniversary, several conventions were held in its honor. Diana hadn't done a Star Trek convention in 10 years. She participated in one in Las Vegas on Sept. 15, 2006, along with several other Star Trek veterans.
Often plays physician roles. Her most noted ones in Trek lore were, respectively: "Dr. Ann Mullhall" (original series episode: Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow (1968)), "Dr. Miranda Jones" (original series episode: Star Trek: Is There in Truth No Beauty? (1968)) and "Dr. Katherine Pulaski" (season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)). Each having an open-minded view of the Universe.
The scene where her L.A. Law (1986) character Rosalind Shays is discovered in bed with her enemy Leland McKenzie, played by Richard Dysart, was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television (the list originally appeared in the March 1991 issue of EGG magazine).
Diana's younger brother is singer/songwriter Geoff Muldaur.
Ex-sister-in-law of Maria Muldaur.
Worked together with L.A. Law (1986) co-star Richard Dysart at New York's legendary "Circle in the Square Theatre" in the 1960s.
According to director Paul Lynch, Diana had trouble remembering her lines on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). To help her out, her lines were put on cue cards for her to look at. (Star Trek magazine, Sept/Oct 2007).
Said in an interview in People Magazine in 2000, that the L.A. Law (1986) actors were like family to her, but that she didn't have fond memories of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Her cousin was the father of actress Kathy Baker.
Now living with her husband in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She has enjoyed time away from Hollywood, and is now looking for a suitable role to restart her career. [January 2000]
Martha's Vineyard, MA, USA: Looking for a suitable role to restart her career, after being a caregiver to her husband for many years. [January 2013]
Had played several doctors on Star Trek before being called in to play Dr. Pulaski. She agreed to take the role on one condition: that the character's first name be changed to Catherine. Gates McFadden, during her time off, played another doctor, Caroline Ryan, in The Hunt for Red October (1990). When McFadden returned to Star Trek, she was unable to appear in Patriot Games (1992), and her role was given to Anne Archer, and renamed Catherine.

Personal Quotes (6)

On doing a "Star Trek" convention after 10 years: "One of the main reasons I'm here, if not the entire reason I'm here, is to celebrate Gene Roddenberry. He discovered me, in many ways, when I was a kid in Hollywood, and he put me in two different segments of the original Star Trek (1966), which were a total joy to do. I cannot tell you how inventive and how creative everybody was who worked on that show, from the actors, the makeup, the hair, the camera ... I will never forget it as long as I live" (2006).
"Most of my career I have played interesting - particularly in my day which was a long time ago - interesting roles that were women doing something other than just motherhood. Sometimes it was just motherhood, which was also just as important. But also it was doctors, lawyers... Certainly that's how Gene always saw me, as a human being on the face of this Earth with some dignity, which is what I have tried to portray in all of my roles ... I think we tend as people to denigrate ourselves often, and the joy of trying to bring whatever that basic wonderful dignified thing is, that is in each and every human being, is very important to me." (2006)
About Gene Roddenberry: "The qualities that I admired so in him were his creativity, because in Hollywood they buy you because you're creative and then they try to take it all out of you, to make you commercial, and he never ever gave in." (2006)
I worked with him in the mid-'60s on Broadway in New York, and I was just a kid starting out and he was a big star and a character star, and the joy was that because he looked older he was playing wonderful older character roles which made him, I think, the great actor that he is today...he's wonderful! - about her L.A. Law (1986) co-star Richard Dysart.
I just fell in love with it, in love with the history of it, with all of it. I didn't discover film until much later. Beneath my dignity, film was. I was one of those repulsive creatures. (on her early days acting in school plays)
A lot of people ask me why I did Star Trek for a year and I said, "because it sounded wonderful and creative, fun and children's theater." It wasn't any of those things... that was a mistake of mine.

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