Diana Muldaur

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In her two-hour Archive interview, Diana Muldaur discusses studying acting with coach Stella Adler, describes her early theater work and her early television appearances on Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke and Survivors. She recalls being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first on-screen kiss (on The Streets of San Francisco), shares tales of her two appearances on the original Star Trek and details her work on Planet Earth, Born Free and her appearance in the pilot of Charlie's Angels. Muldaur also outlines her film work and her work in TV movies To Kill a Cop and The Miracle Worker. She details becoming the first female President of the Television Academy, joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and speaks of her time playing "Rosalind Shays" on L.A. Law, a character who had one of TV's most infamous demises - falling down an elevator shaft. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Martha's Vineyard, MA on June 17, 2011.

"They didn't tell me. I just opened the script. What they wanted me to do was go down the elevator, which is like a 10 foot drop. And they said, 'You just have to fall.' I said, 'no, I don't. I know that I'm not coming back on this show.' [LAUGH] 'I'm not going to do that for you.' Once again, my stunt double came in and she had to do it like 10 times before the director ever got it right. Ten times! … I mean, I would have had a broken neck by the time I had finished."

Highlights
Diana Muldaur on her L.A. Law character Rosalind Shays falling down the elevator shaft
01:13
Diana Muldaur on joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation
06:07
Diana Muldaur on working on Born Free
06:21
Diana Muldaur on being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first kiss on television
06:09
Diana Muldaur on becoming the first female President of the Television Academy
03:55
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her childhood and early influences; on attending Sweet Briar College; on studying with Stella Adler; on working in the theater; on Dr. Kildare; on being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first kiss on television; on her work on Gunsmoke and The Survivors
31:13
On working on Star Trek, Planet Earth, McCloud and Born Free; on working with Tony Randall; on appearing in the pilot of Charlie's Angels; on her film work
25:18

Chapter 2

On her appearances in TV movies - To Kill a Cop and The Miracle Worker; on becoming the first female President of the Television Academy; on joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation
24:18
On L.A. Law and her character's demise - famously falling down an elevator shaft; on her work with SAG; on highlights of her career and how she'd like to be remembered
35:53
Shows

Born Free

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Diana Muldaur on working on Born Free
06:21

Charlie's Angels

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Diana Muldaur on appearing in the pilot of Charlie's Angels
01:14

Dr. Kildare

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Diana Muldaur on working on Dr. Kildare
00:38

Gunsmoke

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Diana Muldaur on working on Gunsmoke
02:05

Harold Robbins' The Survivors

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Diana Muldaur on working on Harold Robbins' The Survivors
03:32

L. A. Law

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Diana Muldaur on working on L.A. Law; on her co-stars and memorable scenes
21:04

McCloud

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Diana Muldaur on working on McCloud
02:14

Miracle Worker, The

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Diana Muldaur on appearing in The Miracle Worker
02:24

Planet Earth

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Diana Muldaur on working on Planet Earth
01:20

Star Trek

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
05:15

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Diana Muldaur on joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation
06:07

Streets of San Francisco, The

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Diana Muldaur on being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first kiss on television
01:07
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Diana Muldaur on her L.A. Law character Rosalind Shays
00:39

Memorable Moments on Television

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Diana Muldaur on her L.A. Law character Rosalind Shays falling down the elevator shaft
01:13
Genres

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
05:15
People

Stella Adler

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Diana Muldaur on studying acting with Stella Adler
01:56

LeVar Burton

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars of of Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:38

Michael Dorn

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars of of Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:38

Patty Duke

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars in The Miracle Worker
02:24

Melissa Gilbert

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars in The Miracle Worker
02:24

DeForest Kelley

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
00:17

Leonard Nimoy

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
00:43

Gene Roddenberry

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
04:00
Diana Muldaur on working on Planet Earth
01:20
Diana Muldaur on joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation
04:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Diana Muldaur on being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first kiss on television
01:07

William Shatner

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Diana Muldaur on working on Star Trek
00:43

Brent Spiner

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars of of Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:38

Patrick Stewart

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Diana Muldaur on her co-stars of of Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:38

Lana Turner

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Diana Muldaur on working on The Survivors
03:32

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