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(19**-) Stage, film, radio and TV actress and director.  
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[[Diane Wilson]] (born 1941.) Stage, film, radio and TV actress and director.  
 
   
 
   
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== Biography ==
  
First discovered by [[Adam Leslie]] as a child actress and started her professional career in 1957, playing the Cockney waitress in [[Brian Brookes]]'s production of ''[[Separate Tables]]'', directed by [[Leonard Schach]].
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She married [[Gordon Mulholland]] in 1963 and they had two children.  
  
1961:  ''[[The Amorous Prawn]]'' at the [[Alexander Theatre]] (September 1961) and a lead in [[Clare Boothe]]’s ''[[The Women]]'' for [[Taubie Kushlick]] and [[Leon Gluckman]].  In 1962 she acted for the [[Cockpit Players]] in ''[[The Corn is Green]]'', ''[[The Birthday Party]]'' and ''[[The Night of the Iguana]]''. She worked for [[PACT]] between 1974 and 1976.  In 1978 she joined [[CAPAB]], where she stayed on as a core member of the ensemble till her contract was cancelled in the down-scaling excercises of 1997. She then became a freelance actress, working primarily for the [[Baxter Theatre]] and touring her one-woman show ''[[Conversations with Virginia Woolf]]''. A consummate stage actress, she has won numerous awards over the years, including ''[[Twigs]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress,1982), ''[[The Spare Room]]'' (1983), ''[[Shirley Valentine]]'' (multiple awards, including [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 1992), ''[[Grace and Glorie]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 1998), ''[[Glass Roots]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 2000),. Other fine performances for the [[Performing Arts Councils]] include leads in ***, ***,  ''[[Macbeth]]'' (199*),  ''[[Kindertransport]]'' (199*)  and the hugely successful local comedy ''[[Glassroots]]'' ([[Fiona Coyne]], 2000). She also played the lead in a large number of television and film dramas, earning an Artes Award for TV in 1980 (for ''Giaconda Smile'').
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=== Training ===
  
Won a Best Actress Award in 1974 for ''[[Twigs]]''. Performed in ''[[So What About Love]]'', ''[[Group Hairier]]'', ''[[Twigs]]'', the [[Robert Kirby]] Revue ''[[How Now Sacred Cow]]'', ''[[Dear Lisa]]'' ( as “Mrs. Patrick Campbell”) and in ''[[Dear Liar]]''.  ([[SACD]] 1973) ([[SACD]] 1975/76)  ([[SACD]] 1977/78) (SACD 1978/79). Played in ''[[Come Blow Your Horn]]'' directed by [[Ricky Arden]] in ???.
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=== Career ===
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Diane's acting career started at nine in Durban. She remembers her first role as "Puck" in [[Joan Brickhill]]'s production of ''[[A Midsummer Night's Dream]]''. First discovered by [[Adam Leslie]] as a child actress and started her professional career in 1957, playing the Cockney waitress in [[Brian Brooke]]'s production of ''[[Separate Tables]]'', directed by [[Leonard Schach]].
  
WILSON, Diane. Actress. She played the lead in [[Kushlick-Gluckman]]’s revival of [[Clare Boothe]]’s [''[The Women]]'' at the [[Intimate Theatre]] in 1961. [[Anthony Farmer]] designed and [[Jenny Gratus]], [[Valerie Miller]] and [[Shirley Firth]] also played leads. She starred in [[Harold Pinter]]’s ''[[The Birthday Party]]'', followed by [[Tennessee Williams]]’s ''[[The Night of the Iguana]]'' which was staged at the [[Playhouse]] by the [[Cockpit Players]] in 1962. [[Leonard Schach]] directed, and in his company of actors for these plays were [[Michael McGovern]], [[Margaret Inglis]], [[Marjorie Gordon]], [[Siegfried Mynhardt]] and [[Kerry Jordan]]. She starred in ''[[According to the Evidence]]'' which [[Ricky Arden]] directed at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1966 together with [[Elaine Lee]]. She was married to and expecting [[Gordon Mulholland]]’s child at the time and had to relinquish her role mid performance because of complications. Together with [[Hugh Rouse]] she starred in [[Jerome Kilty]]’s ''[[Dear Liar]]'' which was staged at [[The Blue Fox]] in 1972. She was directed by [[Brian Murray]] in ''[[Twigs]]'' for [[PACT]] in 1974. She starred in the [[PACT]] production of [[Arthur Miller]]’s ''[[Death of a Salesman]]'', directed by [[Ken Leach]] together with [[Joe Stewardson]], [[Bill Flynn]] and [[Richard Haines]] in 1975. She starred in [[Thornton Wilder]]’s ''[[Our Town]]'', together with [[Danny Keogh]] and [[Michael McCabe]] for [[PACT]] at the [[Alexander]] in 1976. It was directed by [[John Hussey]]. She starred in [[Ken Leach]]’s production of Feydeau’s ''[[A Flea in her Ear]]'' together with [[Dorothy-Ann Gould]], [[Frantz Dobrowsky]], [[Richard Haines]], [[Paul Slabolepszy]], [[Michael Richard]], [[Annelisa Weiland]] and [[Lesley Nott]] for [[PACT]] at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1976. She starred in the revival of the musical ''[[Stop the World I Want to Get Off]]'' together [[David Gilchrist]] for [[PACT]] in 1976. She starred in [[William Luce]]’s ''[[Zelda]]'' directed by [[Michael Atkinson]] at the [[Adcock-Ingram]] in August 1987. She starred in [[Robert Hewett]]’s ''[[Gulls]]'' which [[Keith Grenville]] directed in 1987/1988. She starred in [[Willy Russell]]’s ''[[Shirley Valentine]]'' at the [[Victory]] in 1992. She starred in ''[[Yours Anne]]'' in 1994.  
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She worked for [[PACT]] between 1974 and 1976. In 1978 she joined [[CAPAB]], where she stayed on as a core member of the ensemble till her contract was cancelled in the down-scaling excercises of 1997. She then became a freelance actress, working primarily for the [[Baxter Theatre]] and touring her one-woman show ''[[Conversations with Virginia Woolf]]''.
  
According to ''[[The Amorous Prawn]]'s'' programme of September 1961 at The Alexander Theatre she began her career as the Cockney waitress in [[Leonard Schach]]'s production of ''Seperate Tables''. She has been to Britian, did television plays for the BBC and repertory work in York.
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She has been to Britain, did television plays for the BBC and repertory work in York.
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==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
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She has appeared on stage in ''[[The Amorous Prawn]]'' at the [[Alexander Theatre]] (September 1961) and played a lead in Clare Boothe’s ''[[The Women]]'' for [[Taubie Kushlick]] and [[Leon Gluckman]]. Played in ''[[Come Blow Your Horn]]'' directed by [[Ricky Arden]] in 1962 and acted for the [[Cockpit Players]] in ''[[The Corn is Green]]'', ''[[The Birthday Party]]'' and ''[[The Night of the Iguana]]''.
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Other fine performances for the [[Performing Arts Councils]] include leads in ''[[Macbeth]]'' (1981 and 1996),  ''[[Kindertransport]]'' (1997)  and the hugely successful local comedy ''[[Glassroots]]'' ([[Fiona Coyne]], 2000).
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Performed in ''[[So What about Love?]]'', ''[[Group Hairier]]'', ''[[Twigs]]'' (1974 and 1982), the [[Robert Kirby]] Revue ''[[How Now, Sacred Cow?]]'', ''[[Dear Lisa]]'' ( as “Mrs. Patrick Campbell”) and in ''[[Dear Liar]]'' at the [[Blue Fox]] in 1972.
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She starred in ''[[According to the Evidence]]'' which [[Ricky Arden]] directed at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1966 together with [[Elaine Lee]].
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She starred in the [[PACT]] production of [[Arthur Miller]]’s ''[[Death of a Salesman]]'', ''[[Our Town]]'' in 1976, Feydeau’s ''[[A Flea in her Ear]]'' in 1976 and the revival of the musical ''[[Stop the World – I Want to Get Off]]'' together [[David Gilchrist]] for [[PACT]] in 1976.
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She starred in William Luce’s ''[[Zelda]]'' directed by [[Michael Atkinson]] at the [[Adcock-Ingram]] in August 1987, ''[[Gulls]]'' which [[Keith Grenville]] directed in 1987/1988, ''[[Shirley Valentine]]'' in 1993 and ''[[Your's Anne]]'' in 1994.
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In 2011 she acted in ''[[Careful]]'', a play by [[Fiona Coyne]] at [[Artscape]], Cape Town.
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She also played the lead in a large number of television and film dramas, earning an Artes Award for TV in 1980 (for ''[[The Gioconda Smile]]'').
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== Awards, etc ==
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Won a Best Actress Award in 1974 for ''[[Twigs]]''.
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A consummate stage actress, she has won numerous awards over the years, including ''[[Twigs]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress,1982), ''[[The Spare Room]]'' (1983), ''[[Shirley Valentine]]'' (multiple awards, including [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 1992), ''[[Grace and Glorie]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 1998), ''[[Glass Roots]]'' ([[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actress, 2000.
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In 2009 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the [[Molteno Trust]].
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
Tucker, 1997
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[[SACD]] 1973; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79.
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[[ESAT Bibliography Tra-Tz|Tucker]], 1997.
  
 
The [[Alexander Theatre]] programme of the production ''[[The Amorous Prawn]]'' of September 1961.
 
The [[Alexander Theatre]] programme of the production ''[[The Amorous Prawn]]'' of September 1961.
  
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Interview with Astrid Stark published in ''[[Cape Times]]'', 19 May 2011.
  
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Latest revision as of 11:45, 6 December 2018

Diane Wilson (born 1941.) Stage, film, radio and TV actress and director.

Biography

She married Gordon Mulholland in 1963 and they had two children.

Training

Career

Diane's acting career started at nine in Durban. She remembers her first role as "Puck" in Joan Brickhill's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. First discovered by Adam Leslie as a child actress and started her professional career in 1957, playing the Cockney waitress in Brian Brooke's production of Separate Tables, directed by Leonard Schach.

She worked for PACT between 1974 and 1976. In 1978 she joined CAPAB, where she stayed on as a core member of the ensemble till her contract was cancelled in the down-scaling excercises of 1997. She then became a freelance actress, working primarily for the Baxter Theatre and touring her one-woman show Conversations with Virginia Woolf.

She has been to Britain, did television plays for the BBC and repertory work in York.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She has appeared on stage in The Amorous Prawn at the Alexander Theatre (September 1961) and played a lead in Clare Boothe’s The Women for Taubie Kushlick and Leon Gluckman. Played in Come Blow Your Horn directed by Ricky Arden in 1962 and acted for the Cockpit Players in The Corn is Green, The Birthday Party and The Night of the Iguana.

Other fine performances for the Performing Arts Councils include leads in Macbeth (1981 and 1996), Kindertransport (1997) and the hugely successful local comedy Glassroots (Fiona Coyne, 2000).

Performed in So What about Love?, Group Hairier, Twigs (1974 and 1982), the Robert Kirby Revue How Now, Sacred Cow?, Dear Lisa ( as “Mrs. Patrick Campbell”) and in Dear Liar at the Blue Fox in 1972.

She starred in According to the Evidence which Ricky Arden directed at the Alexander Theatre in 1966 together with Elaine Lee.

She starred in the PACT production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Our Town in 1976, Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear in 1976 and the revival of the musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off together David Gilchrist for PACT in 1976.

She starred in William Luce’s Zelda directed by Michael Atkinson at the Adcock-Ingram in August 1987, Gulls which Keith Grenville directed in 1987/1988, Shirley Valentine in 1993 and Your's Anne in 1994.

In 2011 she acted in Careful, a play by Fiona Coyne at Artscape, Cape Town.

She also played the lead in a large number of television and film dramas, earning an Artes Award for TV in 1980 (for The Gioconda Smile).

Awards, etc

Won a Best Actress Award in 1974 for Twigs.

A consummate stage actress, she has won numerous awards over the years, including Twigs (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress,1982), The Spare Room (1983), Shirley Valentine (multiple awards, including Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 1992), Grace and Glorie (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 1998), Glass Roots (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 2000.

In 2009 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Molteno Trust.

Sources

SACD 1973; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79.

Tucker, 1997.

The Alexander Theatre programme of the production The Amorous Prawn of September 1961.

Interview with Astrid Stark published in Cape Times, 19 May 2011.

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Return to ESAT Personalities W

Return to South African Theatre Personalities

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page