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Diana Canova (born June 1, 1953) is an American actress, director, and professor.

Diana Canova
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Diana Canova in 2010
Diane Canova Rivero

(1953-06-06) June 6, 1953 (age 66)
Other namesDiana Rivero Canova
EducationHollywood High School
Alma materLos Angeles City College
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1974–present
Parent(s)Judy Canova
Filberto Rivero

Early lifeEdit

Canova was born Diane Canova Rivero[1] in West Palm Beach, Florida, to actress and singer Judy Canova and Cuban musician Filberto Rivero.[2] She was raised in the Greater Los Angeles Area, where she graduated from Hollywood High School. Canova later studied acting at Los Angeles City College.[2]


Canova in 1979

Canova made her television acting debut in a 1974 episode of Happy Days portraying a considerably taller date of Richie (which was exaggerated since both she and Ron Howard are the same height at 5'9"). She later guest-starred on episodes of Chico and the Man and Starsky and Hutch and appeared in television films. She then landed the role of Corinne Tate on Soap in 1977 opposite Katherine Helmond as her mother. She remained with the series until 1980.[3] Diana was also known for her beautiful singing and exhibited this during Perry Como's Early American Christmas program in 1978. This show was filmed in Williamsburg, Virginia and also featured John Wayne. Numerous musical numbers are woven throughout their storytelling. In 1979, she made an appearance on Barney Miller as nude dancer/graduate student Stephanie Wolf.

Later, in 1980, ABC executives offered Canova her own television series starring alongside Danny Thomas in I'm a Big Girl Now. The show lasted just one season. She then co-starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom Foot in the Door in 1983. A few years later, she was cast as Sandy Beatty on Throb, a sitcom which was broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988. Between 1984 and 1996 she appeared in three episodes of the long-running TV show Murder, She Wrote, including being featured as Maggie McCauley in 1990's "Murder: According to Maggie." In 1993, Canova co-starred in the ABC sitcom Home Free (which also featured Marian Mercer, her co-star from Foot in the Door). Since the mid 1990s, she has mainly done voice work for cartoons in video shorts. In 1995, she played "Jenny" in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company.

Currently, Canova works as an adjunct professor of voice at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York,[4][5] and teaches private lessons. She has also been working with the school systems of Easton and Redding, Connecticut, where she directs musicals and short plays as well as a high school improv troupe that performs at local charity events. Under her leadership, Joel Barlow High School's theater program has won several awards from the Connecticut Drama Association and has set the record for winning first place two years in a row in multiple categories.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Canova is married to record producer Elliot Scheiner. The couple have two children.[2] She was previously married to Geoff Levin from 1976 until their divorce in 1979. Before marrying Scheiner, she and Steve Landesberg dated.[7]


Canova spent a number of years as a member of the Church of Scientology,[8] an organization she later criticized. She found the Scientologists straightforward in their desire for money, declaring in 1993 in a Premiere magazine interview, "The first time I walked in those doors, they said, 'Just give us all the money in your bank account'". She also criticized the Church's counseling practice, called auditing, when she said, "They're telling you, 'Don't spend $100 an hour on a shrink's couch, it'll ruin your mind.' Auditing is so much better?"[9]


  1. ^ Frank Canova. "Canova Family Tree". Retrieved September 24, 2014. NOTE: Date of birth given as June 2, 1953, which appears to be inaccurate.
  2. ^ a b c "Diana Canova". Los Angeles City College. April 4, 2009. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Diana Canova". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "What Is Diana Canova Up to These Days?". American Profile. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  5. ^ "Music - Undergraduate Degree: Faculty and Staff". Manhattan College. 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Barlow drama program wins top state award". The Redding Pilot. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
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  8. ^ Davidson, Jacob (July 11, 2013), "Diana Canova", Stars Who Quit Scientology, Time Inc., retrieved September 14, 2017
  9. ^ Richardson, John H. (September 1993). "The poorer and famous Hollywood Scientologists". Premiere.

Birth date is actually June 1st, not June 6th.

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