Diane Shalet

Diane Shalet (February 23, 1935 – February 23, 2006) was an American Broadway and television character actress. She was perhaps best known for her recurring role as Ms. Hawkins in the drama Matlock.[1] She made a guest appearance on The Monkees in the season-two episode, "The Fairy Tale", as the Fairy of the Locket (January 8, 1968).

Diane Shalet
Born(1935-02-23)February 23, 1935
DiedFebruary 23, 2006(2006-02-23) (aged 71)
Spouse(s)Michael Strong (? - 1980, his death)


Shalet's Broadway credits include Tartuffe (1965), The Changeling (1964), But For Whom Charlie (1964), and After The Fall (1964).[2] She also had roles in the touring companies of Bloomer Girl, Brigadoon, Connecticut Yankee, and Oklahoma.[3]

Films in which Shalet appeared included The Reivers (1969), Deadhead Miles (1972), and The Last Tycoon (1976).[1] She also made over 200 guest appearances on episodic television shows. They include Bonanza, Born Free (TV series), and Cagney & Lacey.

For 14 years, Shalet taught at UCLA; she also was a founder of the Actors and Writers Lab in Manhattan.[4] A life member of The Actors Studio,[5] she was the author of the 1994 novel Grief in a Sunny Climate, (ISBN 0-312-11054-5)[4] which a review in The New York Times described as a "deceptively silly story to disguise some serious lessons about sorrow and dependency."[6] The book received first prize for fiction writing at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Shalet was married to actor Michael Strong,[7] with whom she appeared in an episode of the television detective series Harry O.[citation needed]


Shalet died in Palm Springs, California, on February 23, 2006,[4] her 71st birthday.



  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris III (April 6, 2006). "Obituaries". Classic Images. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Diane Shalet". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Cast Is Named For H.C.T.'s 'Dark of Moon'". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Hawaii, Honolulu. April 25, 1953. p. 17. Retrieved February 3, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b c Willis, John; Hodges, Ben (2008). Theatre World 2005-2006: The Most Complete Record of the American Theatre. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 348. ISBN 9781557837080. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  6. ^ a b Birch, Donna (August 21, 1994). "Actress Enjoys Latest Role as Author". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. Westisde p 6. Retrieved February 3, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Meredith, Jack (December 13, 1969). "Michael Strong a man of many lives in variety of theatrical characters". The Windsor Star. Canada, Ontario, Windsor. p. 39. Retrieved February 3, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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