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Jane Badler (born December 31, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Diana, the chief antagonist in NBC's science fiction series, V, between 1983 and 1985. Badler also appeared in ABC's "reimagined" version of V in 2011, again playing an alien named Diana, who this time is the mother of the series' chief antagonist, Anna. In recent years, Badler has also become an established nightclub singer in Australia, where she now lives, and has released three albums.
December 31, 1953 |
Brooklyn, New York,
Early life and educationEdit
Badler spent her teen years in Great Neck, New York, moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was in high school. Badler won the title Miss New Hampshire and competed at the 1973 Miss America Pageant. Subsequently, she enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to study drama.
Badler's first television role was Melinda Cramer Janssen on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live, which she played from 1977 to 1981 and again in 1983. During her run, she also appeared in a 1979 episode of the primetime series Fantasy Island. Badler also starred on the daytime soap opera The Doctors as Natalie Bell from 1981 to 1982.
Badler then won her most prominent role, that of the villainous alien Diana in the NBC sci-fi miniseries V (1983). She reprised the role in the sequel miniseries V: The Final Battle (1984) and again on V: The Series, which ran for one season from 1984 to 1985.
Following V, Badler co-starred with José Ferrer in the made-for-TV supernatural thriller Covenant. The following year she guest-starred as Meredith Braxton throughout the 1986–87 season of the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest. Her other guest appearances during the 1980s included Riptide, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. In 1987, she played the role of Tania Winthrop in the short-lived action-adventure series The Highwayman. She then traveled to Australia to play agent Shannon Reed in the 1980s revival of Mission: Impossible, joining the series midway through its first season (replacing actress Terry Markwell, and her character of Casey Randall); then stayed with the series for its second season before it was cancelled in early 1990. After the series ended, Badler moved to Australia permanently and married businessman Stephen Hains. They have two sons, Sam and Harry. She later appeared on the Australian game show Cluedo from 1992 to 1993, and had a guest-starring role in Snowy River: The McGregor Saga in 1995.
A remake of V premiered in late 2009, and although this version did not include the character of Diana, the series' executive producer, Scott Peters, suggested that Badler and other stars from the original version may be offered guest roles as new characters. In August 2010, it was announced that Badler would be joining the series as a new character named Diana, the mother of the Visitors' evil leader Anna  (Morena Baccarin). Badler appeared in nine of the second season's ten episodes, commencing in January 2011. In the second-season finale, her character was apparently killed by Anna, and ABC decided to not renew the series for a third season (although the fan campaign "Project Alice" is reported to be campaigning to Warner Bros. to renew the show on a different network).
Music and theatre careerEdit
Already an able singer when she competed in the Miss New Hampshire and Miss America Pageants, Badler forged a career in cabaret and on the stage in the 2005 Magnormos production of archy & mehitabel, based on Don Marquis's books of poetry. She also appeared in Sextet, Big Hair in America, and with acclaimed Australian director Robert Chuter (who also directed two of her cabaret shows in 2000) she appeared in The Singing Forest, The Great Gatsby and her one-woman show Shakin' the Blues Away in which she also sang. Other productions in which she appeared for Magnormos included a concert of the musical Rebecca and OzMade Musicals.
Badler released her debut album (backed by the Melbourne-based band Sir) on June 1, 2008. Titled The Devil Has My Double, it is an autobiographical album which has been described as "a compulsive mix of fame, sex and solitude, set to a sweeping soundtrack of cold soul and passionate synthetics". As part of promotion for the album, she gave an extensive interview about her work to the Boxcutters podcast.
|1977–1983||One Life to Live||Melinda Cramer Janssen #2||Unknown episodes|
|1979||Fantasy Island||Kim||Episode: "The Victim/The Mermaid"|
|1981–1982||The Doctors||Natalie Bell #2||Unknown episodes|
|1981||Terror Among Us||Pam||Television film|
|1983||The First Time||Karen Watson|
|1983||Mr. Smith||Uncredited||Episode: "Mr. Smith Plays Cyrano"|
|1984||V (The Final Battle)||Diana||3 episodes|
|1984||Brothers||Phyllis||Episode: "Mindless Passion"|
|1984–1985||V: The Series||Diana||19 episodes|
|1985||Covenant||Dana Noble||Television film|
|1985||Hotel||Angie Archer||1 episode|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Elisa Leigh||Episode: "Celebrations"|
|1986||Riptide||Janet Ingram||Episode: "Smiles We Left Behind"|
|1986||Penalty Phase||Katie Pinter||Television film|
|1986–1987||Falcon Crest||Meredith Braxton||22 episodes|
|1987||Jake and the Fatman||Shelly||Episode: "Happy Days Are Here Again"|
|1987–1988||The Highwayman||Tania Winthrop||10 episodes|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Carolyn Hazlitt||Episode: "Curse of the Daanau"|
|1989||Easy Kill||Jade Anderson|
|1989–1990||Mission: Impossible||Shannon Reed||24 episodes|
|1990||Black Snow||Shelby Collins|
|1992||Cluedo||Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock||20 episodes|
|1992||Embassy||Jacqueline Kowalski||Episode: "Nice Guys Finish Last"|
|1994||Sky Trackers||Coral Lee Pierce||Episode: "Star Time"|
|1995||Under the Gun||Sandy Torrence|
|1995||Snowy River: The McGregor Saga||Yvonne Waugh||2 episodes|
|1997||Flipper||Unknown||Episode: "Help Me, Rhonda"|
|1999||Crash Zone||Elanor Renfrey||Episode: "No News Is Good News"|
|2011||Like Mother Like Son||Mrs. Fox||Television film|
|2002||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World||Dame Alice Kyteler||Episode: "A Witch's Calling"|
|2002||Blue Heelers||Kath Shepherd||Episode: "Sins of the Father"|
|2010||Neighbours||Diana Marshall||24 episodes|
|2011||Spicks and Specks||Herself||Episode: "#7.6"|
|2013||Bitch, Popcorn & Blood||La Femme Fatale|
|The Devil Has My Double|
|"Four Corners to My Bed"||
|"Men Who Lie"||
|"Snow Carnival Queen"||
|"I Want a Lot of Boys to Cry at My Funeral"||
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