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Diana Bellamy (born Diana Alice Bellamy September 19, 1943-died June 17, 2001) first appeared as a disgruntled customer with her son in the very first episode of Married... with Children, titled "Pilot"; she would appear in a total of four episodes of the series, in different roles. A plump and personable character actress, Diana played mature characters, usually either authoritarian or spinster roles.

BiographyEdit

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diana graduated with a master's degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in 1970. She began her acting career in puppet theater in her native Los Angeles.

Film rolesEdit

Diana had memorable small roles as a sassy whorehouse madam in Outrageous Fortune, a sharp-tongued secretary in 1995's Outbreak, which co-starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Donald Sutherland, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Morgan Freeman, and a sarcastic White House switchboard operator in the Harrison Ford film Air Force One.

She also appeared as the cranky Mrs. Pennington in the comedy film The Nest and gave an excellent performance as Tim Daly's loyal secretary Grace Woods in Spellbinder She had recurring parts as head nurse Maggie Poole on 13 East and Mrs. Cha-Cha Rimba Starkey on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.

Television rolesEdit

Among the many TV shows Diana made guest appearances on ware Melrose Place, Nash Bridges, Wings, Murphy Brown," Baywatch, Quantom Leap, Alien Nation, Family Ties, Newhart, Hunter, The Fall Guy, Hill Street Blues, and T.J. Hooker.

Stage rolesEdit

Outside of her film and television credits, Bellamy did a substantial amount of stage acting: She not only did three seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, but also acted in productions of such plays as "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" (as the title character), "The House of Blue Leaves," and "The Skin of Our Teeth."

Later years/DeathEdit

Despite suffering from cancer, diabetes, and blindness in the last five years of her life, Diana nonetheless continued to act: She portrayed the blind Principal Cecelia Hall on the TV series Popular, made a guest appearance on an episode of "Diagnosis Murder," and played the crippled Mrs. Nichols in a stage production of "The Ladies of the Corridor."

Diana died at age 57 from cancer at her home in Valley Village, California on June 17, 2001.

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