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Joan Diener


b. 24 Feb 1930, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 13 Might 2006, Manhattan, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Diener began on Broadway within an unsuccessful revue, Little Question (1948), and in 1950 was briefly within the play Period In SUNLIGHT. Her effective performing style and appealing physical appearance proclaimed her out for potential popularity although just double would she discover jobs in box-office strikes. She was wedded to Albert Marre, and their initial collaboration as movie director and star emerged when she made an appearance in Robert Wright and George Forrest’s Kismet, which opened up on Broadway in Dec 1953. Marre decided to go with her for the function of Lalume and it had been hence that she presented ‘Not really Since Ninevah’. Her co-star was Alfred Drake, with whom she sang the duet ‘Rahadlakum’. In 1955, Diener performed within the London creation of Kismet, reprising her function. Back in the united states, she was ensemble in Wright and Forrest’s Grand Resort but the present did not ensure it is into town; a fresh version finally appeared on Broadway in 1992. It had been some years before Diener acquired another leading function in an effective New York display. This emerged when she performed Aldonza in Guy Of La Mancha (1965), by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion. Within this originally off-Broadway present, also aimed by Marre, she performed reverse Richard Kiley and their shows were a key point in the display’s following and unexpected achievement. Diener came back to London with this display and also made an appearance inside a Paris creation, starring reverse Jacques Brel. Within the 70s Diener performed in unsuccessful displays; Cry FOR ALL OF US All (1970, with Paul Muni), and House Nice Homer (1976). In semi-retirement for a few years following this, Diener produced an extraordinary if brief go back to Broadway in 1992. This is for the revival of Guy Of La Mancha when she once again sang the part of Aldonza, overtaking from Sheena Easton in Apr and staying before display shut in July, and vividly demonstrating to viewers that neither her performing capability nor her stage existence experienced deserted her.

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Full Name Joan Diener
Died May 13, 2006, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Sarah Lawrence College
Nationality American
Spouse Albert Marre
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Aldonza, What Do You Want of Me, Dulcinea / The Impossible Dream / Man of La Mancha / The Psalm / Finale, It's All the Same, Finale, The Dubbing, Not Since Ninevah, I Really Like Him, Pourquoi fait-il toutes ces choses ?, Dulcinea / The Impossible Dream / The Psalm / Finale, Not Since Niveneh, Gloria, Un animal, Zubbediya, Samiris' Dance, Bazaar of the Caravans, Overture/Sands of Time, The Dubbing, Kismet: Not Since Nineveh

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1 Not to be confused with music editor Joanie Diener.
2 Her husband directed her 1965 triumphant return to Broadway in "Man of La Mancha." She reprised the Aldonza/Dulcinea role in revivals over the next 25 years and returned to Broadway in 1992 to replace Sheena Easton in the part.
3 Best known for her extraordinary beauty, her equally extraordinary singing voice (she could go from the deep alto to the high soprano range in the same role) and for creating the female lead roles in two classic Broadway plays directed by her husband, Albert Marre: Lalume in "Kismet" (1953) and Aldonza/Dulcinea in "Man of La Mancha" (1966). Alas for film audiences, when the films of both plays were made, the roles went not to Diener, but to Dolores Gray and Sophia Loren, respectively.
4 Graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
5 Operetta singer and Broadway actress/singer. She never appeared in a film. She rarely appeared in a role on television, and made one of her few appearances there in an adaptation of "Androcles and the Lion", an episode of the 1952 anthology series "Omnibus".



Omnibus 1956 TV Series



The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode



The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series Aldonza in 'Man of La Mancha'
This Is Show Business 1950 TV Series Herself - Singer / Actress
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1950 TV Series Herself

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