V (1984 & 2011 series) ♦ Falcon Crest ♦ Misson Impossible ♦ Neighbours ♦ The Highwayman
Jane Badler spent her teen years in Great Neck, New York, moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was in high school. Jane 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.
Jane’s first professional acting job was Madge in Picnic In Summer Stock in America, which she describes the experience as terrifying. She then went on to star in the Fantasticks. Between the years of 1976 and 1989 Jane appeared weekly on US television and is best known for her portrayal of Diana, the sexually charged villain of cult classic television program ‘V’. Along with ‘V’, Jane starred in the classic soaps ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Fantasy Island’. She also played the seductive snatcher of Alec Baldwin’s baby in ‘The Doctors’ and caused a stir opposite Kim Novak in ‘Falcon’s Crest’. At the end of the 1980s Jane starred in the TV series ‘Mission Impossible’ playing the character Shannon Reed. It was during the filming of the second ‘Mission Impossible’ series in Melbourne that she fell in love with an Aussie and decided that Australia, and in particular Melbourne, was the place to be.
Whilst in Australia Jane has performed in a number of stage and TV productions including appearing as Diana Marshall, a super–bitch with a score to settle in Neighbours in 2010. Recently Jane has returned to American TV with the role of Diana in the new series ‘V’ and has started to focus on her singing career.
In 2008 Jane released her debut CD called “The Devil Has My Double” with the Melbourne band Sir, and this has been followed in 2011 with ‘Tears Again’, again collaborating with Sir. On ‘Tears Again’ she has also worked with internationally acclaimed producer Paul Grabowsky to deliver a record that reflects Jane’s long and varied career in Hollywood B films and television soaps throughout the 70s and 80s. The album pays homage to the smoothness and the melodrama of the era.
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