Diane McBain, Actress Who Starred In “Spinout” With Elvis Presley, Dies At Age 81
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Actress Diane McBain was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 18, 1941. She moved to Hollywood when she was young, and got her start by modeling for print and television advertisements.
McBain was a senior in high school when she appeared in a play in Los Angeles. The performance caught the attention of a Warner Bros talent scout. After the play, McBain became a contract performer for the studio.
She made her acting debut at the age of 17, appearing in two episodes of Maverick. Her first role in a feature film was in 1960, when she appeared in Ice Palace alongside Richard Burton and Robert Ryan.
Also in 1960, McBain earned a regular role on the ABC series Surfside 6, which ran for two seasons.
Another one of McBain’s notable roles came along in 1966. She starred alongside Elvis Presley in the musical comedy film Spinout. She played the character Diana St. Clair, an author who dreams of marrying Presley’s character, Mike McCoy.
McBain remained active as an actress until 2001. She went on to become an author after she retired from acting. Her most recent release was the 2020 novel The Laughing Bear.
Sadly, McBain passed away on Wednesday (December 21) at the age of 81. Her writing partner, Michael Gregg Michaud, told The Hollywood Reporter she died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California following a battle with liver cancer.
McBain is survived by her son, Evan Burke, and her goddaughter, Mary.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to McBain’s loved ones during this sad time. May she rest in peace.