Jane Badler, the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader Diana in the NBC mini-series V, its sequel “V: The Final Battle”, and the subsequent TV series “V”, was born in Brooklyn, New York. She spent her teen years in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she attended Central High School, won the Miss New Hampshire title and competed at the 1972 Miss America Pageant before going on to study drama at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
In 1977, Jane gained her first major role was on the TV soap opera “One Life to Live”, where she played Melinda Cramer Janssen until 1981, returning briefly to reprise the role in 1983. She also starred in “The Doctors”, “Falcon Crest” and as agent Shannon Reed for the revival of the series “Mission: Impossible” which was shot in Australia. She also guest-starred on many TV series.
Jane relocated to Australia after filming “Mission: Impossible” Down Under, marrying businessman Stephen Hains. They have two sons, Sam and Harry. Her Australian TV roles include “Cluedo” and a guest-starring role in “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga”.
In the 1990s, she launched a stage career and cabaret act including the one-woman show “The Love Goddess: Rita Hayworth”. She has most recently been seen returning to the property that gained her international fame in the modern re-imagining of V, in which she plays Diana, the mother of Anna: the V’s Queen! She has also signed on recently to do a number of episodes of long running Aussie soap opera “Neighbours”, again playing a character called Diana!.
She has just released her new album “Tears Again”, only on her website. It is a sexy torch romp through the torment of living the live of a soap opera diva.
Jane is unfortunately not able to join us for the Brisbane and Melbourne shows, we hope to be able to bring her to you, her fans in the future.