Diane McBain death: ’60s actress who starred alongside Elvis dies at 81


Diane McBain, an old Hollywood actress who co-starred with Elvis Presley, has died aged 81.

McBain reportedly died of liver cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

The American actress was best known as a Warner Bros movie star during the ’60s, getting her breakout film role in 1966 with Presley’s hit film Spinout.

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American actress Diane McBain, circa 1962.
Diane McBain has died from liver cancer. (Getty)

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In the film, McBain played the efficacious Diana St Clair, an author who proves tireless in her attempts to profile famous race car driver and singer Mike McCoy, played by Presley.

In an interview last year with Boomer Magazine, McBain recalled what it was like to kiss the King of Rock and Roll.

“Women have asked me many times what it was like to kiss Elvis, and I tell them it was just as wonderful as you would imagine!” she said.

“He was charming and a lovely person to work with. He didn’t come on to me, which I appreciated because so many did throughout my career.”

Diane McBain and Elvis Presley in Spinout (1966)
McBain and Presley starred together in the 1966 film Spinout. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

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Prior to Spinout, McBain starred in the two-season crime series Surfside 6, alongside veteran TV stars Troy Donahue, Van Williams and Lee Patterson.

A year later, McBain appeared in the ’60s TV series Batman as character Pinky Pinkston.

McBain made a handful of appearances in other ’60s TV series, including Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Burke’s Law, The Wild Wild West and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In the ’70s, she appeared in shows like Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, Eight is Enough, Matt Houston and Dallas.

McBain retired from acting in 2001, just after her final credit which was in a 2001 episode of the TV series Strong Medicine.

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In the late ’80s, McBain shifted her focus to advocacy, following a traumatic experience in which she was beaten and raped by two men in West Hollywood on Christmas Day in 1982.

She became and avid advocate for rape victims and survivors and spoke often in interviews about how the violent attack had a lasting impact on her.

In her 2014 memoir, Famous Enough, McBain recounted the experience, as well as her whirlwind career in Hollywood. She also wrote two novels in her lifetime, the first titled The Laughing Bear (2020) and the second titled The Colour of Hope (2021).

McBain’s death was announced by her friend Michael Gregg Michaud, who co-authored her 2014 memoir.

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