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Diane Brewster

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Diane Brewster

TV and Movie Actress


Who was Diane Brewster?

Diane Brewster (March 11, 1931 – November 12, 1991) was an American actress known for her versatile performances across film and television during the mid-20th century. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brewster developed a passion for acting early in life and pursued her dream with determination.

She began her career in the entertainment industry in the 1950s, making her mark with notable appearances in various television series. One of her early breakthroughs came with her role as Samantha Crawford in the popular western series "Maverick" (1957-1962). Her portrayal of the sultry and cunning character earned her recognition and established her as a talented actress in the television landscape.

Diane Brewster's talent and versatility were further showcased in her role as Miss Canfield, the teacher, in the iconic family sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" (1957-1963). Her warm and engaging portrayal endeared her to audiences, contributing to the show's enduring popularity. She's also known for her role as Richard Kimball's murdered wife in the TV series "Fugitive" (1963-1967).

Throughout her career, Brewster continued to make notable guest appearances in numerous television series, including "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Rifleman." She also ventured into film, appearing in productions like "The Young Philadelphians" (1959) alongside Paul Newman.

Despite her success, Diane Brewster faced personal challenges, and her career slowed down in the 1970s. Tragically, she passed away on November 12, 1991, at the age of 60. While her time in the spotlight may have been relatively brief, Diane Brewster's contributions to the golden age of television and her memorable performances continue to be celebrated by fans of classic entertainment.


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Chord Overstreet

Musician, TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Joseph Rogers

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Treat Williams

TV & Movie Actor

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Raymond

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Joseph Rogers

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin
via Richard Raymond

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William Egan

1st Governor of Alaska

10th cousin
via William Brewster

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 3 times removed
via William Brewster

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Warren

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 2 times removed
via William Collier

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Alice Carpenter

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Cash Warren

TV Producer

10th cousin 3 times removed
via William Brewster

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Herbert Henry Dow

Founder, Dow Chemical Company

7th cousin 3 times removed
via John Alden

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Benjamin Bartlett

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Nathaniel P. Banks

24th Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Rev. Henry Whitfield

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Mark Isham

Musician, Film Composer

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Richards

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Mark Isham

Musician, Film Composer

11th cousin
via Richard Warren

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Jonathan Higgins

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Stephen Hopkins

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Bourne

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 2 times removed
via James Fitch Jr.

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Bourne

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

11th cousin
via Stephen Hopkins

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

9th cousin
via Jonathan Higgins

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

10th cousin 1 time removed
via William Collier

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Alice Carpenter

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

7th cousin 2 times removed
via William Pabodie

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