"They didn't tell me. I just opened the script. What they wanted me to do was go down the elevator, which is like a 10 foot drop. And they said, 'You just have to fall.' I said, 'no, I don't. I know that I'm not coming back on this show.' [LAUGH] 'I'm not going to do that for you.' Once again, my stunt double came in and she had to do it like 10 times before the director ever got it right. Ten times! … I mean, I would have had a broken neck by the time I had finished."
About This Interview
In her two-hour Archive interview, Diana Muldaur discusses studying acting with coach Stella Adler, describes her early theater work and her early television appearances on Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke and Survivors. She recalls being Arnold Schwarzenegger's first on-screen kiss (on The Streets of San Francisco), shares tales of her two appearances on the original Star Trek and details her work on Planet Earth, Born Free and her appearance in the pilot of Charlie's Angels. Muldaur also outlines her film work and her work in TV movies To Kill a Cop and The Miracle Worker. She details becoming the first female President of the Television Academy, joining the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and speaks of her time playing "Rosalind Shays" on L.A. Law, a character who had one of TV's most infamous demises - falling down an elevator shaft. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Martha's Vineyard, MA on June 17, 2011.