Jane Badler is an American actress best known for her role as Diana, the chief antagonist in the 1983 science fiction miniseries V and its sequels.
She also appeared in the reimagined V series, again playing an alien named Diana but who is the mother of the series' chief antagonist, Anna.
Badler spent her teen years in Great Neck, New York, moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, when she was in high school. She won the title Miss New Hampshire and competed at the 1973 Miss America Pageant. Subsequently, she enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to study drama.
Jane's first professional acting job was Madge in Picnic In Summer Stock in America, which she describes as terrifying. She then went on to star in the Fantasticks.
Between the years of 1976 and 1989 Jane appeared weekly on US television and is best known for her portrayal of Diana, the sexually charged villain of cult classic television program V'
Along with V, Jane starred in the classic soaps One Life to Live and Fantasy Island. She also played the seductive snatcher of Alec Baldwin's baby in The Doctors and caused a stir opposite Kim Novak in Falcon's Crest.
At the end of the 1980s Jane starred in the TV series Mission Impossible, playing the character Shannon Reed. It was during the filming of the second Mission Impossible season in Melbourne that she fell in love with an Aussie and decided that Australia, and in particular Melbourne, was the place to be.
Whilst in Australia Jane has performed in a number of stage and TV productions including appearing as Diana Marshall, a super–bitch with a score to settle, in Neighbours in 2010.
She returned to American TV with the role of Diana in the new series V and started to focus on her singing career.
In 2008 Jane released her debut CD called The Devil Has My Double with the Melbourne band Sir, and this was followed in 2011 with Tears Again, again collaborating with Sir.
On Tears Again she also worked with internationally acclaimed producer Paul Grabowsky to deliver a record that reflects Jane's long and varied career in Hollywood B films and television soaps throughout the 70s and 80s.
The album pays homage to the smoothness and the melodrama of the era.