• Diana Canova is an American actress, film director, and professor.
• She is known for her role as Corinne Tate in the TV series "Soap".
• She has been married twice and has two children.
• She has appeared in multiple TV series, films, and short films before retiring from acting in 201•
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $10 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseElliot Scheiner, Geoff Levin
FactBest friend of Katherine Helmond.

Who is Diana Canova and what is she doing now?

Diana Canova was born in West Palm Beach, Florida USA, on 1 June 1953 – her zodiac sign is Gemini and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, film director and a professor, who is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of the supporting character Corinne Tate in the romantic comedy series “Soap” which was created by Susan Harris, and starred Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy and Richard Mulligan. The story follows the lives of two families – the Tates and the Campbells – and it won seven awards including a Golden Globe while it was nominated for 18 other awards.

Diana retired from acting in 2011 and has since been leading an apparently relaxed life with her husband.

Corinne Tate Flotsky played by Diana Canova

Posted by Soap on Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Childhood and education

Diana was raised an only child in the Greater Los Angeles Area, by her father Filberto Rivero who was a musician from Cuba, and her mother Judy Canova who was a famous American actress, singer and radio personality – she has a half-sister, Tweeny Canova from her mother’s previous marriage to Chester B. England.

Diana attended Hollywood High School at which she became interested in acting, and appeared in several plays performed at the school. She also appeared in multiple plays at a local theatre, where she practiced her acting skills nearly every day. Upon matriculation in 1971, Diana enrolled at Los Angeles City College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1974.

Roles in TV series

Diana made her debut TV series appearance in 1973, when she portrayed The First Girl in the episode “Dropout” of the comedy “Ozzie’s

Diana Canova

Girls”, which starred Harriet Nelson, Brenda Sykes and Susan Sennett, and is about Ozzie and Harriet who rent rooms to two college girls after their two sons move out.

The following years saw Diana guest star in single episodes of many series, such as the comedy family musical “Happy Days” in 1974, the action crime drama “Starsky and Hutch” and the comedy “Chico and the Man” both in 1976. She gained recognition in 1978 when she was invited to portray four different characters in four episodes of the adventure comedy drama “Fantasy Island”, which starred Ricardo Montalban, Herve Villechaize and Christopher Hewett, and which is about people staying at a unique resort island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

The following year saw her guest star in the episode “Strip Joint” of the comedy drama “Barney Miller”, and in 1980, Diana was invited to portray Diana Cassidy, one of the lead characters in the comedy series “I’m a Big Girl Now”, which also starred Danny Thomas and Rori King, and is about a dentist who finds a divorced woman to live with him after his wife has run away with his colleague.

The year 1983 saw her appear in multiple series: she portrayed the lead character Harriet Foot in all six episodes of the comedy “Foot in the Door”, guest starred in the episode “Flashback” of the romantic drama “Hotel”, and appeared in the episode “A Wheel in a Wheel” of the drama “Trapper John, M. D.”.

Between 1977 and 1985, Diana appeared in three episodes of the romantic comedy drama “The Love Boat”, and then guest starred in the episode “Family Ties” of the comedy drama “St. Elsewhere” in 1986. The same year saw her start portraying the lead character Sandy Beatty in the comedy “Throb”, which also starred Jonathan Prince and Jane Leeves, and is about a young record company executive who is searching for new talent.

Her next notable performance was in 1993, when she starred as Vanessa Bailey in the critically acclaimed comedy “Home Free”, while her final role in TV series before retiring from acting was in the crime mystery drama “Murder, She Wrote”, in which she played three characters in three episodes in 1996.

Roles in movies

Diana made her debut film appearance in 1975, when she portrayed Daughter-in-law in the drama “Medical Story”, written by Abby Mann, directed by Gary Nelson, and which starred Beau Bridges, Claude Akins and Wendell Burton. The story follows a young intern who argues with three experienced surgeons about whether a young actress should undergo an hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

The following year saw Diana appear in the musical comedy “The First Nudie Musical”, and some of her following roles in movies were in the comedy “The Love Boat II” in 1977, the comedy drama “With This Ring” in 1978, and the thriller “The Death of Ocean View Park” in 1979.

She played the lead character, Susan in the drama “Peking Encounter” in 1981, which also starred Mason Adams and June Lockhart, and two years later Diana portrayed another lead character – Lauren Hensley – in the action crime drama “Night Partners”. She appeared in her first short film “No Complaints!” in 1985, and then went on to appear in several others such as “The Bruce Diet” in 1992, “Miss Nelson Is Back” and “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day” both in 1999.

Diana made her voicing debut in 2000 with the lead character in the animated short film “The Island of the Skog”, and in 2001 voiced lead characters in three short movies “Antarctic Antics”, “Trashy Town” and “Space Case”.

She lent her voice to Mrs Green, the main character in the short animated comedy “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon” written by Mike Thaler and directed by Maciek Albrecht in 2003, and in 2006 voiced the lead character in the short animated family movie “Arnie the Doughnut”, and in two short films “Reading to Your Bunny” and “Emily’s First 100 Days of School”, while she also starred as Mrs. Beamster in the short film “The Librarian from the Black Lagoon”.

Three of her final roles in movies before retiring from acting were in the short family film “Do Unto Otters” in which she played Ms. Otter in 2008, the 2009 short family film “The Scrambled States of American Talent Show” in which she portrayed multiple characters, and the short comedy horror “How (Not) to Borrow a Car” written and directed by Annika Kurnick in 2011.

Love life and husband

Diana dated the late American actor and comedian Steven Landesberg in the early ‘70s, while they were both still working their way up in the film industry – they were together for around one year before splitting for unknown reasons. In 1974, she met Geoff Levin, an American rock musician and a songwriter, who is perhaps still best known for having founded and served as the lead singer of the band ‘People!’ They dated for two years before marrying in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family on 2 May 1976, however, they divorced three years later on 10 April 1979 – it’s believed that Diana filed for divorce because Geoff was cheating on her, and didn’t want to have children.

In 1980, Diana met Elliot Scheiner, an American music producer and engineer, when they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party, and they married two years later on 24 July 1982; Diana give birth to their two children whom they have been keeping away from the media’s attention.

Diana has been living with Elliot since they married, so as of September 2020, she is married to her second husband and has two children.

Hobbies and interests

Diana enjoyed modelling during her 20s and 30s, but always looked at it as a hobby rather than as a job – she even appeared in the November issue of the magazine “Playboy” in 1979 (not nude).  She was a member of the Church of Scientology, but began criticizing it after leaving, stated how they are very open in asking for money, and in an interview she gave to the magazine “Premiere”, saying that she was told to give them all the money in her bank account as soon as she joined the church.

Diana was physically very active during her 20s and 30s as she exercised on a daily basis, and occasionally played tennis and volleyball with her friends while she was also interested in meditation and yoga. She enjoyed cycling around Los Angeles, and going for a run in Central Park.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts, and some of her favorite movies are “The Terminator”, “Shutter Island” and “The Runaway Bride”.

Net worth and measurements

Diana’s age is 67. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m), she weighs around 145lbs (66kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-25-35.

As of September 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $10 million.

General Info

Full NameDiana Canova
Height1.75 m
ProfessionSinger, Screenwriter, Voice Actor
EducationLos Angeles City College, Hollywood High School


SpouseElliot Scheiner, Geoff Levin
ParentsJudy Canova, Filberto Rivero
SiblingsJulietta Canova


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
MoviesThe First Nudie Musical, One True Thing, Antarctic Antics, The Bruce Diet, Emily's First 100 Days of School, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Do Unto Otters, Danny and the Dinosaur ... and More Friendly Monster Stories, Antarctic Antics... and More Hilarious Animal Stories, Is Your Mama a Llama?... and ...
TV ShowsSoap, I'm a Big Girl Now, Throb, Home Free, Dinah and Her New Best Friends, Foot in the Door

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1Best known by the public for her roles as Corinne Tate on Soap (1977) and as Sandy Beatty on Throb (1986).
2Credits Katherine Helmond as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3Best friend of Katherine Helmond.
4Surrogate daughter of Katherine Helmond.
5Acting protégée of Katherine Helmond.
6Living in Connecticut [January 2010]
7Has retired from acting [2005]
8Niece of Anne Canova, Pete Canova and Zeke Canova.
9Has two sons.
10Father is musician Filberto Rivero.
11Daughter of Judy Canova.
12Lived with Steve Landesberg.




The Scrambled States of America Talent Show2009Video shortHawaii / Idaho / Tennessee / ...
Do Unto Otters2008Video shortMs. Otter
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon2007Video shortMrs. Beamster
Emily's First 100 Days of School2006Video shortNarrator (voice)
Reading to Your Bunny2006Video short voice
Arnie the Doughnut2005Short voice
Space Case2001ShortAdditional Voices (voice)
Antarctic Antics2000Short voice
The Island of the Skog2000Short voice
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day1999ShortNarrator (voice)
Miss Nelson Is Back1999ShortNarrator (voice)
One True Thing1998Diana
Murder, She Wrote1984-1996TV SeriesAnnie Lawson / Mary Margaret 'Maggie' McCauley / Joan Germaine
Home Free1993TV SeriesVanessa Bailey
The Bruce Diet1992ShortSheila
Throb1986-1988TV SeriesSandy Beatty
St. Elsewhere1986TV SeriesDr. Valerie Harding
The Love Boat1977-1985TV SeriesChristine Bradley / Ellen Desmond / Ellen / ...
Trapper John, M.D.1985TV SeriesMaggie Morrow
No Complaints!1985TV MovieValerie Anastas
Hotel1983TV SeriesNancy Domenico
Night Partners1983TV MovieLauren Hensley
Foot in the Door1983TV SeriesHarriet Foot
Peking Encounter1981TV MovieSusan
I'm a Big Girl Now1980-1981TV SeriesDiana Cassidy
Dinah and Her New Best Friends1980TV Series
Soap1977-1980TV SeriesCorinne Tate Flotsky Corinne Tate Corinne Tate-Flotsky
Barney Miller1979TV SeriesStephanie Wolf
Fantasy Island1978-1979TV SeriesHelen Philips / Sally Glover / Mary Cavanaugh / ...
The Death of Ocean View Park1979TV MovieSheila Brady
With This Ring1978TV MovieDolores Andrews
The Love Boat II1977TV MovieDonna Morley
Starsky and Hutch1976TV SeriesNancy Rogers
The First Nudie Musical1976Juanita
Medical Story1975TV MovieDaughter-in-law
Chico and the Man1974-1975TV SeriesPatty Bertran
Happy Days1974TV SeriesPhyllis Denton
Ozzie's Girls1973TV SeriesFirst Girl


Throb1987-1988TV Series written by - 2 episodes


Throb1986TV Series performer - 1 episode
The First Nudie Musical1976performer: "Perversion" - uncredited

Music Department

Throb1986TV Series singer - 1 episode


TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHerself
From Dollars to Donuts: An Undressing of the First Nudie Musical2002Video documentaryHerself
It's Howdy Doody Time1987TV SpecialGuest
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself
New American Bandstand 19651981TV SeriesHerself
The 7th Annual People's Choice Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite Female Performer in New Television Comedy
The Mike Douglas Show1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself - Co-Host
The Hollywood Squares1977-1980TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Hamel Show1976-1979TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars VII1979TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
Perry Como's Early American Christmas1978TV Special
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1976TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Soap1978-1979TV SeriesCorinne Tate
Happy Days1977TV SeriesPhyllis


Won Awards

1981People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female Performer in a New TV Program

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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