Diane McBain, the star of Surfside 6, passed away on Wednesday, December 21 at the age of 81. She was most recognized for her role as Pinkie Pinkston, Bruce Wayne’s companion, in the second season of ABC’s Batman. McBain’s friend Michael Gregg Michaud broke the news first, reporting that she died of liver cancer. On social media, actress BarBara Luna expressed her grief and wrote that it is a great loss to the entertainment sector. She even talked about their first collaboration, writing that she met McBain while visiting her friend Van Williams on the set of Surfside 6. She concluded her article by saying:
“My sincerest condolences go out to her son Evan Burke and family. Miss Diane, rest in peace…. You have become one of the angels.”
On Twitter, people are paying tribute to Diane McBain.
Diane McBain rose to prominence for her many appearances in movies and television series. As news of her death spread, Twitter was flooded with tributes.
— 60s Batman ➐ (@60s_Batman) December 25, 2022
RIP Diane McBain. Here with David McCallum on set filming The Deadly Toys Affair. pic.twitter.com/LmTlN6m4GB
— Napoleon & Illya (@kuryakin_solo) December 22, 2022
Diane McBain was known for her work with Warner Bros.
Born on May 18, 1941, McBain first became interested in movies as a child. When a talent scout from Warner Bros. saw her perform in a high school play, she got her big break and joined the company. After a few TV appearances, she rose to prominence for her roles in the western series Maverick and the detective drama Sunset Strip. Ice Palace, a 1960 historical drama, was her feature film debut. The film received negative reviews and was a flop at the box office.
McBain continued to have a successful television career, appearing on series such as The Alaskans, Bourbon Street Beat, Lawman, and others. She was known for her role as Daphne Dutton on the ABC sitcom Surfside 6. The character was a socialite who owned a space for her yacht, the Daffy II, near the SurfSide houseboat. McBain rose to immediate prominence after landing a position on Surfside 6 and starring in other films such as 1966’s Spinout with Elvis Presley. She became known for her roles in films such as Parrish, Claudelle Inglish, Black Gold, The Caretakers and Mary, Mary.
The actress guest starred in such series as Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, Vacation Playhouse, Arrest and Trial, Burke’s Law and others. Her next project was three movies with American International Pictures. She took a sabbatical from acting in the 1970s, though she did star in a few movies including Wicked, Wicked, The Wild Season, The Deathhead Virgin, Police Story, Marcus Welby MD, Hawaii Five-O, Matt Houston, Crazy Like a Vos, and others. From the 1990s, she appeared in a number of popular movies and television series, including Puppet Master 5, Medicine Woman, Invisible Mom II, Strong Medicine, and others.