Diana Sands and Alan Alda on the February 1965 cover of @EBONYmag. They starred in the original Broadway production of “The Owl and the Pussycat” in 1964. The two-character play was originally written for white actors and after Diana originated the Broadway role, Japanese-American actress/singer Pat Suzuki starred in the national tour. Barbra Streisand, of course, would go on to star in the film version.
Diana said of her role at the time, “This is the first Broadway play in which I was cast as a person, rather than a racial type. I love doing it. When it’s over, the owl and the pussycat leave hand in hand to dance by the light of the moon.”