Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; elder of seven children. Pioneer skin diver 1947 / scuba 1951; aquatic specialist; early underwater equipment tester for Scientific Underwater Research Enterprises; hyperbaric science/research partner; Sports Illustrated cover girl May 1955: one of first certified scuba instructors; Intl. Film Festival co-founder/coproducer 1957. As an accomplished underwater photographer, Zale was elected first woman President of the U/W Photographic Society 1960.
She is known as someone ultimately involved, who made a difference, and who encouraged thousands of people, men as well as women, to experience the underwater world. She was a student of Theatre Arts UCLA and Twenty Century Fox Studio with Agnes Moorehead. SAG & AFTRA member since 1954 (list of credits incl. Kingdom of the Sea, Sea Hunt, GE Theatre, Wagon Train, Peter Gunn, and more. On call for all studios for performance with scuba. Over two dozen wet and dry television commercials; The Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences’ NOGI Distinguished Service Award 1973; DEMA’s Reaching Out Award 1993; Women’s Scuba Association, Scuba Diver of the Year 1999; Women’s Scuba Hall of Fame 1999; National Association of Underwater Instructors Hall of Fame 2000. NOGI Board of Directors 2001; Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Education Award 2001. With Albert Tillman, co-authored Scuba America Vol. I , The Human History of Sport Diving in America which premiered in January 2001.
Chosen by Executive Order October 2001 to be The Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences’ “Ambassador at Large”...a lifelong appointment. Selected for induction into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2002 by the Board of Governors of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, bestowed by The Honorable W. McKeeva Bush, OBE., JP., Leader of Government Business, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Development and Commerce for the Cayman Islands Government.