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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 September 1931Kulm, North Dakota, USA
Birth NameAngeline Brown
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December 1946, when she was a senior at Bellamarine Jefferson High School in Burbank, she won the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights Contest. Two years later, her sister Janet did likewise. Being the daughter of a printer, Angie at first had visions of becoming a writer, but gave this up after winning her first beauty contest. After finishing college, she worked as a secretary in a Burbank airplane parts factory for 3-1/2 years. In 1953, she entered the local Miss America contest one day before the deadline and took second place. In August of the same year, she was one of five winners in a beauty contest sponsored by NBC and appeared in several television variety shows. She got her first bit part in a Warner Brothers film in 1954 and gained fame in the television series The Millionaire (1955) and got her first good film role opposite John Wayne and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo (1959). Her success then spiraled until she became one of the nation's top movie stars.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kulm Diamond Jubilee Supplement

Spouse (2)

Burt Bacharach (15 May 1965 - 4 August 1981) (divorced) (1 child)
Gene Dickinson (2 June 1952 - 1960) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Large brown eyes
Deep sultry voice
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (18)

Attended Immaculate Heart College and Glendale Community College.
Attended and graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School at age 15.
Had a ten-year, on-again/off-again relationship with Frank Sinatra.
Ranked #42 on Playboy magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century" on January 1999.
Said she initially declined to play the ill-fated, sexually frustrated Kate Miller in Dressed to Kill (1980) because she felt her role on the television series Police Woman (1974) had made her into something of a role model, but director Brian De Palma eventually persuaded her to accept the role.
Sisters: Mary Lou Belmont, who is deceased, and younger sister, Janet Lee.
Originally had a major role as the main villain in Mel Gibson's Payback (1999) as Mrs. Bronson (there originally was no Kris Kristofferson role). When Mel Gibson took over, the role was deleted. It will be restored on "Payback - Straight Up" in 2007.
Her daughter (with Burt Bacharach), Nikki Bacharach, died at age 40 on January 4, 2007 of suicide in Ventura County, California. She was born prematurely in 1966 and battled Asperger's disorder, a form of autism.
Ranked #3 in TV Guide's '50 Sexiest TV Stars of All Time' list in 2002.
Turned down the role of Krystle Carrington on Dynasty (1981), which went to Linda Evans.
First husband Gene Dickinson was a college football star, turned semi-pro. He later moved into the electronics business but they separated in 1956 after four years of marriage. They divorced in 1960.
One of three daughters born to Leo and Frederica Brown. Her family owned and operated the North Dakota newspaper offices the Kulm Messenger and, later, the Edgeley Mail in the 1930s. The family moved to California when she was around 10 years old.
Was mentioned in the song "Putting the Damage On" by Tori Amos.
Her favorite movies of her career are Rio Bravo (1959) and Dressed to Kill (1980).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
One of her sisters was an actual "Police Woman" with the Burbank Police Department.
Worked for Phillip Ferrara as his secretary.
Is good friends with Comedian Vicki Lawrence.

Personal Quotes (12)

My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra.
No question - the more powerful men are, the more sexy they are.
When I started shooting Police Woman (1974), someone asked me if I had ever played a sleuth before. I said, "Yes, many times". I thought they were asking me if I had ever played a slut. I didn't know what a sleuth was.
I dress for women, and undress for men.
[on her initial reaction to the screenplay for Dressed to Kill (1980)] I was like, "I can't do this, I'm 'Police Woman'!".
[When asked on Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003) what making Ocean's Eleven (1960) was like] Oh, it was wonderful. And I remember most of it.
I'm not a feminist: I'm for women, but I'm not against men..
I miss Nikki so much, but [committing suicide] was her decision. The world was too harsh a place for her.
[on Dressed to Kill (1980)] I'm sorry I didn't try to go for an Academy Award for that role. I think I could have won it. But the studio didn't want to put up the campaign, and I felt that I didn't want to go for a supporting-actor award, because I'd always thought of myself as the lead, even though by then I wasn't getting starring roles. I regret it now. Of course, [Brian De Palma] is to blame for the great performance.
I don't want to be unkind to Burt [Burt Bacharach] because I'm very respectful of him, as a person and an artist, as a former husband and as a father to Nikki, but he had no real connection with her. She was too difficult for him, but it was his loss. He put her in a hospital, and it was the worst thing you can do. He had the wrong goal in mind: he thought that she was just a difficult child, and I was just a terrible mother, indulging her. He didn't know there was actually a syndrome. He thought, "Just get her away from Angie's indulgence and she'll shape up". But, of course, the doctors didn't have a clue. He does regret it, and he has said, "I'm terribly sorry. Had I known, I never would have done that".
[on meeting Bill Clinton at a Democratic fundraiser] I was standing next to Suzanne Pleshette on the receiving line, and as he got closer, I said to her, "My God, I'm beginning to sweat!" And then he was in front of me, bigger than life, and so great-looking. He said when he met me, "At last!".
I think [my father] was one of those sad people who didn't get what he wanted in life.

Salary (1)

Police Woman (1974) $40,000 per 1 hour episode

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