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Overview (4)

Born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMarilyn Cheverton Louis
Nicknames The Queen of Technicolor
Marilyn Lane
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming attended Beverly Hills public and private schools. Her father was Harold Cheverton Louis (1896-1951). Her mother, Effie Olivia Graham (1891-1985), was a famous model and actress in New York. She has a son (Kent Lane), two granddaughters (Kimberly and Kelly) and four great-grandchildren (Wagner, Page, Lane and Cole). She has appeared in over 40 films, including David O. Selznick's Spellbound (1945), directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947); and Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase (1946). She later got starring roles in such classics as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Home Before Dark (1958), Pony Express (1953), Slightly Scarlet (1956), While the City Sleeps (1956) and The Big Circus (1959). While she was always a competent actress, she was more renowned for her exquisite beauty, and the camera absolutely adored her. One time a cameraman on one of her films remarked on how he was so struck by her beauty that, as a gag, he intentionally tried to photograph her badly; he was astonished to discover that no matter how deliberately he botched it, she still came out looking ravishing.

Among her co-stars over the years were Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Rock Hudson and Ronald Reagan (with whom she made four films). In addition to motion pictures, Fleming made her Broadway debut in Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women", essayed the role of "Lalume" in "Kismet" at the Los Angeles Music Center and toured as "Madame Dubonnet" in "The Boyfriend". She made her stage musical debut in Las Vegas at the opening of the Tropicana Hotel's showroom. Later she appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in a one-woman concert of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin compositions. She also starred in a national ten-week concert tour with Skitch Henderson, featuring the music of George Gershwin. She has guest-starred on numerous television series, including Wagon Train (1957), Police Woman (1974), The Love Boat (1977), Last Hours Before Morning (1975) and a two-hour special of McMillan & Wife (1971). Waiting for the Wind (1990) reunited her with former co-star Robert Mitchum.

In private life she resides in Century City, California, and was married for 23 years to Ted Mann, a producer and chairman of Mann Theatres, until his death in January 2001. She is a member and supporter of Childhelp USA, ARCS (Achievement Rewards For College Scientists); a Life Associate of Pepperdine University; a Lifetime Member of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge; a Founding Member of the French Foundation For Alzheimer Research; a Benefactor of the Los Angeles Music Center: and a Member of the Center's Blue Ribbon Board of Directors. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of Olive Crest Treatment Centers for Abused Children and serves as a Board of Directors Trustee of World Opportunities International. Along with her husband she helped build the Jerusalem Film Institute in Israel. She also is a member of the Board of Trustees of The UCLA Foundation and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Revlon/UCLA Women's Health Research Program. In addition, she created at the City of Hope Hospital The Rhonda Fleming Mann Research Fellowship to further advance research and treatment associated with women's cancer.

In 1991, she and her husband established the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women's Comprehensive Care at UCLA Medical Center. This clinic provides a full range of expert gynecologic and obstetric care to women. Since 1992, she has devoted her time to a second facility at UCLA - the Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center for Women with Cancer, which opened in early 1994. This Center is the fulfillment of her vision to create a safe, warm place where women cancer patients and their families might receive the highest quality psychosocial and emotional care as well as assistance with the complex practical problems that arise with cancer. In August 1997, the Center opened "Reflections", a unique retail store and consultation suite that carries wigs, head coverings, breast prostheses and other items to help men, women and children deal with the physical appearance changes brought on by cancer and its treatments. The staffs of the clinic, center and store are guided by her belief that caring, compassion, communication and commitment are essential components of the healing process.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (6)

Darol Wayne Carlson (2003 - 31 October 2017) ( his death)
Ted Mann (11 March 1978 - 15 January 2001) ( his death)
Hall Bartlett (27 March 1966 - 1972) ( divorced)
Lang Jeffries (3 April 1960 - 11 January 1962) ( divorced)
Dr. Lewis V Morrill (11 July 1952 - 17 June 1958) ( divorced)
Thomas Wade Lane Jr. (17 August 1940 - 9 August 1948) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Red hair, blue eyes and pale skin

Trivia (21)

Mother of Kent Lane.
A member of the Westwood Presbyterian Church, Fleming received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1995.
Attended and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California (class of 1941). This is the same school attended by, among others, Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman, Gina Gershon, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover.
In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Dhia Cristiani. She was dubbed on occasion by Lydia Simoneschi, Rosetta Calavetta and Tina Lattanzi.
She, Jane Russell, Connie Haines and Beryl Davis were once part of a traveling gospel quartet at their church called "The Four Girls" and made an album called "Make a Joyful Noise" that sold over a million copies.
A one-time Las Vegas showroom singing act at the Tropicana, she also performed at the Hollywood Bowl in a one-woman concert of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin songs. Also did a ten-week tour with Skitch Henderson that focused on the music of George Gershwin. She recorded an album in 1958 for Columbia Records.
Was "discovered" by talent agent Henry Willson while a student at Beverly Hills High School.
A lyric soprano, She took lessons in light opera for ten years as a child and was trained in voice by an aunt and entered singing contests.
Fleming's mother was a famous Swedish blonde model in New York who made the cover of Harper's and other major magazines, and later appeared in the Al Jolson show "Dancing Around" at the Wintergarden Theater for two years and progressed from understudy to leading role. Her father worked in insurance. Her parents divorced when Rhonda was ten years old, and her elder sister, Beverly Louis (1918-1990), was fifteen years old. Young Rhonda took lessons in light opera for ten years as a child.
According to an interview with Ms. Fleming which was featured in an issue of "Films of the Golden Age", writer Paul Phaneuf states that Rhonda's very first taste of Hollywood came when she was 15 years old. Her mother took some pictures of her in their backyard and sent them to big-time Hollywood producer Jesse Lasky for an upcoming show of his. She lost out in the final audition.
Is a strong supporter of the Republican Party and was an honored speaker at the National Federal of Republican Women (2007).
She supported Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6660 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
She was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California on December 9, 2007.
Established Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women Comprehensive Care at the UCLA Medical Center (1993).
Signed her first contract for 20th Century-Fox under the professional name of Marilyn Lane but it was later changed to Rhonda at the suggestion of David O. Selznick.
She turned down Yul Brynner's offer of the role of Anna for a year in the road company of "The King and I".
Has appeared with John Payne in four films: The Eagle and the Hawk (1950), Crosswinds (1951), Tennessee's Partner (1955) and Slightly Scarlet (1956).
Has appeared with Ronald Reagan in four films: The Last Outpost (1951), Hong Kong (1952) Tropic Zone (1953) and Tennessee's Partner (1955).
Had one older sister: Beverly Louis (1918-1990).
Was one of four actresses to be nicknamed "Queen of Technicolor". The other three were Maria Montez, Maureen O'Hara, and Yvonne De Carlo.

Personal Quotes (8)

What I didn't care for was everything made in those days was black and white, very hard black and white too, there was nothing really pretty about it, even my auburn hair became jet black.
Mine was a very rare and wonderful Cinderella story, a complete Cinderella story that could have only happened during the studio system era.
[on her break into movies] I had hoped to do some singing, but at the time I got into show business, musicals were not being made quite as often. I wound up playing a patient at a mental institution.
[on Bing Crosby and Bob Hope] Bing was so easy-going and very relaxed and Bob would rehearse and rehearse. I wondered, "How did they make all those Road pictures together because their styles were so different?".
[on filming The Redhead and the Cowboy (1951)] They wanted to get a close-up of me rearing a horse without using a stunt girl. So in the scene, I was riding uphill and I reared the horse up and it fell back on top of me. By the Grace of God I was not squashed like a bug. I was knocked unconscious. How I got up and walked away and finished that film was a miracle.
[on Bing Crosby] He'd be telling a story right before the director would say "Action" and he'd go right on with the joke directly into the scene without missing a beat. And I wouldn't know where I was because I was so focused on the joke!
[When asked if there were any recent movies she would like to have starred in 1994] I thought for a bit and almost said the dinosaur in Jurassic Park (1993) because that's about the strongest woman's role these days.
I'm glad I was a star back then and not now. I never had to take my clothes off to appear sexy. It was a certain look. My only regret is I didn't get to make a truly great movie like Casablanca (1942) to be identified with. Fans come up and they keep mentioning stuff like Yankee Pasha (1954) or Those Redheads from Seattle (1953). Now come on!

Salary (1)

The Buster Keaton Story (1957) $20,000

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