Dina Merrill Biography (1925-)

Born Nedenia Hutton, December 29, 1925, in New York, NY; daughter of Edward F. Hutton (a stockbroker) and Marjorie Merriweather Post; married Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr., March 23, 1946 (divorced, December, 1966); married Cliff Robertson (an actor), December 21, 1966 (divorced, 1989); married Ted Hartley (a business executive), November 18, 1989; children: (first marriage) Stanley M. III, Nina, David; (second marriage) Heather. Addresses: Agent: The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Agent: Siegel, 405 East 54th St., Suite 12A, New York, NY 10022.

Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
1925
New York, New York

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Sylvia Blair, Desk Set (also known as His Other Woman), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Margie Solitaire, A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (also known as How to Rob a Bank), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Ensign Rita Benson, Don't Give Up the Ship, Paramount, 1959
  • Lieutenant Barbara Duran, Operation Petticoat, Universal, 1959
  • Catch Me If You Can, 1959
  • Emily Liggett, Butterfield 8, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960
  • Jean Halstead, The Sundowners, Warner Bros., 1960
  • Nikki Kovacs and Doris Delaney, Twenty Plus Two, Allied Artists, 1961
  • Karin Bell, The Young Savages, United Artists, 1961
  • Rita Behrens, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Karin Grandstedt, I'll Take Sweden, United Artists, 1965
  • The Walking Major (also known as Aru heishi no kake), 1970
  • Lindy, Throw Out the Anchor, 1972
  • Whit Colby, Running Wild, Golden Circle, 1973
  • The Meal (also known as Deadly Encounters), Ambassador, 1975
  • Deliver Us from Evil, 1975
  • Velvet Green, The Greatest, Columbia, 1977
  • Antoinette "Toni" Sloan Goddard, A Wedding, Twentieth Century-Fox,1978
  • Deadly Encounter, 1979
  • Connie Herschel, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Sarah, Anna to the Infinite Power, 1983
  • Nell Kempler, Twisted, 1986
  • Cynthia Young, Caddyshack II, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Joan Stiles, True Colors, Paramount, 1991
  • Celia, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Alice Jameson, Suture, Suture Pictures/Kino-Korsakoff, 1994
  • Doris Hays-Briton, Open Season, Republic Pictures Corp., 1995
  • Laura, Point of Betrayal, Trident Releasing, 1996
  • David's mother, Milk and Money, 1996
  • Society woman, Mighty Joe Young (also known as Mighty Joe),Buena Vista, 1998
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, Milk and Money, 1996
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Estelle Modrian, Hot Pursuit, NBC, 1984
  • Miniseries
  • Mrs. Hickinger, Roots: The Next Generations, ABC, 1979
  • (As Dina Merrill-Hartley) Lady P., The Magnificent Ambersons, 2001
  • Movies
  • Brancie Hagen, The Sunshine Patriot, NBC, 1968
  • Emily Garth Pleasant, Seven in Darkness, ABC, 1969
  • Mrs. Greher, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, ABC, 1971
  • Florence Carlyle, Family Flight, ABC, 1972
  • Cele, The Tenth Month, CBS, 1979
  • The Brass Ring, 1983
  • Maureen Dowd, Turn Back the Clock (also known as Repeat Performance), NBC, 1989
  • Catherine Tarr, Fear, Showtime, 1990
  • Clair Worth, Not in My Family (also known as Breaking the Silence), ABC, 1993
  • Lydia D'Arcy, Monique's mother, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, CBS, 1997
  • Merilee Parker, A Chance of Snow, Lifetime, 1998
  • Phoebe, The Glow, 2001
  • Also appeared in Do Me a Favor--Don't Vote for My Mom.
  • Specials
  • Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood, NBC, 1983
  • The Los Angeles Music Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration, PBS,1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • American Castles, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Pilots
  • Daktari, CBS, 1966
  • Beatrice Savarona, The Lonely Profession, NBC, 1969
  • Penelope Parkington, "The Parkingtons: Dear Penelope," The Letters, ABC, 1973
  • Helen Martinson, Kingston: The Power Play (also known as Kingston and The Newspaper Game), NBC, 1976
  • Estelle Modrian, Hot Pursuit, NBC, 1984
  • Nan Cooper, The Alan King Show, CBS, 1986
  • Episodic
  • "A Place Full of Strangers," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1955
  • "Return to Cassino," Playwrights '56, NBC, 1956
  • "The Center of the Maze," Playwrights '56, NBC, 1956
  • "One for All," Matinee Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "Spider Web," Climax!, CBS, 1958
  • "The Time of Your Life," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1958
  • "What Makes Sammy Run," Sunday Showcase, NBC, 1959
  • "The Fallen Idol," Dupont Show of the Month, CBS, 1959
  • "Murder Is a Private Affair," Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, CBS,1960
  • "Men in White," Dupont Show of the Month, CBS, 1960
  • Hong Kong, ABC, 1961
  • "Brandenburg Gate," U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1961
  • "The Dispossessed," Westinghouse Presents, CBS, 1961
  • "Style of Living," The Investigators, CBS, 1961
  • "Obituary for Mr. `X,'" The Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1962
  • "The Court-Martial of Captain Wycliff," The Dick Powell Show, NBC,1962
  • "Footnote to Fame," Westinghouse Presents, CBS, 1962
  • Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1962
  • The Expendables, ABC, 1962
  • Laura, "Bonfire," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1962
  • The New Breed, ABC, 1962
  • "Very Rough Sketch," Checkmate, CBS, 1962
  • The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963
  • Burke's Law, ABC, 1963
  • "The Candidate," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1963
  • The Rogues, NBC, 1964, 1965
  • The Mickey Rooney Show, ABC, 1964
  • "The Gun," Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1964
  • "Incident of the Gilded Goddess," Rawhide, 1964
  • Kendall Frazier, "The Personal Touch," The Rogues, 1964
  • "The Game," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1965
  • Jean Davis, "The Monster," The F.B.I., ABC, 1965
  • "The Tamarack Massacre Affair," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1965
  • "A Daring Step Backward," The Rogues, 1965
  • Captain Patricia Bates, "Which Way the Wind Blows," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1966
  • Shenandoah, ABC, 1966
  • Susannah, "The Pursued: Parts 1 & 2," Bonanza, NBC, 1966
  • "The Trap of Solid Gold," Stage '67, ABC, 1967
  • Calamity Jan, "The Great Escape," Batman, ABC, 1968
  • Calamity Jan, "The Great Train Robbery," Batman, ABC, 1968
  • Meredyth, "The Controllers: Part 1," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1969
  • Nancy Devlin, "The Incomparable Connie Walker," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1969
  • The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970
  • The Bold Ones, NBC, 1971
  • The Men from Shiloh, NBC, 1971
  • Medical Center, CBS, 1971
  • Laura Duff, "The Angus Killer," The Virginian, 1971
  • "The Franklin Papers," The F.B.I., ABC, 1972
  • "Waiting Room," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972
  • Doris Hawthorne, "Murder by the Numbers," Cannon, CBS, 1973
  • "A Cry in the Night," Marcus Welby, M.D., CBS, 1973
  • Ruth Wilson, "Hatred unto Death," Night Gallery, NBC, 1973
  • Anita, "Oscar's in Love," The Odd Couple, ABC, 1974
  • Harriet Manners, "The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express," Ellery Queen, NBC, 1975
  • Switch, CBS, 1976
  • Barbara Dalton, "Nine Dragons," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1976
  • Quincy, M.E., NBC, 1976
  • Thelma March, "A Haunting We Will Go," The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, 1977
  • "Critical Success/The Love Lamp Is Lit/Take My Boy Friend, Please/Rent aFamily/The Man in Her Life: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, 1979
  • Jessica Cabot, Hotel, ABC, 1986
  • Monica Douglas, "Always a Thief," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990
  • Annie Floret, "The Monte Carlo Murders," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992
  • Elizabeth Sheffield, "The Two Mrs. Sheffields," The Nanny, CBS, 1995
  • Doris, "Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti," Roseanne, ABC, 1996
  • Ellen Hayworth, "Ambition," Vengeance Unlimited, ABC, 1998
  • Also appeared in The Alcoa Theatre, NBC, and To Tell the Truth, CBS.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) June, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1944
  • George Washington Slept Here, New York City, 1945
  • (Broadway debut) The Mermaids Singing, Empire Theatre, New York City, 1945-46
  • Desdemona, Othello, 1960
  • Title role, Major Barbara, Shaw Festival, Westport Playhouse, 1965
  • Aviatrix, Misalliance, Shaw Festival, Westport Playhouse, 1965
  • Mrs. Manningham, Angel Street, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • The Torch-Bearers, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1977
  • Loved, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, then PAF Playhouse, Huntington Station, NY, both 1978
  • Lillian Hellman, Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • The Unexpected Guest, Hartman Theatre Company, Stamford, CT, 1979
  • Mrs. Venable, Suddenly Last Summer, Horace Mann Theatre, New YorkCity, 1981
  • The V.I.P.s, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1981
  • Peggy Porterfield, On Your Toes, Virginia Theatre, Kennedy Center,New York City, 1983, then Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest, Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Induction of the first women members, The Players Club Centennial Salute, Sam S. Shubert Theatre, 1989
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (stage reading), Ahmanson Theatre,New York City, 2000
  • Also appeared with the Mirror Repertory Company, New York City, 1985; inThe Smile of the Cardboard Man, HB Playwrights Foundation, New York City; Surprise, John Drew Theatre; My Sister Eileen; and as Olivia, Twelfth Night.
  • Major Tours
  • Voice of the Turtle, U.S. cities, 1961
  • Write Me a Murder, U.S. cities, 1963

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • People Weekly, April 19, 1999, p. 79

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