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Overview (3)

Born in Kulm, North Dakota, USA
Birth NameAngeline Brown
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, in 1931, 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 of 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 TV variety shows. She got her first bit part in a Warner Brothers movie in 1954 and gained television fame in the TV series The Millionaire (1955) and got her first good film role opposite John Wayne and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo (1959). Her success then climbed 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
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (60)

Attended Immaculate Heart College and Glendale Community College.
Attended and graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank, California, at age 15, in 1947.
Had a ten-year, on-again/off-again relationship with Frank Sinatra.
Ranked #42 on Playboy magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century". [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 Brown.
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 on July 12, 1966 and battled Asperger's disorder, a form of autism.
Ranked #3 in TV Guide's "50 Sexiest TV Stars of All Time" list. [2002]
Turned down the role of Krystle Carrington on the soap opera 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.
One of three daughters born to Leo Henry 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).
According to director Steve Carver, Dickinson allowed all of the crew to remain on set during the filming of her extensive nude scenes in Big Bad Mama (1974).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 10, 1987.
Worked as a secretary at Lockheed Air Terminal (now Bob Hope Airport) and in an airplane parts factory for 3½ years.
One of her sisters was an actual "Police Woman" with the Burbank Police Department.
Good friends with singer-comedienne Vicki Lawrence, Frank Sinatra's widow Barbara Marx and actress June Blair.
Her daughter, Nikki, attended The Newbridge School in Beverly Hills.
For years she had her legs insured for $1,000,000. She finally stopped when her advancing age made the premiums too expensive.
Along with Henry Silva, she is one of only two actors to appear in both Ocean's 11 (1960) and its remake Ocean's Eleven (2001).
Caused a minor stir in 1993, when NBC's periodically revived reality show This Is Your Life (1952) prepped an episode on her, but when loved ones and colleagues sprung the surprise, she simply said, "F*** no, I won't do it," and bolted.
Dated musician Billy Vera.
Her ex-husband Burt Bacharach composed the song, Nikki, for her daughter.
In addition to her daughter, Nikki, suffering from autism, she also suffered from poor eyesight.
Her daughter's Nikki's escaping the ravages of her brain, caused by her autistic behavior, had led her daughter to commit suicide.
She has 9 hobbies: golfing, playing poker, fishing, dancing, singing, partying, watching movies and dining out.
Was supposed to guest-star on Falcon Crest (1981) as Jane Wyman's long-lost daughter, when storyline development has changed.
Sam Peckinpah considered her for the role of Carol McCoy in The Getaway (1972).
Still willing to act, but only if it's a role that represents a step forward in her career, not just to "work". [May 2013]
Huge fan of The 400 Blows (1959).
Recently asked which actor she wishes she'd done a film with, she answered Clint Eastwood. When interviewer said "That can still happen" Dickinson replied, "Noooooo it can't!".
Staunch Democrat.
Though most of her pre-Rio Bravo (1959) filmography gets dismissed by journalists as 'B-movies', Angie actually counts Cry Terror! (1958) among her best.
Was almost 40 when she appeared naked onscreen for the first time in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971). As a younger woman she could not have done this due to the Hays Code, which wasn't dissolved until 1967. Yet when offered the chance to pose for Playboy, she turned it down.
Turned down advance fee of $1 million to write her autobiography.
Separated from Burt Bacharach on September 12, 1976 but didn't file for divorce until 1980.
Her role in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) was originally slated for Elizabeth Taylor.
Had a day off of work, walked in the rehearsal at the time, she was due and [Frank Sinatra] was singing/rehearsing.
In the same situation as Julie London, Dickinson had to take a break from the movies, in 1967, to become a stay-at-home mother to Nikki, full-time, due to her daughter's problems. She resumed her acting career, a year later.
Her show Police Woman (1974) was the first dramatic television series, ever to feature a woman in the title role.
After her role in Mending Fences (2009), she retired from acting at age 77.
Had starred in 2 other shows in the early 1980s, both of them were unsuccessful.
After traveling continuously, Dickinson gave Burt Bacharach his first gig, in London, England.
When her daughter, Nikki, was a toddler, and like any other child, her daughter had extreme bouts of anger, fear and anxiety, after not receiving the most amount of attention from anyone, and the doctors have failed to come up with her daughter's problems.
When asked to do the Police Woman (1974) series, Dickinson presented it to Burt Bacharach. He wanted her to make that choice as to whether she needed to star in it or not. She said, yes.
10 weeks before she married Burt Bacharach in Las Vegas, Nevada, they both returned to the United States.
The most hardest scene she ever done was the taxi scene in Dressed to Kill (1980).
By the time she was pushing 40, first-rate movie roles for her were harder to find, so, she switched to television.
Frequently remembers Telly Savalas.
Met screen actor Telly Savalas, in 1971, when the two had appeared in the movie Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), and had embarked on a lifelong friendship, until Savalas's passing in 1994. Then, 18 years later, Dickinson worked with Savalas on Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989).
Was born 10 days (in the same year) after Larry Hagman. Hagman guest-starred alongside Dickinson on the 4th episode of Police Woman (1974).
Best known by the public for her starring role as Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson on Police Woman (1974).
She is most widely known to be a very private lady.
Ex-girlfriend in the 1990s was Larry King.
Lived not too far from [Tom Snyder].
She eventually placed her daughter, Nikki, at the Wilson Center, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents in Faribault, Minnesota, where she remained for nine years. Later, Nikki studied geology at California Lutheran University, but her poor eyesight prevented her from pursuing it as a career.
Met young, unfamiliar singer/songwriter, [Burt Bacharach], in 1965. They were both set up by Bacharach's father, who was a popular newspaper columnist. She had been idolized by Bacharach, for years. The two began a lifelong friendship and a real-life relationship, from 1965 to their divorce in 1980. She was three years Bacharach's junior.
Not only was she once married to a renowned songwriter, but her Beverly Hills neighbor was the legendary Ira Gershwin with whom she regularly played poker for over three decades.

Personal Quotes (30)

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 11 (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, De Palma is to blame for the great performance.
I don't want to be unkind to Burt, 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.
[asked about "the rumors" concerning herself and President John F. Kennedy, 2012] Oh my God! What have I gotten myself into?
[on Larry King Live (1985) in 1987] I don't feel important. I do at the moment, because I'm here with you. But the last few years I haven't. And I have no reason to feel important.
[on starring alongside John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959)] To get a part with him, it's just something that you never even dream of. And in a decent role!
I have played mother roles, of course, and I have played grandmother roles, of course. But I like them to be a little bit bizarre or something. I love outrageous. But just to be a square mother is not for me.
Frank Sinatra had no choice but to let it all hang out.
I never really felt like a movie star until Police Woman (1974).
[on her film career] I was a leading lady, but never the lead.
[Who commented if she was serious about acting anything else after 2009]: Betty White jokes are just not for me. I am not looking for work, I don't really care. I've had my day in the sun, and I am very content.
[When asked if she was retired from acting, beginning in 2009]: I don't want to do grandmother parts. I'd rather stay home. That's not fun. Movies are too hard when it's not rewarding. If stage weren't so hard, I would do stage, because I do love acting and I love performing and I'm a ham. I've also considered going on the road with a one-woman show, which I would love, but I'm not fooled. It's too hard-all that travelling. It's different for a woman too. You forget about what we do to look good.
I still am one. I was 10 when I left Kulm, N.D. I had a wonderful childhood there, out playing in the mud. We moved to California then, but I still went to Catholic school, didn't grow up very sophisticated or very liberal, you know, you can't deny where you came from. It's one of the things that makes you who you are.
I was on this job (as a secretary) in Burbank at this airplane seat factory and I was in an unhappy marriage. ... The workers at the factory said, 'Hey, there's a (beauty) contest at NBC' - which was not so far from the factory - so I stopped by after work and I was one of the winners. One of the judges on the panel worked for Jimmy Durante, who was on 'The Colgate Comedy Hour.' He said, 'Would you like to be on the show?' And I said, 'I can't act.' And he said, 'If you can walk, do you want it?' I went to rehearsal, where Jimmy Kimmel (now) tapes ... and Jimmy Durante and Frank Sinatra were rehearsing a number. And that injected me with a dose of 'Oh, my God,' and from then on I never wanted to leave show business.
[About her on- and off-screen friendship with Frank Sinatra]: You could feel the whole room change when Frank walked in. Working with him taught me a lot. What, exactly - that's a harder question. They're not always obvious lessons. But when you're with a great performer, it raises your game. You pick things up, you already know the basics - learn your lines, be on time. But I know a lot of people who can learn their lines and be on time, and I'm still not interested in watching them. There's more to it than that.
[When she changed her mind about writing her book]: I realized no one else can do it. I actually thought of doing an audio-only book and I may still try for that.
[Who said about her starring role on Police Woman (1974)]: When I was up for a role, I didn't compete with men; it was a role for a woman. I was content with what they gave me.
The romantic love of my life I'm sure was Burt Bacharach. I had a few that were wonderful, but I married him and that's going pretty far. Even though it didn't work out I don't pine or wish for anything more today by any means. But the reality is, at the time, it was a pretty great romance.
[When asked as to how she felt about [Ralph Edwards]'s death]: I was shocked. I would never do that show. Twenty years earlier Burt (then-husband Burt Bacharach) said they wanted me for the show. If you help them, I'll kill you. He (Edwards) came backstage and couldn't have been kinder and more understanding. It never occurred to him that anyone would not want to have his life story told. He wondered, maybe there were others, he wondered, who felt the same way?
[about other females getting lead roles for television] It paved the way because it was the first. It also had the title 'Police Woman,' and more significantly it premiered on a Friday night, where young girls could stay up later and get the role model part of it. Also younger boys were fans as well, I guess for different reasons.
[Who was very disappointed about [Donald Trump]'s run for President in 2016]: I have no hearing for that question, and 'Oh, My God,' he just makes a fine TV show ending, and he's just fine as a 'Leader of The Pack of Idiots.' No, he's fine in his game where he belongs, but he's not where he belongs.

Salary (1)

Police Woman (1974) $40,000 per episode (equivalent to $190,000 in 2015 dollars)

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