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Rhonda Fleming

Rhonda Fleming (born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood, California, August 10, 1923), is an American motion picture and television actress. She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became renowned as one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of her day. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" because her fair complexion and flaming red hair photographed exceptionally well in Technicolor. Fleming began working as a film actor while attending Beverly Hills High School, from which she was graduated in 1941. After appearing uncredited in a several films, she received her first substantial role in the thriller Spellbound (1945), produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She followed this with supporting roles in another thriller, The Spiral Staircase (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak, the Randolph Scott western Abilene Town (1946), and the film noir classic Out of the Past (1947) with Robert Mitchum. Her first leading role came in Adventure Island (1947), a low-budget action film made in the two-color Cinecolor process and co-starring Rory Calhoun. The actress then co-starred with Bing Crosby in her first Technicolor film, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), a musical loosely based on the story by Mark Twain. Fleming exhibited her singing ability, dueting with Crosby on “Once and For Always” and soloing with “When Is Sometime.” She and Crosby recorded these songs for a 78 rpm Decca soundtrack album. In 1953, Fleming portrayed Cleopatra in Serpent of the Nile. That same year she appeared in two films shot in 3-D, Inferno with Robert Ryan and the musical Those Redheads From Seattle with Gene Barry. The following year she starred with Fernando Lamas in Jivaro, her third 3-D release. Among Fleming’s subsequent cinematic credits are Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps (1956), co-starring Dana Andrews; Allan Dwan’s Slightly Scarlet, co-starring John Payne and Arlene Dahl; John Sturges’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) co-starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas and the Irwin Allen / Joseph M. Newman production of The Big Circus (1959), co-starring Victor Mature and Vincent Price. Her most recent film was Waiting for the Wind (1990). During the 1950s and into the '60s, Fleming frequently appeared on television with guest-starring roles on The Red Skelton Show, The Best of Broadway, The Investigators, Shower of Stars, The Dick Powell Show, Death Valley Days , Wagon Train, Burke's Law, The Virginian, McMillan and Wife, Police Woman, Kung Fu, Ellery Queen, and The Love Boat. On March 4, 1962, Fleming appeared in one of the last segments of ABC's Follow the Sun in a role opposite Gary Lockwood, who was nearly 14 years her junior. She played a Marine in the episode "Marine of the Month." In 1958, Fleming again displayed her singing talent when she recorded her only LP, entitled simply Rhonda. In this album she blended then current songs like "Around The World" with standards such as "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". In retirement, Fleming has worked for several charities, especially in the field of cancer care, and has served on the committees of many related organizations. In 1991 she and her late husband, Ted Mann, set up the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic For Women's Comprehensive Care at the UCLA Medical Center. Fleming has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Born:
Aug 10, 1923 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
54
First Appeared:
In the movie Since You Went Away 1944-07-20
Latest Project:
Movie L.A. Confidential 1997-09-19
Known For
Poster of Ellery Queen
Poster of Gun Glory
Poster of The Buster Keaton Story
Poster of The Last Outpost
Filmography
Movie L.A. Confidential Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1997-09-19
Movie The Nude Bomb Edith Von Secondberg 1980-05-09
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Needles and Pins Unknown 1973-09-21
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Movie Backtrack! Carmelita Flanagan (archive footage) 1969-05-26
Movie Run for Your Wife Nyta 1965-04-29
Movie Instant Love Pamela Jones DeSantis 1964-07-01
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie The Crowded Sky Cheryl 'Charro' Heath 1960-09-02
Movie Revolt of the Slaves Fabiola 1960-12-30
Movie The Big Circus Helen Harrison 1959-07-05
Movie Alias Jesse James Cora Lee Collins 1959-03-20
Movie Bullwhip Cheyenne O'Malley 1958-05-25
Movie Home Before Dark Joan Carlisle 1958-11-16
Movie The Buster Keaton Story Peggy Courtney 1957-05-01
Movie Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Laura Denbow 1957-05-30
Movie Gun Glory Jo 1957-07-19
Movie Slightly Scarlet June Lyons, Jansen's Secretary / Girlfriend 1956-02-29
Movie The Killer Is Loose Lila Wagner 1956-03-02
Movie Odongo Pamela Muir 1956-09-21
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie While the City Sleeps Dorothy Kyne 1956-05-30
Movie Tennessee's Partner Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham 1955-09-21
Movie The Queen of Babylon Semiramide 1954-09-21
Movie Jivaro Alice Parker 1954-02-12
Movie Yankee Pasha Roxana Reil 1954-04-17
Movie Pony Express Evelyn Hastings 1953-01-01
Movie Tropic Zone Flanders White 1953-01-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Serpent of the Nile Cleopatra 1953-05-08
Movie Those Redheads from Seattle Kathie Edmonds 1953-10-16
Movie Inferno Geraldine Carson 1953-08-12
Movie Hong Kong Victoria Evans 1952-04-18
Movie The Golden Hawk Captain Rouge 1952-10-08
Movie The Redhead and The Cowboy Candace Bronson 1951-03-15
Movie Cry Danger Nancy Morgan 1951-02-21
Movie The Last Outpost Julie McQuade 1951-04-04
Movie Little Egypt Izora 1951-10-01
Movie Crosswinds Katherine Shelley 1951-10-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie The Eagle and the Hawk Mrs. Madeline Danzeeger 1950-10-01
Movie A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Alisande La Carteloise 1949-04-22
Movie The Great Lover Duchess Alexandria 1949-11-23
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Out of the Past Meta Carson 1947-11-13
Movie Adventure Island Faith Wishart 1947-08-13
Movie Abilene Town Sherry Balder 1946-01-11
Movie The Spiral Staircase Blanche 1946-02-06
Movie Spellbound Mary Carmichael 1945-12-28
Movie Since You Went Away Girl at Dance (uncredited) 1944-07-20