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Angie Dickinson

Angie DickinsonAKA Angeline Brown

Born: 30-Sep-1931
Birthplace: Kulm, ND

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Police Woman

Angie Dickinson is a movie and television star, best known for playing Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson, TV's Police Woman, from 1974-78. Her character was a tough cop who often worked undercover, posing as a mob girl or prostitute. Police Woman was a spin-off from Joseph Wambaugh's Police Story, and it became TV's first successful hour-long drama starring a woman.

Dickinson was born Angeline Brown, and her parents published a small-town weekly newspaper, The Kulm Messenger, in her North Dakota home town. The family moved to California when Angie was ten. After high school, she worked as a secretary, unsure what she wanted to do with her life. She entered NBC's Beauty Parade, a nationwide beauty contest, and was one of six winners, but there was no million-dollar jackpot as on today's reality shows. Dickinson went back to work as a secretary, but soon received a phone call from Jimmy Durante's producer, who said he had gotten her number from Beauty Parade, and asked her to make a guest appearance on Durante's comedy-variety show. "But I can't act", she explained. With no pause at all, the producer said, "Well, can you walk? Do you want the job or not?" She said yes, and immediately started taking acting lessons, four nights a week after work.

She was violently murdered in the first episode of the original Mike Hammer TV series, starring Darren McGavin. She had a bit part in her first film, Lucky Me with Doris Day. Her first leading role came in a 1956 B-western, Gun the Man Down with James Arness. Later films include Howard Hawks's western Rio Bravo with John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Walter Brennan, the Rat Pack's original Ocean's Eleven, The Killers with Lee Marvin, Dressed to Kill with Michael Caine and Nancy Allen, and Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues with Uma Thurman.

Dickinson became a blonde in 1960, for The Bramble Bush with Barbara Rush, because Rush and Dickinson were both brunettes, but at the time Rush was a bigger star. Annoyed at first, Dickinson soon decided she liked being blonde. Her legs were once insured for $1-million dollars through Lloyds of London, but Dickinson hastens to point out that the policy was purchased by Universal Pictures, not her, and the studio would have been the beneficiary had anything happened to Dickinson's legs.

In 1993, she became the first and only This Is Your Life honoree to refuse to do the retrospective show. Friends, acquaintances, and co-workers from her career were waiting to regale viewers with their memories of Dickinson, but as part of the program's format, honorees were never told in advance. She had been lured to a studio on the pretext that she was appearing in a tribute to Brian De Palma, who had directed her in Dressed to Kill. When Ralph Edwards, the show's host, walked on stage and said, "Angie Dickinson, this is your life!" she responded, "Fuck no, I won't do it."

Father: Leo H. Brown (newspaper publisher)
Mother: Frederica
Sister: Janet
Sister: Mary Lou (Alzheimer's)
Husband: Gene Dickinson (semi-pro football player, m. 2-Jun-1952, div. 1960)
Husband: Burt Bacharach (composer, m. 15-May-1965, div. 1981)
Daughter: Lea Nikki Bacharach (b. 1966, d. 4-Jan-2007 suicide)
Boyfriend: Frank Sinatra (singer-actor)
Boyfriend: Johnny Carson (talk show host)
Boyfriend: Larry King (talk show host)
Boyfriend: Julio Iglesias (singer)
Boyfriend: Harry Reasoner (TV journalist)
Boyfriend: Billy Vera (singer, The Beaters, "At this Moment", b. 1944)
Boyfriend: John Barrowman (stage actor, b. 1967)

    High School: Bellamarine Jefferson High School, Burbank, CA (1947)
    University: Immaculate Heart College
    University: Glendale College, Glendale, CA

    Golden Globe Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, Police Woman
    Hollywood Walk of Fame

    TELEVISION
    Police Woman Sgt. Pepper Anderson (1974-78)
    Celebrity Poker Showdown Contestant

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Paul Williams Still Alive (11-Sep-2011) · Herself
    Elvis Has Left the Building (27-Aug-2004) · Bobette
    Ocean's Eleven (5-Dec-2001) · Herself
    Big Bad Love (12-May-2001) · Mrs. Barlow
    Pay It Forward (12-Oct-2000) · Grace
    Duets (9-Sep-2000)
    The Last Producer (22-Aug-2000)
    Sealed with a Kiss (19-Sep-1999) · Lucille Ethridge
    The Maddening (16-Apr-1999)
    The Don's Analyst (6-Sep-1997)
    Remembrance (2-Sep-1996)
    Sabrina (15-Dec-1995) · Ingrid Tyson
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (13-Sep-1993)
    Wild Palms (16-May-1993)
    Once Upon a Texas Train (3-Jan-1988) · Maggie
    Big Bad Mama II (Oct-1987)
    Death Hunt (21-Sep-1981)
    Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (Feb-1981)
    Dressed to Kill (23-Jun-1980) · Kate Miller
    Klondike Fever (12-Jan-1980)
    Big Bad Mama (19-Sep-1974) · Wilma McClatchie
    The Norliss Tapes (21-Feb-1973)
    The Outside Man (21-Dec-1972)
    Pretty Maids All in a Row (28-Apr-1971)
    Young Billy Young (15-Oct-1969) · Lily
    Some Kind of a Nut (1-Oct-1969) · Rachel
    Sam Whiskey (1-Apr-1969) · Laura Breckenridge
    The Last Challenge (22-Dec-1967) · Lisa Denton
    Point Blank (30-Aug-1967) · Chris
    The Poppy Is Also a Flower (22-Apr-1966)
    Cast a Giant Shadow (30-Mar-1966)
    The Chase (19-Feb-1966)
    The Art of Love (30-Jun-1965)
    The Killers (7-Jul-1964)
    Captain Newman, M.D. (25-Dec-1963)
    Jessica (19-Apr-1962) · Jessica
    Rome Adventure (15-Mar-1962) · Lyda
    The Sins of Rachel Cade (10-Feb-1961)
    A Fever in the Blood (28-Jan-1961) · Cathy Simon
    Ocean's Eleven (10-Aug-1960) · Beatrice Ocean
    The Bramble Bush (24-Feb-1960)
    Rio Bravo (18-Mar-1959) · Feathers
    Cry Terror! (2-May-1958) · Eileen Kelly
    I Married a Woman (Mar-1958)
    China Gate (22-May-1957)
    Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (4-May-1957) · Priscilla King
    The Man with a Whip (Dec-1956)
    Gun the Man Down (15-Nov-1956) · Janice
    Tension at Table Rock (3-Oct-1956) · Cathy
    The Return of Jack Slade (9-Oct-1955)


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