RIP Dina Merrill (1923-2017)

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Merrill was classy and elegant in a way many women of Hollywood’s new era in the late 1950s and 1960s were not. She was born in New York City on December 29th into privilege as her mother was an heiress and her father was a Wall Street firm founder. She went against the path set for her by her parents as she desired to perform and perform she did. She had a great film debut with the Tracy-Hepburn film Desk Set (1957) and continued to appear in noteworthy films like Operation Petticoat (1959), BUtterfield 8 (1960), and The Sundowners (1960). Merrill then worked on both films and television roles such as appearing on RawhideBonanza, and Batman. Merrill split her time between movies and television before leaving the business. Outside of performing, she spent her time lobbying for women’s health issues. In her personal life she was married both to Cliff Robertson (1966-1989) and Ted Hartley (1989-2017). She died yesterday of Lewy body dementia.

~Virginia

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