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      Dina Merrill

      Dina Merrill

      Highest Rated: 100% Desk Set (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Caddyshack II (1988)

      Birthday: Dec 29, 1923

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Born to Wall Street financier E.F. Hutton and Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, a debutante-age Dina Merrill gave up college after one year and moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She debuted on Broadway in "The Mermaids Singing" (1945) and kept busy for the next decade with acting studies, Broadway and stock theater roles and work in early TV anthology dramas. Already in her thirties, Merrill made her film debut with a sweet performance as part of Katharine Hepburn's reference department staff in "Desk Set" (1957). Several leads soon presented themselves; the biggest hit film of these, "Operation Petticoat" (1959), cast the attractive and self-assured Merrill as one of a bevy of nurses who end up on a broken-down Naval submarine. By 1960, Merrill was alternating supporting roles with occasional leads, and was spending much of her time doing tours and regional work on stage. Film work capitalized on her off screen lifestyle, as in "The Young Savages" (1961), with Merrill as crusading DA Burt Lancaster's socialite spouse, and "Butterfield 8" (1960), as the colorless, long-suffering wife that wealthy Laurence Harvey cheats on with Elizabeth Taylor. Later in the decade Merrill began acting in TV movies, and also racked up over 100 guest credits on various TV series, and tried one herself, "Hot Pursuit" (ABC, 1984). The premise of a couple accused of murder attempting to find the real killer themselves was a neat revamp of "The Fugitive," with Merrill as the victim's rich and vengeful widow, but the show never caught on. Feature work resumed in the mid-'70s, and Merrill gave an excellent performance as part of a well-to-do but wacky marriage party in Robert Altman's comedy-drama "A Wedding" (1978). Merrill's subsequent film work included appearances in Altman's Hollywood satire "The Player" (1992), mystery "Suture" (1993) and maligned sequel "Caddyshack II" (1988). But Merrill's primary interest became Pavilion, a film and entertainment development and production company she formed with Ted Hartley in 1988. The two married in 1989 and that same year acquired the once-venerable Hollywood studio RKO Pictures. Merrill served as vice chairman of the company. Dina Merrill died on May 22, 2017 at her home in Easthampton, New York. She was 93.

      Highest rated movies

      Desk Set poster Desk Set The Player poster
      The Player
      Operation Petticoat poster
      Operation Petticoat
      The Sundowners poster
      The Sundowners
      Suture poster
      Suture
      A Wedding poster
      A Wedding
      Shade poster
      Shade
      The Courtship of Eddie's Father poster
      The Courtship of Eddie's Father

      Photos

      DESK SET, Dina Merrill, Joan Blondell, Spencer Tracy, Sue Randall, 1957. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. DESK SET, Dina Merrill, Joan Blondell, Spencer Tracy, Sue Randall, 1957. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. DESK SET, Sue Randall, Katharine Hepburn, Dina Merrill, Joan Blondell, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved., 1957 DESK SET, Sue Randall, Katharine Hepburn, Dina Merrill, Joan Blondell, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved., 1957 THE SUNDOWNERS, Robert Mitchum, Dina Merrill, 1960 THE SUNDOWNERS, Robert Mitchum, Dina Merrill, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, from left: Dina Merrill, Laurence Harvey, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, from left:  Dina Merrill, Laurence Harvey, 1960 THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER, Stella Stevens, Jerry Van Dyke, Dina Merrill, Glenn Ford, 1963 THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER, Stella Stevens, Jerry Van Dyke, Dina Merrill, Glenn Ford, 1963 BUTTERFIELD 8, from center: Elizabeth Taylor, Dina Merrill, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, from center: Elizabeth Taylor, Dina Merrill, 1960 THE SUNDOWNERS, Deborah Kerr, Dina Merrill, Robert Mitchum, Glynis Johns, 1960 THE SUNDOWNERS, Deborah Kerr, Dina Merrill, Robert Mitchum, Glynis Johns, 1960 THE YOUNG SAVAGES, Dina Merrill (left), 1961 THE YOUNG SAVAGES, Dina Merrill (left), 1961 THE SUNDOWNERS, Ewen Solon, Dina Merrill, Deborah Kerr, 1960 THE SUNDOWNERS, Ewen Solon, Dina Merrill, Deborah Kerr, 1960 A WEDDING, Dina Merrill, 1978, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved A WEDDING, Dina Merrill, 1978, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved I'LL TAKE SWEDEN, Bob Hope, Dina Merrill, 1965 I'LL TAKE SWEDEN, Bob Hope, Dina Merrill, 1965 I'LL TAKE SWEDEN, Tuesday Weld, Frankie Avalon, Bob Hope, Dina Merrill, 1965 I'LL TAKE SWEDEN, Tuesday Weld, Frankie Avalon, Bob Hope, Dina Merrill, 1965 BUTTERFIELD 8, Dina Merrill, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, Dina Merrill, 1960 DESK SET, Dina Merrill, 1957, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved DESK SET, Dina Merrill, 1957, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved BUTTERFIELD 8, from left: Dina Merrill, Laurence Harvey, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, from left: Dina Merrill, Laurence Harvey, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, Dina Merrill, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, Dina Merrill, 1960 OPERATION PETTICOAT, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, 1959 OPERATION PETTICOAT, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, 1959 OPERATION PETTICOAT, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill, 1959 OPERATION PETTICOAT, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill, 1959 A WEDDING, Dina Merrill, Howard Duff, 1978, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved A WEDDING, Dina Merrill, Howard Duff, 1978, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved BUTTERFIELD 8, from left: Elizabeth Taylor, Dina Merrill, 1960 BUTTERFIELD 8, from left: Elizabeth Taylor, Dina Merrill, 1960

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      67% 58% Shade Dina (Character) $24.7K 2003
      No Score Yet 30% The Magnificent Ambersons Mrs. Johnson (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Merilee Parker (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 20% Milk and Money Ellen (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Borrowed, Something Blue Lydia D'Arcy (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Point of Betrayal Mother (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Season Doris Hays-Britton (Character) $5.2K 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shattering the Silence Clair Worth (Character) - 1993
      71% 70% Suture Alice Jameson (Character) $98.3K 1993
      97% 84% The Player Celia (Character) $21.7M 1992
      41% 45% True Colors Joan Stiles (Character) $304.5K 1991
      No Score Yet 54% Fear Catherine Tarr (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn Back the Clock Maureen Dowd (Character) - 1989
      4% 17% Caddyshack II Cynthia Young (Character) $11.3M 1988
      No Score Yet 33% Twisted Nell Kempler (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Estelle Modrian (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 56% Anna to the Infinite Power Sarah (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brass Ring Mother (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 47% Just Tell Me What You Want Connie Herschel (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tenth Month Cele (Character) - 1979
      69% 80% A Wedding Antoinette Goddard (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 46% The Greatest Velvet Green (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingston: The Power Play Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Newspaper Game Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Nine Dragons Dr. Barbara Dalton (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Throw Out the Anchor Lindy Baker (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meal Kelly (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Letters Penelope Parkington (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Running Wild Whit Colby (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Flight Florence Carlyle (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones Mrs. Greher (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lonely Profession Beatrice Savarona (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven in Darkness Emily Garth Pleasent (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sunshine Patriot Brancie Hagen (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 32% I'll Take Sweden Karin Granstedt (Character) - 1965
      60% 69% The Courtship of Eddie's Father Rita Behrens (Character) - 1963
      50% 52% The Young Savages Karin Bell (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Nicki Kovacs (Character) - 1961
      79% 63% The Sundowners Jean Halstead (Character) - 1960
      47% 56% Butterfield 8 Emily Liggett (Character) - 1960
      81% 81% Operation Petticoat Lt. Barbara Duran RN (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 42% Don't Give Up the Ship Ens. Rita J. Benson (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Catch Me if You Can Unknown (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 67% What Makes Sammy Run? Unknown (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Margie Solitaire (Character) - 1958
      100% 83% Desk Set Sylvia Blair (Character) - 1957

      TV

      Credit
      19% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      76% 74% Roseanne Doris (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 69% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Estelle Modrian (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Marjorie (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Anita (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960 1968 1972 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Doris Hawthorne (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
      72% 80% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1967
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Wilder Unknown (Guest Star)
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)